Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital

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Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital is a nonprofit rehab located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital specializes in the treatment of Mental Health, Substance, Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital offers comprehensive behavioral health services, from prevention and early intervention to treatment and aftercare in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital Focus:

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

The Center for Addiction Medicine offers a variety of treatment programs and services for adults, adolescents, and families suffering from chemical dependency and other addiction disorders. At Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, we address chemical dependency and process addictions (addictive behaviors such as gambling, shopping, and sexual activity) through group lectures and process groups. Treatment provides a solution-focused approach that allows clients to set individual treatment goals in order to develop a solid relapse prevention plan. The involvement of family members and a connection with community-based support groups are part of the patient's treatment goals.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

The Center for Addiction Medicine also treats patients who have both addiction issues and psychiatric diagnoses. Treatment goals emphasize education and relapse prevention to manage combined addiction and psychiatric problems effectively. The treatment program provides education and support to help patients understand how to incorporate the following into their recovery: abstinence from all addictive mood-altering substances and behaviors, 12-step meetings and other community-based support groups, identifying and utilizing an appropriate 12-step sponsor, exercise, good nutrition, a sense of spirituality to build back inner self, morals, values, and beliefs, awareness of negative thinking patterns and other relapse triggers, learning coping skills to manage relapse triggers, urges, and other relapse patterns, develop an individualized relapse prevention plan for continued abstinence, and understanding the role and proper usage of prescribed medications.

Rehab Services:

Opioid Dependence Treatment

Opioids are any drugs based on the chemical composition of opium. An opiate is a synthetic (man-made) version of an opioid, also known as a narcotic. Opiate pain medications include prescription painkillers, like Oxycodone, OxyContin, and Percocet. Other opioids include morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, buprenorphine, methadone, and heroin. Dependence or addiction to opioids is treated in a similar fashion to other drug and alcohol addictions, with an eye towards helping the body detox safely before other treatment commences.

Buprenorphine Detox and Treatment

Similar to methadone, buprenorphine is a drug meant to help with long-term treatment for opioid addiction. Those recovering from heroin addiction or other opiate addiction may be prescribed buprenorphine (Suboxone and Subutex) to help wean the body off of opioids safely, over time. Buprenorphine helps lessen the discomfort and danger of detox and withdrawal.

Vivitrol used for Addiction Recovery

Vivitrol has proven to be extremely effective in the treatment of opiate and alcohol abuse, especially when complimented with an effective rehab program. Vivitrol is a non-narcotic, non-addictive medication approved by the FDA that is used to suppress a person's cravings for a substance.

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital offer?

Medically Assisted Detox

The Chemical Dependency Program at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital is an abstinence based treatment program which means that abstinence from alcohol and all mood altering addictive substances is required. This includes abstinence from any medications which may have been prescribed for an individual, but are addictive in nature. The Adult Outpatient Detoxification offers supportive care while withdrawing from alcohol or drug use, specialized treatment team to ensure medical stability, thorough evaluation to identify other conditions that may be present and identify treatment goals, and full medication services including education on the medications you are taking and monitoring your progress to ensure positive treatment development.

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

The Intensive Outpatient Program runs 3 hours per day and offers either morning or afternoon programming for 4 days per week. The Intensive Outpatient Program offers day and evening programs for adults, day or after-school programs designed specifically for adolescents, individual, marital, and family counseling, group therapy, family communication programs for adolescents and their parents, and aftercare services such as therapeutic groups to discuss relapse prevention.

Outpatient (OP)

The Outpatient Adolescent Chemical Abuse Program offers structured after-school program provides group and individual therapy to help manage mood and maintain sobriety, thorough evaluation of any concurrent emotional, behavioral, or cognitive problems, group therapy four times a week, family therapy to plan treatment and changes to the family system, liaison with school to communicate progress and advise about school interventions, mandatory participation in self-help groups outside the program three times a week, parent-only support group, weekly multi-family group to improve communication and problem solving skills, random drug screens and/or breathalyzers, and aftercare support groups.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

If you are living with depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or bipolar disorder, you may feel like you need additional support on your path to recovery. The Adult Inpatient Program at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital provides a supportive environment and a team of caring professionals who understand the complexity of mood disorders. Their program offers counseling, therapeutic groups, family therapy, and medication therapy to help you feel better and prepare you to transition to treatment in an outpatient setting. Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital has designed an inpatient unit focused exclusively on the treatment of substance abuse. Psychiatrists specializing in addiction medicine direct all of their programs. Using all that science has to offer, the therapeutic experience you will receive here is structured around best practices and proven procedures for effective detoxification and treatment.

Intervention Services

Intervention Services helps family or friends of addicts stage an intervention, which is a meeting in which loved ones share their concerns and attempt to get an addict into treatment. Professional intervention specialists can help loved ones organize, gather, and communicate with an addict. The Substance Abuse Feedback & Education Program (SAFE) is an early intervention for employees who have tested positive for drugs or show other signs of substance abuse. The Family Options Program is antervention program for adolescents experimenting with alcohol or drugs and their parents.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

Certain drug and alcohol rehab centers have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person’s specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle.


12-step programs are addiction recovery models based on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). A number of substance abuse programs (including some drug and alcohol rehab centers) use the 12 steps as a basis for treatment. Beginning steps involve admitting powerlessness over the addiction and creating a spiritual basis for recovery. Middle steps including making direct amends to those who've been hurt by the addiction, and the final step is to assist others in addiction recovery in the same way. 12-Step offshoots including Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA), Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).

Family Program

Their treatment team provides weekly Family Nights to which patients are encouraged to bring their family members. Family Night programming offers an opportunity for loved ones to gain a common understanding of how addiction has impacted the family, learn about what it means to be in recovery, identify healthy patterns while learning to discontinue destructive family patterns, and begin to work together towards the process of healing.

Aftercare Support

Open to former patients from the Center for Addiction Medicine's day and evening programs, the Alumni Recovery Group provides a sober, social outlet where individuals can reconnect, socialize, and plan various events. The group meets for one hour every six weeks prior to the Medical Aspects of Addiction lecture by Dr. Teas. (Dr. Teas' lecture is held on a Tuesday evening every six weeks from 6:30-8:00pm.)

Therapies Offered:

Holistic Therapy

Rather than focusing solely on addiction, holistic therapy facilities treat patients in terms of their whole being. Holistic therapy is about more than just addiction and sobriety – it addresses the person’s life in its entirety, including career, physical, familial, and spiritual aspects.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a modified form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a treatment designed to help people understand and ultimately affect the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. DBT is often used for individuals who struggle with self-harm behaviors, such as self-mutilation (cutting) and suicidal thoughts, urges, or attempts. It has been proven clinically effective for those who struggle with out-of-control emotions and mental health illnesses like Borderline Personality Disorder.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Couples Treatment

Whether a marriage or other committed relationship, an intimate partnership is one of the most important aspects of a person’s life. Drug and alcohol addiction affects both members of a couple in deep and meaningful ways, as does rehab and recovery. Couples therapy and other couples-focused treatment programs are significant parts of exploring triggers of addiction, as well as learning how to build healthy patterns to support ongoing sobriety.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional “talk therapy” by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and dysfunctional eating patterns. Many psychologists and other mental health professionals consider eating disorders to be food addictions, meaning food is being used in an addictive way (similar to drug or alcohol addiction). Certain substance abuse treatment programs will have treatment for eating disorders as one of the services offered. An eating disorder may also present as a co-occuring disorder or dual diagnosis alongside drug and alcohol addiction.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a clinical approach to helping people with substance abuse issues and other conditions shift behavior in positive ways. It is more goal-oriented than traditional psychotherapy, as MI counselors directly attempt to get clients to consider making behavioral change (rather than wait for them to come to conclusions themselves). Its primary purpose is to resolve ambivalence and help clients become able to make healthy choices freely.

Life Skills

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.

Creative Arts Therapy

Creativity is inherently healing, and can help those in recovery express thoughts or feelings they might not otherwise be able to. Creative arts therapy can include music, poetry/writing, painting, sculpting, dance, theater, sandplay, and more. Unlike traditional art, the final product matters far less than the experience of creation and expression itself.




  • Daily Fee: $975.00
  • Sliding Fee Scale
  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • Medicare rehab coverage
  • Alexian Brothers Health System is committed to caring for all people regardless of their ability to pay, with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Alexian Brothers Health system offers financial counseling and assistance to help address any financial concerns patients or families may have regarding their care.
  • Cash payments accepted

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  • LGBT Outstanding programs available
  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Smoking is allowed as part of the treatment
  • Bilingual therapists and staff (Spanish)
  • Hearing impaired friendly facility
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