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Substance Use Services

HRC offers Substance Use Services for people who need an assessment, treatment planning, individual treatment, or group treatment. These programs are called “Substance Use Disorder (SUD)” treatment programs, formerly referred to as “addictions services.” HRC provides quality professional services in an outpatient setting for individuals suffering from substance use disorder. A wide variety of services are available for individuals to assist in the improvement and/or maintenance of daily functioning. On-site outpatient treatment services are based on the individual’s assessment and needs.
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Substance Use Services We Provide

To access these services, contact 217-465-4118 and request treatment for addictions or “SUD services”. Referrals are not required for these services, but if you have a referral, please be sure to share the referral information with the receptionist for scheduling and coordination purposes.

These services are provided with the utmost confidentiality, although individuals can sign a release of information if they wish for HRC to share their treatment progress with others, like probation.

Drug Prevention Education

Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, and family therapy for addiction issues

Substance Use Screening, Assessment, and Treatment Planning

Toxicology Testing

DUI Evaluation, Updates, and Risk Education

Recovery Support and Case Management Services

Community and Workplace Education

Care Coordination

drug prevention curriculum

HRC provides the “Too Good for Drugs” training via a standardized drug prevention curriculum, which provides lessons to promote positive lifestyle choices among youth beyond the ‘say no’ message. This curriculum is provided directly in the local schools to the 6th and 7th grade students. This program is provided by trained Prevention staff.

HRC has the capacity to provide other prevention activities, training, and lessons upon request. These typically are special topics requested by local schools. If you have such a request, please provide no less than 2 weeks of notice prior to an event date.

Contact HRC’s Prevention Coordinator at (217) 465-4118, extension 1410.

individual and group services for addiction issues

HRC offers individual and group services in consultation with the primary therapist.  All individuals in services meet regularly with an individual therapist to work towards accomplishing their goals and strengthening their recovery.

A variety of group therapy is offered throughout the week at HRC.  Many of our groups follow the Matrix Model utilizing a curriculum to assist group members to strengthen their recovery.   Friday groups have been focusing on “Hollywood and Recovery,” viewing and discussing a different movie or documentaries related to addiction or recovery each week.

To access these services, contact (217) 465-4118 and request treatment for addictions or “SUD services.” Referrals are not required for these services, but if you have a referral, please be sure to share the referral information with the receptionist for scheduling purposes.

substance use screening and assessment

HRC offers Screening and Assessment for addictions and Substance Use issues.  Screening is completed by appointment at the HRC office (either in Paris or Marshall) and includes a biopsychosocial assessment of needs, drug testing, and other screening services.  This screening and assessment can be recommended by a legal resource such as court, probation, or parole, another referral source such as DCFS or Medical provider, or may be self sought by an individual seeking to deal with a substance use issue.

After an individual is determined to be appropriate for Substance Use services, a treatment plan is completed which identifies appropriate goals and objectives to help the individual make changes in their situation with regards to substance use.

To access these services, contact (217) 465-4118 and request a SUD treatment. Referrals are not required for these services, but if you have a referral, please be sure to share the referral information with the receptionist for scheduling purposes.

screen for drug abuse

HRC offers a range of testing for substances including instant and “send-off” services to the lab. These services are provided by trained substance use treatment staff. These are generally offered as an auxiliary service in conjunction with other substance use screening, education, or  treatment services.

To access these services, contact (217) 465-4118 and request a SUD treatment. Referrals are not required for these services, but if you have a referral, please be sure to share the referral information with the receptionist for scheduling purposes.

DUI evaluation

HRC offers Secretary of State-certified DUI evaluations for individuals seeking to complete the requirements following a DUI.  This evaluation meets the requirements of both court and Secretary of State and is a first step to identifying a classification of risk.  These classifications can include Minimal Risk, Moderate Risk, Significant Risk, or High Risk, and each has associated recommendations for classes or SUD treatment.

Risk Education is a 10-hour class required for those classified as Minimal, Moderate, or Significant risk.  It is offered on a rotating basis in each of our offices (Paris and Marshall.)  Each month the class is offered in 4 sessions which complete the 10-hour requirement.

DUI Updates:  For individuals whose original DUI evaluation is more than 6 months past, HRC offers DUI Update services to help coordinate documentation needed to go to a hearing with the Secretary of State to apply for reinstatement of driving privileges.

To access these services, contact (217) 465-4118 and request a DUI Evaluation.

Recovery Support Specialist

The Recovery Support Specialist's (RSS) role is to support others in recovery from a substance use disorder and those seeking resources in the community. The RSS serves as a role model, mentor, and advocate and seeks to empower recovering individuals by helping to prevent relapse, by providing ongoing support, and promoting long-term recovery.

RSSs are people who have been successful in their own recovery process who help others experiencing similar situations. Through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment, a RSS helps people become and stay engaged in the recovery process. RSS strives to extend substance use treatment, mental health treatment, trauma recovery, and support beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment and communities of those seeking recovery.

These services are available to individuals who participate in HRC’s addictions and substance use disorder treatment programs who have a need for these services. In order to access these services, a person needs to enroll in substance use disorder treatment and demonstrate need for this service.

What can a RSS Assist With?

  • Advocate for people in recovery
  • Share resources and skill building
  • Build community and relationships
  • Mentor and help to set goals
  • Provide substance use services and/or training
  • Educate the public on various topics related to substance use
    — Assist in developing skills such as grocery shopping, budgeting, relationship building, problem resolution, and building a sober activities wellness toolbox
    — Coach individuals through the recovery process by helping them to identify their triggers for substance use and methods for coping with stress without turning to drugs or alcohol
    — Coordinate with other medical professionals to ensure that individuals are receiving appropriate care for physical injuries or illnesses related to their addictions
    — Assist in applying for, obtaining, and/or utilizing resources such as public entitlements (SNAP, Medicaid, etc), childcare, employment, compassionate clothing closet, food pantry, public transportation, higher education

These services are available by contacting (217) 465-4118 and requesting “SUD” services. If, following an assessment, the person and their therapist identify this service as a benefit to the individual and the individual chooses, the service may be provided.

Mental Health First Aid Training

HRC provides many trainings to community groups. HRC offers training to employers, social organizations, schools, first responders, other behavioral health professionals, families, and others. These trainings are conducted based on request and HRC’s ability to provide the needed training. Some of the training HRC has provided during the past several years includes Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, Mental Health First Aid Training, trauma-based training, mental health awareness training,  drug use awareness, wellness training, parenting skills and support, and more.  

Contact (217) 465-4118 and state the nature of the training you are seeking in order for the receptionist to guide you to the correct professional.

Substance Use Disorder therapist

HRC’s Substance Use Disorder (SUD) therapists coordinate with referral sources to ensure that individuals are receiving needed services. They will refer appropriate individuals to auxiliary services such as employment programs, health services, entitlements analysis, mental health assessment, and more. HRC provides many auxiliary services and can refer you to other providers as appropriate.

These services can be accessed by engaging in HRC’s SUD Treatment. SUD services are available by contacting reception at (217) 465-4118 and requesting SUD services.

Our team

Meet Our Team

Staff members include but are not limited to Certified Recovery Support Professionals, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Mental Health Professionals, and Recovery Support Aides.

Norm Wilson

Norm Wilson, LCPC, CADC, is the SUD Team Leader and a Substance Use Disorder Counselor at HRC. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master's of Divinity from Bethany Theological Seminary, and a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Indiana State University. Norm enjoys working with a diverse range of people and is involved in various church and volunteer activities. He loves walking alongside his clients as they discover their own keys to success.

Julie Kerz

Julie Kerz is a Substance Use Disorder Therapist at HRC with a background in Crisis/LRP. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Springfield and is currently working towards her CADC certification. Julie is a proud dog lover and has 3 large rescues of her own. She has overcome her own traumas and is grateful for the opportunity to help others in the substance use program.

Amy Kessler

Amy Kessler, BS MHP CADC, is a Substance Use Disorder Therapist at HRC with a wealth of experience in the human services field. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Indiana State University in 2005 and has worked in various roles, including case manager, service coordinator, and youth substance abuse prevention specialist. Amy's own experience with trauma has helped her guide her clients through their own life challenges.

Mckenzee Gussler

Mckenzee Gussler is a Substance Use Disorder Therapist at HRC with a passion for helping individuals overcome addiction. She holds an Associate's degree in Human Services, with a minor in Addiction Studies. Prior to joining HRC, Mckenzee worked as a Mental Health Technician at Hamilton Center Inc. in an inpatient setting. During therapy sessions, she prefers to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches tailored to each consumer's needs since every person is unique, and a single approach does not suit all. With eight years of personal experience in recovery, Mckenzee aims to inspire her clients to see that recovery is achievable. When not working, Mckenzee enjoys spending time with her family and contributing to the community.

Jack Weber

Jack Weber, CADC, is a Substance Use Disorder Therapist at HRC with over 19 years of experience in news media. He is a recovering addict himself and passionate about sharing his experience, strength, and hope with others who struggle with addiction. Seeing his clients find recovery and change their lives is the most rewarding part of his job.

Chelsea Witmer

Chelsea Witmer is the Prevention Coordinator at HRC with a bachelor's degree in education from Eastern Illinois University. After teaching for three years, she found that she wanted to use her degree in a different way and joined HRC in August 753. As she fell in love with the program, she transitioned into the prevention program where she enjoys making connections with students and the community.


“HRC has taught me that as long as you keep moving forward, it doesn’t matter how far you’re moving, you are moving forward!”
“Thank you for everything! Couldn’t have done it without you!”
"You have helped me change my life. I don't want to go back to the guy I was before."
"I can get services before I get my funding from the state. I have lots of friends."
"I get to see my sister and do fun things. I liked going swimming and to the movies. I get to go out with [staff] and we get lunch."
"I didn’t know that they offered so many options. My sister loved it there."
"Such a great group of clients and staff️. I am thankful they have a respite group."
“The services I received at HRC has helped me to regain hope and believe that recovery is possible. The encouragement and support I received has helped me to gain employment and have a belief in a better future.”
April Dryden
“HRC helps me get through the day. I come in feeling stress and sadness. After talking to one of the RSS who listen to my problems when it is time to leave I feel better. I hope to live my life without stress and worries. I just want to be happy. I don’t know what I would do without the support of HRC”.
Harriet Graves
“I greatly enjoy coming to this group. I enjoy sharing with others and learning from each other”.
Senior Wellness Group Member
“I love the fact of having a safe place to talk about issues. It helps me to relieve the stress of everyday life. It helps me get the support that I need. I like being with others who understand myneeds and feelings”.
Becky Davison
“HRC has given me the tools to deal with my depression and anxiety. I am hopeful and have the will to live. I see the light instead of the darkness.”
Patsy King
“I especially like the peer-led group sessions. Knowing the facilitator has experienced some of the same things I have gives me a measure of comfort and hope. Their understanding comes from their own life experiences. They’ve seen through it too. Through sharing experiences with each other, I get much needed validation. I stopped drinking for the first time in over 20 years. Prior to attending sessions at HRC I was never able to stop for more than a few days at a time.”
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What Is the Cost of the Services?

HRC is the primary provider of such services for people who have Medicaid while also providing services to people who have private insurances. HRC offers assistance including reduced fees for individuals who have an inability to pay for services.
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All HRC services are designed to assist individuals and families to be more independent, healthy, and resilient. Contact us to learn more!
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