The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery

The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery


The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery (IIAR) has been providing hospital-based addiction treatment programs since 1979. The agency offers a full continuum of addiction services for individuals struggling with chemical dependency as well as other addictions and disorders, including compulsive gambling, sex, gaming, and eating. One of four IIAR outlets, Ingalls Health System (also known as Ingalls Memorial Hospital) is located in the Chicago suburb of Harvey. This facility offers inpatient, day, and outpatient programming for adults. Detoxification services are available on-site. Ingalls also offers psychiatric treatment for adolescents and adults. The IIAR program at UnityPoint Health in Peoiria treats adolescents and offers holistic therapy options.


According to the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery website, clients can receive an initial no-cost psychiatric and substance use assessment on a walk-in or appointment basis. This 90-minute process includes an interview and testing. A 2010 Ingalls publication notes that a maximum inpatient stay is 28 days.

IIAR’s programming blends intensive group and individual counseling sessions with 12-step participation and educational lectures. Dual diagnosis clients also receive medication management services to address co-occurring disorders. The intensive outpatient program involves attending four evening sessions weekly and focuses on relapse prevention and self-care.

IIAR also offers a 90-day continuum of care that follows a “step-down” approach to treatment. A client begins with detoxification and inpatient services and progress through IIAR’s less-intensive programs as they become more stable in their recovery.

During the later, aftercare stages of treatment, clients attend individual and group counseling as needed, while remaining involved in the community, including regular 12-step meeting attendance.


The Harvey hospital’s website notes that Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery treatment staff members includes psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and certified alcohol and drug counselors.


IIAR facilitates its inpatient program through the Ingalls Health System’s Wyman Gordon Pavilion. As a hospital-based program, the 16-bed unit offers 24/7 supervision and patient access to medical attention. Visiting hours are from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The two people surveyed by at the time of this writing gave the center ratings of four and five out of five stars for accommodations and amenities.


The two alumni polled by to date provided favorable reviews for the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery program in Harvey. Both rated the effectiveness of treatment maximum five stars, also awarding high ratings for general accommodations, meals and nutrition, and the facility’s cleanliness and upkeep. Their likelihood to recommend the program to others was split between three and five stars.

Likewise, alumni opinions were split between high and moderate for aspects of treatment such as family participation and dual diagnosis programming. Both expressed strong satisfaction with the staff’s level of training and experience, but indicated that counseling options were limited. One complained of an over-reliance on 12-step concepts.


According to the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery website, private insurance and self-payment are accepted. One alum reported that no “state aid” was accepted. Financial assistance is available to eligible clients through Ameel Rashid Scholarships, the fundraising arm of IIAR.

Reviews about The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery

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  • Pushy 12 step treatment. Wont take.state aid. Need insurances or private pay.
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  • Great staff. Too strict. It was very helpful.