On Thursday, July 14, 2016, I had the distinct opportunity and the unexpected pleasure to explore a unique drug addiction and treatment facility located in the heart of Chicago’s West Side. The Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center, located at 2942 W. Lake Street, is a one of a kind holistic treatment model that is designed to interface with the program user as a whole.
The center programs include: Individual and Group counseling, Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous, Trauma, Acupuncture, Art Therapy, Street Yoga, and Rhyme and Reason groups. Driven by SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) and REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy) treatment processes, Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center is a level 1 and level 2 harms reduction center with programs that takes drug dependent abusers from the streets (or whatever their dysfunctional living situations are) all the way to stable housing and employment situations. With the center’s case management staff, counseling, and hands-on therapeutic interactions as their guides, program users are primed to become positive and productive candidates through self-management and recovery techniques. To top it all off, all the program services are free! From the continental breakfast to the Acupuncture, Street Yoga, Art Therapy and all the other treatment and counseling services, everything is free.
Above and Beyond is privately financed by its benefactor, Bryan C. Cressey. On the day that I visited and took a tour of the Above and Beyond facility, Mr. Cressey was present and interacting with program users and staff. Once I discovered who he was and was told by the center’s staff that he has been financing this unique and wonderful program since it served the first program user in November 2015, I asked Cressey to reveal the motivation for his philanthropy! His answer was simple and yet profound, “I have family who have had issues with addiction!!”
Mr. Cressey helped co-found “Golder, Thoma & Cressey” in 1980, and in 1984, Bruce Rauner joined. His leadership in industry consolidation with focused expertise in health care and medical services has been recognized by many well-respected publications, and he is one of private equity’s most experienced healthcare investors. In addition, Mr. Cressey has written a play, and a book titled “End Game.” According to his bio, he has a penchant for amateur acting.
I think it is clear that this man is a visionary who always looks to go Above and Beyond and he has done just that with his self-funded Recovery Center. I applaud his investment in humanity by giving back through the Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center, and I plan to follow this organization and track the human return on investment this program delivers.
If you are looking for a quality program to refer an individual or a family with addiction and or related issues, try the Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center. I firmly believe that it is one of the best treatment programs in the City of Chicago that is serving troubled addicts and needs to be spotlighted for the great work they have done and are doing!
Opinion by James Cannon
Edited by Cathy Milne
Cressy & Company: Bryan Cressy
Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center: Programs
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