Lake County Behavioral Health - Women's Residential Services

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Lake County Behavioral Health - Women's Residential Services (WRS) is a Dual Diagnosis Capable (DDC) residential treatment program for chemically dependent women and their children. Lake County Behavioral Health - Women's Residential Services (WRS) can accept up to 8 children between the ages of 6 and 11.

Lake County Behavioral Health - Women's Residential Services 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

A combined mental health and substance abuse treatment center has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person’s mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Rehab Services:

Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT)

Methadone Maintenance Treatment or ORT (Opiate Replacement Therapy) is the use of methadone as a substitute for someone who is addicted to opioids (heroin, OxyContin, codeine, Dilaudid, Percocet and others), helping with the recovery process reducing the cravings for the opioids or used as part of the admittance process to a substance abuse treatment facility that requires complete abstinence.

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.

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 Lake County Behavioral Health - Women's Residential Services offer?

Medically Assisted Detox

Drug and alcohol addiction often takes a heavy toll on one’s body. Over time, a physical dependence can develop, meaning the body physiologically needs the substance to function. Detox is the process of removing drugs and/or alcohol from the body, a process that can be lethal if mismanaged. Medical detox is done by licensed medical professionals who monitor vital signs and keep you safe, healthy, and as comfortable as possible as you go through detox and withdrawal.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

Residential treatment programs are those that offer housing and meals in addition to substance abuse treatment. Rehab facilities that offer residential treatment allow patients to focus solely on recovery, in an environment totally separate from their lives. Some rehab centers specialize in short-term residential treatment (a few days to a week or two), while others solely provide treatment on a long-term basis (several weeks to months). Some offer both, and tailor treatment to the patient's individual requirements. WRS is a Dual Diagnosis Capable (DDC) residential treatment program for chemically dependent women and their children. Priority is given to pregnant and parenting women and intravenous drug using women. Individualized treatment focuses on two main areas: developing a chemical-free lifestyle through building recovery and resiliency skills and improving parenting skills. WRS can accept up to 8 children between the ages of 6 and 11.

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. Individualized treatment focuses on two main areas: developing a chemical-free lifestyle through building recovery and resiliency skills and improving parenting skills. Because empowerment is key to their philosophy, residents make decisions about their treatment plan, as well as decisions about day-to-day living at the program. In doing so, they strengthen decision-making skills they will need to succeed in living a healthy 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. The Women's Way Through 12 Step group educates about the 12 steps and explores the steps specifically in relationship to women and their needs and issues in recovery. It assists members in applying the 12 steps to their lives to encourage continued use of community support and self-help resources to maintain sobriety.

Family Program

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. The Nurturing Families group addresses specific needs of families affected by parental substance abuse. It focuses on the effects of substance use diagnosis on families, parenting, and the parent-child relationship, incorporating Joan and Eric Erickson’s eight themes of growth spanning the life cycle and the Stone Center’s Self-in-Relation theory of women’s development. Combines both experiential and didactic exercises. The Family Engagement group assists family/significant other in understanding aspects of substance abuse/dependency. Discussion is facilitated to share concerns, coping strategies, and stages of recovery. The Strengthening Families Program is for women and their children that are here visiting, or residing at WRS with their mom. It’s a parent, youth, and family skills-building curriculum designed to address the following learning objectives.

Aftercare Support

The Relapse Prevention group provides you with skill building instruction to increase relapse prevention. The focus of this group is to develop an awareness and understanding of high-risk situations and emotions that may interfere with continued sobriety.

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 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. The Cognitive Behavioral Techniques group will provide you with the skills necessary to change dysfunctional thinking. You will have the opportunity to challenge your old thoughts with new ways of looking at yourself and your recovery.

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.

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.

Life Skills

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. The Domestic Duty Group assists patients in developing life management skills. As the addiction progresses, these skills tend to decrease to a point where the addict becomes consumed in obtaining their drugs. This group encourages you to develop a team approach by lending to others’ physical, as well as moral, support. Furthermore, this group supports personal responsibility and accountability in the care of your environment.

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.

Lake County Behavioral Health - Women's Residential Services Highlights:

Healthy Steps to Freedom is a health and body image program designed for women in substance abuse programs that find weight and energy issues to be prevalent in their drug use and subsequent treatment. Research has shown that more women than men in treatment use for weight loss and increased energy needs. Because women gain weight when they stop using drugs, the fear of gaining even more weight or the desire to lose weight can negatively impact intervention efforts. Healthy lifestyles are taught as an alternative approach for clients who have used drugs to stay thin, lose weight, curb appetites or boost energy.
The Seeking Safety group will address PTSD/Trauma and substance abuse. The group focuses on the need to establish safety – to work toward discontinuing substance use, letting go of dangerous relationships, and gaining control over symptoms that stem from trauma such as dissociation and self-harm. This group will teach “safe coping skills” that apply to both trauma/PTSD and substance abuse.
The Community group processes issues impacting Women’s Residential Services as a community to address healthy reintegration in the community. Contingency Management (Reward system) is in place for extrinsic motivation to adhere to structure, while you build up your intrinsic motivation. You will be involved in rule reviews and discussions, sharing your concerns, ideas or requests, repairs needed, and a personal review of your weekly progress and issues you will work on the following week.
The Process Creative Group offers the opportunity to learn new skills such as crochet or knitting, or if client prefers, they may utilize this time to draw, color, write poetry, or take part in other creative expressions and, encourage sober socialization activities.
The Brain Games group offers an alternative to Process Creative Group and allows for the opportunity to learn about the inner-workings of one’s brain as it relates to why we say eat, fell and act as we do. An exploration and discussion on components of the human brain related to specific topics. National Geographics “Brain Games” shows interactive experiments that test how easily the brain can be fooled- uncovering the surprising nature of how we process information, feel emotions, and perceive the world around us.
The WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) presents a structured system for monitoring uncomfortable and distressing signs and symptoms. You will learn to maintain your mental health wellness and sobriety through planned responses, reducing, modifying, or eliminating those signs and symptoms.
The STEPPS (Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving) is a cognitive-behavioral, skills training approach group participants will learn about Emotional Intensity Disorder. Clients learn specific emotional and behavioral management skills. The skills include: Distancing, Communicating, Challenging, Distracting, Managing Problems. Setting Goals, Eating, Sleeping, Exercise, Leisure, Physical Health, Abuse Avoidance, and Relationship Management.
The Living in Balance group will address mental health issues as they relate to chemical dependency and recovery. This group will explore methods for coping with mental health issues in recovery; for example, the proper administration of medication and effective ways to communicate with your physician/therapist.
The shared apartment program is supported, transitional housing designed to assist individuals to achieve necessary skills to live independently in the community. CILA (Community Integrated Living Arrangements) is a supervised, supportive service to those individuals with severe emotional difficulties who have had at least 3 hospitalizations in a state-operated facility. The goal of CILA is to promote residential and emotional stability through carefully tailored service planning with client, family, significant others and staff of Behavioral Health.




  • Sliding Fee Scale
  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • Medicare rehab coverage
  • State financed or Low cost Treatment
  • Cash payments accepted

Rehabs in Illinois

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  • Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital 1650 Moon Lake Boulevard Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
  • Chestnut Health Systems 50 Northgate Industrial Drive Granite City, IL 62040
  • Linden Oaks Behavioral Health - Naperville Main Inpatient Campus 852 South West Street Naperville, IL 60540
  • Presence Saint Joseph Hospital - Harborview Recovery Center 2900 North Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60657


  • Facility for Adults and Young Adults
  • Treatment for Women
  • Smoking is allowed as part of the treatment
  • Smoking is not allowed during the treatment
  • Bilingual therapists and staff (Spanish)
  • Dedicated programs for postpartum women