Teen substance abuse services

Addressing a teen’s struggle with substance abuse means understanding the emotional, developmental, physical, psychological, familial, social and cultural factors involved in their addiction. At Rosecrance, we have developed an evidence-based, 12 Step-based program that incorporates clinical, medical, educational and experiential therapies into a comprehensive individualized treatment plan.

Your length of stay in any treatment programs is dependent on your progress and accomplishment of treatment goals — as determined by you, your counselor and, when appropriate, your family.

Rosecrance provides the only licensed detoxification center for adolescents in the state of Illinois.







Teens who are assessed as needing a highly intense level of care in a residential setting, due to a moderate to serious impairment from chemical use, are admitted to the Residential program. This program is located at Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus. Here you will learn about the disease of addiction and receive the tools needed to live a drug-free lifestyle. Patients experience a treatment day that includes school, recreation, experiential therapies, art, educational lectures, process groups, recovery meetings, 12-Step groups, life skills (food prep, cooking, meal etiquette), coping skill groups and individual and family counseling.

Most patients stay 35 to 45 days, but this is based on individual needs. Group counseling is provided six days per week. Primary counselors and case managers complete at least two individual sessions with the patients and one family session with the family and patient per week.

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This level of care allows an adolescent to receive the benefits of residential care on site five days a week while continuing to live at home during the evenings and on weekends.
Individual, group and family counseling are provided for teens with moderate to serious impairment due to chemical use. The level of outpatient care recommended is determined by the patient’s needs.

The Intensive Outpatient program focuses on recovery skills while you stay in your home environment. Topics of lectures and groups include coping skills to prevent use, relapse prevention planning, the disease of addiction and its impact on an individual and their family, recovery management skills, anger management, using sober support, thinking errors and the effect of drugs on your body.

Clients in the Intensive Outpatient program are required to submit a drug screen each week.

Rosecrance has a long-term residential recovery program for teens through its recovery homes. The program is designed to develop independent living skills and provide ongoing support, safety and counseling in a drug-free environment for adolescents who have completed a primary treatment program.

Rosecrance has two teen recovery homes: A beautifully restored, turn-of-the-century home in a residential neighborhood for males and a warm, prairie-style home on the Griffin Williamson Campus for females.

Through this gender-specific program, teens learn to overcome barriers that hinder them from lasting recovery. Services focus on developing the skills and personal characteristics needed to live independently in the community and/or effectively reintegrate with families or caregivers.

The Rosecrance recovery home program includes individual and group counseling, family education and counseling, 12 Step meetings, secondary, higher and vocational education opportunities, interpersonal skills training, life skills building, recreational activities, relapse prevention and more.

An individualized transitional living plan is developed for each resident. Qualified professionals, under the management of a clinical director, provide 24-hour supervision.

Substance Abuse Recovery Homes