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If you or a family member are struggling with alcohol use disorder (AUD) or alcohol addiction, there are many options for alcohol rehab in Illinois to choose from, including alcoholism treatment in Chicago, Springfield, Champaign, Aurora, and more.

Illinois Alcohol Use Statistics

In 2019, about 14.8% of adults in Illinois reported drinking excessively, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.1 This figure was almost three percentage points lower than the equivalent national reported average of 17.6%.2 Other 2019 alcohol use statistics for Illinois from the 2019 State Profile for Illinois include:2,3

  • 64% of college graduates engaged in excessive drinking in 2019, about 3% higher than the 13.3% of Illinois residents with only a high-school education.
  • Adults aged 18 to 44 drank most excessively, at 19.6%, compared to the 5.3% rate among adults aged 65 and older. The rate for adults aged 45 to 64 was 14.3%.
  • Men reported drinking excessively at 18.1%. For women, the figure was 11.8%.
  • Those earning more drank more: People with incomes of $75,000 greater consumed more alcohol than those with modest earnings.
  • 13% of adults engaged in binge drinking. For a typical adult male, binge drinking means consuming, within two hours, five or more drinks for men and four or more drinks for women.
  • About 8,310 clients received AUD rehab on March 29, 2019, accounting for 16.5% of persons receiving rehab for alcohol and drug disorders in Illinois.
  • Eighty per 100,000 Illinois residents received rehab for AUD in Illinois facilities on March 29, 2019.

According to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics:4

  • There are 391 deaths in Illinois yearly due to excessive alcohol use.
  • Males account for 72.3% of Illinois’ annual deaths attributable to alcohol use.
  • Chronic AUD is responsible for 52.4% of deaths in Illinois due to excessive alcohol consumption.
  • The Centers for Disease Control estimates that Illinoisans lose 100,018 years of potential life due to alcohol annually.

Illinoisans consumed a per capita average of 2.32 gallons of alcohol per year in 2022.5 This compared to a nationwide average of 2.47, making Illinois the 23rd lowest per capita alcohol-consuming state.

Cost of Alcohol Rehab in Illinois

Rehab costs vary widely, but in general, you can use the following cost estimates for obtaining alcohol rehab in Illinois:6

  • Outpatient costs are estimated to range from $1,500 to about $10,000 for thirty days of treatment.
  • Inpatient costs can range from about $5,000 to around $50,000, $80,000 or more for a 30-day program.
  • Estimates of the cost of a seven-day detox range from $1,750 to $5,600.

As a general rule:

  • Inpatient rehab costs more than outpatient rehab due to the cost of room and board.
  • The higher amenity at rehab, the more expensive it will be.
  • The longer you are in rehab, the more costly it will be.

Low-Cost and Free Rehabs in Illinois

Health insurance can substantially lower out-of-pocket rehab expenses, whether inpatient or outpatient. Some health insurance covers AUD rehab, but not all, and what’s covered differs by the insurer. Contact your health insurer or state Medicaid office to understand which facilities and types of rehabs you are covered for what costs you may need to pay yourself.

Clients who do not have insurance or cannot otherwise afford rehab costs often seek treatment in government-funded rehabs. Demand for state-funded rehabs is great, so you may be placed on a waiting list until space becomes available. Rehab centers operated by the government are usually in population centers easily accessible by public transportation. Amenities at free rehabs may be minimal. You will need to complete an application demonstrating that you have little or no income and cannot afford to pay rehab costs to be accepted at a free rehab.

How Do I Pay for Alcoholism Treatment in Illinois?

You have some options to consider if your insurance does not cover alcohol rehab or only covers parts of its cost.

Choose a Program That Offers Payment Plans

Installment plans are available at many rehabs. As with a loan, you will need to document your income, major expenses, and perhaps owned assets like homes and cars. Installment plans usually involve interest and other charges. Make sure you understand all repayment terms before committing to an installment plan.

Apply for a Rehab Scholarship

There are some rehabs and corporations, and foundations that offer scholarships for rehab. These scholarships can pay all or part of the cost of your rehab. The amount of the scholarships is up to the granter. You will need to complete an application to apply for a scholarship, documenting why you need the scholarship to pay for rehab, your prior and current AUD and rehab history, and your plans to stay sober after rehab. Contact rehabs directly to find out if they offer scholarships.

Find a Sliding Scale Rehab Program

Many rehabs offer sliding scale payment options if you cannot pay full rehab costs yourself. A sliding scale bases the cost of your rehab on what you can pay. The less your ability to pay, the less the cost will be. Contact rehabs directly or search the internet to find rehabs offering sliding scale payment options. Documentation of your income and expenses will be required to apply.

Popular Programs for Alcohol Rehab in Illinois

There were more than 775 listed rehab facilities in Illinois in 2019.7 Here are some popular Illinois alcohol rehabs to get your search started.

Gateway Foundation: Carbondale, Illinois

Located in southern Illinois, the city is home to Southern Illinois University. Carbondale has a suburban cityscape centered on the university, with a student enrollment of about 14,500. Gateway is the country’s largest nonprofit operator of AUD and substance misuse rehabs. The facility offers inpatient and outpatient treatment and medical detox. In total, Gateway operates 16 rehab facilities in Illinois. The Carbondale facility provides a complete echelon of core AUD rehab modalities revolving around a spiritually influenced 12-step philosophy emphasizing mindfulness-based sobriety.Dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, and trauma-informed therapy are also available. Gateway accepts insurance from several major insurers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.

Haymarket Center: Chicago, Illinois

This rehab provides inpatient and outpatient treatment for men and women from its location on Chicago’s west side. Medical detox is also available. Being just off interstate 94 with nearby public transit ensures easy access. In addition to its core inpatient and outpatient treatment modalities, Haymarket provides on-site childcare. It also provides help for clients preparing to take the GED exam and offers specialized programs for pregnant and post-partum women and fatherhood training. Spanish- and Polish-speaking staff are available.

Comprehensive Connections Vantage Point: Mount Vernon, Illinois

This rehab is in the small city of Mount Vernon, Illinois, about 50 miles east of St. Louis along I-57 between Springfield and Carbondale. The rehab provides inpatient treatment, including detox and outpatient rehab. Comprehensive Connections provides ground transportation to and from the facility throughout 18 largely rural Southern Illinois counties. In addition to the Mount Vernon rehab, Vantage Point operates four rehabs in metropolitan Chicago.

Rock Island County Council on Addictions (RICCA): Eat Moline, Illinois

This rehab is in East Moline, in the Quad Cities, in the west-central part of Illinois. It serves Illinois residents living in the Quad Cities and its environs and residents living in the Iowa part of the Quad Cities area. It provides outpatient services and operates a sober living halfway house extended residential care facility. Men and women are both served. In addition to core therapy modalities, RICCA operates a program targeting anger and domestic violence prevention and primary alcohol and drug education for youth. RICCA accepts payment from various sources, including self-pay, Illinois Medicaid providers, and all health insurance policies issued under Illinois law. RIICA also accepts payment from the Illinois Department of Corrections for clients referred by the Department for treatment at RIICA.

Gateway: Springfield, Illinois

Gateway offers inpatient and outpatient treatment in Springfield, the capital of Illinois, with a metro area population of about 205,000. Built upon a 12-Step rehab and recovery philosophy, treatment at the facility revolves around cognitive therapy and mindfulness-based sobriety, dialectical behavior therapy, and motivational interviewing (see below). The facility also provides therapy for dual-diagnosis clients. Gateway’s inpatient and outpatient facilities in Springfield allow clients to seamlessly transfer from inpatient to outpatient therapy as their rehab program progresses. Programs are provided for adult men and women and teens.

Inpatient vs. Outpatient Alcohol Rehab in Illinois

Inpatient alcohol rehab involves residing at a rehab facility 24/7. Outpatient rehab involves living at home and attending regularly scheduled sessions at a facility.9 Whether inpatient or outpatient, the length of time you spend in rehab can extend from a week to 30 or 90 days or longer. In most cases, the longer you are in rehab, the more likely you will have a better outcome.

Benefits of Inpatient Alcohol Rehab in Illinois

A determination is made whether you should seek inpatient or outpatient detox following an assessment. The assessment also determines whether you need medical detox. Inpatient is usually recommended for clients with more severe cases of AUD.

Withdrawal can occur if you suddenly stop drinking alcohol after long periods of heavy drinking. Detox treats withdrawal using medical interventions.10 Symptoms of withdrawal include nausea, shakes, and sweats. You may also experience delirium tremens or DTs. Indications of the DTs are confusion, high blood pressure, fever, hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, hearing voices, thoughts of self-harm, or harming others. By eliminating alcohol from your body, detox sets the stage for sober rehab. Detox can last four to five days. During this time, you will be sedated. You will likely be recommended for inpatient rehab if you need detox, at least initially.

At inpatient check-in, the things you bring will be inspected. Prohibited items will be confiscated, including drugs, alcohol, and weapons. Staff will also take your cell phone and laptop from you for storage. You will be able to access these devices at some point during the day. Generally, inpatient rehab leads to better outcomes than outpatient rehab, because inpatient rehab is more intensive and allows few distractions in the form of family, friends, and work.

Benefits of Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Outpatient alcohol rehab is usually recommended in less severe AUD diagnoses. The main benefit of outpatient rehab is that it allows you to work and return home each night to be with your family. During outpatient rehab, you will attend therapy sessions three to five days per week for several hours. Outpatient rehab may involve partial hospitalization at the outset of the rehab process.

Types of Alcohol Rehabs in Illinois

In addition to core inpatient outpatient treatment modalities, rehabs often offer specialized treatment options to increase the likelihood of a good treatment outcome.

Holistic Alcohol Rehab

Rehab programs incorporating dance, acupuncture, meditation, art therapy, and yoga are holistic.11 The aim is to align the body, mind, and spirit on a path of lifelong sobriety.

Faith-Based and Christian Rehab

Religious and other spiritual and non-secular practices and principles are incorporated into the rehab experienced in Faith-based rehabs.12 Christian rehab is the most popular, but faith-based rehabs can align with any spiritual affiliation.

Luxury Rehab Facilities

Luxury rehabs offer resort-style amenities. They are often in scenic mountain, coastal, and desert locations. Depending on the rehab, they provide stylish food, luxurious interiors, well-equipped fitness centers and spas, hiking trails, boating, horseback riding, and other amenities. Luxury rehabs are at the high end of the rehab cost scale.

Executive Rehab for Working Professionals

These rehabs are for clients who need to be able to frequently communicate with their businesses during inpatient rehab due to their professional responsibilities. Rooms are usually very comfortably furnished with private or double occupancy. Clients are allowed flexible access to cell phones and laptops and may even have private offices they can use when needed. Executive rehabs are expensive and usually paid for with insurance, with a company covering non-covered costs.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-occurrence between AUD and other mental health disorders is common.11 Dual diagnosis rehab involves physicians, psychologists and psychiatrists, and therapists working together to foster the best outcomes for a patient’s AUD and co-occurring disorder using therapy and medications.

Depression and Alcohol Addiction

Sadness, loss of self-worth, lack of interest in activities, friends, family, work, leisure activities, and thoughts of self-harm indicate depression. Clients diagnosed with alcohol addiction are 2.3 times more likely than the others to have experienced a major depressive episode in the prior year.12 Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are used to treat depression by stabilizing the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain, affecting feelings of well-being.13 Commonly used SSRIs include Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft.

Anxiety and Alcoholism

AUD co-occurs in 2.4% of people diagnosed with a social anxiety disorder (SAD).14 In 79.7% of co-occurring cases, the onset of SAD precedes an AUD diagnosis. Symptoms of SAD include excessive worrying, panic attacks, fear of interacting with strangers, and seeking to isolate yourself. Counseling and SSRI antidepressants are used to treat SAD.

PTSD and Alcohol Addiction

Posttraumatic stress disorder is another mental health disorder co-occurring with AUD. PTSD is triggered by witnessing terrifying events. Symptoms include anxiety, flashbacks, and nightmares. AUD co-occurs with PTSD over the lifetimes of 57.7% of PTSD diagnoses.15 Combat veterans experience high rates of PTSD. Between 11% and 30% of US veterans are diagnosed with PTSD.16 Depression also accompanies PTSD, treated with cognitive and dialectical behavior therapy and SSRI medications.

Bipolar Disorder and Alcohol Use Disorder

Bipolar (BD) is indicated by extreme mood swings between feelings of elation and depression. One study reported that 62% of BD diagnoses also had an AUD diagnosis.17 Another study found that at least one-third of those diagnosed with BD indicated AUD.18 Treatment of BD uses psychotherapy, mood stabilizers, antidepressants, and anti-anxiety medications.

Personality Disorders and Alcohol Addiction

Rigid and self-destructive thinking and an inability to fit into everyday social situations are signs of personality disorder. Personality disorders first begin in late adolescence or early adulthood. Estimates are that AUD co-occurs in 50% of personality disorder cases in some populations.19

Types of Addiction Therapy Used in Alcohol Rehab

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavior therapy aims to change how you think to overcome AUD.20 The goal is for you to teach you ways to identify and anticipate problem-causing behaviors leading to alcohol consumption and manage these behaviors exclusive of alcohol.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

The focus of Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is to develop healthy ways to cope with stress, accept past mistakes, manage change, and enhance relationships with others.21

Motivational Enhancement Therapy

Motivational enhancement therapy is also called motivation interviewing. It seeks to teach you to focus on’ sobrieties’ positive contribution to a healthy, happy, and balanced life.22

Contingency Management

This is a sometimes used approach to AUD rehab. It in involves providing rewards in exchange for positive behavioral change.23 To take an example, you would be provided an award like a prepaid debit card in return for passing a urine test to determine if you have consumed alcohol.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is at the heart of all rehab programs. In group therapy, you meet with other clients to share stories about the causes and consequences of everyone’s experiences with alcohol use. A facilitator helps moderate the group. Through group therapy, clients receive mutual support and learn from others how to live a sober life.

Family Therapy

Family conflict is a frequent trigger of alcohol misuse. Using this type of therapy, counselors facilitate meetings of family members and the client to discuss the sources of conflict and eliminate family conflict as a source of AUD.

Should I Travel to Illinois for Alcohol Rehab?

You may want to travel for alcohol rehab in Illinois:

  • Family or friends in Illinois can support your rehab.
  • Your insurance covers rehab in Illinois.
  • The type of rehab you seek is not available where you live but is available in Illinois.

Regional Considerations in Illinois: North vs. South and City vs. Rural

Illinois is the sixth most populous state in the United States, with 12,812,000 residents.24 With a municipal population of 2.7 million and a metropolitan area of nearly 9.6 million, Chicago and its northeast Illinois environs dominate the state. Much of Southern Illinois and western Illinois is rural and more closely tied to St. Louis or Indianapolis than Chicago. But you can easily find quality alcohol rehab in Illinois near me.

Most clients will prioritize the following considerations when deciding where to seek alcohol rehab in Illinois:

  • Is inpatient or outpatient rehab right for you?
  • Will the cost work? Will your health insurance cover your rehab costs? Does the rehab offer scholarships, a sliding scale, and payment plans?
  • Do you want to rehab in a major urban area like metropolitan Chicago or more bucolic environs downstate?
  • Are you seeking a rehab providing a holistic or faith-based experience or specializing in treating veterans, people from the LGBTQ and non-binary communities, veterans, or teens?
  • What amenities will best help you have a successful rehab outcome? Do the rehab’s visitation policies meet your needs and the needs of your family and friends?

Alcohol and Drug Laws in Illinois

Illinois state government makes most laws regulating AUD rehab in Illinois. Federal laws may also apply. You should be aware of certain regulations and rights.

Right to Privacy

Federal law requires that information about your rehab must be treated as confidential and cannot be released without your authorization.25

Illinois Substance Use Disorder Act

Beginning on January 1, 2023, all Illinois health insurance policies must include coverage for medically necessary care needed to treat AUD under 20 ILCS 301/, the Substance Use Disorder Act.26

Under the Act, you have the right to:

  • Not be discriminated against based on any protection offered by law, including your race, gender, and age, and be treated with respect, dignity, and privacy and protected from harm
  • Know how much your course of treatment will cost, participate in developing and revising your ISP, and accept or reject any recommended treatment service
  • Refuse to be recorded by video, audio, or photographic technologies and not be observed by one-way mirrors without your consent
  • File a grievance and receive help in completing and filing the grievance


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