Since 1961, the Association for Individual Development in Aurora, Illinois has been offering behavioral health and substance abuse services, primarily to those with co-occurring conditions through a program referred to as The Living Room. The outpatient treatment provided through this facility is designed to be a comfortable alternative to a hospital setting.
Treatment and Staff
Those receiving treatment through AID are generally clients referred due to some sort of a mental health crisis. The substance abuse program provided is only for those who suffer from co-occurring conditions. The facility offers individual and group therapy, psychosocial rehabilitation and case management in addition to drug and alcohol services.
When a client is in a state of distress due to a mental illness, they come in for an assessment and a counselor determines whether the programs offered through the facility might be suitable. The treatment programs are individualized and offer comprehensive behavioral health care. Topics and techniques include coping and relaxation skills, meditation and yoga. Relapse prevention classes are offered in addition to classes on managing anxiety, social skills and parenting classes.
Therapies are evidence-based and clients may receive CBT, DBT, Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) or trauma centered therapy like EMDR. Medication management services are readily available for those in need as well. Depending on the client, individualized treatment may involve attending group therapy sessions daily as well as weekly individual therapy. Clients choose their own programs and either step down to less frequent therapy sessions or stop entirely when they feel ready. Since the programs are geared towards those who are initially in a mental health crisis, clients typically begin going to therapy either four or five days a week.
Caseworkers, psychiatrists, psychologists and LCSWs oversee the treatment programs, as do peer counselors who engage the clients during group therapy and provide additional support. Many peer counselors have first-hand experience with the same treatment the clients receive, and can offer guidance throughout the process.
AID provides additional therapy services to couples and families in the form of individual sessions. There are also adolescent programs available on a case-by-case basis depending on the type of insurance clients have.
The programs through the Association for Individual Development live up to their name: clients here get personalized attention and a safe atmosphere to attend to their behavioral health needs. Though the focus is more on those with serious mental health issues rather than just addiction, AID remains a sound resource for those in the area.
Association for Individual Development
1230 N. Highland Ave
Aurora, IL 60506
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