Haymarket/McDermott Center
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Founded by Monsignor Ignatius “Father Mac” McDermott, Haymarket/McDermott Center is the largest nonprofit treatment center in Chicago. It offers inpatient treatment for women, outpatient, Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and detox services to “treat the whole person” and to restore stability to the individual in recovery and their family—in the spirit of its founder’s mission.

Accommodations and Food

Haymarket’s 16-bed residential program for women provides treatment and housing in one large building. There are two women to each of the rooms, which are furnished with twin-sized beds, a wardrobe, a desk and a chair. The amenities also include a dorm-style multi-shower bathroom and a day room that is equipped with a TV and  is also used for meditation and meetings. TV viewing times are in the evening and limited to the news, sports programs, recovery-related films and educational tapes.

Supplied by Ace Catering and served in a cafeteria, food and snacks are of the hospital variety. Breakfast items include pancakes, eggs and toast, sausage, biscuits, French toast and cereal. Lunch and dinner items include sandwiches, chips, tacos, chicken, mashed potatoes, pizza puffs, Salisbury steak, fish, spaghetti and meatballs and various salads. The women enjoy barbeques once a week and are allowed soft drinks and decaffeinated coffee.

Treatment and Staff

Haymarket’s 12-step oriented program is offered in 28-, 60- or 90-day commitments. Women receive 25 hours of treatment per week that include both group and individual therapy. During the 28-day stay, one-on-one sessions occur a total of three or four times with CBT used as the primary method of treatment. Women participate in five group meetings on weekdays and only two on Saturdays and Sundays. For trauma-based clients, EMDR is available.

Women requiring medical attention are transported to an outside doctor’s office. However, there are plenty of on-site nurses who can provide immediate assistance. If detox is needed, women typically are given three to five days to get clean via Haymarket’s medically-monitored inpatient detox program with a psychiatric team on call 24/7. Those with co-occurring disorders are given dual diagnosis support.

All AA/NA meetings occur on site, as clients are not permitted to leave the grounds. Meetings occur three times a week and attendance is mandatory, though residents are not required to get a sponsor until they leave treatment. There is no visitation of any kind during treatment at Haymarket and no electronics of any kind are permitted. However, residents have access to phones once a day for 30 minutes.

The Haymarket women’s program employs nine female professionals, which makes for a staff-to-client ratio of roughly one-to-two. All personnel are LCDCs and/or LADCs.

Days begin with wakeup at 6 am followed by morning meditation beginning at 7:30. Breakfast is served at 8 am and medication is distributed between 8:30 and 9 am. Clients then attend group meetings until 11 am, followed by an hour of free time until lunch is served at noon. Groups start back up at 12:45 pm and end at 1:45 pm. After a short break, clients return to group meetings until dinner at 5:30 pm, then attend another group meeting from 6 to 7 pm. Residents participate in a group discussion until 7:30 pm, then an AA/NA speaker leads a meeting that ends at 8:30 pm. Residents finish the day with down time until lights out at 10 pm.

Haymarket also provides a coed, five-week-minimum IOP program that consists of both group and individual sessions. During the week, clients participate in a total of 12 hours of group sessions broken down into three-hour groups on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 90-minute groups on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Individual sessions are at least once a week.

Methods of treatment in the IOP include Motivational Interviewing (MI), CBT and DBT. Trauma-based clients are paired with therapists who specialize in anger management, abuse and traumatic experiences. Dual diagnosis support is available as well. Haymarket also provides on-site childcare for children under 5 years old.

As with the residential program, all NA/AA meetings for IOP clients are held on the Haymarket campus. Clients are required to attend at least three meetings per week—sponsorship is highly recommended.

Haymarket’s IOP employs 12 staff members, men and women who are at a minimum CADCs. In group therapy, one counselor leads a group of up to 20 people.

IOP clients are in groups from 9:30 am to 11 am followed by a short break. Clients return to group meetings from 11:15 am to 12:45 pm. Afterward, Haymarket provides lunch—or clients can just go home for the day.

The traditional outpatient program works with clients who have completed either the residential or IOP program. The focus is on relapse prevention and building strong inner lives to support life outside of treatment.


Alternative therapies for inpatient and outpatient programs include art and music activities that occur in groups. Two to three times a week, inpatient clients have access to the on-site recreational area furnished with various exercise equipment.

Haymarket also has a 60- to 90-day substance abuse program for pregnant women and those with children. Additionally, there is a parenting-focused program called “Maternal Objective Management” (MOM) that provides education, treatment and care for women who have a criminal background; a “Rehabilitative Confinement Program” (RCP) that serves as a court-ordered alternative to incarceration; and “Community Outreach Program Enhancement” (COPE) for unemployed and indigent women who struggle with relapse and may need further recovery support and life assistance.

On occasion, the clinic arranges for IOP clients to put together a talent show. On Fridays from 11:15 am to 12:45 pm, IOP clients take part in recreational therapy that includes playing games and socialization.

In Summary

Haymarket women’s residential program provides a structured environment where women can participate in educational opportunities while in recovery. Residential and IOP clients alike can recover in a distraction-free environment with attention given to alternative therapies and social activities.

Haymarket/McDermott Center Location

932 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607

Haymarket/McDermott Center Cost

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