Jeff Zacharias Interventionist Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Jeff Zacharias, Interventionist

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Interventionists in Chicago. ILThe Basics

Based out of the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, Jeff Zacharias is a counselor and interventionist with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Georgetown. He is an LCSW, CSAT, CAADC and BRI-I and serves as clinical director and president of New Hope Recovery Center. Zacharias also maintains his own private practice where he treats alcoholics and addicts, as well as those with eating disorders, self-injury issues and other related psychological conditions. Though Zacharias’ clientele consists mainly of LGBTQ clients, specific issues can range widely, which is why he continued on to become more broadly certified as a counselor. He provides support for both addiction and co-occurring disorders.

The Background

Having been in recovery himself for the past 11 years, Zacharias became interested in working with the LGBTQ community when he noticed the lack of support services available. After returning to school to become a licensed social worker, he began building his practice and focusing on the unique needs of this demographic. Over the past four years,  Zacharias has held positions at The Center on Halsted, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and New Hope Recovery Center, which he owns.

The Approach

Zacharias’ focus on LGBTQ issues is what most sets him apart from other interventionists and counselors in his field. Trained in a variety of evidence-based practices including CBT and DBT, Zacharias specializes in compulsive sexual behavior intertwined with drug abuse.

Many of Zacharias’ services take place in an office setting and are less geared towards surprise interventions and more towards focused and ongoing therapy. Still, while most of his services are based out of Chicago, he is willing to travel for in-home interventions in certain cases. His approach is based primarily on the Johnson Model, which emphasizes seeking further treatment, as well as the ARISE Model, which incorporates the family. Preparation time with each family varies on a case-by-case basis. Because Zacharias can offer treatment himself, clients often continue to work with him after initial contact. Similarly, those who come in through New Hope may work with him concurrently or as aftercare.

Post-Intervention and Summary

As a private practice, treatment plans for Zacharias’ clients are largely open-ended and often include aftercare and relapse prevention services available after the initial intervention. His affiliation with New Hope Memorial Center provides additional support for primary care.

In all, Jeff Zacharias is a good choice for intervention services and ongoing treatment for the LGBTQ community in the Chicago area, especially when there may be a co-occurring issue of sex addiction and chemical dependency.

Jeff Zacharias
4770 Lincoln Ave, Ste 211
Chicago, IL 60625

Reach Jeff Zacharias by phone at (773) 295-7727 or by email at [email protected]. Find Jeff Zacharias on his website.

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  1. This guy is a joke. I was a client of his for approx 6 months. I tried re-engaging for additional care and got absolutely nothing in response. After multiple outreaches on my part and no response I’ve decided to go elsewhere. This guy could care less and is a disgrace to the profession.

  2. This man does not reply his phone calls or emails. I left several messages on both since I was referred to him and I have not heard one word from him other than his voicemail. I find it completely unprofessional to not even acknowledge the patient population that is referred to him. Much more disrespectful to not make someone aware that you may not have any appointments or are extremely busy so cannot schedule something soon. ANYTHING to acknowledge the patient. I am a doctor myself, so I know that things could get quite hectic and you may forget some things but after a week of me bombarding his phone and email? This is just ridiculous. I took my business elsewhere. I would not recommend to even try to make an appointment if you want some sort of professional response.

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