In 1978, the Proctor Hospital
Board of Trustees elected to begin treating chemical dependency. Later that year, staff were selected and trained at Hazelden in center City, Minn. In February 1979, a 33-bed unit was opened, and John Schwarzlose became the unit's first executive director. In 1981, John was selected by Betty Ford to help her open the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Still today, John is the President of the Betty Ford Center. Dennis Pope became the next executive, and under his guidance, Proctor developed innovative outpatient, codependency, and variable length of stay services for adults, adolescents, and families.
The staff of the IIAR started the nation's most comprehensive gambling addiction treatment program in1993, began program development consulting services in 1994, and started publishing our award-winning Paradigm magazine
in 1995. In 1996, we started our food addiction and sex addiction treatment programs and the nation's first comprehensive Internet addiction treatment program.
We've provided gambling training to thousands of clinicians at various sites across the nation, from Hawaii to Puerto Rico. We regularly provide consultation and information on all addictions to national radio and television news programs. One such opportunity involved working with the producers and writers for Chicago Hope over several seasons as they developed a lead physician character,played by Mark Harmon, into a pathological gambler. The information we gave them was often integrated into his dialogue verbatim. We believe that helped remove some of the hidden nature of gambling addiction and brought to light how addiction can affect anyone, with no bias to gender, employment, socioeconomic status, etc.
In 1997, we were invited to speak on gambling addiction at international conferences and began to treat gamblers from around the globe.
As the growth of the IIAR continues, a need arose for more space to treat patients. In 1998, we opened a satellite office at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Bloomington,IL. In 1999, a new facility housing our patients and administrative offices was built on the campus of Proctor Hospital. One of our generous co-medical directors, Dr. Ameel Rashid, provided a naming gift for the building. By 2000,we began treating our first international patients and accepted our first international intern from Germany.
In 2002, we established the nation's first Chronic Pain with Addiction Treatment program and expanded our services to include an extended care treatment program that provides long-term treatment for those needing more than 90 days of care. In May 2003, we were proud to share a stage with former President Gerald Ford and receive the prestigious 2003 James W. West, M.D. Quality Improvement Award from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. We opened a new facility in Springfield August 1, 2003. In 2004 we developed the first gambling prevention program for youth ages 8-18 with the assistance with the Office of Juvenile Justice Departments. As of 2009, we have been in front of over 20,000 students. Beginning in 2005, we began to receive national and international recognition for the our treatment of Internet and video game addiction. We appeared on E !Entertainment News, Tonight with Trevor McDonald, FoxNews, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC,and the BBC. October 2008, we opened another facility at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in the South Suburbs of Chicago., IL.