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Positive Sobriety Institute Review

The Positive Sobriety Institute of Chicago, Illinois is an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment facility founded in the Fall of 2014 by Dr. Daniel Angres, a board-certified doctor in addiction medicine, psychiatry and neurology. He also is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The facility is one of a handful of recovery locations owned by RiverMend Health.

In addition to PSI’s Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), the facility also offers transitional housing for those enrolled in intensive treatment (though transitional housing is optional). It allows clients to stay in an apartment complex close to the treatment facility where they can maintain their independence and dedicate all of their time to their recovery. Treatment for dual diagnosis is offered as well.

Accommodations and Food

PSI’s apartment complex is an independent living facility that allows guests to stay in their own comfortable and stylishly decorated units with two bedrooms, full kitchens and spacious living rooms with large windows, as well as flat-screen TVs. Clients all sleep in queen-sized beds. The complex also has tennis courts, a gym, a large patio with gas-powered barbecues and a large indoor swimming pool.

Meals at PSI are not provided; instead, everything is prepared by the clients themselves in their own private kitchens. They are also responsible for buying their own groceries.

Treatment and Staff

A comprehensive assessment is first taken over the phone by PSI’s parent company. If the intake coordinator feels a potential client could benefit from further services, that individual is then referred to the assessment team at a given facility. Upon being accepted, clients receive another assessment with their treatment team which consists of a personal drug and alcohol counselor, a psychotherapist and a psychiatrist. From there, individualized treatment plans can be developed.

The staff at PCI treat addiction as a chronic brain disease, emphasizing the neurological factors that lead to alcoholism and drug addiction. PHP and IOP includes groups with evidence-based practices including experiential and individual therapy sessions. The 12 steps are introduced as a path for recovery, but are not emphasized over any other treatment option. Medication management for dual diagnosis clients is offered along with individual sessions with a psychiatrist. Treatment typically lasts up to six weeks, depending on insurance coverage. For self-pay clients, treatment can extend indefinitely.

Staff members at PCI include psychiatrists, physicians, an LCSW, licensed therapists, and licensed drug and alcohol counselors. There are more staff members on-site than clients around the clock, so clients get a good deal of individual attention. The facility also has a licensed drug and alcohol counselor who manages the facility.


PCI also has programming for medical professionals struggling with addiction. The facility’s founder, Dr. Angres, has extensive experience with the treatment of medical professionals, so there are groups offered that cater to all the specific challenges physicians, nurses or other clinicians might encounter in recovery.

In Summary

For those looking for high-end treatment with a great deal of individualized attention in the Chicago area, Positive Sobriety Institute should be a good fit. Though it’s a newly opened rehab, the founder boasts exceptional credentials that offer alcoholics and addicts access to cutting-edge addiction and psychiatric treatments. The qualified list of medical staff members will appeal to those seeking a more clinical approach to recovery as opposed to a 12-step based program.

Positive Sobriety Location

680 N Lakeshore Dr
Chicago, IL 60611

Positive Sobriety Institute Cost

$19,500 (30 days). Reach Positive Sobriety Institute by phone at (844) 920-9252 or by email at info@positivesobriety.com. Find Positive Sobriety Institute on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn 

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