Located 50 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, Lake Villa Treatment Center is run by the Gateway Foundation, a treatment conglomerate with many locations throughout Illinois. This facility offers personalized treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues, using traditional therapies in a beautiful setting on the shores of Lake Fox.
Accommodations and Food
Lake Villa Treatment Center clients are likely to feel like they are away at summer camp instead of rehab. The 43-acre property has stunning views, green foliage and plenty of space to move around in. The residential accommodations are gender-specific, featuring big windows and a college-like ambiance. The rooms are a bit of tight squeeze, with four clients in each. The beds are small and close together, so be prepared to get cozy with your roommates. The common areas provide comfortable seating, throw carpets and fireplaces for chilly nights.
A large brick building that resembles a converted mansion is where clients spend most of their day, attending groups, individual therapy and educational lectures. All meals are served in the dining room while the spacious outdoor patio offers seating and views of the river during downtime. A professional chef on staff prepares three meals a day and coffee and snacks are available at certain times of the day.
Opportunities for on-site healthy lifestyle activities are plentiful. The campus features an indoor gym, equipped with weights and cardio machines. There is also an indoor basketball court, a tennis court and walking trails. This program allows smoking, but it must be done during designated smoke breaks.
Treatment and Staff
Lake Villa Treatment Center does not offer a medically monitored detox, though a social detox is available if the client’s condition is not too severe. There are separate programs for men, women, young men between the ages of 18 and 23 and adolescents. All programs follow a similar structure.
The treatment approach is tailored toward the individual’s needs, with treatment time usually falling between 30 and 90 days. Individual therapy happens once a week while group therapy takes up several hours of the schedule each day. Group topics may include relapse prevention, codependency, self-esteem, body image, parenting, nutrition, processing and trauma.
Treatment also involves education about addiction and life skills; topics such as employment, future goals and the addiction as a disease model are discussed. When it comes to the 12 steps, the approach is very loose. Clients can decide if this is something that works for them, having the option to attend off-site AA/NA meetings. Those who aren’t interested in a spiritual recovery are not forced to attend. While this curriculum does not involve a family program, they do offer family therapy sessions.
The staff includes counselors, therapists, a psychiatrist and a nursing supervisor.
Lake Villa Treatment Center provides a structured program in a summer camp-like setting. While many programs are rooted in the 12 steps, it gives clients the opportunity to choose their own form of recovery.
Lake Villa Treatment Center
25480 W Cedarcrest Ln
Lake Villa, IL 60046
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