Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

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Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center is located in Lemont, Illinois, an historic Chicago suburb located in DuPage County. Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center is respected nationwide for its treatment of eating disorders, substance abuse and addiction, and mood disorders.

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center 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

When treating women and girls for anorexia nervosa, bulimia, or other addictions, their specialized treatment team at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center never assumes they are treating an isolated disease. Frequently, drug addiction, alcoholism, anxiety disorders or an eating disorder co-occur with depression. Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center emphasizes early identification of co-occurring disorders. Given the high incidence of co-occurring addictions in women with major depression, treatment success depends on an accurate diagnosis by a multidisciplinary treatment team experienced in the assessment of both mood disorders and substance abuse.

Rehab Services:

Psychotropic Medication

Research studies have found that certain women suffering with drug abuse or dependence, and co-occurring disorders, can achieve some benefit from prescription medication. Despite recent media attention to claims that certain prescription medications can help reduce craving and urges to use drugs or alcohol, medication is at best a small part of addiction treatment for a limited number of users.

What does Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center offer?

Medically Assisted Detox

Effective drug and alcohol treatment must address more than just the causes of the addiction. Treatment must also address the medical challenges a woman will face as she attempts to curtail long-term abuse of drugs and other chemical substances. Depending on the length of time she’s been abusing drugs, the presence of other addictive disorders, and the state of her physical health, she may require medically managed detox. Their internal medicine staff and psychiatrists have extensive experience helping women through drug withdrawal symptoms with comfort and dignity.

24 Hour Clinical Care

One of the unique features that make Timberline Knolls a leading residential treatment center is that they provide 24-hour nursing care. A resident facing withdrawal, as well as her loved ones, can be assured that her safety will be closely monitored and that staff will be attentive to the need to address her pain or complications from other health conditions.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

Many women and families are uncertain whether residential or inpatient eating disorder treatment centers make sense for their circumstances. Their licensed admissions counselors are trained to help women and families evaluate their needs. Each resident also receives coaching and reinforcement in key areas of interpersonal skills, distress tolerance and management, reality acceptance skills, and emotional regulation skills.

Treatment Types:

Religion used during treatment

Religion used during treatment means a specific religion is used as the basis for care and treatment at a specific rehab facility or support group. Whether that faith is Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, or another religion, it is the central guiding principle behind the care. Counselors, support materials (like books or workbooks), and peers use that faith to support patients in finding their way to recovery. Surrendering to a higher power can be a relief to many patients, and religion can help those in recovery realize they're worthy or love and forgiveness. Connecting with their religion can provide patients a strong foundation for addiction recovery, and inspire comfort, support, and guidance in a deep, meaningful way.

Holistic Treatment

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center is distinguished by their holistic approach to eating disorder treatment. Their severe depression treatment program encompasses the entirety of the woman’s being: Mind, Body, Spirit, Emotions, and Social relationships. One of the benefits of major depression treatment at a holistic residential treatment center like Timberline Knolls is that a woman will realize she is not alone, either in experiencing depression or struggling to recover from co-occurring eating disorders or addiction.

Individualized Treatment

Timberline Knolls treatment professionals craft individualized treatment plans for each woman. Their rigorous, medically-informed approach to education, treatment and recovery succeeds where other attempts may have failed. Women and their families regain hope for a bright future by tapping into their strength and learn to experience their emotions in healthy, adaptive ways. This enables residents to break free of the toxic shame that may result from relapses after attending past treatment programs that often focus primarily on detox and may last as few as 28 days.


Twelve Step groups are a type of mutual support group that offer a solution to the problem of addiction and a tremendous amount of continuous peer support for those who desire to stop using substances. Alcoholics Anonymous, AA, and Narcotics Anonymous, NA, are two of the largest 12 step groups attended by persons recovering from addiction or alcoholism. Al-anon holds separate meetings for family members of those who have suffered with alcohol or drug addiction. AA and Al-anon meetings are held daily in cities across the Country. Online meetings may be an option for those without the ability to travel to in-person meetings.

Therapies Offered:

Family Therapy

Timberline Knolls eating disorder treatment staff also equips a woman’s family to engage in recovery as a family during and after her residential treatment. Alcoholism and drug addiction not only affect the sufferer, but also impact parents, siblings, and her spouse and children. Family therapy focused on the entire family system may help the family to recover themselves from the devastating effects of living with addiction or alcohol abuse. Family members learn how to take care of themselves and also how best to support their loved one in her recovery.

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)

They integrate the use of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) skills, clinically proven to be effective in working with trauma, along with experiential therapies to help women with unresolved trauma learn to release feelings of shame, fear and anxiety in a constructive way. This awareness reassures them of their ability to make recovery-oriented choices in the future when they are confronted with reminders of trauma. The skills learned in DBT reduce a woman’s need to rely on her symptoms for self-soothing and instead provide growth-enhancing alternatives.

Individual Therapy

IIndividual and/or group psychotherapy sessions help many women suffering with alcohol and abuse to better understand the addictive disease process and alleviate their symptoms. A certified addictions counselor (CADC), psychologist, therapist, social worker, psychiatrist, or eating disorder specialist may conduct individual and group therapy for substance abuse and addiction.

Trauma Therapy

Many of the women who come to Timberline Knolls have a history of trauma in addition to the presenting diagnostic problems of substance abuse, anorexia, bulimia, or mood disorders. TK staff is trained to be aware of the impact of trauma on a woman’s life and treatment. They are constantly mindful that each woman has a unique story that influences her emotions in very personal ways. They understand how ordinary interactions can lead to overwhelming emotional responses in women with histories of significant trauma.

Group Therapy

Unlike therapeutic groups run by clinical professionals, peer-led support groups can help substance abusers learn to verbalize feelings and to live free from using alcohol and drugs. Peers give each other encouragement as they share their unique stories in a non-judgmental setting, which can reduce the shame associated with addictive diseases.

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

Nutrition strategies and meal preparation techniques are discussed during weekly family conferences over the phone. Dieticians and eating disorders specialists conduct hands-on training for families during on-campus visits. They don’t have a standard eating disorder treatment track. Timberline Knolls helps each woman with anorexia nervosa, bulimia, or another eating disorder develop the skills she will need to experience the joys of lifelong recovery. Timberline Knolls’ nutritional philosophy is to support women and recognize their efforts to heal, not to police, judge or shame them for eating disorder symptoms.

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

Expressive therapy has been clinically proven to promote healing and recovery, in addition to providing a needed creative outlet for women during treatment, and after they return to their home environment. Their expressive therapy program includes a variety of outlets a woman can select based on her personal interests: art therapy in a historical art studio that supports painting, sculpture and other medias, dance/movement therapy, empowerment group (experiential trauma recovery), self-defense in their on-site fitness facility, outdoor recreation such as volleyball, basketball, soccer, badminton or gardening on their 43 acre campus.

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Highlights:

Art activities during treatment
Recreation room




  • Daily Fee: $1,210.00
  • Private Health Insurance
  • Military insurance coverage
  • Cash, Credit or Debit card accepted

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  • Facility for Adults, Young Adults, Children And Teenagers
  • Treatment Duration: 21-90 days
  • Beds Available: 162
  • Treatment for Women
  • Smoking permitted in designated areas
  • Hearing impaired friendly facility