Located in Chicago, Illinois, Healthcare Alternative Systems is a non-profit organization that offers substance abuse and mental health services to the residents of Chicago and the surrounding areas. The services are catered to a diverse clientele, with bilingual (English/Spanish) and culturally competent staff members. Through gender-specific treatment, clients can work on issues that are pertinent to their lives. From residential to outpatient to continuing care, this organization has something for everyone.
Accommodations and Food
HAS’s 16-bed men’s residential program provides a structured space with a traditional treatment center set up. Bedrooms are shared between two clients, featuring twin-sized beds and adequate closet space. The building also features therapy rooms, offices, a dining hall and a common area with a TV. Smoking is permitted outside during break time.
The residential program provides clients with three meals a day. Special dietary requests can usually be accommodated. Coffee and snacks are provided throughout the day.
Treatment and Staff
HAS offers a wide range of services—from men’s residential to outpatient and continuing care for both men and women. Outpatient services are gender-specific and available for both adults and adolescents. Group sizes are kept on the smaller side, falling between 10 and 20 clients at a time. Support for co-occurring mental health issues is included in the programs. Detox is not available, but for those needing help with opiate withdrawal, medication-assisted treatment with methadone is available.
The 28-day men’s residential program begins with an evaluation to determine the client’s needs. Treatment includes daily group therapy, individual therapy once a week, 12-step work and family counseling. Group therapy topics include emotional well-being, relapse prevention, self esteem, coping skills, trauma and the 12 steps. Clients are able to attend several on-site AA/NA meetings a week during their time at the facility. Frequent meeting attendance is a habit strongly encouraged once treatment has ended.
Both the adult and adolescent Intensive Outpatient (IOP) programs meet three times a week, for three hour sessions. These programs are gender-specific, involving a mix of group and individual therapy. Group topics include coping skills, an introduction to the 12 steps, trauma, parenting, mental health issues, gender-specific issues, relapse prevention and stress management. Individual therapy occurs once a week, using evidence-based techniques such as CBT and MRT.
The outpatient program occurs once a week, for three hour sessions. This option is similar to IOP, allowing the clients to continue with therapy and weekly check-ins.
HAS offers a transitional housing program for homeless males. This sober living environment supports recovery as clients learn how to reintegrate into everyday life. This program involves education, training and addiction treatment.
The continuing care program allows those who have completed treatment to come once or twice a month for check-in groups. The group provides support and feedback during the early stages of recovery.
HAS offers a variety of additional services such as the DUI program, which aims to keep clients from repeating offenses. Three levels of risk education classes are offered in English and Spanish. The domestic violence program includes crisis intervention, safety planning and court and legal advocacy. HIV/AIDS services are available. Youth prevention services strive to educate young people on addiction and teen pregnancy.
Healthcare Alternative Systems offers almost every kind of treatment program. While its residential program is for adult men only, the outpatient programs vary in intensity and treat both adults and adolescents. Through the application of the 12 steps, evidence-based techniques and therapy, clients can redesign their lives.
Healthcare Alternative Systems Location
2755 Armitage Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60647
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