Rehabilitation programs are a tiered approach to drug addiction, catering to different phases of treatment and recovery. Each addiction treatment program may work well as a singular program or as a transitional level of care. Severe substance use issues may call for a hands-on form of treatment like residential rehabilitation, while less severe addictions may be managed in an outpatient setting.
Before enrolling in a treatment program, drug and alcohol detoxification is essential. Following a successful detox, our addiction specialists can help you determine which program would best fit your situation. Learn more about the addiction treatment programs we offer here at Northern Illinois Recovery Center.
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Drug and Alcohol Detox Program
A successful drug and alcohol detox sets the foundation for recovery. At Northern Illinois Recovery, we understand the importance of detoxification and the difficulties that come with withdrawal. Our medically supervised detox program ensures that each person beginning treatment does so with a completely sober mind and body.
Treatment Programs for Substance Abuse
A tiered treatment approach is essential when starting addiction treatment. Stopping drug or alcohol use can cause withdrawal symptoms that range from uncomfortable to potentially life-threatening. Regardless of the severity of symptoms, our experienced medical staff will ensure your safety while making you as comfortable as possible. Due to the potential dangers of withdrawal, we do not recommend self-detox. If you are looking to stop the use of substances, our detox program will provide emotional and physical support and address any medical complications that may arise.
Detox is the most challenging part of many people’s recoveries. During and after detox, withdrawal symptoms can be a significant impediment to recovery. For this reason, medication-assisted treatment is not only helpful, but it plays a significant role in many individuals’ long-term recoveries. MAT programs utilize non-addictive medications to curb drug cravings and dampen the intensity of withdrawal symptoms. MAT can help put you in the best position possible to maintain sobriety in a more comfortable way.
As mentioned, the detoxification process is crucial in the journey to recovery. After ridding your body of all substance-related toxins, you will feel prepared to begin your treatment.
Residential treatment, also known as inpatient treatment, is a heavily structured live-in program. Residential treatment works well for people with moderate to severe substance use disorders. Inpatient stays range typically from 30 to 90 days but may be longer or shorter depending on the particular individual’s circumstances.
During an inpatient stay, clients can expect to participate in a range of activities, therapies, and treatments. Each of the treatments works in conjunction with each other to provide clients with the best opportunity for recovery without relapse.
When enrolling in this style of addiction treatment program, the client commits to staying on campus 24/7 while abiding by all of the campus rules. The rules and structure of the program are designed to help develop tools to fight relapse, as well as to understand each client’s challenges and strengths. By understanding these characteristics, we can help our clients deal with issues stemming from unhealthy relationships to problems with mental health.
PHPs are part-time treatments where clients are not required to live on-site. In some cases, people enrolled in a partial hospitalization program will opt to stay at a sober living home. Clients in PHPs visit the treatment facility several times a week for a large portion of each day. Most PHPs require between 25 and 30 hours a week of participation.
In terms of outpatient programs, PHPs are typically more hands-on and intensive.
Intensive outpatient programs are a step down from PHPs. Many people use these outpatient programs as a continuation after the completion of an inpatient stay. While enrolled in an IOP, clients spend between 15 and 20 hours at the treatment center. Since the meetings and treatments are less frequent, IOPs tend to be longer. That being said, IOPs are useful for people that need to continue work or home responsibilities while staying active in treatment.
General outpatient care is the least intensive addiction treatment program when compared to residential, PHPs, and IOPs. Many clients use general outpatient programs as a continuation of care following other forms of more intensive treatment. Outpatient programs are helpful during a client’s period of transition. Studies show that many people tend to relapse after treatment since transitioning back home and readjusting to standard life is one of the more difficult aspects of recovery.
Clients use outpatient programs to continue developing their skills to fight relapse. The extra one to three sessions per week can make the difference between long-term recovery and relapse. These sessions generally last 90 minutes, depending on the program. At this point in the continuum of care, clients are independent and able to begin their sober day-to-day lifestyle. While transitioning, the offered ongoing counseling and therapeutic support of our outpatient program will help ensure a fulfilling and relapse-free future.
Sober living is sometimes referred to as an aftercare program. It adds several benefits to our clients’ spectrum of continued care. It is essential to us that once our clients finish treatment, they are returning to a safe and healthy environment to continue their recovery journey. Some of the benefits of our aftercare programs include:
- Long-term residence
- Job search and career planning
- Additional counseling services
- Introduction to 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous
- Opportunities to separate from unhealthy places or people that prompt temptation and triggers of relapse
In addition, sober living homes can be an ideal transitional situation for those reacclimating to independent sober living. While living in sober communities, our clients are surrounded by supportive individuals in similar circumstances who are going through the same stage of recovery.
Our treatment facility can truly offer clients an optimal way to recover. The location of our Northern Illinois addiction treatment center provides a more relaxing environment than one crammed into a major city. At the same time, we can still employ a team of addiction treatment professionals who are among the best in their respective fields. Our clients work with world-class specialists in a relaxing environment with minimal distractions.
The following treatment options are combined evidence-based treatments and holistic strategies:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is one of the most effective and widely used talk therapies for substance use disorder treatment and mental health treatment. It is a method that identifies how and why individuals hold negative self-images and other unhealthy perceptions that lead them to abuse substances. By learning to recognize this type of negative thinking, those involved in CBT either in one-on-one treatment or in a group session discover how to rectify their thinking to encourage healthy actions.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
DBT is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that focuses on understanding one’s motivations and learning to see how thoughts lead to actions. Doing so allows those engaged in DBT to turn away from harmful actions and toward positive, healthy ones. It is a therapeutic approach that encourages mindfulness, improves emotional regulation, and strengthens a person’s ability to understand and communicate with others.
Family Therapy (CBT)
For many people, family is at the core of their life. Thus, it makes sense to explore how family interactions or dynamics, generational trauma, and family expectations impact substance use disorder. Working with individuals to explore their family history and relationships and, in some cases, with other family members, those struggling with addiction identify where they need support, how to provide healthy support, and how to address issues that may trigger a relapse.
Group Therapy (CBT)
A common feature in most addiction treatment programs is group work. This is done for several reasons. First, hearing the stories of others who have gone through similar experiences can help others understand what they must do to heal and approach their unique issues.
Second, sharing with others allows individuals to unburden themselves and get the support and direction necessary to heal. Lastly, group sessions lay the foundation for building a supportive community and other relationships once treatment concludes. Doing so helps individuals maintain their sobriety while contributing to helping others; this mix of responsibility and accountability greatly reduces the chances of relapse.
Yoga Therapy (CBT)
A holistic therapy like yoga looks to explore the connections between an individual’s body and spirit. For some, this therapeutic approach not only helps them enhance their physical health but improves their mindfulness, allowing them to address and overcome anxiety and triggers.
Trauma Therapy (CBT)
For some, harsh events, either in the distant or recent past, can cause severe distress in the present. In this therapy, individuals learn how to identify trauma and see how it has affected their decisions and actions. Then, clients heal with a deeper awareness of their needs and how everyday events impact them due to their trauma.
At our rehab program in Illinois, we work hard to make sure each patient can find hope and healing through our programs. To restore your life to its best possible form, we ensure our addiction treatment center remains at the cutting edge of treatment options. Each and every client we accept can feel confident in the quality of our facility, our therapy services, and our team. If you would like to enroll in an addiction treatment program or would like more information, please give us a call today.
Licensed Physician and Surgeon
Dr. Beth Dunlap, a board-certified addiction medicine and family medicine physician, and is the medical director at Northern Illinois Recovery Center. She is responsible for overseeing all the integrated medical services at both campuses. Beth completed medical school, residency, and fellowship at Northwestern University, where she continues to serve on the faculty as a member of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She has extensive experience in addiction medicine at all levels of care, and her clinical interests include integrated primary care and addiction medicine, harm reduction, and medication-assisted treatment.