Haymarket Center


Our Youth Prevention Team

Gleb Sergeyev - Monday, January 21, 2019



If you are a parent, sibling, or guardian of a middle schooler, it may be hard to believe that your pre-teen could be using drugs or drinking underage. The truth is, data from the last decade shows rates of middle school substance abuse and addiction in children as young as 11 or 12 years old have swelled across the US. In the last year, 11.7% of 8th graders have smoked marijuana.


Our children are using and experimenting with harder drugs, and the trend doesn’t look like it will slow down anytime soon. The transition to middle school calls for vigilance. Because we have always seen our daughters and sons as little children, this sudden need for vigilance is often confusing and jarring.


That’s where our Youth Prevention Team comes in. At Haymarket Center, our Youth Prevention Specialists have hit the ground running to deliver a communication campaign throughout the South Side neighborhoods of Chicago. Our prevention team, working alongside the Illinois Department of Human Services, is implementing a year-long substance abuse prevention campaign, targeting middle school students at Millison and Beasley elementary, located in the Grand Boulevard area.


The goal of the campaign is to prevent marijuana use among youth by changing their perceptions. We want to change the way these students see themselves and the potential consequences of marijuana use.


To kick-start the campaign, the Youth Prevention Specialists are hosting a Lunch and Learn at both schools to inform school faculty and parents of our efforts. Our goal is to engage the whole community throughout the campaign so that they can be supporters and advocates of the message.


Lunch and Learn:

Beasley Elementary on Wednesday, January 16th, from noon to 1 p.m.

Mollison Elementary on Thursday, January 17th from 4 to 5 p.m.


Today’s youth is constantly bombarded with many mixed messages. Our Youth Prevention Team is excited to take on this challenge, implementing a campaign we hope will resonate with our youth, promoting healthier and brighter futures.


To learn more about the Haymarket Prevention Team’s effort, please email Pat Sykes at PSykes@hcenter.org.


If you or a loved one are seeking support for treatment, talk to the experts at Haymarket Center.Call us today at (312) 226-7984.


By Lauren Bozarth







Consider a New Career Path in 2019 as a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor

Gleb Sergeyev - Tuesday, January 08, 2019

As another Christmas holiday season concludes, you may still be composing your list of new year’s resolutions. What promises of change are you be making? Many choose to focus on their personal health and wellness from January 1st onward. Others even decide to put renewed energy into their personal finances and investments.


While these are all exceptional commitments to make, many people like you are saying goodbye to 2018 and their current jobs and saying hello to a new career path. If this sounds like you, why not consider a rewarding career by becoming a certified alcohol and other drug abuse Counselor?


The McDermott Learning Center Addiction Counselor Training Program at Haymarket Center will help you fulfill the educational requirements to become a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) and prepare you to take the certification test. The 225-hour program, accredited by the Illinois Certification Board (ICB), will run from March 19, 2019, through September 2019. This useful course includes 15 hours of Addiction Treatment Services for Women and/or their Families and 15 hours of Addiction Treatment Services for Adolescents and/or their Families. Upon passing the examination individuals can be registered with ICB and are ready to start 150 hours of supervised clinical practical experience required to complete the CADC program, which could take place at Haymarket Center.


Haymarket Center prides itself on providing exemplary services, and we are as invested in your health and the health of your loved ones as you are. The mission of Haymarket Center is to aid people with substance use disorders in their recovery by providing comprehensive behavioral health solutions. Haymarket Center has been serving the Chicago area since 1975. We pride ourselves on being large enough to provide professionalism and reliability, yet small enough to provide personalized service. Hope for a better, more positive future certainly does start here. To discover more about how we can serve your needs or the needs of a loved one, please visit our website or call us at 312-226-7984 today. Like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on current events and tips.



Medication-Assisted Recovery Homes Program Expansion

Gleb Sergeyev - Wednesday, December 12, 2018



A recovery center for addiction can help an addict get clean in a comfortable, supportive environment. Medication-assisted treatments are especially helpful in the early recovery stage to help ease symptoms of withdrawal, reduce cravings, and block the brain’s ability to experience the substance’s effect. In many cases, incorporating medication-assisted treatment may increase the odds for long-term recovery. The Haymarket Center has Recovery Homes that supports the ongoing recovery for individuals living with substance use disorders (SUD) who are active in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).


Recently the Haymarket Center was awarded a Recovery Home expansion grant from the Illinois Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery, through federal Opioid State Targeted Response funds. This award will increase the availability of housing options and recovery support services for Illinois Residents with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).


Managing the transition from treatment to the community is an important component of the recovery process. The new Medication-Assisted Recovery Homes (MARCH) will provide men and women who are in early recovery from opioid use disorders (OUD) with an up-to-90-day stay in a safe, stable, structured housing environment. They will receive three daily meals, laundry and storage, recovery coaching, daily group session, as well as medication assistance and onsite nursing assistance.


The MARCH program will provide clients with the skills, education, and stability they need for independent living and long-term recovery from their addiction. The MARCH program includes group sessions with a recovery and self-help curriculum, health education groups to keep clients engaged and motivated in their recovery, and access to life and vocational skills trainings.

Haymarket Center’s MARCH program will afford clients a seamless transition from our existing residential and outpatient MAT programs for individuals with opioid use disorders (OUD).


Maintaining the overall health, safety, and security of all clients at Haymarket is a top priority. If you or someone you know has a substance abuse problem and is looking for a comprehensive behavioral health solution, call Haymarket Center at 312-226-7984 or visit our website.



Our Care Coordination Model

Gleb Sergeyev - Friday, November 16, 2018

Haymarket Center aids people recovering from substance use disorders by providing comprehensive behavioral health solutions, arranged by our care coordinators. Our care coordinators use evidence-based practices to engage individuals in their own care, linking them to the most appropriate services.

Our care coordination model is built on a decade of experience in ensuring individuals with substance use disorders, mental health diagnoses, and primary medical conditions have all their conditions addressed concurrently.

Our coordinators identify clients who need to have care coordination through a number of sources including:

  • Internal referrals
  • Collaborations with medical providers
  • HIV testing agencies
  • Providers of services to the homeless
  • Other substance use and mental health treatment agencies
  • outreach through peers

Once a client has been referred to care coordination services, the client will

  • Engage in a counseling-based intervention to explore barriers to care.
  • Identify options for medical care and formulate a plan to overcome these barriers and engage in medical care.

Clients will also be provided with referrals to other necessary services such as legal services, public benefits, dental care, and many other services that address the social determinants of health.

Our care coordinators use evidence-based Motivational Interviewing to build a trusting relationship with the client during the first encounter--which may even be before the individual enrolls in any service.

  • Intoxicated individuals may be transported from the ED (or another entry point) to a withdrawal management/detoxification program at Haymarket or elsewhere, where the worker maintaining contact with the client, keeping them engaged in services.
  • Once the individual is stabilized, the care coordinator will explain services available and engage the client with an on-site health navigator, helping them to address barriers to care, linking them to a medical provider either on-site or another provider of the client’s choice.

Haymarket’s linkage to care protocol (LTC)

Care coordinators are trained on our linkage to care protocol (LTC) based on a CDC’s evidence-based intervention. The LTC protocol uses a strength-based approach to link clients to care and provides adherence and retention counseling. All services will be documented in the client’s confidential electronic health record.

Care coordinators follow up with clients, ensuring they attended their first medical appointment, documenting attendance using an Engagement and Retention Form.

Key features of Haymarket’s Care Coordination model align with HRSA guidelines. These include:

1) Coordinating project planning and outreach with providers to avoid duplication of services.

2) Establishing relationships with hospital emergency rooms, other primary care providers, substance use treatment programs at Haymarket, and other behavioral healthcare providers.

3) Ensuring culturally competent care coordinators deliver an access to care message in a way that reaches diverse populations.

4) Tracking the number of out-of-care individuals engaged through outreach and the number who attended their first medical appointment.

5) Maintaining Contact.

6) Engagement and Retention in Care Activities.

Haymarket has established more than 50 linkage agreements with a wide range of medical and support service providers. With our care coordinators assessing a client’s need, keeping them engaged in services, and maintaining ongoing contact with them, we provide fundamental steps in substance abuse recovery.

If you or a loved one are seeking support for treatment, talk to the experts at Haymarket Center.

Call us today at (312) 226-7984.


Our Partnerships and Enhanced Medical Staff

Gleb Sergeyev - Wednesday, September 26, 2018


The mission of Haymarket Center is to aid people with substance use disorders in their recovery by providing comprehensive behavioral health solutions. Giving people this type of access to health care provides them with the tools to become rehabilitated, later integrating back into society.

As a company formed for success, Haymarket has not only continued growing but is now forming partnerships with other institutions and organizations. Teaming up with Chicago Community Trust and Chicago Department of Health, we are now able to give more people access to health care.

By partnering with Chicago Community Trust, we now have a funding source for two nurse practitioners. We cannot state enough our appreciation for this partnering opportunity. Being able to bring two nurse practitioners onto our staff is a huge inroad into continuing with our medically assisted training of patients and providing behavioral health solutions. Nurse Practitioners are sometimes called the bridge that connects RNs and MDs: they have two-years more education than registered nurses, but have less training than doctors. We see their implementation as a leap of progress into working with our patients.

After rehabilitation, our patients still need to reintegrate into society. That is where our affiliation with Chicago Department of Health comes in. Through partnering with them, our newly hired physician assistant has been hired to work in the outpatient MAT program.

This is important as the outpatient time period is a vulnerable time in our patient’s life. A certified professional is needed to navigate the many challenges that newly rehabilitated patients face.

Reviewing our mission statements, we realized we have accomplished some goals:

  • Define the actions that will help us achieve those goals, we connected with these two community resources, providing two nurse practitioners and a physician assistant.
  • Identify opportunities for improvement within individual clinical, areas and across the entire organization. We reached out to Chicago Community of Trust and Chicago Department of Health.
  • Create a culture of collaboration, mentorship, continuous quality improvement, and strong outcomes. Our inpatients and outpatient programs continue to thrive, particularly with the addition of new staff.
  • Attract and retain employees whose values are most aligned with our culture. After interviewing these professionals and seeing how they interact with our patients, we realized we have picked some of the most specialized, high-caliber professionals available, positioned with our standards.

If you or a loved one are seeking support for treatment, talk to the experts at Haymarket Center.

Call us today at 312-226-7984.


Family-Based Treatment

Gleb Sergeyev - Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Haymarket Center is a place for people of all walks of life to come and feel accepted, supported, and rehabilitated. That’s why when you walk through our hallways, you shouldn’t be surprised when you see some welcoming rooms filled with bright colors and educational toys. 

One of the most common sights you’ll see at Haymarket Center is women and their children together, along with child development specialists, working side by side. That’s because for many women, recovery includes becoming better parents for their children. Haymarket Center wants to support these women in every way we can, which is why we believe in providing parenting training and child development programming right on sight. Not only does this type of program include side by side training, but we also have an on-site daycare program that cares for children and infants each day so their mothers can attend their treatment sessions.

Most of these children live with their mothers in one of Haymarket Center’s treatment or recovery home residences. Since the 1990’s, Haymarket Center has invited children under the age of five to stay with their mothers while they receive treatment. Not only is it great for the women to have their children nearby, but their kids also keep them motivated to continue their treatment and recovery.

Haymarket staff also help make sure pregnant women get the prenatal care they need. They receive this care while in treatment, and when the time comes to deliver their baby, they do so at a nearby collaborating hospital. After delivery, both the mother and baby are welcome back to Haymarket Center, where they stay at the main treatment facility or in one of its recovery homes. Over 1,800 babies have been born free of drugs due to this program and collaboration with area hospitals. Children are screened for health and any possible developmental concerns, and linked to services if needed.

Haymarket Center also provides services to fathers and helps them develop the skills that they’ll need to be a responsible adult and father-figure. Many of these fathers have lost confidence when it comes to establishing relationships with their kids because of re-occurring drug or mental health problems, and that’s why Haymarket Center strives to give them that confidence back.

If you feel you could benefit from the services Haymarket Center provides, please visit our website, or visit any one of our four locations in the Chicago area.


Recovery Coaching: Support Along the Way

Gleb Sergeyev - Friday, July 13, 2018

After seeing the turbulent effects of substance use disorders, we often feel a huge sense of relief when our loved one is finished with treatment. Yet finding a path back to normal life for them can be challenging. Patients often find they need day-to-day support in navigating the real world and avoiding those situations that took them to a substance abuse life in the first place that could activate a relapse. This is where Recovery Coaching comes in.


Recovery Coaching is a form of strength-based support for people with substance use disorders. Recovery Coaches focus on the present, helping clients make decisions about what to do with their life and find ways to stay in recovery and reduce the harm associated with addictive behaviors.


At Haymarket Center, our Recovery Coaching model is an evidence-based, manual-driven, community-based recovery management program for people who have entered substance use disorders treatment. Our Recovery Coaches help people in treatment gain the resources and skills needed to sustain recovery over time. We work with the Manual for Recovery Coaching and Personal Recovery Plan Development.


Following the Manual, a Recovery Coach meets with clients individually at least once a week for six months, bridging the transition from treatment into the community, meeting at least once a month for an additional six months, providing up to a year of support.


Working with the patient, they both develop a written recovery plan, outlining steps and strategies for building recovery capital. That list shows separate steps to fulfill certain goals, developing weekly management plans, ensuring each step is completed.


Haymarket Center was awarded funds from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for a program (Project T.E.A.M.) serving primarily African-American men with a substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental health disorder. These patients were most at-risk for or were living with HIV/AIDS. The program ensured these individuals were given access to and received appropriate behavioral health services.


The program successfully stabilized substance use, mental health and medical conditions of program participants. Project T.E.A.M. was also successful in sustaining participants’ recovery through Recovery Coaching.


Independent reviews of this project, and another, similar project, showed significantly positive outcomes. The outcomes included significant declines in substance use and mental health symptoms, high-risk behaviors for HIV, and crime, showing significant increases in recovery supports and overall health.


If you are seeking support after treatment, talk to the experts at Haymarket Center. Call us today at 312-226-7984.




Haymarket Brief Description of Recovery Coaching.pdf

Exec Summary from Haymarket TCE-HIV-Men-Final-Report


Self-Help at Haymarket Center

Gleb Sergeyev - Friday, June 15, 2018


Getting help can be a struggle; however, there are people and groups out there that want to help you and see you succeed. With the help of different resources at Haymarket Center, you can achieve your goals and get the help you need. All of our self-help groups provide a safe, inviting place to discuss challenges with others. 


Alcoholics Anonymous

According to the Alcoholics Anonymous website, “Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere.” Membership is open to any individual who would like to do something about their drinking problem. AA uses a Twelve Step program to help you live a better life and has helped thousands of men and women break the cycle of alcoholism -- as well as other addictions.


Haymarket Center offers multiple self-help groups: Mens Big Book Study is a place where men can learn about the twelve steps and the principles of the alcoholics anonymous program. Dual Disorders Anonymous is designed to address how addictions and mental health issues can interact with each other while needing to be taken care of simultaneously.


Narcotics Anonymous

Similar to AA, narcotics anonymous helps those who have been battling an addiction to drugs.

HCV Support Group

 This meets every 3rd Wednesday and is an open group for individuals living with Hepatitis C.

Alumni Groups

Haymarket provides alumni groups, especially for individuals using medication assisted treatment.

Prostitution Anonymous

Haymarket provides one of only two such groups in Chicago for individuals who have faced human trafficking or prostitution.


If you’re looking for support with your addiction, and don’t know where to start, Haymarket Center can help you find what you need. Whether it’s participating in one of our self-help groups, or pointing you towards a different group, we can make the journey easier. Visit our website today to learn more about the services we offer, our convenient locations, and how we can help you.You can find a wide array of self-help resources including: Families Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, suicide prevention and much more







Medically Assisted Treatment: Responding to the Opioid Crisis

HR HayMarket - Thursday, May 31, 2018

Witnessing the dramatic rise in patients with opioid addiction, Haymarket saw an urgent need to respond to this growing crisis, taking steps to treat patients in an immediate and proven way. The following measures were taken as we:

  • Increased our capacity to provide appropriate medication to individuals in our medical detoxification units.
  • Launched two 16-bed Medicaid certified residential programs, one for men and one for a woman.
  • Used Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) prescribed by our medical director in both programs.
  • Expanded, providing MAT in our outpatient program, made possible by funding from the City of Chicago.
  • Developed a network of prescribers of Suboxone and naltrexone. As patients step down from residential or outpatient substance use disorder treatment into the community, we can provide effective care coordination so that patients can continue their MAT in the community.

What is the client’s pathway?

At intake, staff nurses or physician assistants

  • Assess the client’s medical and MAT status using a structured interview. This involves an opiate withdrawal protocol, determining prior adherence to medications to help with treatment planning.
  • Conduct a clinical screen, conducted by clinical staff. Because not all patients are appropriate for MAT, the medical and clinical screens help decide which patients are likely to succeed with MAT as an addition to their clinical treatment.
  • Provide education on MAT options available to clients at Haymarket Center. This is conducted by a physician assistant or nurse.

Clients can choose

  • Buprenorphine maintenance therapy prescribed by
    • Haymarket’s medical director. (Haymarket’s medical director is board certified in addiction medicine and certified by SAMHSA and the DEA to prescribe buprenorphine)
    • And/or the project physician assistant, or
    • Elect to receive monthly injections of extended-release naltrexone (VIVITROL) which provides complete blockade of the opioid receptor, preventing the clients from experiencing the euphoric effects of opiates if they should relapse.

With direction from Haymarket’s physician, program nurses or physician assistants monitor medication administration, ensuring clients are taking their medication, monitoring side effects, verifying that clients who choose naltrexone therapy are scheduled for monthly injections.

Staff provides random drug tests, confirming that the clients are not abusing other substances and not diverting buprenorphine.

In addition to the standard treatment group and individual counseling, Haymarket staff implemented the “ Integrating the Twelve Steps with Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder.” This evidence-based curriculum helps clients learn more about their conditions and treatment.

Finally, Haymarket Center provides alumni group meetings so current clients can learn that treatment works and, as a result, alumni have ongoing support. These events are typically well attended with an average of 30 or more alumni present.

If you or a loved one are seeking treatment for an addiction, talk to us at Haymarket Center. Call today: (312) 226-7984.


Understanding Detoxification Programs

Gleb Sergeyev - Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Detoxification is an important step in overcoming substance use disorder. Simply put, it’s when the body is allowed time to process and remove any toxins from a person’s system. Detoxification programs are held at in-patient care centers that oversee and facilitate the process to safely manage the withdrawal symptoms and provide counseling to encourage moving on into the appropriate level of substance use treatment.


The first step when it comes to detoxification is evaluating the amount of alcohol or drugs in the bloodstream through urine, breath, or blood tests. This will help the medical staff understand the substances being used and the extent of the dependency. They will also evaluate the person’s mental state, medical issues, and develop a treatment strategy around those factors.

Once the factors surrounding the individual’s needs are identified, the actual detox can begin.


This is where the person gets used to the detox process of weaning off of problem substances. Medical or psychological issues that were identified in the evaluation process are also addressed. It is this step where the body is allowed the time it needs to remove the toxins in the bloodstream.

Who can benefit from a detox program

Detoxification is a good option for anyone who has developed a substance dependency. When someone becomes dependent on drugs or alcohol, they feel they need the chemical in order to function normally. When they go without the substance they’ve become dependent on, they begin to experience mental and physical symptoms that could become dangerous if not properly managed. This is one reason going “cold turkey” isn’t recommended for many substances.

Detoxification lets body and brain adjust to being without the substance they were addicted to. Once the body adjusts to not having chemical dependency and the addictive pattern of behavior is broken, the patient can be engaged into the appropriate level of treatment.

If you or a loved one are seeking treatment for an addiction, talk to the experts at Haymarket Center. Call us today at 312-226-7984 to discuss your individual case and how a detoxification program could be the first step to help break the cycle of addiction.

Treatment considerations

As with every treatment option, there are some things to consider when looking into a detoxification program. There are some possible side-effects, which medical staff will discuss with the patient.

Also, the program isn’t a guaranteed solution. The ongoing success of the program is dependent on the patient. After treatment is completed, it will be up to them to remain sober.

Detoxification lets body and brain adjust to being without the substance they were addicted to. Once the body adjusts to not having that chemical dependency and the addictive pattern of behavior is broken, the patient will no longer need detoxification treatment.

If you or a loved one are seeking treatment for an addiction, talk to the experts at Haymarket Center. Call us today at 312-226-7984 to discuss your individual case and how a detoxification program could help break the cycle of addiction.


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