FHN Family Counseling Center - Stephenson County

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FHN Family Counseling Center - Stephenson County provides counseling services for behavioral health and substance abuse. FHN Family Counseling Center - Stephenson County offers a wide range of services including crisis services, case management, and individual therapy.

FHN Family Counseling Center - Stephenson County Focus:

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

A combined mental health and substance abuse treatment center has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person’s mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Rehab Services:

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does FHN Family Counseling Center - Stephenson County offer?

Outpatient (OP)

Outpatient programs are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. The main difference between outpatient treatment (OP) and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) lies in the amount of hours the patient spends at the facility. Most of the time an outpatient program is designed for someone who has completed an inpatient stay and is looking to continue their growth in recovery. Outpatient is not meant to be the starting point, it is commonly referred to as aftercare.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

During your first few sessions, a therapist will complete your Mental Health Assessment (MHA) and Individualized Treatment Plan (ITP). The MHA and ITP are necessary to determine if a referral to the psychiatrist is appropriate. This determination usually is made after 2 to 4 sessions with the therapist. FHN Family Counseling Center's Case Management services help plan, coordinate and advocate for clients who need multiple services and require assistance in gaining access to and in using medical, mental health, social, vocational, educational, housing, public income and other community services to assist the client in the community.

Family Program

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

Therapies Offered:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a modified form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a treatment designed to help people understand and ultimately affect the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. DBT is often used for individuals who struggle with self-harm behaviors, such as self-mutilation (cutting) and suicidal thoughts, urges, or attempts. It has been proven clinically effective for those who struggle with out-of-control emotions and mental health illnesses like Borderline Personality Disorder.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Group Therapy

Groups are a great opportunity to learn and be supported by others who are experiencing similar symptoms and circumstances. Currently, the following groups are offered at FHN Family Counseling Center’s Freeport location: ADHD Group Therapy for Children, Anger Management Group Therapy, Anxiety Group Therapy, Eating Disorders Group, Mental Illness Substance Abuse (MISA) Group, Women's Depression Group Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Group, and Smoking/Tobacco Cessation Assistance.

Couples Treatment

Whether a marriage or other committed relationship, an intimate partnership is one of the most important aspects of a person’s life. Drug and alcohol addiction affects both members of a couple in deep and meaningful ways, as does rehab and recovery. Couples therapy and other couples-focused treatment programs are significant parts of exploring triggers of addiction, as well as learning how to build healthy patterns to support ongoing sobriety.

Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and dysfunctional eating patterns. Many psychologists and other mental health professionals consider eating disorders to be food addictions, meaning food is being used in an addictive way (similar to drug or alcohol addiction). Certain substance abuse treatment programs will have treatment for eating disorders as one of the services offered. An eating disorder may also present as a co-occuring disorder or dual diagnosis alongside drug and alcohol addiction.

Life Skills

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

Animal Therapy

The benefits of pet therapy are well-documented and have become integrated in mainstream medicine. With depression directly affecting 10% of us every year (indirectly impacting up to 25% of a community), therapy dogs like those in FHN's Beyond Words Pet Therapy program lend a strong therapeutic effect both in provider offices as well as at patients' homes. Medical research has shown that a visit from a therapy dog can initiate and sustain physiological signs of relaxation such as decreased blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate as well as providing encouragement and lightening the environment in physical and/or emotional therapy and rehabilitation

FHN Family Counseling Center - Stephenson County Highlights:

Same-day, crisis, walk-in appointments can be made from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday at Freeport. For after-hours crises (5 pm - 8 am on weeknights; 24 hours on weekends).
Psychosocial rehabilitation is an office-based skill-building service for individuals 18 years of age and older with serious mental illness or co-occurring psychiatric disabilities and addictions. Their focus is on skill building to facilitate independent living and adaptation, problem solving and developing coping skills. Psychosocial rehabilitation groups help to educate participants in a variety of healthy life skills which will help them live more independently in the community. They are led by peers, bachelor's and master's-level FHN Family Counseling Center clinicians.
Their Community Support services and supports children, adolescents, adults and families to assist clients in achieving and maintaining resiliency and recovery goals. The service consists of therapeutic interventions that facilitate illness self-management, skill building, identification and use of natural supports and use of community resources.
The Parent Enrichment Program (PEP) is a partnership with parents designed to give their children the best possible start. Their services are free and available to eligible families prenatally and with children up to age 5 in Stephenson and JoDaviess counties.
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), founded in 1904, is the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the United States. Research and anecdotal evidence show specifically that BBBS one-to-one mentoring helps children dealing with adversity overcome the many challenges they face. Little Brothers and Sisters are less likely to begin using illegal drugs, consume alcohol, skip school and classes or engage in acts of violence. They have greater self-esteem, confidence in their schoolwork performance and are able to get along better with their friends and family.
As of July 1, 2006, each circuit or county court in Illinois mandated divorcing parents to participate in a parenting education program consisting of at least four hours of information, covering the subjects of visitation, custody and their impact on children. To meet this mandate, FHN Family Counseling Center offers Children First. This four-hour group meets the requirements of Parenting Education Requirement of Rule 924.
When the going gets tough, sometimes it helps to talk with a trained professional who understands your needs and can provide assistance. Because busy schedules can be overwhelming and logistically difficult, the psychiatrists at FHN Family Counseling Center can now meet with patients online through live streaming video on a computer, tablet, or smart phone, as well as in person.
Residential Area


  • Facility for Adults, Young Adults, Children And Teenagers
  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Smoking is not allowed during the treatment
  • Bilingual therapists and staff (Spanish)
  • Hearing impaired friendly facility
  • Treatment for emotionally disturbed children


  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • Medicare rehab coverage
  • State financed or Low cost Treatment
  • Cash payments accepted

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