offers a wide array of addiction counseling and treatment services for adolescents. An
is required to determine the level of service needed for each individual.
Inpatient services are designed for youth who need more clinical services than our outpatient program can provide. Youth participating in inpatient treatment live in one of our Illinois facilities in Bloomington
and participate in day and evening treatment and recovery support activities. This level of care is appropriate for young people who:
- need a structured and supportive environment to maintain recovery from addiction,
- require more intensive services to help prevent further damage to their physical and emotional health, and
- are unable to achieve sobriety in outpatient or intensive outpatient treatment.
The inpatient program is an opportunity for a young person to focus on his or her recovery in a gender specific and structured daily environment. Daily counseling groups, individual sessions, and treatment activities focus on addiction and recovery, relapse prevention, life skills, communication, decision making, anger management, 12-step/self-help, goals and meditation. Our treatment utilizes a research based system, The Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach
(A-CRA), that provides age appropriate behavioral treatment for adolescents. A-CRA was developed and tested by Chestnut’s research and training division, Lighthouse Institute, and has been proven effective for adolescents in multiple research studies.
The following services are also offered during inpatient treatment:
- School services/GED classes
- Recreation services
- Family counseling
- Psychiatric and medical consultations
- Catered meals
- Aftercare planning
Each young person has an individualized treatment plan based on his or her diagnosis and needs. The length of stay varies depending on each individual’s needs and is re-evaluated throughout his or her stay in treatment. We have found that most successful individuals are in inpatient treatment for 60-90 days and each young person is encouraged to participate in outpatient treatment.
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INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT (IOP)
Youth participating in Intensive Outpatient (IOP) receive individual and group counseling on a weekly basis in one of our facilities in Illinois including Belleville
, and Maryville
. This level of care is appropriate for those young people who:
- are experiencing significant substance abuse problems, and
- are willing and ready to make though and behavior changes.
A young person typically is advised to attend from six to 13 hours of individual or group counseling each week while still living at home, attending school, and sharing in family activities. The length of treatment is determined by the assessment, the individual’s needs, and how much support each person needs. IOP can serve as step down care after inpatient treatment. It can also serve as a step up program if outpatient services are not appropriate.
Each counseling group may help the young person work on communication/decision making skills, drug education, leisure education, life skills, stress management, self esteem and relapse prevention. Each individual and their families are encouraged to participate in family programs.
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Outpatient services are provided on an individual and/or group basis each week at one of our facilities in Belleville
. Outpatient counseling is appropriate for young people who are struggling with an addiction and are:
- ready to take the necessary steps to learn to abstain from substance use,
- motivated for change, and
- have a supportive home life.
Each individual is recommended to attend one to six hours of individual or group counseling each week while still living at home, attending school, and sharing in family activities. The assessment and individual needs will determine the length of treatment.
Counseling groups will focus on various topics including communication/decision making skills, drug education, leisure education, life skills, stress management, self esteem and relapse prevention. Each young person and their families are encouraged to attend family programs.
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RECOVERY HOME FOR ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG ADULT MALES
The Recovery Home is a long term program where adolescent and young adult males can live in a supportive recovery environment for two months up to two years in our Bloomington
facility. After a young person has worked on improving his life in inpatient treatment, returning home is not always the best option for sustained recovery. To qualify for admission, individuals must be behaviorally stable, and appropriate for intensive outpatient treatment.
Each individual chooses to live in the Recovery Home because he wants to live with recovery oriented people and participate in recovery oriented activities. Our staff is committed to working with each young person to develop life goals. We help them work on achieving those goals and get a start at a quality, independent life. Our staff is available 24 hours a day to provide guidance; however, each young person is allowed to leave the building on his own to work on goals and skills.
While living in the stable environment and working on life goals, each young person is required to continue to participate in individual and group addiction counseling. Counseling groups focus on communication, relationships, recreation/pro-social activities, stress/anger management, relapse prevention, recovery process, refusal skills, independent living skills, cooking, and gardening.
Our staff help each individual work on living a balanced and quality recovery oriented life.
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SCHOOL BASED SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES IN MCLEAN COUNTY
- Education: Onsite school and GED services are available. If appropriate, we assist some individuals in enrolling for community college courses.
- Employment: Group and individual workshops about resume writing and applying for jobs are available on a regular basis. Transportation to employment is offered as needed.
- Housing: Housing connections, community connections, and independent living skills are developed when an individual is preparing to leave to live on his own.
- Medical: Onsite medical and psychiatric services are available as needed.
- Sober support: Self-help groups and sponsors are identified for each individual.
School based substance abuse services are available to all McLean County Junior and Senior High Schools. The school based services can work with any enrolled Junior and Senior High student who is experiencing issues with drugs and/or alcohol or substance related life problems.
The school based services offered include:
- Onsite substance abuse assessments.
- Limited individual substance abuse intervention sessions.
- Classroom presentations about drug education or other substance related issues.
- Classroom presentations about substance abuse triggers, such as bullying, cyber-bullying, depression, family problems, mental health concerns, etc.
- Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient services at the Chestnut Health Systems facility in Bloomington.
Chestnut's program operates on a comprehensive group treatment approach. This approach is based on a plan that uses positive peer influences, with young people earning more privileges as they develop a relationship of trust and demonstrate an increasing investment in recovery. As young people progress in treatment they get promoted from sophomores, to juniors and finally to seniors. Each class rank brings with it additional privileges and responsibilities.
Following successful discharge from residential treatment, Chestnut Health Systems' treatment team will arrange a comprehensive continuing care program. This plan may include involvement in a Chestnut outpatient group or a group in the young person's home community. The plan will also include recommendations and contacts for community support groups and referral to assistance programs within schools when appropriate.
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