Tips for Finding Treatment Providers
Finding appropriate treatment for substance use disorder can be difficult and confusing. To locate effective treatment, keep these tips in mind:
- Treatment providers should be accredited with a certifying body that ensures they provide quality care. To search for certified providers with The Joint Commission, one common accreditation body, visit their Quality Check directory.
- Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is an effective form of treatment in which a patient will, in addition to counseling, use medications that will curb withdrawal symptoms that can occur when somebody stops using opioids. Common medications to use during MAT are methadone, naltrexone (common brands are Vivitrol or Reviva) and buprenorphine (brands Buprenex or Butrans). To find a list of treatment providers in Illinois that provide MAT, visit SAMHSA’s directory. For more information about MAT, visit SAMHSA.
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Narcotics Anonymous is an international support group program for people struggling with substance use disorders related to narcotics. In the west suburbs, meetings are held in Bolingbrook, Naperville, and Villa Park. For information on meeting locations and times, visit Chicagoland Narcotics Anonymous.
Heroin Anonymous is an international support group program for people struggling with heroin-related substance use disorders. In the west suburbs, meetings are held in Addison, Westmont, and Winfield. For information on meeting locations and times, visit Heroin Anonymous World Services.
Families Anonymous is a 12 step fellowship for the family and friends of individuals with drug, alcohol, or related behavioral issues. For meeting directories, click here.
PATH (Path to Recovery Foundation) is a group and forum to support and help overcome the stigma and challenges involved in caring for a family member with addiction issues. PATH currently offers meetings several times per month. All are welcome at the meetings and will find support, education, and presentations on topics of interest for family members and for those affected. Meetings are held in Wheaton, Plainfield, and Frankfort. See here for more information about meetings.
SMART Recovery is an abstinence-based, not-for-profit organization with a sensible self-help program for people having problems with drinking and using. Self-help procedures are taught that are designed to empower a person to abstain and to develop a more positive lifestyle. To view local meeting locations, click here.
LTM Support Group for Families
The Louie Theodore Miceli (LTM) Foundation’s monthly support group is open to family and friends of those struggling with substance use disorder. Support groups focus on sharing personal experiences and learning from one another in a compassionate and confidential environment. The meetings offer a way to enhance coping skills and self-care. The support group is led by a licensed Clinical Social Worker, and takes place in Carol Stream. For details on timings and location, view the LTM website here.