Illinois Drug Rehab

Your Treatment Options + State Drug Abuse Facts


Overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol can often seem hopeless, and those with a substance abuse problem frequently feel isolated and powerless. However, achieving sobriety is possible. If you or a loved one is facing addiction, know that there are addiction treatment programs and drug treatment centers available that can help on the path to recovery. Behavioral health is an essential component of holistic recovery as behavioral therapy treats underlying issues which result in maladaptive coping behaviors.

Opioid and heroin use is surging at a rapid pace throughout the state of Illinois, much like it is in nearly every state. Some groups have been hit particularly hard by the epidemic, namely women, 18 to 49-year olds, non-Hispanic Whites, and people in the lower-to-middle income brackets. The number of Illinois residents who died as a result of heroin climbed from 583 in 2013 to 711 a year later.

In Cook County, the death rate increased 331 percent between 2010 and 2014. The Secretary of State’s Illinois DUI Fact Book claims a total of 330 deaths due to alcohol-related crashes in 2017, representing almost a third of car accident fatalities due to DUI’s. According to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville metroplitan area, there were an annual average of 1.1 million people 12 years and older who used an illicit drug in the past year.

Type & Length of Care

Long Term Treatment Programs (90-Day)

Housed in residential treatment facilities, long-term inpatient treatment programs emphasize providing treatment to help patients overcome their drug addiction within a supportive and community-oriented setting. Through group and individual therapy, these programs seek to resocialize recovering addicts and provide them with the tools to end their drug or alcohol addiction cycle. Long-term drug and alcohol treatment centers are generally more effective than short term programs, and even more essential for heavily addicted individuals.

Short Term Treatment Programs (28 / 30 Day)

Though shorter than long-term programs, the 28- or 30-day treatment model employs many of the same treatment methods. These short-term programs emphasize instilling patients with coping mechanisms that will allow them to stay sober and to continue their addiction recovery once inpatient treatment has ended.

Outpatient vs. Inpatient Rehab Centers

Some addicts seeking professional treatment are unable to join an inpatient treatment program, often due to the demands of school or work. For these individuals or for those who have completed a short-term or long-term program but need ongoing support, intensive outpatient treatment programs can provide similar treatment in a non-residential setting.

The number of hours spent in group and individual therapy each week varies between different types of intensive outpatient programs, ranging from just a few hours weekly to as many as 20 hours per week.

In between outpatient and inpatient treatment is partial hospitalization, which is also referred to as Day Treatment programs. These are like outpatient treatment plans, but have mental health services available comparable in inpatient recovery programs.

Residential Treatment Services


Prior to entering either inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment, many who abuse drugs or alcohol must go through a detoxification program. Physical dependence on the abused substance is common in addicts, and stopping use of drugs or alcohol without support can trigger severe and dangerous withdrawal.

By providing support and often medication to relieve symptoms, detox programs can help addicts in freeing themselves from their physical dependence. Medication assisted treatment such as Naloxone and Suboxone are often used to treat substance use disorders, depending on individual needs.

Sober-living house

While they may no longer need constant monitoring, many individuals who have completed inpatient addiction treatment are not ready to transition directly back into independent living. As an alternative, sober-living houses can provide a supportive environment that promotes sobriety through rules and shared chores until the recovering addict is ready to return home.

Sober living provides an aftercare solution for drug and alcohol rehab programs, and studies show their effectiveness rate to increase the long term success of recovery, even without treatment providers living in the home.

Dual diagnosis

Many who face drug or alcohol addiction have also been diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder, basically a mental health disorder. For these patients, dual diagnosis programs exist that can treat both mental illness and substance abuse simultaneously. Such programs have both addiction counselors and mental health therapists on staff to provide medical advice and counseling services.

Commonly Abused & Treated Drugs:

Marijuana continues to be the most widely used and abused substance throughout Illinois. However, crack cocaine is often regarded as the most serious drug threat in the state, particularly in Chicago and the surrounding areas. Though used by fewer people, heroin is the greatest threat to people’s lives, with law enforcement reporting an increase in heroin distribution, transportation, and demand.

Popular cities and addiction treatment center locations include: Chicago, Springfield, Peoria, Rockford, Joliet, Aurora, Granite City, Rosecrance, Naperville, Lake Villa, Gateway Foundation, Lemont, Caseyville, Waukegan, Addison, and Gilman.


Whatever the specific nature of your drug or alcohol addiction, receiving help from a professional treatment program can be invaluable as you move along the path to recovery. When exploring your possible treatment options and candidates for an effective, comfortable recovery center, keep in mind that your home environment can present barriers to sobriety; many individuals are able to achieve recovery more easily when receiving treatment from a facility away from home. Also, there may be options such as women only, women only (gender specific) centers in some places.

Pay options include self-pay, private insurance, work-sponsored insurance, Medicaid/Medicare, etc…

Illinois residents who wish to discover more about the options available for addiction treatment should contact us today. Substance abuse treatment is just around the corner. Call us today.