The South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

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The South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse provides affordable and effective chemical dependency treatment and rehabilitation to residents of the greater Chicago Southland community. The South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse offers a full range of quality, comprehensive outpatient, residential and youth services for both adolescents and adults.

The South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse 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

Co-Occurring Disorder Program provides a co-occurring disorder group at both the Intensive and Basic levels for patients with substance use and psychiatric diagnosis. These groups are evidenced based and utilize a Co-Occurring Disorder Program curriculum from Dartmouth Medical School and is built on integrated combined therapies consisting of cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, and twelve step facilitation.

Rehab Services:

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.

What does The South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse offer?

Medically Assisted Detox

Detoxification consists of monitoring conditions during withdrawal, medical consultation, counseling, and education. Rehabilitation begins when a patient has stabilized and is mentally and physically capable of undergoing intensive counseling. At this time, the staff work with patients to understand their relationship with their drug of choice. Since The Council is a nicotine-free facility, smoking cessation services are offered in Residential Treatment.

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

The Intensive Outpatient Treatment provides structured day and evening treatment programs. These programs offer the patient education, group counseling and individual counseling, while allowing the patient to apply newly acquired skills within the “real world” environment. In Women’s Intensive outpatient, the “Seeking Safety” curriculum has been implemented in order to address the high co-occurrence of trauma and addiction in this population.

Outpatient (OP)

For chemically dependent individuals requiring a minimally restrictive environment, The South Suburban Council offers a full range of quality, comprehensive outpatient services for both adolescents and adults. Basic Outpatient provides an organized, professionally directed treatment program designed to help achieve permanent changes in an individual’s alcohol or other drug using behavior. These services address major lifestyle, attitudinal and behavioral issues to allow the patient to develop a self-directed recovery program and to support his/her ability to cope with major life tasks without the use of alcohol or other drugs.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

Upon assessment, The Council’s Central Intake may determine that an individual’s needs can best be met in The Council’s residential programs. By utilizing the six dimensions of the American Society of Addiction Medicines’ (ASAM) criteria, The Council’s staff can better intervene and reverse the process of chemical dependency by more effectively designing individualized treatment plans. Treatment plans are developed after assessing each patient’s individual needs. This allows patients to progress from non-medical detoxification, if necessary, through rehabilitation at a pace that is most suitable for their specific recovery.

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. They can guide intervention participants in describing the damage the addict’s behavior is causing and that outside help is necessary to address the addiction. The ideal outcome of an intervention is for the addict to go to rehab and get the help they need.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

Thorough Biopsychosocial Diagnostic Assessments are completed in order to determine the nature and extent of the patients’ addictions, and to appropriately place them into the proper level of care. The past several years have seen a more complex patient with multiple presenting problems beyond substance abuse including homelessness, mental health, criminal justice, medical and employment issues. As a result, the assessment process has also become increasingly important and complicated. In addition, better cooperation between other treatment providers and community agencies has resulted in better assessments and more appropriate placement of patients.


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

Because the family is the most important unit to which an individual can belong, The Council strives to offer services to involve as many members of the family as possible. The services offered treat chemical dependency as a “family issue” and empowers individual members to re-enter the family with the skills and confidence necessary to make their recovery and family relationships successful.

Aftercare Support

Upon discharge from the program, The Council provides patients with referrals to on-going recovery support systems that include medical care, 12-step programs, halfway houses, and outpatient counseling services. In addition, The Council provides education and referral services to family members of its patients including support systems and treatment opportunities. Three curriculum’s assist in addressing the specific needs of MISA patients and criminal justice patients. “Wellness Recovery Action Planning” (WRAP) is a solution-focused and strengths based relapse prevention plan that helps patients struggling with mental health and addiction develop a plan for living well. “Straight Ahead: Transitional Skills for Recovery” is a skills building curriculum for developing a recovery lifestyle.

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.

Individual Therapy

Intermediate Counseling and Early Intervention provides organized services which are designed to explore and address problems or risk factors that appear related to alcohol or other drug use. The goals are to assist the individual to recognize the harmful consequences of substance use, make behavior changes, and avoid problems related to substance use. In each program, the primary counselor works with the patient to identify problems, establish goals, and commit to a plan of action.

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.

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.

The South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Highlights:

DUI Program Services provide treatment through the use of a standardized remedial education program, a continuum of counseling services, including a post discharge continuing care follow-up program, as well as providing Secretary of State alcohol and drug evaluation updates.
Early Intervention and Alternative to Suspension Programming provides alcohol and drug education to adolescents who, as a result of their use, find themselves in violation of local ordinances, school policies, or house rules. This program is designed to provide both the parent and adolescents with necessary information to make responsible decisions regarding alcohol and drugs.
Sober living home or Halfway house




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

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  • Presence Saint Joseph Hospital - Harborview Recovery Center 2900 North Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60657


  • Facility for Adults, Young Adults, Children And Teenagers
  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Smoking is not allowed during the treatment
  • Hearing impaired friendly facility
  • Funding has allowed The Council to provide education for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB), and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia. The education addresses the areas of transmission, risk education and prevention. In addition, The Council also offers free HIV testing and counseling on a voluntary basis to its patients. Patients that are positive for HIV and AIDS are linked with outside resources for ongoing medical and social services that will help ensure their continued success in recovery and health.