Inpatient Substance Abuse Detoxification Unit:
Alcohol and other drug addictions are chronic illnesses that affect nearly 1 million Illinoisans. Many of us know someone who suffers from substance abuse addiction, a disease that can take over a person’s life and cause devastating consequences for addicts and their families. Addiction is a brain disease, in the same sense that hearts or lungs may become diseased. When alcohol or other drugs are consumed, they activate or imitate the brain chemistry associated with feelings of well-being, pleasure, and euphoria. Although a person does control the initial decision to have a drink or try a drug, once the alcohol or other drugs are in the body, they begin to modify the person’s brain neurochemistry of pleasure. As the modification occurs, the brain begins to become dependent on the chemical intake of the alcohol or other drugs, causing the person to become addicted. Brain dependency makes it extremely difficult for the addicted person to stop using the alcohol or other drugs. Research has shown that addiction treatment can benefit an individual, just as treatment for other chronic diseases like hypertension or diabetes.
The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DHS/DASA), administers a network of community based alcohol and other drug treatment programs. Treatment services are delivered under contract through a network of 170 agencies at over 200 community-based sites. The treatment system provides evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation to alcohol and other drug-abusing persons and their families.
This system enables patients to be assessed and treated as close to their home communities as possible, allows communities to take ownership of their programs and facilitates public information and other adjunct services. Treatment services are delivered through a continuum approach, with individual patients moving from one level of care to another, based upon their assessed needs. While IMHC provides for outpatient Level I and Level II treatment, the third component in the level of treatment would be Detoxification. Detoxification provides immediate and short-term clinical support for persons in the withdrawal process. Detoxification programs are, for the most part, open to admissions 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and are most often furnished in a residential setting.