Southwood offers a Level III.5 clinically managed residential substance abuse treatment program that is funded by the City of Chicago, SUPR, DCFS, and other public sources. The program is available at no cost to male and female City of Chicago residents who are in need of this residential level care and who have been referred from social service agencies, medical practitioners, hospitals, courts, corrections, and other treatment programs, family members, or are self-referred individuals.

Our “City” Program is designed for adults who, because of their specific functional deficits, need safe and stable living environments in order to develop their recovery skills. Treatment is highly structured with activities designed to help residents examine damaging beliefs, self-concepts, and destructive patterns of behavior, and to adopt new, more harmonious and constructive ways to interact with others.

The frequency, intensity, and length of treatment each depends on the individual patient’s needs but consists of a planned regimen of clinical services for a minimum of 25 hours per week. The program offers individual and group counseling on drug education, relapse prevention, cognitive behavioral therapy, parenting skills, health education, and more. Each program resident works individually with a primary counselor to address specific goals and case management issues in order to prepare her for the next level treatment.

Treatment is specific to maintaining abstinence and preventing relapse while vigorously promoting personal accountability, responsibility, and positive character change in an intense therapeutic community.

Through our multi-family groups and individual family counseling sessions, we educate clients and their families on the process of addiction and how it affects all members of the family. Special individual and group services are available for those who have been impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault or abuse, or community violence and trauma.

Key Features

  • Individualized treatment planning
  • Evidence-based practices
  • Staff on waking duty 24/7
  • Services delivered by multi-disciplinary team consisting of:
    • Licensed / certified addiction counselors
    • Nursing staff
    • Physician
  • Individual and group counseling emphasizing cognitive behavior techniques, life skills training and the Principles of 12-Step Recovery. Groups include:
    • Cognitive behavioral groups
    • Small process groups
    • Drug education groups
    • Relapse prevention groups
    • Anger management groups
    • Life skills groups
    • Wellness groups to address co-occurring disorders
    • Weekly family program, including family education groups and visitation
  • Therapeutic recreational activities
  • AA, CA, NA, and DRA (Dual Recovery Anon.) meetings
  • On-site and off-site educational programming
  • Off-site employment opportunities
  • Individualized aftercare plans to promote sustained recovery and meet specific relapse prevention and continuing care needs.