Treatment Centers in Illinois

Central East Alcoholism and Drug Council

Central East Alcoholism and Drug Council offer a long-term residential program for men. Treatment includes individual counseling, family therapy and group therapy, assertiveness and relaxation training, cognitive and behavioral change therapies, and recreational therapy.

Haymarket Center

Haymarket Center offers a wide variety of Illinois inpatient treatment programs, including gender-specific programs, treatment for men with trauma alongside substance abuse disorders, and a center where expectant mothers can receive help.

Sunspire Health Heartland

Sunspire Health Heartland offers a 45-day program that features abstinence- and evidence-based treatment methods. Set on 33 acres in rural Illinois south of Chicago, Sunspire Health Heartland offers more than twenty different varieties of therapy.

Illinois Drug Rehab and Alcohol Rehabilitation

Like other states, Illinois is experiencing a surge in substance abuse and an epidemic of drug- and alcohol-related problems, including overdose and death. More than 5,500 Illinois residents lost their lives directly or indirectly to the use of alcohol and other drugs each year, according to the Illinois Department of Human Services. Many people want to escape the negative effects of substance abuse, but do not know where to turn. Fortunately, there are a number of exceptional Illinois drug rehab and alcohol rehabilitation facilities in Illinois. Rehab helps people get the help they need for drug and alcohol disorders.

Opioid use is skyrocketing in Illinois and across the nation. Also known as opiatesopioids are powerful pain relievers often prescribed by doctors to treat severe pain. Opioids also cause a pleasant sense of euphoria, which makes them attractive to recreational users. Extended use of prescription opioids or recreational use of illicit opioids can lead to drug disorders. Opioids include heroin, morphine, codeine, fentanyl, oxycodone, and hydrocodone.

The use of other types of drugs is common in Illinois. These drugs include cocaine, amphetamines, and methamphetamines. As always, alcohol use remains high. In all, about 661,000 people aged 12 or older in Illinois abuse alcohol or have an alcohol problem each year, according to SAMHSA. Another about 267,000 individuals aged 12 and older abuse illicit drugs or have a drug disorder.

Using alcohol frequently or drinking large amounts of alcohol can lead to a drinking disorder. One particularly dangerous alcohol disorder is binge drinking, where a person consumes a large amount of alcohol in one sitting. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that a man binge drinks when he consumes five or more drinks in less than two hours, or a woman drinks four or more alcoholic beverages in that amount of time.

Binge drinking is also a problem in Illinois. According to statistics presented by the United Health Foundation, 19.9 percent of adults reported binge drinking on at least one occasion during the past month.


Drug Rehab Admissions in Illinois

In 2015, nearly 20,600 people entered rehabilitation in Illinois, according to SAMHSA. This is down significantly from 78,546 in 2005. Of those admitted in 2015, 3,465 were for alcohol issues only, 6,149 for heroin use, and 957 for other opioids. Admission rates for alcohol abuse were higher in 2015 than they were for illicit substances admissions in Illinois.

SAMHSA also tracks admissions by the type of facility providing the treatment. In 2010, 62,393 sought treatment for drug and alcohol disorders from a variety of Illinois drug rehab facilities offering ambulatory care, detoxification, and rehabilitation in residential settings. Ambulatory care provides outpatient treatment, detoxification centers help patients through withdrawal, and rehabilitation restores thinking and behavioral patterns. Residential rehabilitation usually features short-stay programs with stays of 30 days or fewer or long-term programs that last longer than 30 days.

Illinois Drug and Alcohol Use Issues 

The percentage of illicit drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and alcohol or drug disorders among adults in Illinois in 2013 – 2014 was similar to the national average, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). About 267,000 Illinois residents of that age were dependent upon or abused illicit drugs.

In 2013 – 2014, about 661,000 Illinois residents ages 12 or older were dependent on or abused alcohol; 694,000 reported heavy alcohol use. About 221,000 people in that age group in Illinois engaged in binge alcohol use in the previous month, according to SAMHSA estimates. The annual average of heavy alcohol use among Illinois residents aged 21 and older is higher than is the national average, which means people in Illinois engage in heavy alcohol use more frequently than the average American.

Drug and alcohol disorders significantly decrease the quality of life. People with these disorders often have health issues, turmoil in their relationships, legal trouble, and problems at work or school. The best way to regain a normal life is to stop using drugs or alcohol, of course, but that is easier said than done. Many people try to quit on their own, but are unsuccessful because of the chronic nature of alcohol and drug disorders – relapse are common. Professional treatment can help individuals overcome drug and alcohol disorders and guide them back towards a healthier life.

When To Seek Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Disorders

Treatment helps people stop using drugs and alcohol. Many people do not receive the treatment they need because they deny that they have a problem. Other people say they will seek treatment when the time is right.

Drug and alcohol disorders are as different as the people who have them, and the “right” time to seek treatment is a little different for everyone too. Some people recognize the problem early on and seek immediate treatment before anything terrible happens. Others deny the problem for years and only get help when faced with a drug- or alcohol-related problem.

It may be time to seek treatment if you:

  • drive while drunk or high
  • your doctor told you that have a health problem associated with drugs or alcohol
  • a friend or family member has requested that you stop using drugs or alcohol
  • experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop using drugs or alcohol
  • have been arrested
  • suffered or inflicted bodily harm while under the influence
  • have lost your job or have been kicked out of school
  • tried to quit on your own but have failed
  • have lied about drinking or drug use
  • want to quit

Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Disorders

Treatment for drug and alcohol disorders is a two-stage process. First, the individual overcomes physical dependence through detoxification. Next, he or she undergoes rehabilitation to learn how to live without drugs or alcohol.

The detoxification phase usually takes a week or so. During this step, the individual experiences withdrawal symptoms as the toxins of drug and alcohol abuse leave the body. Some people try to quit “cold turkey” without professional assistance, but withdrawal symptoms are often too much to overcome. Others opt for in-patient detoxification that involves the use of medications to ease withdrawal symptoms.

Rehabilitation focuses on addressing the thoughts and behaviors that trap a person in drug or alcohol disorders. Using drugs or alcohol for a long time makes changes to a person’s brain, and this affects how he or she thinks, feels, and behaves. Rehabilitation helps restore the individual’s cognitive, emotional, and behavioral status back to the way they were before drugs and alcohol.

Changes in thinking and behavior come slowly, so the rehabilitation process takes much longer than detoxification. During rehabilitation, a person learns how to recognize and avoid triggers of substance abuse, and gains the tools he or she needs to make sober life decisions.

Drug and alcohol disorders are chronic, so relapses can happen – even weeks or months after someone has stopped using drugs or alcohol completely. For this reason, long-term rehabilitation is often the best approach.

Alcohol and drug disorders are different for every person who experiences them, so rehab facilities must offer a range of treatment options and amenities so that they can serve the diverse needs of their clients. Many rehab facilities offer alternative approaches to rehabilitation, including holistic, gender-specific, and faith-based programs.


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