The opioid epidemic in Illinois continues, deaths that involved synthetic opioids other than methadone (including fentanyl and fentanyl analogs) continued to rise with more than 28,400 overdose deaths in 2018. Too many Illinois families continue to suffer and lose loved ones to the disease of addiction.

As a part of RCA at St. Charles, you will be joining the forefront of the battle against substance abuse in Illinois and help Recovery Centers of America bring high quality, affordable addiction treatment to those in need of help. The opportunity to make a difference in your community and save lives from the disease of addiction is what makes a career at RCA St. Charles far more than just a job. At St. Charles you will join a group of truly dedicated and compassionate professionals to make a real difference in the life of others.

Recovery Centers of America chose the location for RCA at St. Charles based on the local need, but also because of its incredible location, just outside of Chicago in the “Chicagoland” region. We believe St. Charles’ access to nature and beauty can be contributing factors to healing from drug or alcohol addiction. We also believe these same things make RCA at St. Charles a fantastic place to work.

Since 2019, RCA St. Charles offers comprehensive, individualized treatment services for a wide range of substance abuse issues, including alcohol, opiates, heroin, and methamphetamine. The campus offers a variety of evidence-based treatment protocols designed to effectively treat drug and alcohol addiction, as well as support long-term, meaningful recovery for patients and their families. Additional patient services include yoga and mindfulness meditation; family, group and individual counseling; educational seminars and outpatient treatment programs.

Join RCA at St. Charles and help us save 1,000,000 lives one neighborhood at a time!

A Day in the Life…


Recovery Centers of America is a Joint Commission Accredited healthcare company, meaning we put the needs and comforts of our patients first always. Safety and quality of care are our priorities at each one of our facilities. We meet and exceed rigorous performance standards with our staff and sites, while also providing comfortable, clean facilities and rooms. All of our rooms have their own bathrooms and TVs, and are designed with privacy in mind.


One of the keys to success for RCA at St. Charles is great management. Its management team has a proven track record of high-quality addiction treatment. At RCA, we believe that strong leadership isn’t just great for the company, it’s also an opportunity to learn from the best and grow as a professional.

Chief Executive Officer
Karen Wolownik Albert

Karen Wolownik Albert, CEO

Karen Wolownik Albert, LCSW, joins RCA with over 20 years of experience in progressive behavioral health leadership. As a frequent public speaker and advisor regarding local, state, and federal behavioral health issues and initiatives, she is also a subject matter expert on substance use issues and treatment, juvenile justice and child welfare, therapeutic intervention, and case management.

Alumni Relations Coordinator
Scott Browning

Scott Browning, Alumni Relations Coordinator

If you would like to get in contact with Scott regarding alumni volunteer opportunities, events, or meetings for RCA at St. Charles, please email

Scott Browning serves Recovery Centers of America as the Alumni Coordinator for our treatment center in St. Charles, Illinois. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature with an Emphasis in Creative Writing. Currently, he is continuing his education to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor before transitioning into Master’s Coursework for either Art or Recreation Therapy. His passion for helping those who struggle with the disease of addiction makes him an asset to the Alumni Team and the patients at St. Charles.

Director of Admissions & UR
Bridget Martinez

Bridget Martinez, Director of UR & Admissions

Bridget Martinez began her career in the health care insurance industry 13 years ago as an access specialist at a level one trauma facility in the Chicagoland Area. From there, she obtained my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Benedictine University in 2012 and has worked as a Utilization Review coordinator, crisis admission counselor, clinical therapist, and care advisor.

Medical Director
Dr. Stephen Holtsford

Dr. Stephen Holtsford, Medical Director

Dr. Holtsford holds an MD from the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he also completed a residency in emergency and internal medicine (EM/IM). In addition to his EM/IM board certification, he has been board certified in addiction medicine since 2019.

As Medical Director at RCA, Dr. Holtsford oversees the medical care of patients, including withdrawal management, chronic medical conditions and any other medical issues that arise during their stay at RCA.

Dr. Holtsford’s interest in addiction treatment and advocacy comes from his time as an ER physician, witnessing the ravages of drugs and alcohol on people in the community. Since obtaining board certification in addiction medicine, he also trains other providers, advocates for better care of OUD patients in the ER and works toward getting care to patients in the criminal justice system.

Prior to RCA, Dr. Holtsford was a full-time ER Physician. He continues to hold positions as a part-time ER physician at Northwestern Delnor Hospital in Geneva; the Medical Director of Lighthouse Recovery, an outpatient SUD clinic in St. Charles; the Illinois Medical Director of Bright Heart Health, an OUD treatment provider via telemedicine; as well as a member of the Kane County Opioid Task Force.


Recovery Centers of America at St. Charles delivers a full continuum of care for substance use disorder (SUD), all provided and staffed on site, including drug and alcohol detoxification supervised by a medical team which includes doctors and nurses, as well as a multi-week residential treatment overseen by a clinical team of case managers, therapists, wellness coordinators, recovery support specialists and others. Because families are impacted by addiction as well, the RCA at St. Charles team provides patients with supervised family visitation, family programs and family therapy. Common patient activities may include personal and group therapy, wellness coaching including fitness, nutrition and diet, creative outlet therapy including art and music, interactive addiction education workshops including the 12 step program, yoga training and classes that teach mindfulness, meditation and spiritual.

While the medical team handles the monumental task of taking care of every patient’s physical wellbeing and the clinical team takes on the heroic responsibility of planning and implementing all therapeutic activities and interactions for every patient, it’s actually the day to day operations team that makes it all possible by handling the most fundamental processes at the St. Charles site such as taking care of the facility upkeep, transporting patients to and from RCA at St. Charles, assuring every patient’s full satisfaction, ensuring timely paychecks as well as high morale for RCA at St. Charles employees, hiring new employees, and last but not least working with patient insurance companies to ensure we are able to fund the treatments our patients require.

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