Social workers honored March 12

Jeff Zacharias—who is clinical director of New Hope Recovery Center Chicago and who maintains a private practice—was honored as the 2015 NASW IL Chicago District Social Worker of the Year. His areas of interest include working within the LGBTQI community and all forms of addiction, among other things. Read More

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GLBT Addiction and Recovery: An Interview with Jeff Zacharias

Because I sometimes find that the issues therapists deal with differ by region, I like to chat with men and women at the forefront of our profession in various areas of the country. Among these clinical leaders is Jeff Zacharias, Owner, President, and Clinical Director of New Hope Recovery Center in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago. New Hope primarily serves Chicago’s LGBT community. Jeff also has a private practice in Lincoln Square. He specializes in the treatment of all forms of addiction, with a focus on sex and love addiction. Read...

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Top 10 Interventionists in the United States – Jeff Zacharias is #5

Jeff Zacharias is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CAADC) , Board Registered Interventionist (BRI-I) and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT). President/Clinical Director of New Hope Recovery Center located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, as well as opperating a private practice in the Lincoln Square area. Jeff specializes in issues related to addiction and the LGBTQI community. Read more

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5 Disorders Share Genetic Risk Factors, Study Finds

The psychiatric illnesses seem very different — schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, major depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Yet they share several genetic glitches that can nudge the brain along a path to mental illness, researchers report. Which disease, if any, develops is thought to depend on other genetic or environmental factors. Read...

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Alcohol Abuse And Depression Often Go Hand-In-Hand

For problem drinkers, bouts of depressive symptoms are often the direct result of their heavy alcohol intake, according to a study in the March issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Experts have long known that heavy drinking can spur temporary episodes ofdepression – what’s known as “substance-induced depression.” However, this information is not always apparent to busy clinicians, and the new findings strengthen the evidence that the phenomenon exists as well as how common and clinically important it is.Read...

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