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The mission of Haymarket Center is to aid people with substance use disorders in their recovery by providing comprehensive behavioral health solutions.

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Unique Hands-on Workshop

Join-Us Saturday April 27th for a unique Hands-on Workshop that explores new ideas based in science and mindfulness, become aware of subconscious connections were unknowingly reinforcing. This workshop takes the conversation of “Recovering from,” and shifts our perspective to the importance of “Recovering to.”

Three (3.0) CEUs per workshop. Certificates available at the end of the session.

Illinois Certification Board (ICB) approved for CADCs /IDFPR approved for LCPC, LCSW & Psychologists

Held at Haymarket Center

932 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607

Saturday – April 27, 2019

9am until Noon

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Continental Breakfast Included

Available through On-Line Registration Only

$80 Regular Registration / $70 Senior and Student Registration


Workshop Title: Trauma and Addiction: Recovering the Self

Description: It is well known that childhood trauma increases a person’s vulnerability to addiction, depression, and other social behavioral problems. Children who experience complex trauma do not have the cognitive abilities to understand and makes sense of their suffering nor do they have the means to protect themselves as it is happening. Development in such an environment changes the way the brain responds to stress throughout the life span and can create a fixed mindset which sees all stress as a threat, binding the individual to the mercy of a hypervigilant fear based response system and burying their real self under a persona that inhibits self-expansion and thriving.


We are all extremely unique but are being raised in an environment that prefers to teach, work and explore life in a homogeneous way. From the first moment of our lives we have been taught what is expected of us. Those messages are deeply embedded in our lives. They are so comfortable, even if we are aware of their negativity in our lives, we will fight tooth and nail to justify, and hold onto these rules. This workshop presents new ideas, based in science and mindfulness, to become aware of subconscious connections we are unknowingly reinforcing. This workshop takes the conversation of “Recovering from,” and shifts our perspective to the importance of “Recovering to.”


Co-facilitated by: MartinJon Garcia and Ryan Breen


MartinJon Garcia Bio: Helping those that are ready to open up to their greatness is at the core of MartinJon's Practice. As a healer helping others is an integral part of his life's practice. His recovery and personal growth continues to be an anchor of love and growth. MartinJon's Portrait Project was the artistic groundwork that evolved into Portrait Facilitation and The Portrait Method. By connecting deeply through creativity MartinJon becomes a vehicle for healing to happen. Through sharing vulnerability people are free to open up and explore inner blocks that exist but were not have been previously available to be seen. MartinJon is a certified Shinpiden (Reiki Master), and has studied with a number of other energy healer covering a wide array of modalities. MartinJon has, and continues, to use multiple modalities to aid in the development of this new portrait modality as well as helping clients integrate lessons from their experiences with Portrait Facilitation.


Ryan Breen Bio: Ryan Breen LCPC, CADC is the Director of Staff Development and Training at Haymarket Center where he coordinates and provides various training in topics related to the treatment of addictive disorders and trauma to Haymarket’s +300 staff members. For almost 20 years, Mr. Breen has provided therapy to clients who are dealing with relationship issues, trauma, substance use, and other mental health concerns. He has previously served as assistant clinical director for the agency’s outpatient, integrated care, and men’s residential programs. He has coordinated teams at the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, directed residential services at Jewish Child and Family Services, and counseled families at Wedgewood Christian Services. Mr. Breen also operates a private practice dedicated helping those who are dealing with relational crisis and issues related to childhood trauma and maltreatment. Mr. Breen takes a special interest in childhood development as it relates to the fulfillment of individual human potential and relationship satisfaction.





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Dinner at the Lake

              Featuring Live Music by Slim Gypsy Baggage




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#GivingTuesday 2018


Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.


Haymarket Center was started in 1975 - by Monsignor Ignatius McDermott (Father Mac)
The mission of Haymarket Center is to aid people with substance use disorders in their recovery by providing comprehensive behavioral health solutions.


Haymarket Center is raising resources to support the operation of our new childcare center, supporting children and the entire family in their treatment and recovery.



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Haymarket Center is tax exempt under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code; contributions to Haymarket Center are deductible to the fullest extent of the law on tax returns.



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Fr. Mac Appreciation Award Annual Luncheon









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11th Annual Father Mac West Loop Family Festival

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5-Part Plan to Reverse the Opioid Epidemic

"5-part plan to reverse the opioid epidemic"

A sound plan by Arthur Lurigio & Dr. Sidney Weissman that places treatment front and center.






Opioid-related overdoses end the lives of more than 100 Americans each day on average. Here's a five-part plan to alleviate the opioid epidemic.

Addiction treatment

The first task in addressing opioid abuse is treating overdose victims. First responders must be equipped with and trained in the use of naloxone. Once victims are stabilized, their treatment can begin. Much scientific evidence shows that opioid use disorder (a medical condition that in common parlance would be called opioid abuse or addiction) can be effectively treated, with recurrence rates no greater than those for other chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma and hypertension. The Food & Drug Administration has approved three medications for treatment—methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone—that block opioid cravings and effects. All three also significantly increase the likelihood that opioid users can recover to live healthy and sober lives.

Medications are most effective when they are combined with non-medical therapies, including short- and long-term residential programs and follow-up care that includes recovery management. Intensive outpatient programs help opioid addicts acquire the competencies and skills to resist future drug use. Offered in community-based settings with comprehensive long-term care, such programs ensure that recovery is an achievable goal, especially when they involve sober housing, supportive services (job development and training) and peer mentorship (e.g., Narcotics Anonymous sponsors).



State and federal governments must fund educational programs that show the limitations and dangers of opioid use. These messages should be directed at the general public, customized to reach groups at a higher risk for opioid use disorders (e.g., rural residents) and crafted along the lines of public health advertising campaigns concerning the risks of tobacco and unsafe sex practices. Educational initiatives also should contain school-based platforms for youths 12 to 17, who are prone to opioid experimentation.

Furthermore, patients should receive informational packets with every opioid prescription to be reviewed with both their prescribers and the pharmacists. Strict adherence to dosage and prescription regimen requires the firm commitment of the physician and the patient to ensure that the type, duration and dosage of the medication are properly and prudently administered. Doctors must be fully informed about the dangers of over-prescribing. Opioid-based instruction should become embedded in standardized medical school curricula.

Medical students must also become familiar with varied pain treatment modalities that are based on established guidelines and evidence-based practices. Medical residents with direct patient care responsibilities should have hands-on training experiences with the administration of opioids. Physicians should be required to attend accredited continuing medical education programs on the latest guidelines for opioid prescribing.

Alternative therapies

Pain management practices should consist of options that work more effectively and are much safer and cheaper than opioids. Alternatives include guided imagery, meditation, over-the-counter pain relievers (such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen), physical therapy, antidepressants, massage and manipulation and exercise. When all else fails, opioids should be used only when their benefits outweigh their risks. With few exceptions, opioid prescriptions should be limited to one-week supplies for each patient.

Prescription regulation

A CNN/Harvard University study published in March reported that in exchange for prescribing opioids some physicians have accepted large payments in the form of fees for consulting, speaking, educating and training engagements directed at other physicians. Whether these doctors were selected as spokespeople or so-called opinion leaders because they already wrote large numbers of opioid prescriptions or whether the money paid to them led to changes in their prescription-writing practices is unclear. In any case, the correlation between opioid prescribing and physician earnings is appreciable and troubling.

Recent changes in the development of accredited continuing medical education programs have curtailed this practice. Furthermore, states such as Ohio and Mississippi have sued major drug companies, including Purdue Pharma and Endo Health Solutions, for wantonly extolling the benefits of opioid painkillers while purposely downplaying their risk of addiction.

Supply reduction

Nationwide, computer networks should be established to track the issuance of opioid prescriptions, and those retrieving an opioid prescription should be required to show a valid ID card. Controlling prescriptions will reduce the quantity of drugs being deflected into illicit use. However, this alone will not substantially diminish the availability of opioids through other channels. For example, untold numbers of small labs in China are producing and mailing fentanyl and its derivatives to the U.S. The Chinese government must be enlisted in our efforts to stem this drug flow. New methods of enforcement also will be needed to reduce the smuggling of heroin, which comes mainly from Mexico and Afghanistan.

The opioid epidemic developed over several years and will take long-term, concerted and coordinated public health efforts to reverse the trend of new addictions and to treat victims in the recovery process. We must fortify our will to act before more lives are lost.

Arthur Lurigio is a professor of psychology and of criminal justice and criminology at Loyola University Chicago, where he is the senior associate dean for faculty, a faculty scholar and a master researcher in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Dr. Sidney Weissman is a clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. He is also on the faculty of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.




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