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Illinois Institute

Proctor Hospital 5409 N. Knoxville Avenue
IL 61614

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Centre Description

IIAR is located in a 12,000 sq. ft., free-standing facility adjacent to Proctor's Counseling and Recovery Center. The facility accommodates inpatients and outpatients from across the country in an easily accessible, highly confidential setting surrounded by the wooded, park-like campus of Proctor Hospital. Addiction assessment and recovery services are also provided by IIAR in Springfield, and at BroMenn Regional Medical Center in nearby Bloomington/Normal.

IIAR services are available for men, women and adolescents. Our comprehensive staff of certified counselors is committed to helping persons with chemical and/or behavioral addictions lead a comfortable and productive life without the use of mood-altering drugs or compulsive behaviors. We achieve this goal by providing a variety of medical and counseling services designed to help both the patient and his or her family. Available care ranges from modern intensive medical treatment to prevention counseling.

IIAR developed the first comprehensive, specialized compulsive gambling treatment program in Illinois in 1993. In addition to treatment and counseling for compulsive gamblers and their families, IIAR staff members provide training for professionals interested in becoming certified gambling counselors.

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Inpatient Rehabilitation Clinic and Treatment Programs

Chemical dependency and gambling addiction are progressive diseases that eventually take complete control of the addicted person's life. Continued use of alcohol, drugs or gambling damages the individual's physical and emotional health, social life, personal relationships and job performance.
Chemical dependents and compulsive gamblers can stop using/gambling -- for a while. But most need professional help to stop for life. The addict who quits without professional help is usually overcome by an unbearable desire to resume alcohol or drug use and/or gambling. For these individuals, treatment in a sheltered environment, safely away from daily stress and pressure, is often needed. The IIAR's Inpatient Treatment Program can provide the structure and safety that can help lead the person back to comfortable, controlled living. In addition, by living in the hospital as an inpatient, the individual receives the benefit of 24-hour care and the increased support of a peer group.

Our staff of certified addiction counselors, physicians, nurses, psychologists, financial counselors and chaplains provide individualized treatment to both adults and young adults.

Adult Unit

The IIAR's Inpatient Rehabilitation Program is for those individuals who have clearly lost control of their alcohol or drug use or gambling. People who report adverse life consequences, such as family or employment problems due to their addiction, are usually appropriate for this treatment. The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery at Proctor Hospital provides Inpatient Rehabilitation services designed to assist adults (18 and older) in regaining control over their lives. Our program offers the individual time to stabilize and come to grips with the extent and depth of the disease. Rehabilitation services include intensive counseling, family and employer involvement, education, and medical management. All patients are introduced and guided into the 12-Step Programs of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous and/or Gamblers Anonymous. For one to four weeks, patients adhere to an intensive schedule of individual and group therapy, physical conditioning, education, peer discussion sessions and physician reviews. Exact program components vary depending on the specific needs of the patient. Patients receive care on the Adult Unit 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Family members, friends and co-workers play an important role in the treatment program. They are encouraged to attend separate counseling programs, where they learn what addiction is and how they can support the patient's recovery. Families are also introduced to the Al-Anon and/or Gam-Anon programs.
Admission is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All of the Institute's treatment and counseling programs are based on a variable length of stay model, with program length tailored to meet each individual's unique needs. Most patients stay in the program for three to four weeks. Following discharge from the hospital, patients participate in the second phase of treatment, an Outpatient Aftercare Program, for at least 20 weeks. These group sessions help the patient make the transition back into daily living without alcohol, drugs or gambling. The Outpatient Aftercare Program is a critical part of the treatment process.

How the IIAR can help

If you have reason to suspect someone you know is having a problem with alcohol, drugs or gambling, or if you would simply like to talk with a counselor, don't wait. Call the IIAR at 1-800-522-3784. There is no charge for a confidential consultation session.

Inpatient Treatment Programs

Young Adult Unit

Alcoholism, drug addiction and compulsive gambling are progressive diseases that affect people of all ages. In the adult victim, addiction begins slowly and grows over the years until life becomes progressively unmanageable. The young person with a chemical or gambling addiction develops the same symptoms; however, onset is extremely rapid. Symptoms which take years for an adult to develop may only take months in a young person.
All chemical dependents and compulsive gamblers can stop using or gambling­ for a while. But most people need professional help to stop for life. If the alcoholic could stop drinking on her own, she would. If the chemical dependent could stop using drugs, he would. If the compulsive gambler could stop chasing his losses, he would. An Inpatient Program is appropriate for any young person who has lost control of his or her chemical use or gambling. This can be identified through a pattern of problems in the person's life which are the direct result of alcohol, other drugs and gambling.

The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery at Proctor Hospital offers a separate and distinct Inpatient Rehabilitation Program for patients 12 through 18 years of age. Our Young Adult Unit provides a high level of family involvement, as well as input from school counselors and employers, when appropriate. Our staff is made up of physicians, nurses, certified addiction counselors, chaplains, psychologists, recreation therapists and licensed teachers. We help a young person reconstruct a new lifestyle that does not include alcohol, drugs or gambling.

The young patient resides with other young people in a separate wing of Proctor Hospital, and participates in group and individual counseling, family counseling, recreational therapy, and relaxation training. While in the hospital, our patients continue their education with daily tutoring, coordinated through their home school district. Each patient works with a counselor to develop an individualized treatment plan.

Treatment continues until the young person has mastered the basic skills needed for self-care and ongoing recovery. The length of inpatient treatment is tailored to meet each patient's unique needs and usually lasts between four and six weeks. Admission is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. The Aftercare, or second phase of treatment, is conducted on an outpatient basis. This involves weekly meetings for a minimum of three to six months after hospitalization.

Family members play a very important role in the young person's recovery. Parents are expected to participate in a structured program of family counseling. All patients and family members are introduced to Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Al-Anon and/or Families Anonymous.


What is an intervention?
An intervention is the action taken by family, friends, employer and/or concerned others to actively assist someone to change unacceptable behavior. The problem areas that an intervention typically addresses are addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs, nicotine, food, the Internet, sex, spending/shopping, and gambling; the need for nursing home or medical care; domestic violence issues; and chronic pain with addiction.

Why use an intervention?
It was once believed that an individual struggling with addiction or resisting changing unhealthy behaviors had to sincerely want help to get help. The individual had to "hit bottom" before being motivated to change. This, of course, is not always true.

No person can easily survive without support from someone close to him/her. Interventions are based on this fact. A person will continue to live his/her life of active addiction or an unhealthy behavior when friends and family offer inappropriate support. This type of support typically allows the addiction or behavior to continue. In most cases, family and friends feel that they are protecting the individual, but in fact, they are creating an unhealthy support system for the person.

The intervention process addresses the unhealthy support system that allows the addiction to progress. Addiction breeds secrecy and isolation, both for the individual and for those who care about him/her. The intervention process brings together family, friends and other concerned persons and creates a support network for each member. The support network in turn engages and empowers the individual to grow and change in a positive way.

Who can be involved in an intervention?
The support network for an intervention is comprised of family, friends and others with a caring, significant relationship to the individual. All members of the support network must agree to empower the individual to make change, not shame or humiliate him/her because of addiction or unhealthy behavior.

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