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Chicago Social Service Systems (CS3) was established in 2012 by Dr. Marius Dancea, a professor in the Department of Social Work at Northeastern Illinois University. This facility, located in Chicago’s historic Irving Park neighborhood, offers outpatient substance abuse treatment services. Its mission is to treat alcoholism and drug addiction and educate clients on the pitfalls of substance abuse. CS3 is licensed by the Illinois Department of Human Services and approved by Central States Institute of Addiction (CSIA) to provide treatment to those who are court-ordered.

Treatment and Staff

There are four outpatient treatment programs—minimum, moderate, significant and high risk—each with different levels of care. Upon intake, clients undergo complete assessments that allow the counselors to identify the level of treatment necessary. They are placed in appropriate programs and receive individualized treatment plans. Detox services are not provided, but medical referrals are available.

The minimum, moderate and significant risk programs all offer 10 hours of drug and alcohol education classes. Minimum risk is designed to offer early intervention for those who only drink or use occasionally. The moderate level program, for those who use substances regularly with minimal negative impact on their lives, provides an additional 12 hours of outpatient therapy consisting of hour-long individual therapy or three-hour group therapy sessions. Education and group topics include relapse prevention, the physical impact of substance abuse, triggers and coping skills.

The significant risk program, for those who use regularly and have experienced a negative impact on their lives or have been charged with a substance-related criminal offense, includes 20 hours of an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). The high-risk program, recommended for serious substance users, repeat offenders and relapsers, is 75 hours of IOP.  IOP treatment includes two to four three-hour group sessions and individual therapy once per week. Treatment length depends on the level of care and a client’s needs. Typically, the high-risk program spans 30 sessions and lasts from two and a half to three months.

CS3 does not use a 12-step approach, focusing mainly on evidence-based treatment practices such as CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Therapists employ other treatment modalities, such as traditional talk therapy, if that is more effective in obtaining positive results.

CS3 keeps their numbers small. Usually, there are no more than 35 clients at a time, and there are four licensed CADCs on staff. The staff-to-client ratio is one-to-four.


Aftercare services include group and individual therapy sessions. While dual diagnosis support is not offered, the rehab conducts mental health and anger management evaluations. Domestic violence and anger management education is provided.

In Summary

CS3 caters primarily to criminal justice clients, but the high-risk track would be a good fit for clients who need a rigorous program, but can’t attend residential treatment. For those seeking a more 12-step type approach, this program might work in conjunction with attending AA/NA meetings.

Chicago Social Service Systems Location

Chicago Social Service Systems
3512 North Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60641

Chicago Social Service Systems Cost

Depends on program. Reach Chicago Social Service Systems by phone at (773) 218-6460 or by email

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