Our Addiction Specialists

Our Addiction Specialists

Since 2015, BRIGHTSIDE has treated over 1,500 people seeking treatment for opioid addiction. Our highly effective customized programs combine therapy / counseling with medically-assisted treatment (MAT) to eliminate withdrawal symptoms and cravings and to help you regain control of your life. BRIGHTSIDE is a recognized leader in medically-assisted treatment options and excel at providing personalized care and recovery in Northbrook, Tinley Park, North Aurora,Bloomingdale, and the surrounding areas. All doctors and addiction specialists at BRIGHTSIDE maintain the highest levels of accreditation, pursue ongoing education, and stay current in the leading edge treatments in the addiction field.

BRIGHTSIDE Addiction Specialists

Dr. David J. Kushner, D.O., FACP – Medical Director

Dr. David Kushner, Medical Director

Dr. David Kushner is board certified in Addiction Medicine and is the Medical Director at BRIGHTSIDE Clinic where he has treated hundreds of patients with Opioid Use Disorder. He is known for his cutting edge, patient centered and collaborative approach to addressing this challenging, yet treatable condition. He also treats critically ill patients in a hospital setting and therefore he has vast experience treating Opioid dependent patients in multiple settings.

Dr Kushner has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Michigan State University (1990). He received his Medical Degree from Midwestern University (1997) and completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (2000). He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and is married with three children.

Honors and Endorsements:

  • Board Certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventative Medicine
  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Senior Fellow of Hospital Medicine (Society of Hospital Medicine)
  • Fellow of The American College of Physicians
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago

Amy Adams, APN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Amy Adams, APN

Amy Adams is a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Illinois State University and psychiatric certification from University of St. Francis. She comes to us with 25 years of nursing experience in a wide variety of setting across the life span. She has been working as an advanced practice nurse for 12 years with an additional certification in family medicine. This additional training and experience helps her to assess and treat clients in a more holistic manner. She has experience in treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. Amy believes in creating a caring therapeutic environment and working with her clients to establish an individualized plan of care that fits their needs and achieve their goals.


Lisa Benedetto, MS, CCMHC, LCPC – Clinical Director, Therapist

Lisa Benedetto, MS, NCC, LCPC – Clinical Director

Lisa specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy. This approach focuses on the importance of the synergistic integration of thoughts and behavior to make changes. She assists clients to develop coping skills to think, feel and behave in a way that aligns with their personal and unique values and goals.

Shari Kalik-Miller, MS, NCC, LPC, JD – Clinical Director, Therapist

Shari Kalik-Miller, Licensed Prof. Counselor at BRIGHTSIDE Clinic

As a lawyer turned psychotherapist, Shari has successfully helped clients feel seen in a hectic legal environment. She now assists clients as a Person Centered therapist to feel seen, heard and supported, while reducing anxiety and increasing peace of mind and comfort in one’s own skin.

At BRIGHTSIDE, we understand that overcoming a dependence to pain medication is very difficult. Our outpatient programs are designed to provide drug dependence treatment in the most discrete, convenient, and friendly environment. To learn more about our opiate and heroin addiction treatment options or for more information, please contact us today.