Addiction Treatment at
Banyan Treatment Center Chicago
Drug & Alcohol Treatment Programs
At Banyan Treatment Center Chicago, our mission is to help those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction reach their goal of a happy, healthy, and productive sober life through an array of treatment therapies provided by our licensed clinical and medical professionals. Our individualized treatment plans allow our Chicago addiction rehab to set the standards of patient care at the highest level.
At Banyan Chicago, we believe in giving our patients all the tools they will need to not only overcome their addiction but also to promote long-term sobriety and success. Through our care plan, patients should be able to return back to their normal lives as productive members of society. Banyan Treatment Center stands as the leader in providing growth through recovery. We have facilities nationwide with multiple alcohol and drug treatment programs, but you can start your life in recovery today at our Chicago addiction rehab center.
Banyan Chicago Team
Vanessa Whitnell, LCPC, CADC, CCTP
Vanessa has been passionate about working with individuals who struggle with substance use disorders since her undergraduate days at the University of Missouri where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology. There she did specialized education, training, and research in addiction and addictive behaviors. Vanessa went on to earn her Master’s degree in community counseling at DePaul University with an emphasis in addiction treatment. During her graduate career, Vanessa gained experience working with the substance use disorder and eating disorder populations. Vanessa has also recently obtained her Certified Clinical Trauma Professional certification.
Since Vanessa joined the team at Banyan Treatment Center Chicago in August 2016, she has served as a Primary Therapist and Quality Assurance while receiving training in DBT and Trauma as well as becoming a published author in strengths-based counseling. Having both the clinical understanding and compassion for patients as well as the ever-searching drive to promote a safe and supportive atmosphere for continued growth, Vanessa is prepared and humbled to serve as the Clinical Director for Banyan Chicago.
Director of Operations
Brad Gerke has been working in the field of addiction recovery for nearly ten years and currently serves as the Director of Operations at Banyan Chicago. He has been part of the Banyan family since 2015, when the facility opened. Brad is heavily involved in the local recovery community, advocating for those in need of resources. He is a DuPage County HOPE Taskforce Appointee and works closely with the Naperville Connect for Life program, a number of 501c3 foundations, and joins state legislature for various round tables. Additionally, Brad speaks publicly at community forums, facilitates family events, and gives presentations at local high schools and colleges where he provides information, education, and resources on addiction and recovery. Brad believes in meeting patients where they are at in their lives to aid in their recovery journeys and values working with a team of dedicated professionals who give their all to enable their patients’ success.
Amy Lansdon is serving as the Intake Supervisor at Banyan Chicago. In her time at Banyan, she has shown compassion and tenacity in working with patients. Amy has a passion for helping people and connecting to peers and patients alike. She is currently pursuing her medical license to expand her horizons into psychiatry. Outside of Banyan, Amy volunteers with homeless youth in the Chicago suburbs and works to make her community a safer place. Amy believes that every person deserves second chances and that each person is worthy of support and care, no matter their situation.
Jessica started her journey to recovery in 2009. Jessica’s path led her to work with several foundations as an advocate for those who struggle with addiction. She continues to be heavily involved with the local recovery community, advocating for those in need of resources. As co-founder to the 516 Light Foundation, Jessica speaks publicly at community forums, facilitates family events, and gives presentations at local high schools and colleges where she provides resources and education on addiction and recovery. Additionally, Jessica works closely with the Governor, Congress, and local police – Naperville’s Connect for Life program to raise awareness about addiction and bring resources to the community.
Jessica first came to Banyan Treatment Centers in May of 2016 as an Admissions Coordinator. After showing her dedication and strong work ethic, Jessica was promoted to Chicago’s Alumni Supervisor, which allows her to fulfill her passion by helping individuals and families who suffer from drug addiction through the discharging process.
Heidi Wagner, APN, FNP-BC
Heidi was born and raised in the Chicago area and recently started with us in the nurse practitioner role. She graduated with her Masters of Science degree in nursing from the nurse practitioner program at Lewis University in 2015. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner she worked in a variety of nursing fields including medical-surgical, home health, hospice, case management and behavioral health nursing.
Prior to coming to Banyan Treatment Center, Heidi worked as a nurse practitioner in a long-term care behavioral health facility where she cared for many dual diagnosis patients. Heidi performs medical and mental health assessments and treats immediate problems that arise with patients while in treatment. Heidi has always been interested in the sciences and in helping people.
Amazing staff. Top notch food. Great scenery. High quality of care and treatment.Trevor S.
Banyan and the amazing staff go all out to help those hurting in the community. They make an impact on lives for sure! A blessing to so many!Tuula L.
This place helped saved my lifeJohn M.
Wonderful staff. Amazing chefs who went out of their way to make sure my meals were vegan and tasty.Austin B.
I had a great experience at Banyan in Naperville the staff are awesome there and housing is good we can cook and eat whatever we want which is nice it helped me be accountable and clean up after myself they encourage us to go to meetings and provide a list of meetings and sponsors but don’t force anyone to go which is nice it’s a choice but if you want recovery you will get it no matter where you go you just have to be 100% done with the drugs or drinksMiles J.
Banyan boca is one of the best places. They are extremely clean and have your best interest at heart. You guys are doing an amazing job.Xxgacha h.
It's a great place !!!Lilian R.
This is the greatest thing I have ever done for myself. I learned so much and felt like I could face the world as a sober person.Jo Ann T Stanton P.
Most Insurance Plans Accepted
Addiction treatment doesn’t need to be out of reach. At our drug rehab in Chicago, our goal is to assist as many people as we can. We accept a variety of insurance plans to help people get the addiction treatment they need. If you do not have health insurance, there are other ways to pay for treatment. Call us today to see if your insurance will cover your treatment program and to talk about alternatives if necessary.