At Family Guidance Centers, we have always taken the responsibility to protect the well-being of our patients and staff, and today is no different. We, along with local, state and national public health officials, are closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. Our dedicated team has put together several emergency plans that serve in the best interest of our patients and in the communities we are providing these services.
Each day, we continue to monitor guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and we will continue to adapt our best practices as needed in this quickly changing situation.
We understand that for our patients, this can be an exceptionally challenging. While all our facilities remain open, we have established safeguards to help stop further spread of the virus. For now, all in person groups are cancelled until further notice. However, we will continue to provide critical support by implementing telehealth services. Our staff has been personally reaching out to individual participants with information regarding changes to ensure that no one goes without the help they need.
We are deeply grateful to our staff and supporters for remaining committed, flexible, caring, and compassionate as we advocate for individuals and families who face many vulnerabilities and uncertainties, even more so now than before.
We are in this together, and we will emerge from this together as well. This truly is “one day at a time”.
When I first went to FGC I did not expect to get "real" help. Or to actually change in anyway. I was just looking for a temporary solution until I could go back to using and the way of life I wanted to live. I was deep into my addiction and had no plans to change. Until suddenly got the shock of my lifetime when I found out I was pregnant. So I made the hard decision to transition to methadone from heroine in order to save my baby and be able to go full term with her and both of us be healthy. At that time I was only planning to get into treatment for the benefit of the pregnancy and had no future plans for after that. But while spending the last year at FGC treatment center and getting to build positive relationships with everyone there and receive most genuine "real" treatment that I did not expect. I have been so welcomed and felt so accepted from the very first time i walked into FGC. The people at FGC have helped me want better things not only for my baby but for myself too. I finally am staying clean and doing what’s best, not only for my baby but for myself too. I have completely changed my way of thinking and have grown into a much better, responsible, positive and productive person. I am so very grateful for the chance that FGC gave me and my family. My life will continue to benefit from FGC forever. I never thought i could or would be able to be happy in life again, especially while being clean. Now I am at a place in life where I can’t even imagine a life for me and my baby any different than this. I don't crave or think about using anymore because there are so many more things in life to choose instead of using. FGC has shown me that, and helped me believe in myself again. I am now the happiest I have ever been in my life and am so very grateful for FGC. I don't know if I would have made it here without them. Thank you so much to the whole FGC staff!
FGC came into my life in 1995. My name is “Carrie Ann”, and my experience with FGC has been very eye opening and positive. Let’s start with health. I have type I diabetes. The diagnosis was in 1977. My life expectancy was age 40 so as everyone knows, drug abuse did not help it! Through all my life’s ups and downs, FGC stood by and supported, counseled, and taught me to manage my behaviors. With the methadone, the counseling and the friendships I made with the staff at FGC, I have reached many goals in my life that I never thought possible. Today I have two children that were from during my years of methadone maintenance. Both born healthy, opiate and drug free. NO withdrawal or consequences my girls are healthy and perfect thanks to FGC, “right thinking,” and “God”!!! Once I let FGC really help me, my goals became my reality. I gave up the “know it all” game and let the program help me. Now that I am sober, there are not enough words to thank my counselor at FGC. Without his help and advice I would not be in the place I am today. After 22 years, I am sober, have two beautiful, healthy children, a valid driver’s license and a family that I love and cherish!!! Thank you Josie, thank you nurse Jen, thank you D.O.N. Alan, thank you to all at F.G.C. staff that helped me through my years of chaos. All the patience and support will never be forgotten. Keep up the great work. You guys gave me my life back… Thanks again, Carrie Ann
For me this place has been a big part of my life and they have changed my life and have made me a better person. The people who work there are so helpful and caring. I will say that if you are willing to ask for help and you are willing to take the help and use it and are willing to do the work to make yourself a better person this is the place to go to make that change in your life forever.
The Family Guidance Center in Aurora has saved my life. When I started there I was broken, lost and confused. Jorie my counselor has been there for me every week. I talk to her about everything. I am clean from drugs for almost a year. I would not be if it was not for the services they offer. Me going to that clinic makes me accountable everyday. Others look forward to take home bottles, for me I am okay with going Mon-Thur and I want to continue with my program that way. I am comfortable with Jorie and I listen and take everything she says to heart whether I agree or disagree. The Family Guidance Center is a great facility that if you need help and are willing to go the extra mile to get it you will succeed and can live a happy normal life.
FGC has been great to me. It has helped me stay clean and get back to a better relationship with my family. Excellent – A+++
Family Guidance has saved my life!! I didn’t have much of life before Family Guidance and now I have life worth living. Addiction is hard to deal with by our self, we need help and Family Guidance will do everything they can to help you stay clean. The staff at Family Guidance are so caring from the front desk worker to the wonderful nursing staff, to the fabulous counselors, they are all have to help us and I am always greeted with warmth and genuine empathy as soon as I walk in the door. I truly owe a lot to Family Guidance for big part of my sobriety. Thank you Family Guidance!!!
This program is THE reason I am alive today. I have learned more in the past year from my counselor at Family Guidance Centers than any other program I have participated in. It has taught me how to live without the use of Drugs something I struggled with for most of my adult life. This program works, ONE DAY AT A TIME
I love Family Guidance Center so much! I needed this place so I can honestly say, this place saved my life!
Family Guidance Centers staff and the program they offer Saved My Life. While I got clean, I learned how to live without the use of drugs which ultimately reunited me with my kids.
I thank Family Guidance Centers every day of my life! They are the reason I am alive and drug free! The program works, you just have to take the first step and Call!
The combined leadership of FGC’s multi-disciplinary, administrative staff ensures quality and efficient services. Staff members possess a long-standing dedication to the fields of substance use disorder and mental health treatment. FGC employs a highly trained, caring staff of medical doctors, nurses, health educators, psychologists, certified special education teachers, social workers, masters level counselors, and certified addictions counselors.
We value each person as an individual.
We value honesty and consistency in all our relationships.
We value personal and professional growth that integrates the physical, emotional, and relational aspects of life and work.
We value superior performance in our work and service. We value our responsibility to use human, financial, and natural resources.