Renz Addiction Counseling Center


Empowering Individuals to Lead Healthier Lives     (847) 742-3545



Prevention is better than cure.
-Disiderius Erasmus

Action Today. Healthier Tomorrow.
National Prevention Week Kicks Off In May

During National Prevention Week, May 13-19, communities and organizations across the country will come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.   

This year's theme, Action Today. Healthier Tomorrow. encourages people to focus on:

*Raising awareness about behavioral health issues and implementing prevention strategies
*Fostering partnerships and collaboration with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to behavioral and public health
*Promoting and disseminating quality behavioral health resources and publications

National Prevention Week is held the third week of May in preparation of summer, an important time for schools, communities, and prevention professionals to refocus on prevention. Adolescents and full-time college students most often use substances for the first time during June and July, according to SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health Data, 2017, on adolescents and college students. 

Last year, LEAD teens gave back to the community by assembling meals for 
Feed My Starving Children

LEAD Now Accepting Applications, Sponsors
For six weeks this summer, teens throughout our community will participate in Renz Center's Leadership And Development (LEAD) program. This unique program gives teens the tools to lead alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free lives while also strengthening their leadership and healthy decision-making skills. The program concludes with leadership training at the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute in Charleston, IL.  LEAD is open to any Elgin teen that will be entering 7th-12th grade during the 2018-2019 school year. Camp activities include:

Substance abuse prevention education
Giving back to the community through volunteerism
College visits
Field trips
Career day and exploration 

LEAD is June 11-July 19, Monday thru Thursday. Drop off times vary depending on the day's activities. The Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute is July 22-26, 2018.  Forty teens are accepted into the LEAD program, and it's on a first come first serve basis. 

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES...If you would like to sponsor a field trip or donate to send an individual the the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute ($359 per student), contact ATOD Prevention Coordinator Ricardo Gasca at (847) 742-3545 ext. 264, or through email at

Thank you for supporting our LEAD program...
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Elgin Township
Kiwanis Club of Elgin 

What Are Anabolic Steroids?
(National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Anabolic steroids are synthetic variations of the male sex hormone testosterone. The proper term for these compounds is  anabolic-androgenic steroids. "Anabolic" refers to muscle building, and "androgenic" refers to increased male sex characteristics. Some common names for anabolic steroids are Gear, Juice, Roids, and Stackers.
Health care providers can prescribe steroids to treat hormonal issues, such as delayed puberty. Steroids can also treat diseases that cause muscle loss, such as cancer and AIDS. But some athletes and bodybuilders abuse these drugs to boost performance or improve their physical appearance.


Commemorate A Loved One . . .

Help Pave The Path To Sobriety
Commemorate a family member or friend with an engraved brick permanently placed on Renz Center's Serenity Path. The price for each 4" x 8" brick is $100, and includes three message lines. Visit for more info or call Deb Howe at (847) 742-3545.

Thank you for being a supporter of Renz Center. Whether you are an area professional who informs and refers potential clients or you are a generous donor, we appreciate the partnership in keeping our communities healthy and safe.

Deb Howe, Director of Marketing & Fund Development
Renz Addiction Counseling Center

Renz Center is a non-profit organization funding in part by the federal government, Fox Valley United Way, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and other local community organizations. To find out more about Renz Center's programs, call (847) 742-3545 or visit