Health Department & Health Community Center- Lake County Illinois – Addictions Treatment Program (ATP)

Health Department & Health Community Center- Lake County Illinois – Addictions Treatment Program (ATP)


The Illinois Lake County Health Department operates an Addictions Treatment Program (ATP) that provides medically monitored detox and short-term residential rehabilitation services to adults. Clients who are pregnant or actively using intravenous drugs receive priority admission and the county also operates an additional residential treatment center for women living with their children. Outpatient treatment and continuing care for clients who have completed a County Health Department program are available at the Health Community Center in Waukegan, two miles from the ATP.


Clients can begin treatment at this facility with on-site detoxification services. An average treatment stay is between two and three weeks. According to the ATP website, most residents are chemically addicted to alcohol or heroin. They have access to medication-assisted therapy both during initial, intensive treatment and afterward in an outpatient program.

While little information regarding specific therapeutic approaches practiced is provided on the ATP website, an emphasis on whole-person recovery in a minimally restrictive environment is apparent. In addition to participating in individual, group, and family therapy sessions, residents also attend psycho-educational sessions, receive psychiatric consultations, and are introduced to peer self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Case managers assist clients with referrals not just for continued substance use disorder treatment but also for housing and other social services.

The county’s six-month outpatient continuing care group counseling services are available both to alumni of the ATP and any other community members in recovery.


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff, but the one former client polled by to date gave the staff’s level of training and experience a rating of five out of five stars.


Likewise, there is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. The sole alum polled by provided generally mediocre ratings, with the exception of five stars for meals and nutrition. The Addictions Treatment Program’s opportunities for exercise and leisure activity, policies regarding phone and internet use, and facility cleanliness and upkeep received just one or two stars apiece.


Reviews of the ATP are scarce at the time of this writing. The one alum who submitted a review to offered positive opinions of the program’s treatment elements and, as noted elsewhere in this review, mixed opinions of accommodations. Asked how likely on a scale of one to five they were to recommend the facility to others, they selected three stars. Characterizing counselors as authentic, the reviewer awarded five stars each for the treatment of co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders, options in counseling approaches to suit the client’s preferences, opportunities for family participation, and the program’s emphasis on 12-step concepts. The availability of holistic treatment offerings, however, received just one star.

Just one alum of the county’s chemical dependency treatment programs provided feedback on Google, as well. Their experience was with outpatient treatment, and they awarded a perfect five-star rating. The reviewer praised the full staff, from security and reception personnel to doctors and counselors. They characterized outpatient treatment as individualized and noted that clients could receive “integrated” outpatient and residential treatment if necessary.[1]


According to the County Health Department’s website, treatment service costs can be covered by Medicaid and fees are based on a sliding scale.


Reviews about Health Department & Health Community Center- Lake County Illinois – Addictions Treatment Program (ATP)

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  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • Counselors keep it real.Program not long enough. Know nothing about your program