Stories Of Success

We are excited about the stories of success our patients, their families, and our professional partners are sharing. Chicago Behavioral Hospital is celebrating it’s the second year of serving the Chicago-metro area and we are proud of the impact the programs and services are having in our community.

Here are a few of our success stories.


From Toni, Adolescent Program Patient’s Mom

Checking your loved one into a behavioral hospital has to be one of the hardest things to do, you hope and pray they will receive good care. I would highly recommend this hospital (and have already) to other families looking for a safe place for their loved one that may need help.

From the first moment I walked in Chicago Behavioral Hospital I was greeted warmly by your front desk ladies. Meeting other staff member such as Jose, just got better, they truly care about the adolescent.  It seemed like everyone worked together; including the substance abuse therapist in working for aftercare for my son. They immediately asked me about my son and what they like to do, and how they cope best. We worked together as a team to get my 16 year old son in better place. They helped my son with school work, the teacher connected well with my son as well. My son is an elite athlete, having the gym on site was extremely helpful, it gave my son some confidence back by while playing games against some of the staff. Other amazing staff I want to give a shout out to are Erica & Armando .. but truly I loved everyone and so does my son.


From Richard, Director of a local counseling center

As the director of a local counseling center, I have referred several clients to CBH and all of them have told me their experiences have been wonderful. Everyone I have had contact with at CBH has been very friendly and easy to work with. I have toured their facility and was impressed with how much effort they have put into making a comfortable environment for their patients. It didn’t feel like a hospital at all! I’ve appreciated their attention to the little details and how they are trying to create a pleasant and helpful treatment experience for all.


From Juan, RN

I’m a nurse who also works for a busy interdisciplinary psychiatric practice and we have made several referrals to CBH. The service they have given us and our patients has seemed excellent. Our patients have come back saying positive things. We had one situation lately, which is always a sad one, where we had to send one of our older adolescent patients to the hospital who has come down with the first episode of a major psychiatric disorder. This type of situation is always hard on everyone; the patient, their family, and even the mental health practitioners who have to break this first news to everyone. I found Chicago Behavioral to be quite sensitive to the situation and to respond to it wonderfully. This was a Hispanic family and they gave special attention to them, educating them to become aware of what their son was going through. They particularly praised a manager named José who spent a lot of extra time communicating with the family in Spanish and helping get them through the trauma of knowing that their son had come down with a psychotic illness. The family was very happy with how they were treated. There was good communication with us as the outpatient care givers during the process, and the coordination of care and setting up follow-up appointments with us was also good. We also found the social worker named Stella to be very invested and caring of this young man. Just a thank you to CBH and a recommendation to others that they have been great to work with and are a great new treatment resource for the Chicago area.

Depression and the Drug Addiction Relationship

Psychiatric Services

Psychiatric services can encompass a wide range of mental illnesses including, but certainly not limited to, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, eating disorders and much more. Each of these can eventually lead to drug or alcohol abuse, especially in teenagers who are faced with tough decisions on a daily basis from peers in and out of school.

When you feel that you or a loved one may be in need of assistance in Chicago IL, don’t be afraid to call the experts at Chicago Behavioral Hospital for more information on treatment options.

How to Identify Depression

Depression is not just a feeling of being sad, it can be a deeply rooted and very serious mental disorder that can occur in both children and adults. Some of the most noticeable signs of depression are:

Feelings of hopelessness. Depression leads you to feel that things in life are just hopeless, a never ending uphill battle. As a result, you are more of a pessimist, seeing the glass half empty instead of half full.

Irritability and restlessness. These two can go hand in hand; when you are not resting well, you can be irritable. Depression can make it hard for you to get good sleep, or can make you feel uncomfortable which might make you irritable and short tempered.

No interest in past passions. You may have once loved playing sports, painting or photography but no longer care for it anymore. You would rather stay in bed and forget the world is out there. This is a large red flag of an underlying issue and could be a definitive sign of depression.

Thoughts of suicide. A very serious sign, but not uncommon with someone dealing with clinical depression. Thinking about, talking about, or insisting that the family would be better off without you should be taken seriously.

Everyone is unique, so obviously each person may experience things differently. But if you think a friend or family member might be battling depression, the good news is that there is help out there and treatments available.

Using the Chemical Crutch

Many adults and youth facing depression or other psychological issues may turn to drugs or alcohol. This can include anything from heroin and prescription drugs to aerosols and cleaning solvents. Regardless of the drug of choice, you can find help and fellowship to overcome the depressive feelings and the addiction to harmful chemicals. All it takes is a single phone call to Chicago Behavioral Hospital.