How to Find Detox in Illinois

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Overdose deaths for 2018 numbered 2,722 in Illinois and the mortality rate was 21.3, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.[1] To help reverse this trend, American Addiction Centers continues to focus on its mission to help people find treatment regardless of whether or not it is at one of our facilities.

This page is a comprehensive resource of information about addiction treatment in Illinois. We detail the different types of rehab in Illinois, how to pay for private rehab, how to find state-funded resources, and where to look for accreditation information.

Types of Rehab in Illinois

There are three different types of treatment for those seeking help with substance abuse: detox, inpatient care, and outpatient care.

People struggling with addiction are vulnerable to the dangers associated with withdrawal. Detox is often the first step before moving to longer-term treatment options.[2] Detox includes medical support and guidance for an individual who is in withdrawal so they can physically stabilize before engaging in long-term, therapy-based treatment.

Inpatient care involves a residential setting where patients receive around-the-clock care. Outpatient care is for those who have already completed inpatient care or for people who may not be able to take time away from work obligations or family responsibilities.

The table below showcases the number of rehab facilities in Illinois that offer each level of care:

Type of Care, by number and percent
No. %
Outpatient 621 91.46%
Regular 606 89.25%
Intensive 424 62.44%
Day Treatment/Partial Hospitalization 96 14.14%
Detoxification 59 8.69%
Methadone/buprenorphine maintenance or naltrexone treatment 154 22.68%
Residential (non-hospital) 101 14.87%
Short Term 65 9.57%
Long Term 67 9.87%
Detoxification 31 4.57%
Hospital Inpatient 31 4.57%
Treatment 17 2.50%
Detoxification 29 4.27%
Total 679 100.00%

The majority of care facilities in Illinois (91 percent) are outpatient. Among outpatient facilities, the majority are regular (89 percent), followed by intensive (62 percent) and methadone/buprenorphine (23 percent). Residential facilities outside of a hospital represent 15 percent of facilities; they are evenly split between long-term and short-term, which gives people almost equal options about where is best for them to stay.

How Much is Rehab in Illinois?

The expense of paying for individual treatment can be daunting for people seeking enrollment in an addiction treatment program, especially for those who do not have health insurance coverage. Most people in Illinois attending treatment either use private or state insurance plans.

Addiction treatment can be costly. Projections anticipate that healthcare costs will rise to $6 trillion by 2027.[3] In September 2020, Illinois directed a $36 million federal grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration focused on opioid addiction to support treatment through hospitals, health centers, and community programs. The state said the funding will also be used for programs focused on prevention and overdose response, along with expanding treatment options for abuse of methamphetamine and cocaine.[4]

How much treatment costs depends on several factors: the type of care required, whether it is inpatient or outpatient, the type of facility, the amenities, and more. Costs also depend on the type of treatment centers you choose, either state-funded or privately-funded.

Private & State-Funded Rehab in Illinois

Private treatment is the best option for people with private insurance coverage through an employer. Those with independent financial security may also choose the private treatment as well.

Among the two options, private treatment is ideal considering the challenges that often arise seeking government-run addiction treatment programs.

The following table breaks down the number of facilities in Illinois by whether they are private non-profit, private for-profit, locally funded, state-funded, or federally funded.

Facility Operation, by number and percent
No. %
Private Non-Profit 384 56.55%
Private for Profit 266 39.18%
Local, county, or community government 15 2.21%
State government 7 1.03%
Federal Government 7 1.03%
Tribal Government 0 0.00%
Total 679 100.00%

More than half (56 percent) of the number of treatment centers in Illinois are private non-profit while more than a third (40 percent) are private for-profit, which could create a challenge for those seeking affordable options.

How to Pay for Rehab in Illinois

While 458 of the total 679 treatment facilities in Illinois accept private insurance, 182 also accept Medicaid. At least 282 of the 679 accept state-financed health insurance and more than a quarter (27 percent) accept Medicare.

About 7 percent of people in Illinois are without health insurance.[5] While not having a private insurance plan might limit your options, always remember that there are several treatment facilities that will serve your needs regardless.

The table below breaks down the typical payment methods used and how many facilities in Illinois accept each payment type.

Facility Payment Options, by Number and percent
No. %
Cash or self-payment 644 94.85%
Private Health Insurance 458 67.45%
Medicare 182 26.80%
Medicaid 373 54.93%
State-financed Health insurance 282 41.53%
Federal military insurance 178 26.22%
No payment accepted (free treatment for all clients) 4 0.59%
IHS/Tribal/Union (ITU) funds 11 1.62%
Other payments 1 0.15%
Sliding fee scale 458 67.45%
Treatment at no charge or minimal payment for clients who can’t pay 294 43.30%
Total 679 100.00%

Treatment is possible in Illinois for those with the least resources. Cash represents the majority (95 percent) of payment options in Illinois followed by private health insurance (67 percent) and Medicaid (55 percent). For clients who struggle with their finances, more than half of facilities (67 percent) accept patients on a sliding fee scale, and 43 percent provide treatment at no charge or for minimal payment.

Treatment Center Accreditations in Illinois

Now that you understand the types of care available, the differences in facility types, and how to pay for treatment, the last thing you’ll want to consider about a facility is its accreditation.

The state of Illinois has four titles for addiction counselors: The Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), the Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CRADC), the Certified Supervisor Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CSADC) and the other main title is the Certified Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CAADC).[6]

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredits operators worldwide at the request of health and human service providers and can be a good reference point when looking for accredited drug and alcohol treatment facilities. The Joint Commission Accreditation for Addiction Treatment Providers (often referred to simply as the Joint Commission) also provides accreditation to service providers.[7]

Below is a table outlining the typical types of accreditations or licenses so you can understand what number of facilities have these and how common they are.

Facility Licensing, Certification, or Accreditation, by number and percent
No. %
Any listed agency/organization 660 97.20%
State substance abuse agency 620 91.31%
State mental health department 188 27.69%
State department of health 169 24.89%
Hospital licensing authority 36 5.30%
The Joint Commission 170 25.04%
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) 176 25.92%
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 21 3.09%
Council on Accreditation (COA) 40 5.89%
Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) 10 1.47%
Other national organization or federal, state or local agency 11 1.62%
Total 679 100.00%

The good news is that there are a number of reputable providers with accreditations serving the state of Illinois. Almost all agencies (97 percent) have some kind of accreditation or are an accredited state substance abuse agency (91 percent). You can rest assured there are many reputable options available no matter your individual circumstance