Haymarket Center


Our Youth Prevention Team

HR HayMarket - 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

HR HayMarket - 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.



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