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Intake and FAQs

What does it take?

  • To reclaim your life when you struggle with substance abuse?
  • To enter treatment when you have kids under age 6?
  • To restore relationships when you have a mental illness?
  • To rebuild your life when you don't have a home?

It takes the encouragement, support and help that you can get at The Women’s Treatment Center 


The Intake Process


The Women's Treatment Center assesses clients for all programs from Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Intake for Medical and Clinical Detox are conducted on Saturdays, Sundays from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Walk-Ins are welcome during Intake business hours.  Closed on major holidays.


If you or a woman you know needs help with a drug or alcohol addiction:


  • Call (312) 850-0050 to schedule an assessment with an experienced counselor who is sensitive to the needs and challenges women face when taking that first step in seeking treatment.


  • Walk-ins are welcome. We will provide information about our services and assist you with an assessment, admission or referral, as appropriate.


  • During the initial intake interview, trained counselors evaluate a prospective client’s substance abuse, medical and psychiatric history (utilizing The American Society of Addiction Medicine’s criteria) before recommending a course of treatment.


  • If a client is referred, (e.g. by the Department of Children and Family Services, Parole Officers, Social Workers and/or family members), the referral source may be consulted in determining an appropriate placement.  

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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How long does it take to get into TWTC?


Same day admissions may be possible if criteria are met.


Q: Who does TWTC serve, and do you treat pregnant women or women with children?


TWTC serves Illinois women ages 18 and older. Priority admission is given to:


  • Pregnant intravenous drug users,
  • Other pregnant substance users
  • Other injecting drug users
  • All others

Pregnant women are welcome at all levels of care. 


Q: Will you provide services if I also have a mental health diagnosis?  


Yes. We treat women who have a co-occurring mental health diagnosis, as long as your diagnosis is within our scope of services.  If medication has been prescribed for your mental health diagnosis and you are admitted to our residential treatment program, you must bring a 30 day supply of medication into treatment with you. 


Q: Do you have an outpatient treatment program?


Yes.  TWTC has an Outpatient Program that can include Opioid Maintenance Therapy (OMT) using Methadone as an adjunct treatment for women with opiate addictions.  


Q: How long does treatment last?


The length of treatment is based on an individual woman's needs and what services best meet those needs. Treatment is made up of levels of care, and the length of stay in each varies. For example, the average stay in the Detox program is four to six days; in residential treatment 30 to 90 days; in Outpatient six weeks to two months; and in Recovery Home six to 18 months. 


Q: Do you take clients who are court-mandated?


Yes.  TWTC works with drug courts, family courts, the Department of Children and Family Services and the Illinois Department of Corrections to take court-mandated clients who need treatment for substance abuse.         


Q: What if I can’t afford treatment? 


TWTC’s services are provided free to individuals without income or insurance through funding provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, and Medicaid.  TWTC also has a sliding fee scale based on income. 


Q: How can I help get my loved one into treatment?


Only the individual with a drug abuse problem can make the decision to seek treatment. Family and friends can find help for themselves through mutual aid self-help groups such as Al-Anon. Resources for family and friends can be found in our Family Support and Addiction 101 sections.


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