Renz Addiction Counseling Center in Elgin, IL

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Two American Way
Elgin IL 60120

Renz Addiction Counseling Center Philosophy

Renz Center's mission is to empower individuals to lead healthier lives. The philosophy of the treatment programs is based on the belief that addiction is a chronic, progressive disease with its own symptomology. As with many chronic diseases the person affected and those closest to them are often blinded to the existence of the disease and as such attempt to deny its presence. While substance use and gambling disorders are unique diseases, other diseases or illnesses of a physical or psychological nature will exist concurrently. Renz Center believes that recovery from addiction is possible through abstinence. Every client is unique, and every person has the potential for growth. Treatment is a complex process which no one person or agency can provide. Renz Center provides specialized outpatient services whenever possible and will refer to an individual or agency when necessary. Recovery is not strictly a program or an event, but a process.

Areas of Specialization

  • Intensive Outpatient
    Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.

  • Individual Therapy
    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.

Facility Highlights

Medication Assisted Treatment for alcohol and opioid use disorders under the supervision of a physician

Positive Waves Group - Alpha Stim technology to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia and pain

Gambling Treatment provided by a certified International Compulsive Gambling Counselor (ICGC-II)

Meet the Staff

Jerry Skogmo, LCPC, CADC

Executive Director

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Mr. Skogmo has been the Executive Director of Renz Center since 1996. He has over 33 years of experience in the mental and substance use disorder behavioral health fields. He has served on the Illinois Behavioral Health Association board from 1998-2014.

Colleen Koncilja, LCSW, CADC, ICGC-II, QHEIC

Director of Clinical Services

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Ms. Koncilja is an experienced counselor starting in 1993. She supervises a team of 7 talented counselors who are all experienced with the unique needs of individuals with a substance use disorder. 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


Renz Addiction Counseling Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides evidence-based outpatient treatment for substance abuse and gambling, prevention programs, and gender-specific groups for women. The center is one of the 127 (20.1 percent) of Illinois treatment facilities to provide treatment for gambling disorders. These services take place across four different facilities in Elgin, Ill., about an hour west of Chicago.


Treatment begins with an initial assessment interview in which client and counselor work together in determining the level and type of care most needed. Clinical services at the center range widely from early intervention and counseling for teenagers in the early stages of drug use to intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment for adults who require the support and structure of inpatient care with more flexibility.

There are also specialized groups for young adults, clients with co-occurring mental health disorders, as well as for those struggling with thinking errors and impulsive decision making, trauma and relapse. These groups make use of a variety of evidence-based practices including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and Seeking Safety. It is also one of the 292 (46.1 percent) of Illinois treatment facilities to use the Matrix Model and one of 329 (52 percent) of Illinois facilities to use dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

In Passage, the center’s gender-specific program, women focus on their recovery within individual and gender-specific groups while their children are attend free childcare. Prevention services are designed for individuals at-risk of HIV and youth and young adults in the local community.


Counselors are certified in substance abuse and problem gambling.

REVIEWS has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni, affiliated friends or family members, or staff, yet secondary sources revealed mixed feedback among alumni and family members. On Google, six reviewers gave the center an average rating of 2.8 out of five stars. On Yelp, the center has an average rating of two out of five stars based on eight reviews (five of which weren't recommended). [1][2] [3] Reviewers on both sites complained that their issues worsened with attending treatment.

Still, others found success here. “The staff was an immense help at giving me the tools, knowledge, and practice to get my life back,, and at over 2 1/2years of sobriety later my life is better than i ever could have imagined after living out a death wish for so long,” wrote Dave in his five-star Yelp review.


Renz Center accepts most insurance plans and is in-network with Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield. It is one of the 154 (24.3 percent) of Illinois treatment centers to accept Medicare and one of the 330 (52.1 percent) to accept Medicaid. The nonprofit also uses sliding scale fees based on income.

[3] GoogleReviews

Published on February 2018

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