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Gateway Chicago Independence

"Gateway helps people reclaim their lives from drugs and alcohol by providing them with the tools they need to succeed. We take the time to understand the unique needs of each individual in treatment."
Sally Thoren, BA, CADC
Executive Director
West Side Chicago Alcohol and Drug Treatment
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Chicago Independence Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center
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Chicago Independence Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center

Located only four miles from downtown, close to Garfield Park and Douglas Park, our Chicago Independence Treatment Center provides affordable and effective Inpatient Drug Rehab Programs and Day Treatment Programs for adults and adolescents seeking substance abuse treatment.

Conveniently located near the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290), Pulaski Road, and Roosevelt Road, Chicago is easily accessible via public transportation including the Pulaski blue line.

Insurance Accepted

Gateway's Chicago Independence drug treatment center accepts health insurance. We also provide assistance to help you understand what services are covered, deductibles and co-pays.

Serving Chicago and Chicago Suburbs

Our Chicago Independence Treatment Center specializes in providing substance abuse education and group counseling to help you, or someone you love get life back on track. Our experienced team helps you understand substance abuse, guides you to recovery and supports you every step of the way.

The clinical team at Gateway Chicago Independence is committed to understanding each person's unique needs and circumstances and developing a personalized treatment plan that's right for them. Our goal is to understand and treat the underlying causes of one's substance abuse, not just their addiction to drugs or alcohol.

At Gateway, our treatment is effective because is utilizes an integrated approach to treatment which includes:

Learn more about our integrated approach, proven experience and expertise in substance abuse treatment.

*As reported from Gateway post-treatment surveys from insured clients or family members.

Meet the Chicago Independence Staff

Sally Thoren, BA, CADC, Executive Director, Gateway Chicago Sally Thoren, BA, CADC
Executive Director
Gateway Chicago Independence

Sally Thoren has dedicated her career to Gateway Foundation. Sally first joined Gateway in 1982 as a college intern. She later joined Gateway as a full-time employee upon graduating from college. Sally holds a BA in political science from Carleton College and also studied law at DePaul University in Chicago. Sally has served in many roles at Gateway during her career: counselor, admissions staff, Assistant Program Director, Program Director, Regional Director and now serves as the Executive Director for Gateway's services in Chicago. Additionally, she manages Gateway's relationships with many of our institutional funders in Illinois, including the Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, HFS Medicaid and many local funders.

Sally notes how caring for those with Substance Use Disorders has evolved over the past 35 years, from a fragmented, hierarchical "behavior modification" approach early in her career; to our current person-centered, trauma informed, medication-assisted, multidisciplinary approach. She has been a strident advocate for the field and our clients, advocacy that earned her the Vince Bakeman Memorial Advocacy award in 2010.

In college, Sally studied under (the late) Senator Paul Wellstone, who inspired her with these words: "Never separate the life you live from the words you speak". Sally displays that in her daily work, in her collaborations with funders, colleague providers, as well as community and political leaders.

Gilbert Lichstein, LCPC, M.S., Clinical Director, Gateway Chicago Gilbert Lichstein, LCPC, M.S. Clinical Psychology
Clinical Director
Gateway Chicago Independence

"I truly believe Gateway offers the best drug, alcohol and mental health related services in our industry -- for individuals of all income levels. I'm grateful to work among compassionate people, with diverse backgrounds and perspectives, who teach me something new each day."

John Rybski, CADC, MISA II, Intake Coordinator, Gateway Chicago John Rybski, CADC, MISA II
Intake Coordinator
Gateway Chicago Independence

"It is a pleasure to be of service to individuals in our programs and watch them grow. After being here 22 years, I still am very impressed about the conviction of the people I work with."

John Shields, MS, CADC, Program Director, Adult Men's and Recovery Home Services, Gateway Chicago John Shields, MS, CADC
Program Director
Adult Men's and Recovery Home Services
Gateway Chicago Independence

"One of my favorite quotes from C.G. Jung is, 'the privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.' Working at Gateway allows me that privilege."

Understanding Drug & Alcohol Treatment

With a reputation for clinical expertise, and unwavering compassion and care, Gateway's team of licensed substance abuse professionals and addiction counselors will provide the guidance and support necessary for lasting recovery. Starting with your first consultation our dedicated staff will ensure your treatment experience is always personalized and focused on helping you or your loved one reclaim a productive, healthy life.

We want you want to feel comfortable with taking the next step to get help, and have provided the information below to assist you, or call 877-505-4673 and we will be happy to answer your questions 24-hours a day.

What to Expect in Treatment

With a reputation for clinical expertise, and unwavering compassion and care, Gateway's team of licensed substance abuse experts will provide the guidance and support necessary for lasting recovery. Learn what you can expect from Gateway's treatment programs.
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What to Bring to Treatment

As part of your treatment at Gateway, we work hard to make sure most of your needs are cared for. You can download a general list of what you should bring to treatment now, and then you will be provided with a specific list of additional items during your admission based on the center and program you will be entering.
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Typical Day in Treatment

Schedules are developed so individuals can participate in group therapy, family visits and education, as well as health and well-being. This is only a sample schedule to give you an idea of what a typical day and week in Residential Treatment will include. Schedules will change to fulfill your specific needs while in treatment at Gateway.
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Payment Options

Gateway offers convenience and flexibility in terms of payment options. Learn more about payment options for treatment.
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Outpatient Treatment Schedules

Our after-work and after-school Outpatient programs are conveniently scheduled for teens and adults.
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3828 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60624
Toll Free: 877-505-4673
Local: 773-826-1916
Fax: 773-826-2707

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Alcohol and Drug Treatment Programs at Chicago Independence

Adult Residential (Separate Male and Female)
We address the unique needs of men and women through separate counseling and therapy approaches. Our programs offer over-night accommodations when you need around-the-clock support.
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Adult Intensive Outpatient (Co-Ed)
Located just west of downtown near major expressways and rapid transit, our center is close to where you live and work. Our morning and evening schedules are convenient for working adults.
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Adult Co-Occurring Treatment (Co-Ed)
We offer both Residential and Day Treatment programs that specialize on the unique challenges of adults who struggle with both mental health and substance abuse issues such as anxiety, depression and more.
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Other Gateway Treatment Options:

Adolescent Residential (Male)
Programs offered in Lake Villa and Springfield.

Adolescent Residential (Female)
Programs offered in Carbondale.

Adult Outpatient (Co-Ed)
Program in River North (near Merchandise Mart)