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Stepping Stones Treatment Center


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Stepping Stone Treatment Center of Joliet, Illinois, is a private CARF-accredited, not-for-profit facility that offers intensive residential treatment and extended care for clients who are struggling with substance abuse or co-occurring disorders. Treatment is individualized and implements group and individual therapy based on the 12-step philosophy, along with aftercare support.

Accommodations and Food

The intensive residential program is in a hospital setting. There are three clients per bedroom and bathroom. The rooms are furnished with twin beds, dressers and nightstands along with a shared desk and closet space. All bedding and linens are supplied. Laundry facilities are also free of charge with detergent provided.

The extended residential program is gender-specific with the clients moving into a less monitored, apartment style facility. This track also houses three clients to a unit, sharing a bedroom and bathroom. However, the units do have their own kitchens. Cell phones and cars are allowed and overnight passes are offered after the client has shown significant progress in recovery.

In both of these stages the clients have visitation from family and recreational activities weekly. There are also ample opportunities to exercise at the on-site gym.

Three meals a day are provided in both tracks but in the intensive level, outside snacks are not allowed. The longer-term residential program allows clients to pick up their own snack foods, provided that it is stored in the designated snack room. Allergies or specific dietary meal requests are accommodated.

Treatment and Staff

The intensive residential treatment is two to three weeks and highly structured. Clients can expect four group sessions a day and one individual session a week. There are also frequent AA/NA meetings on-site and medication management services.

The extended program is much less intensive and expects clients to obtain employment or enroll in school. They participate in four group sessions a week and four support group meetings within the community, along with meeting with their assigned counselor once a week. Residents should also anticipate frequent, random drug tests.

Treatment aims to address the underlying issue that lead to the client’s initial substance abuse. Group focus is often on relapse prevention, past traumas, identifying triggers and coping skills. The case workers and counselors work closely with clients to establish a goal plan during treatment. On average, the length of stay is between 75 and 90 days, though extensions can be offered if needed.

The staff of Stepping Stones Treatment Center consists of medical and clinical addiction specialists including psychiatrists, LCPCs, LPCs and LCSW.


There is a weekly family program along with a family day for clients in the residential programs. These sessions provide education about the disease of addiction along with connecting loved ones to the Alanon community. There is also an outpatient program and aftercare. Both the family program and aftercare are free of charge for graduated clients.

In Summary

Stepping Stones Treatment Center offers a unique inpatient option in that clients are able to step down into more independent living that still maintains the facets of residential treatment. While the program does have a heavy 12-step component, substantial dual diagnosis support is available through medication management, psychiatrists on staff and regular individual therapy. Complimentary aftercare as well as an outpatient option also make this organization a viable choice for someone ready to set the foundation for recovery.

Stepping Stones Treatment Center Location

1621 Theodore St
Joliet, IL 60435

Stepping Stones Treatment Center Cost

Sliding scale. Reach Stepping Stones Treatment Center by phone at (815) 744-4555 or by email at [email protected].

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