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Sober Resources

New Hope Recovery Center works closely with other facilities, individuals, schools, companies and professional groups related to recovery. We have put together a list of our partners so others would be able to navigate them easily.

Support Groups:

These groups are great resources for anyone who is suffering from an addiction, or knows someone who is. These are free support groups that are self-sustaining. They have meetings all over the world! Click on the below link to find their website – and from there you can search their meeting directory to find a location near you.

Alcoholics Anonymous – Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; it is self-supporting through contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Smart Recovery – SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups. The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program® helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including: drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, prescription drug abuse, and problem addiction to other substances and activities. SMART Recovery sponsors face-to-face meetings around the world, and daily online meetings. In addition, our online message board and 24/7 chat room are excellent forums to learn about SMART Recovery and obtain addiction recovery support.

Crystal Meth Anonymous (Chicago) – For the addict – Recovery from addiction to crystal meth is possible! We hope that you will find the support, information, and resources that a personal plan of recovery requires. Our experience has shown that daily attendance at twelve step meetings combined with working the steps with a sponsor can lead you to a life free of active addiction. We are here to help. Remember, EASY DOES IT… We didn’t become addicted in one day.

Refuge Recovery –  is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain they have experienced. Refuge Recovery is a practice, a process, a set of tools, a treatment, and a path to healing addiction and the suffering caused by addiction. Buddhism recognizes a nontheistic approach to spiritual practice. The Refuge Recovery program of recovery does not ask anyone to believe anything, only to trust the process and do the hard work of recovery.

Al-Anon – In Al-Anon, members do not give direction or advice to other members. Instead, they share their personal experiences and stories, and invite other members to “take what they like and leave the rest”—that is, to determine for themselves what lesson they could apply to their own lives. The best place to learn how Al-Anon works is at an Al-Anon meeting in your local community. Personal contact is an important element in the healing process. These Web page selections may give you some encouragement to visit your first meeting.

Northern Illinois Al-Anon Family Group – The Al-Anon Family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope, in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness, and that changed attitudes can aid recovery. Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution; does not engage in any controversy, neither endorses or opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through voluntary contributions. Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.

Gamblers Anonymous – GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling. There are no dues or fees for Gamblers Anonymous membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. Gamblers Anonymous is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any cause. Our primary purpose is to stop gambling and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same.

Gam-Anon – Welcome to the official website of the Gam-Anon® International Service Office, Inc., serving the community of international meetings of the Gam-Anon Family Groups. Gam-Anon has created this website to provide information for the general public and professional community about problem (compulsive) gambling and its financial and emotional affects on the gamblers’ families and loved ones.

Eating Disorders Anonymous – Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) is a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders. People can and do fully recover from having an eating disorder. In EDA, we help one another identify and claim milestones of recovery. The only requirement for membership is a desire to recover from an eating disorder. There are no dues or fees for EDA membership. We are self-supporting through our own contributions. EDA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution. EDA does not wish to engage in any controversy. We neither endorse nor oppose any causes. Our primary purpose is to recover from our eating disorders and to carry this message of recovery to others with eating disorders. In EDA, we try to focus on the solution, not the problem. Solutions have to do with recognizing life choices and making them responsibly. Diets and weight management techniques do not solve our thinking problems. EDA endorses sound nutrition and discourages any form of rigidity around food.

Recovery focused College/Universities:

University of Houston – Cougars in Recovery, the new collegiate recovery program at the University of Houston, aims to offer incoming students a smooth transition to the University of Houston, both socially and academically; offering opportunities for positive sober social interactions; setting standards that hold recovering students accountable; and providing support, guidance and opportunities to serve the community.

University of Oregon – As a university community, it is imperative that we are prepared to provide support to the unique needs of recovering students. A Collegiate Recovery Center provides four major modalities of support for recovering students in effort to promote recovery and prevent relapse. The model emphasizes social support as a mechanism for initiating positive changes. It is a multi-pronged support structure designed for students to successfully seek and sustain recovery. These structures include: (a) Emotional Support, (b) Informational Support, (c) Instrumental Support, and (d) Companionship.

Augsburg College– The StepUP Program at Augsburg College strives to help students champion lives of recovery, achieve academic success, and thrive in a community of accountability and support.

  • a 16-year-old program built on evidence-based and proven techniques, with highly-successful outcomes
  • staff who are experienced, knowledgeable, licensed counselors
  • students who are excited about making a difference through service
  • StepUP serves more than 90 students annually (more than 600 since its inception) and is the largest residential collegiate recovery program in the country.
  • StepUP students’ average GPA is 3.02 (of 4.0).
  • Over the past 5 years, the StepUP abstinence rate has averaged 94%.
  • There is no additional cost for students to participate in the StepUP program.
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul is a high-density location for 12-step support meetings.
St. Cloud State University– St. Cloud State University is proud to offer a Recovery Community designed to provide a safe and welcoming environment where students in recovery can receive support while working to obtain a college degree. This residentially based program applies best practice strategies that assist students in developing the behaviors and skills necessary to allow them to succeed while in recovery.Our collegiate recovery community supports those who have struggled with substance abuse and addiction and now recognize the need to completely abstain and make a commitment to quality sobriety as they pursue a college degree at St. Cloud State University. The St. Cloud State University Recovery Community is located in the Coborn Plaza Apartments. This new facility provides a perfect environment for students committed to maintaining their sobriety while also pursuing a degree in higher education and participating as members of a traditional college community.


LGBTQI Resources:

Chicagoland LGBTQ Services Directory – This website provides listings of LGBTQ services provided in the Chicagoland area. The link brings you to the Substance Abuse list, but there are also lists of resources in regards to Mental Health, Basic Needs, Social, Legal and Medical needs.

Center on Halsted – Center on Halsted is the Midwest’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview Neighborhood.

Human Rights Campaign – Human Rights Campaign fights for LGBT equality in Illinois alongside state and local groups and lawmakers. Find out more about what HRC is doing for LGBT equality in Illinois and how you can get involved with the St. Louis and Chicago communities.


Family Resources:  

A Center for Training and Restoration Provides a comprehensive Family Program to families caught up in the throes of an addiction or other dysfunction. Also hosts workshops and provides new articles on the website.


Sober-living facilities:

Below are the sober living facilities that we have direct contact with, and have worked with to help transition our clients as they move through their first couple months of sobriety. We have many clients that transition to a sober living facility nearby and still attend our Intensive Outpatient Programming or our Aftercare groups.

FRESH START Fresh Start’s main focus is to provide a safe and sober environment for recovering addicts and alcoholics. We wish to help people overcome their disease and return to society as productive members, being able to help themselves as well as others. Our beliefs are based on the 12-step program of recovery and wish to pass this gift on to others. People do recover from alcohol and drug addiction every day, but they rarely do it alone. If a safe and sober living environment with fellowship and support is what you seek, we hope you’ll find it here at Fresh Start.

RCOSA The Recovering Communities of Step Ahead (RCOSA) is a 501c3, Non-Profit, Tax-Exempt organization with a mission of providing recovering persons a safe, structured, supportive, and enriching Post-Treatment, Community-Based living environment  for the purpose of building a foundation for a lifetime of sobriety.
Our vision is to help each and every resident achieve at least one year of continued sobriety by teaching them this new design for living.

Bridges Sober Living Bridges Sober Living Chicago is dedicated to providing a safe, clean, supportive atmosphere and living space for men who are serious about their recovery. Our main goal is to help increase the odds that our residents stay clean and sober long term.

Bridgehaus At bridgehaus, our goal is to provide the very best possible environment for those seeking to re-build their lives with a foundation of recovery. Our mission is to provide a place of dignity where the alcoholic and addict can recover and bridge the gap between their old life and the new life they will find in recovery.

Stairway to Freedom Stairway to Freedom has several male and female sober living residences in the Portage Park neighborhood of Chicago.


We use many contractors to help our clients in every aspect of their lives while they are with us.

Sarah Buino LCSW, CADC, CDWF is a licensed clinical social worker, certified addictions counselor and a Certified Daring WayTM facilitator. She holds a masters degree from Loyola University in Chicago and specializes in shame, substance abuse and mood/anxiety disorders.

Sarah has served as a therapist at Presence Behavioral Health’s Addicted Professionals Program, working with attorneys, executives, nurses, and physicians struggling with substance use disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma.

Dr. Anthony Oltean Individual Psychotherapist and Substance Abuse Counselor. His primary approaches to counseling are Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and a 12-Step foundation framework. CBT is one common and evidenced-based form of talk-therapy aimed at resolving problems concerning unhealthy emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. When working with addictions, he will tailor the traditional 12-Step process to meet your individual needs. Additionally, his approach often requires homework for you to complete between sessions.

Michele Day She is professional, personable and approachable.  Therapy can make you feel vulnerable and sometimes sad, and she doesn’t think that you need a therapist sitting across the room who can’t openly empathize with you and your experiences. She works with a lot with females and those in early recovery.

Barney Straus “Recovery Adventure Day” Leads day-long and multi-day team-building programs for various groups and organizations, including New Hope Recovery Center and Compass Health Center. Programming is specifically designed to meet the needs of each group.  Usually a group’s goals include enhanced communication among group members, role flexibility, and expanding self-imposed limitations.  Recovery Adventure Day is a special program that offers adventure therapy activities specifically designed to support recovery from addiction.

Megan Campbell  “Healthier Tomorrows” Healthier Tomorrows is a premier provider of nutrition services in the Chicago area. We are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of care as we work together to help them develop a healthy relationship with food and achieve their nutrition, health, and wellness goals.

Jeff Zacharias He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CAADC), Board Registered Interventionist (BRI-I), Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate and Registered Dual Disorder Professional (RDDP) with years of clinical experience in both the mental health and addictions field. His office, which is easily accessible by public transportation and car, is conveniently located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago.

Urban Balance Urban Balance is a psychotherapy practice in the Chicagoland area that provides comprehensive therapy services and expertise with a mission of making therapy affordable by accepting insurance from most insurance companies. They have a wide range of therapists that specialize in many different types of therapy.


Substance Abuse Organizations:

National Institute on Drug Abuse The mission of NIDA is to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.

National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse The National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse (NCAPDA) was established to help reduce the number of deaths and addictions caused by prescription drug abuse, through the implementation of a nationwide awareness campaign, the initiation and support of pertinent legislative action and through partnerships with educational, medical, law enforcement and other appropriate entities.

HERO foundation Our original mission was and still is to help the families of those who have lost a child to heroin. We plan to achieve this through a series of support programs and other programs that will stop the problem at its source. As our organization has grown and we’ve had the chance to meet more and more families within the community that have been personally affected by heroin and the devastating effects is has on not only the user but their family, friend, and society at large. Heroin abuse is not a private matter that only affects the user. This is a problem that affects society as a whole . We all bear the costs and consequences of heroin use in the form of economic and socioeconomic burdens that extend nationwide. The monetary costs and the raw effort exerted by community involvement prevention, treatment, and support programs through organizations like HERO are far less that what the current way of doing things is costing us.

With the help and support of people like you we are striving to create a movement that will combat the spread of heroin use across America one city at a time. Currently HERO is involved in planning several programs that will prevent heroin use, provide treatment for current users, and support the families affected by this growing epidemic.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Comprehensive collection of treatment facilities, programs and resources in the USA.  Searchable database for finding local treatment resources.


Self Help Tools:

Online Screening Tools like NA Daily Meditation “Just for Today” (

National Eating Disorder Screening


Addiction Resources:

Renew Renew Media, LLC supports individuals recovering from drug and alcohol addiction and their loved ones by providing relevant and engaging information and resources to keep them connected and encourage them to create and embrace a healthy lifestyle as they recover in the real world.

Psychology Today  At, where you are now, we have gathered renowned psychologists, academics, psychiatrists and authors in our field — there are over 750 of them — to contribute their thoughts and ideas on what makes us tick. We’re a live stream of what’s happening in ‘psychology today’.

Our magazine, first launched in 1967, continues to thrive. Please sign up for a new subscription or manage your existing subscription.

Psychology Today’s Therapy Directory provides a comprehensive directory of therapists, psychiatrists and treatment facilities near you. If you’re a professional who’s not yet in the directory, please sign up. Existing members seeking help, please log in (or, if you’ve forgotten your password, follow the instructions on the log in page).


Professional Tools:

NALGAP NALGAP’s mission is to confront all forms of oppression and discriminatory practices in the delivery of services to all people and to advocate for programs and services that affirm all genders and sexual orientations. NALGAP provides information, training, networking, and advocacy about addiction and related problems, and support for those engaged in the health professions, individuals in recovery, and others concerned about the health of gender and sexual minorities.

National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers New Hope Recovery Center has been a member of NAATP for many years. They have a wonderful annual conference that allows professionals from all over the country to get together and collaborate on new ways of fighting addiction and how to better our programs.

Northern Illinois Employee Assistance Professionals Association New Hope Recovery Center works with employee assistance professionals to help provide the most effective care/treatment for their employees.

National Association of Social Workers The National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) is a 501(c)(3) organization created to support NASW’s educational and charitable initiatives through a wide range of projects that serve:

  • The Profession – by honoring and investing in social workers past, current and future
  • The Practitioner – by enhancing social workers’ knowledge and skills, and
  • The Public – by providing information and resources to help individuals, families and communities


Mental Health/Depression/Suicide:

Teen Depression: A Guide for Parents Teenage depression isn’t just bad moods and the occasional melancholy—it’s a serious problem that impacts every aspect of a teen’s life. Teen depression can lead to drug and alcohol abuse, self-loathing and self-mutilation, pregnancy, violence, and even suicide.

Society for Prevention of Teen Suicide One of the more difficult challenges of parenting is realizing that you don’t always know what your children are thinking and feeling. You may be aware that suicide is the third leading cause of death in adolescence but you can’t imagine your child might become one of those statistics.

Educator Labs When students are educated on the “big picture” of drug use and abuse, they are better prepared to make responsible decisions on drug use in their own lives. With this life preparation in mind, the lesson plans below provide a cross-disciplinary approach to drug abuse prevention, broken down by grade level.