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Chicago: Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab & Treatment

Many people living in Chicago, IL, need professional drug and alcohol addiction treatment. However, many of these people are simply unaware of the wide range of treatment options available to them to finally seek a long-term, sustainable recovery from their substance use.

Substance abuse and addiction have been a major public health issue in Chicago for decades, and they undoubtedly will be for decades to come. Those affected by substance use, however, do not need to simply “accept their fate.” With the right professional help and support, these people can go on to live happy and fulfilling lives – substance-free.


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What Types of Substance Addiction are Treated in Chicago?

Sometimes people falsely assume that to get treated for drug addiction, they need to find a specialty program, for example, a treatment program exclusively for opioid use disorder (OUD) / opioid addiction.

What is Drug & Alcohol Rehab?

Drug and alcohol rehabs in Chicago are professional facilities people can get treatment for their substance addictions. Depending on the facility, they normally offer treatment for both the physical (dependency) and mental (psychological) aspects of substance abuse. Both are often needed for treatment to be truly successful.

People need to understand all of the treatment options available before they decide to go to rehab. Not every rehab program will work or even be beneficial for everyone. People all have very different needs, and each person needs to find what will work best for them.

Drug & Alcohol Detox: The Beginning of Recovery

The first stage of addiction treatment and recovery is normally the detoxification process, known in short as detox. Detox is the process of removing toxins from the body related to the individual’s substance abuse. It can be very difficult to stop using drugs and alcohol, which often involves the severity of withdrawal symptoms.

Detoxing with medical supervision helps to lessen the severity of withdrawal, and it can also help to protect against possible complications from withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal is the body’s way of reacting when a drug has been removed. People tend to experience a wide variety of symptoms, depending on the type of drug they are recovering from. Some of the more common symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Mental confusion or brain fog
  • Cravings or urges to use
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Exhaustion and fatigue
  • Insomnia or other sleep difficulties
  • Tremors

Medical drug and alcohol detox involves treatments specifically targeted to address these and other withdrawal symptoms. It is usually highly recommended because it allows people to receive medical supervision and be prescribed medications to help with their symptoms as well.

This is usually combined with holistic therapies, such as nutritional counseling. Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is also offered at many Chicago detox and rehab programs.

Drug & Alcohol Addiction Treatment Options

Inpatient / Residential Rehab Treatment Program (IP)

Inpatient rehab programs involve staying at a residential rehab facility for a minimum period of around 28 days (although this can usually be extended if required).

During that time, patients focus on getting the help they need to recover. For some, this might mean going through detox first. But eventually, everyone in rehab will be receiving therapy based on their individual needs.

The goal of inpatient rehab is to determine what led to the patient’s addiction in the first place. Once this is known, the underlying cause can be properly addressed and treated. This is done through individual and group therapy and through family sessions and other forms of treatment.

Outpatient Rehab Program (OP)

There are several different options regarding outpatient rehab programs available to people in Chicago. Outpatient rehab can be a great alternative to inpatient treatment, but again, it depends on whether it is appropriate for the patient at that time.

The main options for outpatient rehab are as follows:

  • Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs): IOPs are highly rigorous programs that many experts believe to be on par with what people experience during inpatient recovery. They usually meet during the evening, making them very flexible for people who work during the day. The program may run for about 12 weeks, with the patient required to attend sessions 3-5 times per week.
  • Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs): PHPs are similar to IOPs except they operate during the daytime. Patients are scheduled to come as often as7 days a week in some cases while they receive the help they need. PHPs will frequently offer treatment for both addiction recovery and mental health issues.
  • Traditional outpatient rehab – A more traditional outpatient treatment setting is usually best for people who have gone through a higher level of care in the past. They involve individual and group counseling sessions, with the addition of other specific therapies as required.

Recovery Housing & Sober Living Homes

Recovery Housing and sober living homes are actually not rehab facilities at all; they are residential homes or facilities where people can live while they continue to work on their recovery goals.

These can be a great option for someone who might not be able to return home safely.

Sober living homes require their residents to pay rent every month, and they usually ask residents to contribute to the household in some way, such as doing regular chores around the house.

Every resident is required to participate in some form of outpatient rehab, which they must secure on their own. There may be other rules that need to be followed as well.

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Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment in Chicago

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, as many as half of all people who go to rehab have a mental health condition. This is called co-occurring disorder (or dual diagnosis), and these need to be treated simultaneously with the substance addiction during rehab.

A co-occurring disorder could refer to any mental health issue that is contributing to the substance abuse problem in some way. Common disorders include depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.

Dual diagnosis treatment is the best solution for treating co-occurring disorders. It ensures that both conditions are treated at the same time and the link between them is completely understood.

Free Drug & Alcohol Resources in Chicago

The Chicago Department of Public Health has a specific website – Chicago Connects – for those looking for treatment for substance use disorder, including free rehab programs, in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Additionally, HELP.ORG is a non-profit online resource for locating free addiction treatment programs across the U.S. To access their Chicago, Illinois page, click here.

Mutual Aid Support Groups in Chicago

Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are just a couple of the organizations that offer free support group meetings:

Families can also get the help and support they need from attending Al-Anon and Alateen meetings.

For a non-secular option, SMART Recovery meetings are also available. Their meetings are based upon a scientific approach to recovery.

Why Travel Out-of-State for Drug & Alcohol Addiction Treatment?

Choosing to go to rehab is an important decision. Some people may decide to stay near home for rehab. However, many people actually choose to leave their home-state, and there are many reasons why this is often the better option:

  1. To limit potential relapse triggers and distractions: Much of our lives happen at home – the good and the bad. It may be impossible for someone to avoid potential relapse triggers and distractions while living at home for many reasons. However, by choosing to go to a rehab out-of-state, the triggers and distractions remain at home, and the person is free to apply themselves 100% to their addiction recovery.
  2. Sadly, not everyone lives in a secure and loving home to ensure personal safety. For some people, returning home may no longer be an option. If they did, they might be in danger. In these cases, it is sensible to travel to a rehab out-of-state.
  1. To ensure full commitment to complete the program: With in-state rehab, friends or family are typically very close by, or close enough to make it easy for a recovering addict to walk out of a program. However, being out of state makes this option far less simple and even adds the expense of a plane ticket. While rehab is voluntary and anyone can choose to stop their treatment, finishing the program is always recommended as it greatly increases the chances of long-term sobriety.
  2. To maintain confidentiality and privacy: Many people who need drug rehab do not need this becoming public knowledge. Privacy and confidentiality are of the utmost importance to them. If this cannot be guaranteed, it can be hard for some people to open up for fear of seeing others from rehab in the community. Out-of-state, the chance of that happening is very low.
  3. To begin a new life: One of the biggest things people are looking for in starting rehab is a fresh start. It can be hard to do this without drastic change. However, this can be an excellent advantage to going out of state for rehab.


Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are just two of the organizations that offer support group meetings. SMART Recovery is another option people have available to them. They are not 12-Step-oriented at all; theirs is more of a scientific approach to recovery.

Families can also get the help and support they need from attending Al-Anon and Alateen meetings. Many of them are also 12-Step based.

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AA Meetings

There are several AA meetings taking place in Chicago each week.

NA Meetings

There are many NA meetings taking place in Chicago, Illinois every week.

SMART Recovery Meetings

Chicago has several SMART Recovery meetings available for people to attend every week.


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SpringBoard Recovery: Professional Substance Addiction Treatment

At SpringBoard Recovery, located in Scottsdale (near the city of Phoenix) in Arizona, we can help you, regardless of where you live.

In fact, finding addiction treatment out of your home state can be a blessing in disguise, especially if you consider Arizona, with its warm climate.

Additionally, choosing treatment out-of-state enables you to free yourself from your local area’s distractions, temptations, and possible relapse triggers.

Our range of drug treatment programs is designed to ensure you have the best possible chance to move on with your life: substance-free and working towards a sustainable recovery. Contact us today.

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