Palos Community Hospital - Behavioral Health

12251 South 80th Avenue
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Palos Community Hospital - Behavioral Health offers the full spectrum of behavioral health services including chemical dependency treatment. Palos Community Hospital - Behavioral Health also offers outpatient counseling services and inpatient care.


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I like that this place is always clean and they have the most friendly atmosphere, which you can feel when you walk in. I have a loved one that receives treatment here, and it makes me happy to see the great care she receives and how respectful everyone is with her. Thank you. flag
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Joint Commission:

The Joint Commission, formerly known as JCAHO, is a nonprofit organization that accredits rehab organizations and programs. Founded in 1951, the Joint Commision's mission is to improve the quality of patient care and demonstrating the quality of patient care.

Joint Commission Accreditation: Yes



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Smoking Prohibited

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Bilingual Therapists

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Financing Available : $0.00

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Detox Services:


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.

Buprenorphine Detox:

Buprenorphine (brand name Subutex, among others) is an opioid medication used to treat opioid addiction. Buprenorphine can prevent or significantly reduce withdrawal symptoms, making it easier to get and stay off opioids. Sometimes used alongside naloxone, dosage depends on the severity of each case. Many people stay on buprenorphine long-term, although some gradually reduce the dosage to come off it.

Methadone Maintenance:

Methadone maintenance 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.

Level of Care:



Inpatient care provides timely, thorough medical treatment for symptoms you may notice as you start using less of an addictive drug or alcohol. During your stay, you’ll receive psychotherapy, medication and other services that help you begin to function better. When substance abuse or mental illness puts the well-being of you or someone else at serious risk, inpatient care provides protection, security and a path to recovery.

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.

Intensive Outpatient:

Live at home and participate in most of your typical daily activities when you participate in our intensive outpatient treatment program. You’ll take part in meetings several times a week with a therapist and your peers while learning how to stay sober and get the most out of 12-step programs and community support groups. They are committed to helping you succeed so they assess your progress and work with you to adjust your treatment plan as needed.


For help in dealing with life’s challenges, choose Palos Health's outpatient counseling services. Their expert therapists thoroughly understand the social, environmental and biological reasons people act and think certain ways. That means their behavioral health professionals are specially qualified to help you find ways to live more healthfully and happily.


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 and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).

Individualized Treatment:

Certain drug and alcohol rehabs 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.

Aftercare Support:

The longer you receive support, the more likely you’ll remain abstinent. That’s why you’ll want to join their free Aftercare Group, which meets for six weeks to reinforce skills you learned during outpatient substance abuse treatment or partial hospitalization at Palos.

24-Hour Clinical Care:

At certain points in the recovery process, it's important to have support available 24/7. 24-hour clinical care offers a safe environment in which to recover from drug or alcohol addiction in peace, knowing medical detox and other treatment will happen with professionals on hand.

Holistic Treatment:

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

Treatment Focus:


Dual Diagnosis:

You need specialized care when you experience both a substance abuse disorder and a mental health condition—also called co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis. Choose Palos Health for assistance reducing the symptoms of mental illness and recovering from chemical dependency. At Palos, their team will work with you to develop a care plan tailored to you. Co-occurring disorders affect almost every aspect of your life, so effective treatment cares for your whole self.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse:

A combined mental health and substance abuse rehab 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.

Opioid Addiction:

Opioid rehabs 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.

Therapy Programs:


Family Therapy:

You’ll find it easier to take steps that enrich your life when you get support from your loved ones. That’s why they may ask about family members or close friends who could participate in your treatment plan. They’ll help you identify people who’d improve your outcome.

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. Individual psychotherapy explores the thoughts, feelings, behaviors and relationships that led to hospital admission and provides strategies for constructively dealing with them.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:

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.

Group Therapy:

Many people find tremendous benefit from the ongoing feedback and support a group therapy session provides. Groups are led by behavioral health specialists and provide a safe structure and environment. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss your experiences with a group of your peers and learn strategies to better manage your condition. Convenient day and evening group sessions are available.

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.

Couples Therapy:

Good relationships with your loved ones involve joy, intimacy and support. But family and marital relationships also sometimes create stress and conflict. Turn to a neutral therapist at Palos Health for assistance navigating the challenges, making healthy decisions about relationships and strengthening family ties. Couples counseling at Palos helps you prevent, recognize and resolve conflicts in a committed relationship. Their skilled, experienced therapists can guide you and your partner through many issues.

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.

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.

Sound Therapy:

Sound therapy (aka sound healing or vibrational medicine) uses sonic vibrations to stimulate healing at the cellular level. Vibrations, either from the human voice or resonant objects like tuning forks, gongs, or Tibetan bowls, affect cellular resonance in the body, which can help heal the impact of anxiety, depression, trauma, and more.

Animal Therapy:

Palos Hospital has an animal-assisted therapy program known as Wags Therapy. Highly trained volunteer handler/dog teams provide therapeutic visits seven days a week to patients who meet their medically approved criteria. Animal therapy (aka pet therapy or animal-assisted therapy) can be very healing, as it allows patients to bond with animals, who give unconditional love. This is particularly useful for those who suffered trauma by the hands of people, who may be able to trust and form closer attachments to animals than humans at certain stages of rehabilitation.


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Palos Community Hospital - Behavioral Health
Last Updated: 05/21/2019

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