Millennium Hope's Intensive Treatment Program | Chicago Counseling

Millennium Hope’s Intensive Treatment Program

Our Intensive Treatment program, developed by Ann Foster and her team at Millennium, offers extensive support and wrap-around care for individuals during critical transitional times of their recovery including, but not limited to, the time between leaving inpatient care and transitioning into everyday life. In this video, Derek Bylsma discusses our Intensive Treatment Program —…

Stigma | Millennium Counseling Center Chicago, Illinois

Stigma

“Once an Addict, Always an Addict” Stigma is one of the most difficult aspects of addiction because it can make it harder for individuals to get the help they need. Some of us have heard the old saying, “once an addict, always an addict,” but what does that really mean? And how does the saying…

Holiday Tips! | Millennium Counseling Center in Chicago, Illinois

Holiday Tips!

Before we know it, the holidays will be here. For those of us who struggle with family relationships, the holidays bring up lots of feelings—not all of them happy. So how do we navigate through all these emotional “minefields”? The answer is to plan ahead! Yes, plan out who will go where for which holiday…

Lack of Motivation or Fear of Failure? - Millennium Counseling Center

Lack of Motivation or Fear of Failure?

“I don’t have enough motivation.” How often do we hear athletes blame lack of motivation for poor performance? But while motivation can indeed be a problem, often the real issue is the fear of failure, injury, or even of fear itself. An athlete who endures a fall, suffers an injury, or has a traumatic or…

Navigating Life and Relationships after Divorce - Chicago Counseling

Navigating Life and Relationships after Divorce

Life after a divorce is hard, here are some tips on navigating life and relationships after a divorce.  The process of ending a relationship begins long before finding a lawyer, drafting divorce papers or signing the final documents. It’s normally an arduous legal and emotional roller coaster. Afterward, you are met with a new normal…

The Beauty of Life - Millennium Counseling Center

The Beauty of Life

The crisp air of fall and the autumnal glare of the sun’s rays brings about a certain hope of celebration and perhaps pumpkin everything as a harbinger to the holidays. However, for some of us, particularly those with less-than-healthy families, the eve of celebratory months brings about a sense of dread. Others of us look…

Mindlessness and Mindfulness

Mindlessness and Mindfulness

Learning to pay attention to the moment while also cultivating a nonjudgmental stance towards self sounds pretty ideal to an addict in recovery, right? Individuals experiencing addiction, past or present, often find themselves “stuck” in certain patterns or behaviors, sometimes not even realizing their “stuckness”. With obsessive, compulsive and self-centered thinking tendencies, addicts can easily…

NFL Draft and Anxiety

NFL Draft and Anxiety

This is the time of year when some sports are in playoff mode, and others are just beginning their season. With the NFL draft right around the corner, there are many draft pick hopefuls waiting to hear their names called on that stage and have their careers begin. As fun as the NFL draft is…

Think Outside of the Gift Box

Think Outside of the Gift Box

He’s too hard to buy for! She’s so picky! I don’t know what to get them, they have everything! We all have someone in our lives who is hard to shop for. Trying to find the perfect gift anyway can be a real source of stress. Actually, the real source of stress is often not…