OUR MISSION… EMPOWERING INDIVIDUALS TO LEAD HEALTHIER LIVES…
Renz Addiction Counseling Center is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to empowering individuals to lead healthier lives. Our mission is delivered through substance use and gambling disorder treatment services, HIV prevention services, teen pregnancy prevention education, employee assistance services for small businesses and substance use disorder prevention education for youth and the community including drug/gang prevention coalition building.
Our history of serving the community
Renz Addiction Counseling Center was founded by a small group of concerned business leaders who wanted to confront the growing issues surrounding alcohol misuse that they were witnessing in the Elgin workforce. Today, what once started out as a small one counselor agency has now grown into a multi-faceted Center that offers a wide-range of substance use disorder treatment and prevention education services. This is our story…
1961 In an effort to better serve the community, Community Concern for Alcoholism opened its doors on February 6th with Jim Renz as Executive Director, John Johnson as chairman of the board, Rev. Paul Bicknell as vice president, and Judge Dan Withers as a board member.
1970 As drug abuse begins to grip our community, the agency expanded its scope to include drug treatment and changed its name to Community Concern for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.
1977 Women often bring to treatment a unique set of needs, making the Passage Program for Women an integral addition to the agency’s services. Passage is now the oldest outpatient women’s treatment program in Illinois.
1986 As the community continues to change, the agency adds services that reflect people’s treatment needs. The agency changes its name for the last time to Renz Addiction Counseling Center in honor of Jim Renz, founding executive director of 25 years.
1987 To extend a helping hand to the Hanover Township community, Renz Center opens a satellite treatment office in Streamwood.
1988 Renz Center continues to reach out to local communities by opening another treatment office in St. Charles to serve the southern portion of our service area.
1996 As gambling opportunities and facilities become more available, Renz Center’s certified compulsive gambling counselors started treating problem gamblers. The Center is now one of 14 licensed treatment centers in the state of Illinois.
1998 Due to the spread of AIDS and the correlation between intravenous drug users and HIV, we began to offer HIV prevention outreach services including counseling, testing and education to high risk individuals.
1999 In an effort to expand clinical services to meet the rising needs of the community, Renz Center purchased the property at Two American Way in Elgin.
2001 As Renz Center celebrated 40 years of community service, the Center obtained a license for comprehensive DUI assessment services and treatment. Executive Directors Joe Rosenfeld, Jim Renz, and Jerry Skogmo gathered to celebrate the agencies 40th anniversary. Jim Renz served as executive director from 1961 – 1986; Joe Rosefeld from 1986 – 1996; and Jerry Skogmo from 1996 – 2020.
2002 To help local businesses provide behavioral health support to their employees, Renz Center acquired Employee Assistance Services (EAS) from a consortium of local agencies.
2004 As more youth deal with substance misuse issues, Renz Center established the Intensive Outpatient Treatment program specific for adolescents.
2007 To offer an environment for wellness, the Center created a Serenity Path, reflection pond, basketball and volleyball courts for tranquil meditation and recreational activity.
2008 Clinical and Prevention Services expanded as Renz Center purchased another building adjacent to the current Elgin location creating a more cohesive campus of adolescent and adult prevention and treatment services.
2012 For clients with a history of trauma and substance misuse, the Center began to offer Seeking Safety. This evidence-based program focuses on coping skills and psychoeducation in the treatment process. Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Prevention Service also began to offer Too Good For Drugs, an evidence-based prevention curriculum to middle and high school youth in an effort to give students the necessary tools to lead drug and alcohol-free lives. HIV Prevention Services received additional funding from the Center For Disease Control to expand services.
2013 Our women’s treatment program is expanded with the addition of the SUPPORT program (Sisters Unite in Preventing and Protecting Ourselves by Recovering Together). Integrated, trauma informed substance abuse treatment services are provided to minority females 18 and over free of charge. Additional services include mental health treatment, HIV prevention education, primary healthcare, a Recovery Coach and other support services.
2016 An Opioid Overdose Prevention program was started to provide participants life-saving overdose techniques and free medication kit at the end of the training.
2017 Medication Assisted Treatment began which combines behavioral therapy and medications to reduce cravings and maintain recovery.
2017 The Positive Waves therapy was added using Alpha-Stim devices. Alpha Stim is a small hand held device which uses cranial electrotherapy stimulation to safely and effectively treat pain, anxiety, depression and insomnia.
2018 Renz Center merged with Ecker Center for Mental Health, making integrated services easier for those with a dual diagnosis of a mental health and substance use disorder. In February 2020, CEO Daphne Sandouka, Ed.D., LCPC began overseeing both agencies.
Clinical and Prevention Services continues to add treatment and educational programs that benefit individuals, their families, and the entire community. Now more than ever, the Center’s professional team works in collaboration with social service agencies, healthcare providers, the criminal justice system, and local businesses to provide the most comprehensive care possible.