Positive Sobriety Institute

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680 N Lake Shore Dr Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60611
8887704403 Visit Website

Paying for Treatment

  • Insurance is Accepted
  • Financing is Available
  • Medicare is not Accepted
  • Medicaid is not Accepted

Treatment Insights

Positive Sobriety Institute specializes in expert-delivered addiction assessment, rehabilitation and recovery services to healthcare and other professionals. Positive Sobriety Institute offers professionals a Comprehensive Assessment Program that focuses on a compassionate advocacy-based evaluation while determining issues like fitness for duty and need for treatment interventions. Through our intensive partial and outpatient programs, independent living and mandatory after care, the Positive Sobriety Institute is able to get clients back to their careers and back to life.

Positive Sobriety Institute Reviews and Ratings Details

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Strengths: Clinician education & experience, location Weaknesses: no residential treatment Helpful experienced, trained staff, family program


caring staff. Thoughtful, caring staff that ensures that people meet their goals.


improved success rate due to 2 year aftercare program, Parking is expensive for individuals attending treatment and commuting. Our program focuses on licensed professional individuals. Doctors, attorn...


A great facility for those looking for a confidential recovery experience. The Dr. is one of the best in the business and has created an incredible program.

Areas of Focus
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.

Individual Therapy

This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.

Holistic Therapy

Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

Client & Family Support Groups

Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.

Key Staff Members
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    Daniel H. Angres, M.D. - Medical Director

    Daniel Angres, M.D. is a national expert in psychiatry, addiction, and physicians’ health programs. Currently, he serves as the Medical Director of the Positive Sobriety Institute as well as Chief Medical Officer of RiverMend Health Addiction Services. Dr. Daniel Angres has been a top, nationally recognized, expert in addiction and dual disorders evaluation and treatment medicine with a specialty in working with addicted professionals for 30 years. Dr. Daniel Angres has lectured at major academic medical centers across the USA. Dr. Daniel Angres’ work has helped change the field, addiction treatment methods and outcomes. Dr. Daniel Angres has been published in peer reviewed journals, referenced by other leaders, and has authored three ground-breaking books on the subject of chemical dependency, addiction treatment and recovery including, “Healing the Healer,” “Miswired” and “Positive Sobriety.” Dr. Daniel Angres has been active in teaching and research in Chicago and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

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    Anish John, M.D. - Associate Medical Director

    Dr. Anish John is the Associate Medical Director for the Positive Sobriety Institute, where he oversees care for patients in the partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. Double board-certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry, Dr. John conducts patient evaluations, develops treatment plans based on bio-psycho-social clinical formulations, co-leads a multidisciplinary team and develops new programs to continue to enhance patient care. Raised by parents who were nurturing physicians, Dr. John realized early on that he had a strong inclination toward the field of medicine – an interest matched only by his passion for music. While growing up in New York, Dubai and during his years living in India, he honed his skills on the guitar, piano and vocals while pursuing a career as an MD. During medical school in India, in addition to rotations at the university, Dr. John worked and volunteered in impoverished, rural villages with little to no access to healthcare. He interfaced with teams that educated residents about preventive methods, treated children and adults and provided clinical care in the front lines of vector-borne disease epidemics. A fascination with the neurobiology of the brain and the intricate mind-body connection drew him to psychiatry. After earning his medical degree, he returned to the United States for a series of externships. He first worked with indigent patients with chronic psychiatric and substance abuse issues on the south side of Chicago, and later worked in inpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency units at two New York City hospitals. Dr. John completed his psychiatric residency in New York, with clinical responsibilities at multiple sites including Creedmoor Psychiatric Center and Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital. During his training he worked along the continuum of acute to chronic psychiatric illnesses, with a strong focus on psychodynamic therapy, in addition to pharmacological modalities. He served as chief resident at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, and was the recipient of the Conrad Apgar Herr Resident of the Year Award. Appreciating the strong interplay between psychiatric and addiction issues, he furthered his proficiency in both fields by completing a clinical fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Dr. John has research interests that include emerging behavioral addictions such as gaming disorders and utilizing neuro-modulation techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to influence the outcome of psychiatric and addictive disorders. Dr. John views addiction as a complex disease, not a personal or moral shortcoming. He takes a holistic approach to healing, considering past traumas, personality profiles and co-occurring medical and psychiatric conditions while developing individualized treatment plans. He strongly believes in creating a professional alliance with patients and families, encouraging education, self-awareness and empathy. He also practices elements from the field of positive psychiatry, which promotes well-being by reminding patients of their unique strengths instead of focusing only on what is pathological.

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    Gaurava Agarwal, M.D. - Psychiatrist

    Dr. Gaurava Agarwal is a board-certified psychiatrist with a special interest in mood disorders, ADHD, schizophrenia, addiction, positive psychiatry, and healthcare professional wellness. Currently, he is an instructor in both the Departments of Medical Education and Psychiatry at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He serves as the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in Psychiatry for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He also serves as an inpatient unit director for Stone Institute of Psychiatry at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is the course director for a professionalism and wellness course for medical students called “Personal Transition to the Profession.” Dr. Agarwal is a nationally recognized educator who has won the prestigious Association for Academic Psychiatry Junior Faculty Award and is the first psychiatrist to win the George H. Joost Award for outstanding clinical teacher from Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He has served as a co-investigator on multiple clinical trials for cutting edge pharmaceuticals studying the treatment of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Dr. Agarwal has been published in peer reviewed journals and presented national workshops on issues of physician and medical student burnout, resilience, engagement, and professionalism.

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    Kathy Bettinardi-Angres, APN, MS, RN, CADC - Director of Multidisciplinary Assessments / Family Therapist

    Kathy is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, a Licensed Advanced Practice Nurse, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and a Licensed Registered Professional Nurse. She is currently the Director of Multidisciplinary Assessments/Family Therapist and the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for Positive Sobriety Institute in Chicago, Illinois. As the Director of Multidisciplinary Assessments/Family Services at Positive Sobriety Institute, Kathy’s responsibilities include communication, education and family therapy of patients. Simultaneously, as the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Kathy performs multidisciplinary assessments for healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, and dentists. Kathy works with employers to perform Fitness for Duty Assessments to determine if an employee is or is not able to perform essential job functions because of psychological or psychiatric conditions. Kathy’s expert assessments have helped many individuals seek recovery for addictive behaviors and have provided necessary information to State Boards and employers. When Kathy is not providing health assessments and performing her duties at Positive Sobriety Institute, she can be found at Rush University Medical Center where she is Adjunct faculty for the Department of Nursing. Kathy lectures and mentors students who are in the nursing program. Prior to Positive Sobriety Institute, Kathy was the Director of Family Services Professional’s Program at Resurrection Behavioral Health where she was responsible for communication, education and assessment of family members of professionals. Kathy led services such as family therapy, couples therapy, and was the family representative for team consultations at Presence Behavioral Health, Program for Professionals. Kathy is a board certified Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her psychiatric nursing degree from Rush College of Nursing Chicago, Illinois and her nursing degree from Loyola University Chicago. Kathy has authored several publications for the Journal of Nursing Regulation, Maryland Medical Journal, and The Nurse Practitioner Journal. She is currently serving as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Journal of Nursing Regulation.