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Banyan Treatment Center
Banyan Treatment Center's mission is to help struggling drug addicts and alcoholics reach their goal of a healthy, happy and productive sober life through an array of treatment services provided by our licensed clinical and medical professionals. Our drug and alcohol rehab programs provides an alternative to traditional inpatient / residential treatment or as a step down from a higher level of care. We emphasize and try to instill the importance of consistency, accountability, and responsibility along with the vital importance of a 12 step program in everybody’s daily lives to achieve the goal of permanent sobriety. After going through his own difficulties battling the disease of addiction Bob Reynolds, Banyan's Director, spent many years working in the recovery community trying to give back by helping other suffering addicts and alcoholics. It was Bob’s vision to start an honest, clean and supportive community for people to recover in. This vision became a reality when he teamed up with a young investor who also had a passion for helping young adults gain the tools they need in order to succeed in life.
Banyan Treatment Center Reviews and Ratings Details
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- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
- Family Program
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
- Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.
James Cunnar, M.D. - Medical Director
James Cunnar M.D. did his undergraduate training at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Illinois in 1990. He completed his medical education at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 1994. His residency training was performed at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, Indiana, after which he became board certified in Family Practice in 1997. Dr. Cunnar’s clinical interests include adolescent care, adult wellness, and diabetes. Dr. Cunnar is actively involved within the greater community of family physicians on both the national and state level. Dr. Cunnar resides in Aurora. Dr. Cunnar is brings an enthusiastic approach to the collaborative model of treatment Banyan champions.
Suzette Papadakis MS,LCPC,NCC,GCT - Executive Director
Suzette Papadakis is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor by the National Board of Certified Counselors. Since 1996 she has worked in mental health and substance abuse service industry providing mental health care to individuals, couples and families. Suzette has worked with a wide range of issues such as, addiction and recovery, affairs, domestic violence, trauma, and parenting issues. Suzette is a Certified Gottman Therapist and has an expertise in treating couples with addiction issues. Suzette is trained in EMDR therapy (level 1 and 2) by the EMDRIA Institute. Suzette is a certified facilitator in the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) program. Suzette recently was selected for inclusion in Trademark Who’s Who Honors Edition for Professional Excellence. Her educational credentials are comprised of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin with a minor in Religious Studies. Suzette graduated with Magna Cum Laude recognition with her Master’s Degree in Human Services Counseling at National-Louis University in Wheaton, Illinois. She has also received recognition by the National Honor Society for Human Service Education. Suzette has received recognition for her contributions for her work in mental health. She is listed in Cambridge Who's Who for Executives and Professionals. She was a collaborating researcher in the DSM-5. The American Counseling Association has also acknowledged Suzette for her trauma work with students at Northern Illinois University and Virginia Tech tragedies. Suzette is an empathic, licensed clinical professional counselor that utilizes research-based approaches to help people to improve their lives. Her treatment philosophy is based on the fundamental importance of the therapeutic relationship, which provides a safe environment to explore past patterns and interpersonal dynamics. She has the belief that meaningful and healthy relationships with oneself and others are what bring purpose and meaning to life.