Welcome to SunCloud Health.
“We are ready to help you live a healthy, rewarding life beyond addiction, substance abuse, eating disorders, mood disorders and the trauma that is often coupled with them.”
-- Dr. Kimberly Dennis, Founder and Medical Director
Are you in a dark place right now? Confused, frightened, unsure where to begin … wondering if life will ever be different for you? Things are about to change. At SunCloud Health, you will find a caring, experienced team to help you take the first steps toward a life of wellness. You can break free of the problems you are experiencing today. We’ll help you get there.
Celebrating one year of SunCloud Health. What makes us unique? Watch the video below and learn more from Shale Marks, Acting Executive Director for SCH.
Year one and what makes SunCloud Health unique.
SunCloud is special. The people who seek our guidance, are special. These human beings; our patients, have an endurance and stamina stronger than most of us can imagine. Every day they show up for treatment willing to face their own darkness, and to shine light on the wounds and pain which has remained hidden behind the shadow of addiction. Most of our patients come from broken family systems that are at minimum dysfunctional, which may include severe physical emotional and psychological abuse, neglect, bullying, abusive romantic partnerships, being marginalized for sexual and/or gender identity, and race.
A few things you should know about our Patients
One thing each of our patients share in common is this: at some point, and at no fault of their own, our patients lost their footing on life’s pathway. Whether they were misguided, mislead passively or forcefully, at some point, our patients lost sight of their connection to a Higher Power and Higher Purpose in life; a Spiritual connection which provides depth, meaning, and eternal peace. SunCloud is not allied with any religious sect or denomination, nor do we impose political beliefs on our patients, however we do enthusiastically support and encourage each of our patients to find their own truth and re-discover their passion for life by developing and exploring a relationship with a Higher Power of their own understanding. Addiction thrives in isolation. Recovery blossoms in togetherness and unity.
We often remind our Patient’s (and ourselves) that giving back to others what you’ve been given, is a beautiful and powerful way to strengthen one’s own recovery. Our treatment philosophy is rooted in spiritual principals and carrying the message of recovery is one that we practice as staff and encourage our patients to as well. Our lives become richer when we share the light within ourselves. Authenticity, passion and creative energy, and commitment to living authentically, is something that all of our patients are working hard to achieve every day. They all seek hope and inspiration every day.
Suffering from addiction, Mental illness and PTSD sucks the hope from your heart and replaces it with shame, guilt, regret and hopelessness. As our patients work on becoming whole, they are re-claiming their natural and God given gifts. Whether that be resuming an acting career, creating an algorithm for a web-designing site, or picking up the paint brush again, each of our patients craves hope. Supporting our special patients at SunCloud in this endeavor is a meaningful and wonderful experience for all of us.Hannah Carra
Lasting change that begins with effective outpatient care.
SunCloud is a private outpatient center in Northbrook, IL just 20 miles from downtown Chicago. Guided by Kim Dennis, MD, our team provides highly individualized and effective care for adults and adolescents struggling with one or more of these life issues. We bring special expertise to the challenge of helping those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders.
Heroin & Other Opiates
Sex & Relationships
Borderline Personalty Disorder
Trauma & PTSD
Emotional Abuse & Neglect
Chris Stewart, MD. Board Certified Psychiatrist, answers the question, can family therapy improve my child’s outcome?
You can live free of the vicious cycle of your disease.
At SunCloud Health, advanced science comes together with caring, individual attention. We can help you return to yourself with targeted treatment that sees you as a whole person.
You are an individual, not a diagnosis. Understanding your life story is the crucial first step in choosing the therapeutic approaches that will create real progress for you.
Your struggles are not only in your mind. Your physical health, your relationships and your life experiences play a part, too. Healing begins with a program that works with your body, mind and spirit.
You can recover and thrive. At SunCloud you will feel empowered, supported and connected. Recovery happens in community. We are with you every step of the way as you move toward a life of wellness.
Dr. Marcia Nickow, Psy.D., CADC, CGP, talks about finding treatment success after previous failed attempts.
We are here for you: A message from Dr. Kim.
If you’re feeling hopeless right now, believing that you just can’t stop the harmful behaviors that are turning your life upside down, Dr. Kim understands. At SunCloud Health, she has created a team who will provide integrated support for you as you take the first steps toward wellness.
Dr. Kim Dennis is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in treating addictions, eating disorders and co-occurring disorders. She has helped many remarkable adolescent girls and women with their illnesses. Her knowledge of eating disorders and substance abuse isn’t just limited to her academic and clinical experience, having had her own personal experience as a woman in recovery from an eating disorder and alcoholism. Today, she is able to combine her personal journey with her medical training to help SunCloud patients become emotionally strong, responsible problem-solvers, who are inspired to create fulfilling lives for themselves.
At SunCloud Health, we view unresolved trauma as the foundation of most self-destructive behaviors that people adopt in their lives. Stripping away the self-defense mechanisms we put in place to protect ourselves from the trauma is a core part of the work we do here.Dr. Kim
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ANNOUNCING THE BEGINNING OF OUR INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM FOR ADOLESCENTS STARTING NOVEMBER, 2017.
What our patients say.
Dr. Kim’s honesty and her personal knowledge of what I’m going through have helped me so much. I am learning to take the good with the not-so-good … realizing that my recovery is not a straight line and that’s OK. It’s a lifelong commitment and it’s worth it.
I am in ‘this place’ again, I am institutionalized again, I am hopeless again, I am wondering what the point is…again. I am sober. By some miracle of God (truly) I meet Kim – the Lodge, Group 2, Process Group. I am instantly hooked. I am baffled. She knows what she’s talking about. Not because she read it in a book…no, this woman has LIVED what I have lived.
Because I have never really addressed the underlying trauma at the root of my eating disorders and substance use problems, I tend to bounce from food restriction to using drugs to self-injury to withdrawal from my friends and family. Now I know these are all connected. Dr. Kim understands this, because she lives it herself every day.
Announcing Our New Suncloud Speaker Series called, “The Sky Is the Limit.”
In this series, Suncloud will be highlighting innovative speakers who promote wellness, inspire others through their stories, and remain true to their core values. Past and present patients, family members and select professionals are invited to attend.
Please Join us on March 9th at 5:00pm as we kick-off the series with our inaugural topic, “Where Recovery Meets Leadership,” by the esteemed Mr. Harry Kraemer, former CEO and Chairman of Baxter International, Professor of Leadership and Ethics at the Kellogg School of Management and author of two best-selling leadership books: “From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership” and “Becoming The Best: Build a World-Class Organization Through Values-Based Leadership.” Harry serves on multiple national and international boards in the healthcare industry.
Mr. Kraemer’s story is one filled with lessons we feel can be useful to our patients and the behavioral health community at large. His teachings are rooted in four essential principles of leadership, and life. They are: Self-Reflection, Balance and Perspective, True Self Confidence and Genuine Humility. We will explore the way in which a life filled with balance, perspective, humility and integrity is the path we feel is critical to our patients long-term health and recovery. Additionally, it is also a set of traits and values which have proven to be at the core of Harry’s personal and professional life, including his success in running one of the world’s largest companies while remaining true to his core set of beliefs and values. Harry leads and lives with his choices aligned with his values, even in challenging times such as in 2001 when Baxter faced a major international crisis.
Please join us for a special evening full of hope and inspiration. We will serve food beginning at 5pm and Harry will begin speaking at 6pm. We will have time for questions following his presentation.
Please feel free to invite your colleagues, but space is limited, so please RSVP for your entire party!