Haymarket Center


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.







Keep Your Home Safe From Viruses and Germs

Gleb Sergeyev - Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Haymarket Center’s amazing housekeeping staff is completing twice daily hospital-grade facility cleaning and equipping each unit with cleaning supplies. Viruses, like Covid-19, and germs can be spread from person to person, or from touching unclean surfaces. That’s why it is important to make sure that we are cleaning and disinfecting our facility often--and our homes as well. In our homes, we all need to read the labels on everyday products to make sure that we clean and disinfect the proper way.

When it comes time to home cleaning and disinfecting, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends focusing on high-touch surfaces, such as countertops, doorknobs, light switches, cellphones, and toilet handles. Pathogens can lie on these surfaces for several hours.

When you're ready to clean and disinfect the surfaces in your home, look for wipes, sprays, and concentrates that say “disinfectant” on the label. Click here to take a look at all EPA approved products for use against the virus that causes COVID-19. It is important that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions on all cleaning products. For a homemade solution, the CDC recommends mixing a quarter cup of household chlorine bleach with one gallon of cool water.

To kill germs on clothes, use detergent and bleach for white clothing, and peroxide or color-safe bleach for colors. You can also dry clothes on the dryers hot cycle for 45 minutes to kill germs.

Finally, the biggest way to stop the spread of viruses and germs is to wash your hands. The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If unable to use soap and water, use hand sanitizers that are at least 60% alcohol. Frequently washing your hands will stop germs and viruses from traveling from one surface to the other, and to more people.

At Haymarket Center, we are committed to sustaining our level of intense vigilance and care even during these tough times. We are taking proper precautions to make sure all employees and patients remain safe and healthy. To see all of our precautions, please visit our Covid-19 Information page 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 any of our programs, call us at 312-226-7984 or visit our website.






COVID-19 Response

HR HayMarket - Thursday, April 23, 2020

Dear Friends of Haymarket Center,


We would like to offer our sincerest wishes that you and your loved ones are doing well. We are writing to update you on the impact of Covid-19 on our patients, employees and communities to let you know how we are addressing unprecedented challenges with strength and resilience.

Our patients and communities

With special issues affecting congregate settings like ours, particularly when many patients have complex medical conditions, we have been fortunate to be able to draw on significant expertise from CDPH, IDPH, the University of Illinois and Rush to best protect our patients.

Early in the spread of the pandemic, we put aggressive, well-informed measures in place that go beyond what any of us could have ever imagined, even a few months ago. Twice daily, we complete hospital- grade total facility cleaning, supplemented by intermittent cleaning on each unit. We have ended all communal dining and group activities. We do not allow patient visitors. We have isolated patients who have been diagnosed from healthy populations and have had to transfer some for hospital care. Every day, our patient care energies are devoted to screening, educating and Covid-19 testing.

We continue with these extraordinary measures with the knowledge that the path to recovery cannot shut down, even in the midst of a pandemic. Where possible, we have shifted treatment to telehealth, and we have slowed admissions to ensure new patients are observed for 14 days before coming into our residential programs. But we will not shut our doors.

The implications are serious for the broader community if we do not provide this essential service to a very vulnerable population, especially since emergency rooms are overburdened with patients and we know that isolation tends to exacerbate substance use disorders.

Our employees

We are extraordinarily proud of the courage and spirit of our entire Haymarket team. Our dedicated employees—including our frontline heath care workers who continue to do their difficult jobs during this pandemic are true heroes.

One of the ways we sought to recognize our employees was by providing a small bonus, to thank them for working during this difficult time and to offset the extra costs of transportation, childcare and other expenses while coping during this extraordinary time. At the same time that we applaud our employees, we are vigilant about sending any home with any symptoms, and we are fortunate to be able to provide on-site Covid-19 testing.

Our losses

We are currently mourning the loss of three employees who selflessly dedicated years to helping others overcome substance use disorders. Our condolences and sympathy go out to their families, and we look forward to celebrating their lives and contributions at a future date when our Haymarket family can safely gather and honor their memory. These losses of our treasured colleagues affect all of us so deeply, bringing close to home the clear, rapid devastation that we are all making sacrifices to address. Every day, we also mourn the loss of patients and family members near and far, and we carry with us a sense of loss, even as we recommit ourselves daily to the patients in our care.

Looking forward

We are committed to sustaining our level of intense vigilance and care as long as needed. This week, Haymarket Center launched agency-wide coronavirus testing for employees and patients on-site, including for staff from every location. We are thankful to our partners, Heartland Alliance Health and Illinois Department of Public Health, for helping to make this possible.

Like all essential health sector organizations, these times are financially challenging for Haymarket Center. We gratefully received much-needed federal support last week that is providing partial relief for us, while we continue to bear costs associated with the extraordinary measures we have put in place to remain open and available to patients. We are so thankful for the generosity of our donors and supporters who are coming forward with gifts large and small, each of which is so essential to the continuation of our life-saving work.

Thank you for caring about Haymarket Center and the hope our work represents. We wish you and your families the gifts of health and hope.



Dr. Dan Lustig, Psy.D., MISA II, CAADC

President & CEO


Haymarket Center Spring Workshops 2020

HR HayMarket - Friday, February 21, 2020

At the Haymarket Center, we want to help aid people with substance use disorders in their recovery by providing comprehensive behavioral health solutions. One of those solutions is our outstanding Spring Workshop Series. You can register for any one of our workshops now on our website. We’ve put a lot of time and care, as well as input from past attendees, to select relevant topics about challenges and issues faced in our field today. All spring workshops will be held at Haymarket Center, 923 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 6067 from 9am-noon with a free continental breakfast.


Workshop I - February 22, 2020

Topic: Reducing Stigma and improving access to treatment for those struggling with substance use disorders.

Presented by: Jim Scarpace, MS, LCPC


Workshop II - March 7, 2020

Topic: Responding to Trauma through Skill-building

Presented by: Dale Roberson, MSW, CADC


Workshop III - March 21, 2020

Topic: Compassion and Anger: Effective Strategies for Meeting Anger Across Clinical Settings

Presented by: Charles Franke, LCSW


Workshop IV- April 4, 2020

Topic: The Polyvagal Theory: An Introduction

Presented by: Peggy Hough, LCPC, CADC


Workshop V - April 18, 2020

Topic: Intimate Partner (IPV) - How Best to Support Survivors

Presented by: Beth Klieger, LCSW


Credit and Certification

 Three (3.0) CEUs will be issued in each workshop. Certificates will also be available at the end of each session. Each session is IDFPR approved for LCPC, LCSW, and Psychologists, and Illinois Certification Board (ICB) approved for CADCs.


Workshop Registration and Pricing:

 Pricing for the workshops begins at $80.00 each. We do offer discounts for attending multiple workshops to encourage providers to take advantage of our spring program. We also have discounted rates for seniors (62+) and students. Registration is encouraged prior to the day of each workshop. Click to register for Haymarket Center Spring Workshops or contact Ken Cheverko at (312)-226-7984 ext. 456 or KCheverko@hcenter.org. You can also send him direct mail at Haymarket Center, 932 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 6067.




Photo by: Dan Meyers


What is the McDermott Learning Center CADC Program?

Gleb Sergeyev - Thursday, January 16, 2020

“Recovery Is About Progression Not Perfection.”~ Anoynomous

From its inception in 1975, Haymarket Center has had a mission to aid people with substance use disorders in their recovery by providing comprehensive behavioral health solutions.

Among those solutions is the professional training Haymarket offers through its McDermott Learning Center Addiction Counselor Training Program (named after our founder, Father Ignatius McDermott) for individuals interested in becoming a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC).

The Addiction Counselor Training curriculum is a 225-hour program accredited by the Illinois Certification Board (ICB). Classes are held at Haycenter located at 932 W Washington Blvd. in Chicago. Students who complete the program fulfill the educational requirements needed to become a CADC and will be able to apply for an internship at Haymarket. Further, they will be ready to take the CADC certification exam offered by the Illinois Certification Board. Individuals who pass the exam are then eligible to apply for counseling positions at Haymarket or elsewhere.

Haymarket Center is a pioneer in providing innovative, high-quality, community based behavioral health and training programs. We primarily serve Chicago’s homeless, indigent and ex-offenders from the south and west side communities. We remain wholeheartedly devoted to identifying and designing new and progressive methods for furthering our founding mission, which includes training programs like those for becoming a CADC. The next CADC class begins in March, 2020. To learn more or to register for the program, please visit our website.

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 any of our programs, call us at 312-226-7984 or visit our website. Thank you!







What Does it Mean to be an Ally In Recovery (AIR)?

HR HayMarket - Monday, November 25, 2019

December is a special time when many of us are busy preparing for the holidays and spending time with friends and family. December is also a time of giving and a time for giving back to our communities. We give back not only because it feels good, but because it can make a real, tangible impact on those around us. This year consider giving back to your community by becoming a founding member of Haymarket Center’s new monthly giving circle, Ally in Recovery (AIR).

Ally In Recovery donors are united by their commitment to a common mission: Supporting the over 12,000 men and women who come to Haymarket Center to change their lives, reunite with their families and make our communities stronger and safer. Your monthly commitment of just $19.75 (the year Haymarket Center was founded) will help provide Haymarket Center with the resources so desperately needed to provide education, support, and prevention tools to those at risk of or impacted by chronic health issues including substance use disorder, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and more.

Please consider being an Ally In Recovery today… in hopes of providing a better tomorrow for our clients and all of those in Recovery.

Haymarket Center is the Midwest’s most comprehensive community-based provider of substance use and mental health treatment, battling one of our region’s most devastating health problems. To become an Ally In Recovery, please click here To learn more about our programs, call us at 312-226-7984 or visit our website. Thank you!








2019 Father Mac Appreciation Award Luncheon

HR HayMarket - Wednesday, November 06, 2019

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” —Maya Angelou

Haymarket Center is proud to bestow awards on two people who have enhanced the center's ability to provide ongoing community support at our 2019 Father Mac Appreciation Awards luncheon this month. The luncheon is named after the late Monsignor Ignatius McDermott, founder of Haymarket Center. We honor these exceptional individuals who have given their time and expertise to furthering Haymarket Center's mission to aid people with substance use disorders in their recovery by providing solutions.

Father Mac Appreciation Award

State Representative Deb Conroy

State Representative Conroy has worked to pass laws to fund resources that reduce opioid abuse and make our state government more efficient. She is the chair of the House Mental Health Committee, where she has worked to make sure insurers cover the care patients need. She has teamed up with area law enforcement to reduce drug use in the community and has fought to ensure that hospitals and clinics across Illinois have the proper funding they need.

Visionary Award

Peter O'Brien Sr President and CEO of MADO Management, LP.

MADO Management owns and manages the daily operations of three mental health rehabilitation facilities and one skilled and intermediate care facility. These facilities specialize in mental illness and coexisting chronic illnesses. Peter O’Brien is an advocate who shares his family's story to help promote understanding and awareness for mental health. He forges ahead with the quest to support the practice and expansion of person-centered programs. This vision follows those who have mental illness throughout their journey including hospitalization, rehabilitation, and community care.

Volunteers of the year:

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” — Muhammad Ali

  • Triva Hall
  • Marqui L. Jamison
  • Denise Scott
  • Kriste Sveen
  • Loretta Odom

Over 200 policy leaders, representatives from our community, business, as well as former and current Haymarket Center leaders will attend the Father Mac Appreciation Award luncheon on November 7, 2019, at the Union League Club, Chicago.

Each year, for the Father Mac Appreciation Award luncheon, Haymarket Center clients create special and unique works of art that are inspired by the luncheon theme “Blue Sky Dreams.” We all have Blue Sky Dreams and sometimes life’s circumstances interrupt our path. It is Haymarket Center’s goal to allow our clients to reimagine their future and find their way back to their own Blue Sky Dreams.

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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. Haymarket Center has been serving the Chicago area since 1975. We pride ourselves on being large enough to ensure professionalism and reliability, yet small enough to provide personalized service. Hope for a better, more positive future starts 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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