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Renz Addiction Counseling Offers New Support Group For Family Members

Mar 11, 2019 05:50PM ● By Hannah Ott
Elgin - Community residents who have a family member struggling with a substance use disorder are encouraged to participate in a new support group, Among Friends.

Starting on March 20, Among Friends will be held Wednesdays from 5-6pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 256 E. Chicago St., Elgin. The support group will be facilitated by a substance use disorder counselor from Renz Addiction Counseling Center.

“Substance misuse can have a significant impact on family members,” said Renz Center’s Executive Director Jerry Skogmo. “Participating in a healthy support system can help spouses, partners, parents and siblings understand the complexities of addiction, while also getting support from others going through similar experiences.”

Among Friends is confidential; no reservations necessary. Parking is provided, and attendees may enter the church off Chicago St., go downstairs and follow the hallway to the library.

The Among Friends Support Group is funded in part by a First Congregational United Church of Christ Missions grant. For more information, contact Nicole at Renz Center at 847-742-3545 ext. 223, or visit

About Renz Center: Renz Center is a non-profit organization funded in part by the federal government, Elgin Township, the Illinois Department of Human Services, Hanover Township, Geneva and St. Charles 708 Mental Health Boards and other local community organizations. The center provides a continuum of care dedicated to the prevention, intervention and treatment of addictive behaviors related to alcohol, drugs and gambling. Services range from prevention programs for youth in the schools to outpatient treatment programs for adolescents and adults. Priority is given to pregnant women and women with dependent children. Offices are located in Elgin, St. Charles and Streamwood. Call 847-742-3545 or visit

Source: Lysette Pullman 847-742-3545 and image from