Illinois Addiction Treatment Guide

Every year, more than 5,500 Illinois residents lose their lives. More than 5 percent of those deaths are due to drugs or alcohol. Those stats from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) tell part of the story of addiction in Illinois.

But one crucial part of the story remains hidden in this statistic.

Every year, thousands of people enroll in addiction treatment programs in Illinois. Often, people seek out their own solutions rather than getting a referral or facing an intervention from concerned family members.

Getting Help in Illinois

The Illinois Helpline connects residents with treatment programs. In 2018, 51 percent of people who called the helpline were actively abusing substances. They wanted to stop, and they knew treatment could help.

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Treatment options in Illinois, according to IDHS, include:
  • Early intervention. These pre-treatment programs help people to cut back on dangerous habits before addictions form.
  • Case management. Professionals design programs to help people develop healthy habits.
  • Outpatient counseling. People work with mental health professionals alone or in groups to support sobriety. They may use medications to cut back on cravings.
  • Intensive outpatient treatment. You’ll continue to live at home while you work on your addiction, but you’ll spend a significant amount of time in therapy.
  • Detoxification. You’ll have physical and mental health support as you move from intoxication to sobriety.
  • Inpatient programs. You’ll live in a treatment facility while you get care around the clock.
  • Aftercare. You’ll continue to work on your addiction when your formal program is complete.
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These programs should be available throughout the state, but according to The State Journal-Register, there are gaps in coverage. Many services are available in Chicago and some in Springfield, but there are spaces in the state where no help is provided. It’s not uncommon for people to travel long distances to get the help they need.

Public options can also fill up fast, and when they do, you’ll have to wait to get the care you need. Thankfully, there are private companies that can step in and offer help, even when public programs are full.

Getting Help in Illinois: Private Options

Public addiction agencies get funding from state or federal sources. Private companies don’t. They cover their expenses through insurance payments, private financial arrangements, grants, and other similar sources.

According to the 2017 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, there were 607 private treatment facilities operating in Illinois. There were only 24 local, state, or federal facilities in operation.

If you’re searching for treatment, and you can’t or don’t want to wait for public programs to assist you, a private facility is a good choice.

Private facilities offer many services that public programs provide, but they often offer various services that just aren’t available at public offerings.

These include:
Sober living homes
Some people need a safe space to live while they get addiction treatment. Their homes aren’t supportive or safe, but they don’t need inpatient care. A sober living home provides that environment. People can live here while enrolled in outpatient care, and they can continue to live here when treatment programs are complete.
Alternative therapy
For many people, yoga, equine-assisted therapy, and art therapy work as lifelines to recovery. These treatments complement traditional therapy, offering new avenues to understanding and growth. Public programs don’t usually offer these therapies, but private programs often do.
Flexible billing options
Some state and federal programs come with no fees, but many require some form of payment. If you are required to pay for care, a public program might want payments upfront. Private companies often provide financing, so you can pay for treatment in a way that fits your budget.
Support
Your peers share their stories of healing, and you all learn more about addiction and coping skills. No therapist is present for these discussions.
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Paying for Care in Illinois

State and federal dollars cover some forms of treatment in Illinois, but those programs have faced budget cuts. That means many people in Illinois are forced to pay for their addiction treatment.

Insurance programs can and do cover the cost of addiction care. But you’ll need to work with your insurance company closely to make sure you’re following all the regulations involving:
  • Referrals. Your doctor may need to write a note that outlines why you need care
  • Networks. Your plan may cover care at some places but not others.
  • Length of treatment. Your insurance program may only let you stay in a program for a short time.
  • Copayments. You may have a portion of the bill to pay.

Supporting Your Recovery in Illinois

Treatment programs help you to understand your addiction’s past and your sober future. You work with skilled professionals who have licenses in mental health. In your therapy sessions, you learn a great deal. But you might need to learn even more to truly combat your addiction. Support groups can help.

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In a support group, you meet with other people who are also in recovery. No mental health professionals lead your meetings. They are informal gatherings, and everyone gets a chance to work as a teacher and a student.

The most famous type of addiction support group is Alcoholics Anonymous. If you’ve ever heard someone discuss the 12 steps or the Big Book, you’ve heard them talking about AA.

In Illinois, there are three distinct AA chapters:

  • Area 19, which covers the Chicago area.
  • Area 20, which covers northern Illinois.
  • Area 21, which covers southern Illinois.


Each area works independently. All publish a schedule of meetings online, so you can find the one nearest you and determine which meeting time and place is best.

Most Illinois AA meetings are held in hotels, community centers, churches, and other open spaces. You don’t have to pay to attend, and you don’t have to register before you show up. Just find the meeting time and space that’s right for you, and make a point to appear.

Frequently Asked Questions About Recovery

Is inpatient or outpatient care best?

It depends. If your addiction is severe and you’ve tried outpatient care and relapsed, inpatient care work might be best. But if you have a strong support system at home and can lean on them during treatment, outpatient care might be right for you. If you don’t have a safe home environment but prefer outpatient treatment, consider a sober living home. Your treatment team can help you decide.

What happens during inpatient care?

You’ll go through an assessment when you enroll. You’ll develop a treatment plan, and you’ll have scheduled appointments. You’ll visit your team often in the beginning, but as you get better, you’ll taper away from intensive care.

You’ll spend time in group therapy, individual therapy, and other similar treatment modalities as you work on your addiction. When you’re not in treatment, you’ll work, live at home, and otherwise tend to your day-to-day life.

Does treatment really work?

Yes. People can and do fight back against addiction every day. Many people do that work in outpatient treatment programs. The lessons you learn help you to understand what it takes to stay sober for the rest of your life.

You’ll need to practice your sobriety skills, and relapse isn’t uncommon as you learn. But with perseverance and support, you can get better.

How long will my treatment last?

Addictions are personal, and your treatment plan should be too. In most cases, your program will be measured in months. But you may need a shorter or longer stay, depending on your history and your treatment goals.

You may also set out a course for recovery at the beginning of care that changes as your needs change. Your team should work with you to design a plan that’s right for you.

Help at Footprints to Recovery

Footprints to Recovery is a national addiction treatment company, and our corporate headquarters are located right here in Chicago.

We have a facility in Illinois, and we have others in:

  • Pennsylvania
  • Colorado
  • Arizona
  • New Jersey

We believe in tailoring treatment to meet the unique needs of our patients. No two people have the same history, and they shouldn’t have the same treatment program. We offer a wide variety of resources and services, so we can create a personalized plan that’s right for you.

Our treatment facilities in Illinois offer:

  • Partial hospitalization.
  • Intensive outpatient treatment (daytime and nighttime options).
  • Medication-assisted treatment.
  • Alumni support.

We can connect you with a sober living home, if it’s not safe for you to tackle recovery while living in your old community. And our aftercare programs, including our Aftercare Club, connect you with other alumni members. Each group has a different theme, and they meet weekly to work toward a common goal.

We emphasize community in our treatment programs, and that’s often overlooked by other addiction treatment providers. We know people can lift you up, and we know you’ll feel better when you help others. You’ll find a deep connection with the peers you meet in our treatment program.

Please call us to find out more about our programs. We can help you explore your insurance options, and we can get you enrolled right over the phone. Call 855-628-2899 to get started.

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