A halfway house allows addicts to transition back into society in a structured environment. Many halfway houses include counseling, drug treatment and job placement assistance. There are a number of halfway houses in Illinois for people who are seeking to reenter society sober again. Determining which Illinois halfway house is best depends on the severity of addiction and the type of program needed for success.
Hope For Tomorrow
Located in Aurora, Illinois, Hope For Tomorrow promises a highly structured environment for chronic substance abusers, gamblers and those with severe mental disorders. Hope for Tomorrow provides individualized services to address the needs of each client. Residents must do house chores, which must be completed no later than 9 a.m. Curfew is also enforced at Hope; residents must be in the house no later than 12 a.m. All residents must attend weekly counseling sessions and can also participate in support groups. Fees at Hope for Tomorrow are $154 per week in 2010, and residents are required to make a 6-month commitment.
New Beginnings North Sober Living Home for Men
New Beginnings North Sober Living Home for Men is located on Chicago's lakefront. The home features large bedrooms and amenities, such as satellite television and Internet access. Residents at New Beginnings must secure a sponsor within the first 2 weeks of treatment, and attend a meeting every day for the first 90 days. Additionally, residents are required to attend one mandatory House Business Meeting per week and two in-house weekly AA/NA Meetings. Residents must also donate one hour of service to the house per week. During the first 30 days, residents must be in the house by 6 p.m. New Beginnings North Sober Living Home costs $165 per week in 2010.
Fresh Start Sober Living
Fresh Start Sober Living is a coed facility for drug and alcohol abusers. While at Fresh Start, residents are required to participate in recovery projects, secure employment or have a steady source of income, and attend self-help meetings. Fresh Start has six locations across Chicago to accommodate various socioeconomic statuses.
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