Founded in 1967 in Hazel Crest, Illinois by a group of recovering alcoholics who wanted to help provide an alternative to local jails, sanitariums or detox units, South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (SSCAS) has evolved over the years. Today the program provides comprehensive 12-step based inpatient and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) substance abuse and addiction treatment for adults. Adolescents also are provided with services, which include interventions, substance abuse education and an IOP.
Accommodations and Food
There are two inpatient care facilities for adults: North and South. The North is a 16-bed facility for clients using health insurance to cover the cost of treatment. The South facility has 48 beds for financially challenged men and women who plan to pay on a sliding scale basis. Clients are housed in gender-specific wings. Accommodations vary but there is usually four or five residents to a room that include bunk beds, dressers and lamps.
Residents are served three daily meals cafeteria-style, along with healthy snacks. The food is nutritious, basic American cuisine and includes chicken, salads, mashed potatoes, meat loaf and veggies.
Treatment and Staff
The process for the South facility starts with a phone call and qualifying addicts are then placed on a waiting list. When a bed is available, they then participate in a two and a half hour in-person assessment.
Clients requiring detox are provided with a social model program, which does not incorporate Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). Detox length varies depending on the substance as well as the severity of the addiction. During detox, residents are provided with individual counseling as well as case management services.
The residential treatment program is 30 days in length and clients are assigned case managers who provide them with support regarding legal, domestic violence and housing issues. Residents are also assigned individual therapists that work with them to establish individualized treatment as well as aftercare plans.
At SSCAS, evidence-based modalities like Motivational Interviewing (MI) and motivational incentives are used. Weekly treatment includes individual and group therapy, as well as attendance at 12-step meetings, many of which are offered on-site. Group topics include the 12 steps, parenting, relapse prevention, anger management and stress management. Residents also participate in a brief intervention group series like Motivation to Change, Dealing with Anger, Communication, Social Networking, Unlocking Thinking and Opening Your Mind.
Dual diagnosis support in the form of medication, typically SSRIs, is provided to those with co-occurring disorders. Clients are connected with a psychiatrist and undergo an evaluation followed by prescribed medication and monitoring.
Staff at SSCAS includes Master’s-level and Bachelor’s-level behavioral health counselors and Illinois-certified substance abuse counselors. The client-to-staff ratio is about two-to-one.
SSSCAS provides substance abuse and addiction education throughout the community, focusing on prevention plans that cater to youth.
South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse provides comprehensive 12-step and evidence-based treatment for addiction with special accommodations for financially challenged clients. Its thorough program for dual diagnosis support and additional educational sessions make South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse well worth considering for those in the area.
South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Location
1909 Cheker Square East
Hazel Crest, IL 60429
South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Cost
Sliding scale (30 day cost). Reach the South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse by phone at (708) 647-3333. Find South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse on Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+
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