Haymarket Center


March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Jason Eliason - Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Haymarket Center is known for its comprehensiveness, rising to meet the holistic needs of clients including addressing problem gambling. With a recent grant from the state of Illinois, Haymarket Center helps clients with problem gambling to increase their awareness of its impact and build new coping skills.

For some, problem gambling can remain an invisible burden co-existing alongside other behavioral health issues. Research suggests that 10 – 15% of individuals with a substance use disorder also have a gambling problem[i]. Every patient who enters treatment at Haymarket Center is assessed for gambling disorder and connected to treatment, if needed. This winter, our program screened 200 Haymarket Center clients in residential treatment for substance use and found 15 with significant gambling problems. “Once we identify problem gambling, we can offer treatment right away to make sure that our clients are fully prepared to pursue recovery,” explains program manager Kenneth Avery.

Perhaps because March Madness can heighten otherwise hidden problem gambling, the national March campaign is an important resource that guides people reaching out for help. Haymarket Center will be spreading the word through social media and direct outreach in barber shops, beauty salons, churches, and other community venues. “We are here to help,” encourages Ken, “and our evidence-based approaches make all the difference.”



[i] SAMHSA, 2014, Gambling Problems: An Introduction for Behavioral Health Services Providers

Training the next generation of addiction counselors

Jason Eliason - Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Three times a week for the past six months, Salesha Macray finished her day’s work as an assistant in Haymarket Center’s treatment programs, took a quick break, and then spent the evening online pursuing studies to advance her career as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). Salesha is one of a handful of students to receive a scholarship available to Haymarket Center employees to pursue training through our accredited Professional Learning Center’s Addiction Counselor Preparatory Training Program.

This year, for the first time, the training course was offered entirely online. The course provides learners from across Illinois with the skills and knowledge to pass the state’s CADC examination and succeed in their careers as treatment professionals.

“I love where I work and what I do,” comments Salesha Macray, explaining how she stayed motivated to study from 6 pm to 9 pm after a full day’s work. She described the faculty as a patient with dedicated teachers who stayed late as needed to make sure these students received full attention in a virtual setting.

Salesha won the competitively awarded scholarship which covered three-quarters of her tuition. Salesha adds that the scholarship is an example of how “Haymarket supports us with programs that can make us better at what we do.”

Salesha’s next steps are to take the CADC test and offer 300 hours of service as an intern, which she will complete at Haymarket Center. In years ahead, Salesha aspires to continue her learning journey in order to care for those who have co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions.

[1] SAMHSA, 2014, Gambling Problems: An Introduction for Behavioral Health Services Providers


Urgent vaccine distribution response

Jason Eliason - Wednesday, March 10, 2021


Urgent vaccine distribution response

It should come as no surprise that Haymarket Center is in a unique position with regard to vaccine distribution. Our facility is distinguished by the extraordinary risk that the pandemic poses to our patients and staff. Like the hospitals and skilled nursing facilities that are the City’s top priority for receiving vaccines, our residential treatment programs serve hundreds of patients at very high risk every week—including much-experiencing homelessness. Our programs are staffed by physicians, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, and other front-line workers.


Through our successful advocacy to make sure our patients and staff have vaccine access, we have been able to collaborate with the Chicago Department of Public Health and Walgreens to bring vaccine resources on site.


We are proud to report we have achieved a very impressive vaccination rate at Haymarket Center. As of the first week in March, 82 percent of our residential patients and staff have now received the vaccine. We are hearing that this rate exceeds the norm for area hospitals and residential facilities by about 20 percentage points.


Our approach has involved two equally important strategies: first, assuring access to the vaccine, and second, respecting the need for each patient and staff member to come to their own informed decision as to whether to vaccinate.


One of several critical steps taken by Haymarket Center was to encourage staff to engage through a series of town hall style events with physicians, including our Medical Director Dr. Michael Baldinger, Psychiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Tilkin, Haymarket Board Member, Dr. William Martin, III, and south suburban internist, Dr. Lenny Robinson. While attesting to the safety and importance of the vaccine, the doctors encouraged staff to explore their doubts and deepen their knowledge so that they could come to their own conclusions about the vaccine.


As CEO Dr. Dan Lustig noted, “both access to the vaccine and access to information are critical as Haymarket Center continues to its provision of outstanding medical and behavioral health care for some of the most disadvantaged residents of city and region.”



Gleb Sergeyev - Friday, December 18, 2020

Haymarket Center is committed to serving clients in the Opioid Use Recovery for Fetal and Maternal Health in Illinois with care that is holistic, integrated, and trauma-informed. One way is through OURFAMILY Program.

The OURFAMILY program will provide up to 50 pregnant women who are living with opioid use disorder with a 180-day stay in a safe, stable, and structured housing environment. We will also provide three daily meals, laundry, recovery coaching, daily group counseling, and Medication assisted treatment (MAT).

To help support clients, the OURFAMILY Program will provide families with a family therapist as well as a pediatric nurse.

The program family therapist is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) who will use trauma-informed care and other practices such as mediation, problem-solving, critical thinking, and conflict-resolution to increase communication between mothers and their peers, children, and other family members.

The OURFAMILY pediatric nurse is a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), who will provide healthcare services to the children of mothers in the program.

The program will also address an individual’s need for care coordination, and wraparound and community services to support longer-term health, relapse prevention, and family stability.A peer who has two Doula certifications provides a tremendous level of practical and moral support to the women in the program.

To ensure that our clients are provided the full care necessary, Haymarket maintains linkage agreements with housing, legal-aid, employment agencies, health and human services organizations, and providers of primary medical, gynecological, and obstetric care.

In addition to these external linkages, Haymarket will provide a number of community-based onsite services for women in the program through our existing/internal programs, such as employment-related services via our Ann F. Baum Family Enrichment Center and Recovery Works programs.

The program will also provide induction and/or connection to MAT, transportation to and from Haymarket Center, visits from the pediatric nurse, information about tests and possible procedures, help for clients to prepare questions for the medical provider, connections to support staff at the clinic, executive functioning support for scheduling and keeping follow-up appointments, support if requested to review lab results, and family recovery support.

To learn more about the OURFAMILY Program, please contact us at 312-226-7984 or visit our website.


Family Enrichment Center & New Kitchen

HR HayMarket - Wednesday, November 11, 2020



Haymarket Center has always had the mission to aid people with substance use disorders in their recovery by providing comprehensive behavioral health solutions.


Ann F. Baum Family Enrichment Center


Our Family Enrichment Center is the Employment and Training Program within Haymarket Center. This program provides services to individuals with employment barriers and who also require assistance with launching a career or returning to the workforce as tax-paying citizens.


The FEC Program is results-driven due in part to the partnership with companies and other agencies in the surrounding areas. Another ingredient for success is motivation and the desire of the clients to create a better way of life for themselves and their families. FEC’s staff provides employment opportunities for clients at all academic and skill levels. As an additional benefit to prospective employers, the individuals are drug tested before employment opportunities are offered.


Our staff also provides vocational services and referrals to Skill-Based training centers. These Centers provide training at no cost to the client. In addition, FEC staff works closely with the Illinois Department of Employment Services and the Illinois Employment Training Centers to assist clients with additional resources and apprentice opportunities.


We recently launched an exciting new chapter for the Family Enrichment Center!


For the first time in Haymarket Center’s history, we have opened a fully operational kitchen where we prepare three meals a day and snacks for our clients that are in residential settings. That’s 900 meals a day! Clients in FEC programming are able to work in the kitchen and gain job experience, while they can also earn sanitation and food handling certifications.


These skills and certifications will provide valuable support as they search for permanent employment as they transition back into the community. The food industry has long been one of the more important sources of employment for our clients.


The Family Enrichment Center is just one of the ways Haymarket Center helps to address the social determinants of health for the people we serve.


To learn more about FEC or any of our Specialized Programs, visit our website. If you have any other questions or need help, contact Haymarket Center today at 312-226-7984.



Health Literacy Month

HR HayMarket - Monday, October 26, 2020

October is Health Literacy Month, which means it’s time to bring attention to the importance of making health information easy to understand, and making the healthcare system easier to navigate. Without Health Literacy, patients can suffer from real consequences.

Health Literacy Month is about taking action. At Haymarket Center, we take action by offering workshops and wellness programs for patients and the public.

Our Fall Workshops Series is one prominent education venue. The current series slowly coming to an end, but we do have one more workshop coming up in the month of November.

Workshop V: November 7, 2020

Topic: Intimate Partner Violence

The beginning of this workshop is designed to teach the prevalence of IPV and the dynamics of IPV. Clinicians will be learning about the severity of this issue and how to recognize some of the symptoms they may see in their practice/setting. Clinicians will also learn about the intersection between IPV and substance use disorder.

In the second half of the workshop, clinicians will learn ways to address, prevent, and intervene to help increase the safety of their clients who are experiencing IPV and how to incorporate this knowledge into their practice setting. Clinicians will also learn about resources in Chicago and Cook County to gain knowledge of referral for resources clinicians can use for a client who is a survivor of IPV.

Haymarket Center also provides health education to our patients. Our Health and Wellness Department provides education especially on chronic health conditions that are prevalent in our populations, or for which our patients are at high risk. These conditions include diabetes, hypertension, asthma, HIV, and Hepatitis C, among others. Health and Wellness staff also provide education on the importance of adhering to any medication regimen they are prescribed.

To learn more about any of our programs click here.

Haymarket Center is a comprehensive, community-based provider of substance use and mental health treatment, battling some of our region’s most devastating health problems. To learn more about our Fall Workshops or any of our Programs, contact us at 312-226-7984 or visit our website.


September is National Recovery Month

HR HayMarket - Wednesday, September 23, 2020

September is National Recovery Month. This observance is used to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can help individuals with a mental or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.

Just as we celebrate individuals who overcame or made improvements in serious health issues like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc., we celebrate individuals who have overcome or made improvements with mental or substance use disorders.

During September we reinforce positive messages about behavioral health being essential to overall health and remind individuals that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

Millions of lives have been transformed through recovery, and oftentimes, these successes go unnoticed by the larger population. National Recovery Month provides a way for everyone to celebrate these successes.

By sharing our success stories with our neighbors, friends, and colleagues, we help increase awareness and furthers a greater understanding about mental and substance use disorders.

Please feel free to share your success story with us! We love hearing them.

Haymarket Center is a comprehensive, community-based provider of substance use and mental health treatment, battling some of our region’s most devastating health problems.

If you or someone you know suffers from mental or substance use disorder, contact Haymarket Center at 312-226-7984 today. We are here to help.


Family-Centered Treatment for Fathers

Gleb Sergeyev - Friday, August 07, 2020

Since 1975, Haymarket Center has always had the mission to aid people with substance use disorders in their recovery by providing comprehensive behavioral health solutions.

For over a decade now, Haymarket Center has been building and expanding a family-centered approach to treatment. One of the newest additions to the program is the Family-Centered Treatment for Fathers, which was launched in October 2019.

The program was built on a foundation laid by a federal grant, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, called “Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood.” That program was an enormous success, and Haymarket Center has continued many of the services from that program in this new treatment unit. The program is for adult men of 18 years or older who are parents of children under the age of 18 and/or are involved with the Department of Children and Family Services.

The Family-Centered Treatment for Fathers is an ASAM level 3.5, residential substance use disorders treatment program of 16 beds, providing more than 25 hours per week of group and individual counseling for adult men with substance use disorders. In this program, men will be provided with fatherhood programming and relationship counseling to help improve their parenting and communication skills, as well as to improve their financial responsibility.

Haymarket Center is a comprehensive, community-based provider of substance use and mental health treatment, battling some of our region’s most devastating health problems. To learn more about the Family-Centered Treatment for Fathers program or any of our programs, call us at 312-226-7984 or visit our website.


Stigma Reduction to Combat the Addiction Crisis

Gleb Sergeyev - Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Today in the United States we are facing a serious crisis: the addiction crisis. Thousands of people die each year from drug overdoses, and the number of people with a substance use disorder is increasing. To help fix the crisis we must address and combat the stigma of substance use disorders.

The stigma of substance use disorders is rooted in the belief that a substance use disorder is a personal decision reflecting a lack of responsibility or control. At a societal level, the stigma causes people to label and discriminate against those individuals with a substance use disorder in insurance benefits, employment, and housing.

Not only does stigma result in labeling, status loss, and discrimination but it also leads to delaying and preventing access to treatment and care delivery, as well as contributes to the disorder on an individual level.

Stigmatizing views of healthcare workers can lead them to withhold care. Many people with substance use disorders are denied at hospitals because they are believed to be drug-seeking. Other hospital workers may not feel it is their job to treat people with substance use disorders because they don’t see it as a medical condition. A striking finding in a national survey was that three-quarters of primary physicians were unwilling to have a person with a substance use disorder marry into their family, and two-thirds viewed people with substance use disorders as dangerous.

On an individual level, stigma can cause individuals to hide their substance use disorder, leading to social isolation and high-risk behaviors. The stigma can prevent people from reaching out to receive the help and treatment they need.

To combat the substance use disorder crisis, there needs to be an increase in the number of people who are receiving evidence-based treatment. At Haymarket Center, we have evidence-based interventions and state of the art programming geared to strong outcomes.

If you or a loved one suffer from a substance use disorder, please reach out to Haymarket Center. We are here to help you. We will not label you, reject you, or discriminate against you. Hope starts here.

To get the help you need, or to learn more about any of our programs contact us today at 312-226-7984 or visit our website.


Stigma and the Toll of Addiction

Gleb Sergeyev - Tuesday, June 23, 2020

How many people do you think die each year due to drug overdose? According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), 67,367 people died in 2018 from drug abuse. The life expectancy in the United States is also decreasing due to the direct and indirect effects of drugs and alcohol. In order to change these trends, there needs to be an increase in the number of people who are getting evidence-based substance use treatment. However, one thing is standing in the way of that goal, and that is the stigma of addiction. Stigma not only delays and prevents access to treatment and care delivery, but it also contributes to the disorder on an individual level.

One challenging part about the stigma of addiction is that it can lead to individual behavioral changes that defy social norms especially during withdrawal or intoxication-triggered paranoia. The behavioral changes can include lying, stealing, or acting aggressively. These changes can make it hard to be compassionate towards those individuals, even for family members who are trying to help.

Stigmatizing views of healthcare workers can lead them to withhold care to those with a substance use disorder. For example, some hospital and emergency room workers may be dismissive of someone with an alcohol or drug problem because they don’t view it as a medical condition, therefore don’t see it as part of their job to treat them. Individuals who inject drugs may also be denied care at hospitals or emergency rooms because they are believed to be drug-seeking.

Not only can stigma prevent or delay care for those with a substance use disorder, but it also causes us to underestimate the burden of substance use disorders in the population. What a lot of people don’t think about is that when internalized, stigma and the painful isolation it produces encourage further drug-taking.

We cannot stigmatize treatment for people with addiction. We cannot ignore them or reject them. Instead, we must help them. Haymarket Center has emerged as a leader in the field of addictions and behavioral health treatment. We have done this through our evidence-based interventions and state of the art programming geared towards strong outcomes. Our theme that captures the spirit of Haymarket Center is "Focus on Success." To learn more about any of our programs, call us at 312-226-7984 or visit our website.







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