With an impressive history of community involvement dating back to 1889, Association House of Chicago has long been a bastion of recovery services in the greater West Town and Humboldt Park neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois. The facility offers Level I and II outpatient substance abuse services as well as a plethora of behavioral counseling, educational and vocational services.
Treatment and Staff
Association House of Chicago’s substance abuse services include two levels of outpatient care, neither of which qualifies as an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Still, clients do have a high level of agency when it comes to shaping their programs, which are categorized as either Level I or Level II depending on the duration of treatment. Because many come to Association House as a result of a court mandate, the facility offers DUI and investigative evaluations during initial assessments. Afterwards, clients begin a regimen mostly consisting of group therapy sessions led by LADCs.
Depending on their program and the results of their assessment, clients also have access to individual therapy sessions each week. Each client’s weekly participation in the program may vary—Level I can mean 10 hours a week of risk education group and individual sessions over the course of five weeks, whereas Level II can mean 75 total hours of group and individual counseling and continuing care over a span of several months. Clients can also design a program somewhere between these two tracks.
Groups generally meet Monday through Thursday during the day, with evening sessions available as well. The basic therapeutic model at AHC relies on CBT, with special attention paid to subjects like anger management and relapse prevention. Since the majority of clients attending the program are court-ordered, there is also a focus on meeting the legal requirements for DUI courses. Given AHC ’s wide breadth of mental health services, the substance abuse program incorporates dual diagnosis support into treatment, though the facility no longer has a psychiatrist on staff. Instead, a visiting physician is made available to clients once a week. There is no detox offered at AHC, though clients can be referred to nearby facilities during intake.
Bilingual sessions are also a staple of the AHC program. Additionally, depending on one’s track, clients have access to an aftercare program which typically consists of a stepped-down level of participation in group and individual sessions.
In addition to the behavioral health wing which includes substance abuse and mental health services as well as specialized care for clients with developmental disabilities, AHC also has an entire wing of their program dedicated to community services. These services include career counseling, income support services (including a food pantry and aid with food stamp access) and an adult education program which offers a GED course and literacy classes.
Working with a community organization as expansive and tenured as AHC comes with obvious benefits. Those attending outpatient—whether by court mandate or self-administration—are sure to be met by a qualified staff. Though the facility’s substance abuse program may lack the resources of a proper IOP or medical staff, its track record of positive community impact makes Association House of Chicago an option worth considering for those in the area.
Association House of Chicago
1116 North Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60651
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