Offering personalized, holistic treatment by examining the whole person: mind, body and spirit. The small intimate setting caters to your specific needs and we provide a place of support, nurture and safety leading to hope and healing. We believe length of treatment directly impacts the chances for long-term recovery. For this reason we offer a variety of levels of care to better equip an individual to create the life they desire. Our caring and experienced clinical staff provides the emotional, physical and spiritual healing necessary to identify the core issues that underlie the addiction and in turn create an extraordinary life of productive, balanced sober living.

Looking into addiction treatment programs (rehab) for yourself or a loved one can seem overwhelming.  Generally life is already stressful and unmanageable.  Trying to understand what options are available within the treatment world and what would work best is not an easy task.  To give you a starting point, here are 5 frequently asked questions about rehab and addiction treatment that will lead you in the right direction.

1.  How Much Does Addiction Treatment Cost?

The cost of treatment varies greatly based on the provider. It could be free or it could cost over $50,000.00. Many addiction treatment services are covered by insurance.  However, insurance coverage varies greatly by the carrier and the client's specific policy. Some treatment centers don't accept insurance, which means you may need to pay out of pocket at admission, and the provider will "Super Bill" you meaning you pay cash and they give you a bill to submit to insurance yourself. Insurance does not reimburse this amount at 100% or sometimes at all, which can be financially draining on the client and their family members. To avoid this, call your insurance carrier and ask them who is in network, your insurance company should be able to give you a list of facilities to choose from.

New Hope Recovery Center takes most major insurance and can check your benefits for you to determine what coverage you or your loved one has for addiction treatment.  Its important for treatment centers to review your insurance benefits with you and let you know if there are any costs you will need to pay prior to admission. Unexpected financial burdens can just cause more heartache during the recovery process, so if you ask the right questions up front, you should be able to alleviate unexpected bills later on down the road. Some questions that will be helpful when finding out about your insurance  coverage are: (1) Is there is a deductible and if so, how much has been met?  Are there any co-pays? (2) Is pre-certification required? (3) Do you need a PCP (primary care physician) referral (HMO policies only)? (4) If there is a maximum out of pocket cost and if so, how much has been met? (5) Is there a maximum number of sessions available? 

If you do not have insurance and cannot afford out of pocket expenses, state funded programs may be available in your area. Unfortunately, many state funded programs have wait lists and it can be difficult to qualify for treatment. The sooner you call, the sooner you can get in treatment. Always leave your name on the wait-list, they occasionally go quicker than than expected. Not all treatment centers participate in state funded options, but some may have scholarship opportunities or sliding scales. The important thing is to ask the questions about cost before your loved one gets admitted. It is important to remember, some people need to go to treatment more than once to obtain long term recovery, so find a place that fits your needs and is within your budget, paying tens of thousands of dollars on a treatment center will not guarantee your loved one will stay sober. 

2.  How Long Does Treatment Last?

Treatment will depend on the severity and/or type of addiction(s) a person suffers from. Treatment may range from:

  • Hospital based detoxification – Generally 3 to 7 days
  • Residential treatment program – 30 to 60 days
  • Partial Hospital Program (Day Program) – 1 to 4 weeks
  • Intensive Outpatient Program – 4 to 6 weeks
  • Aftercare Program - 6 to 24 months 

Providers offer different levels of treatment, you may need to go to a hospital for detoxification, and then transfer to a residential facility for treatment depending on the provider's continuum of care. Many treatment programs works with each other to ensure a smooth transition from one treatment center to another. 

3.  How Do I Know What Treatment Program Will Work For Me?

Treatment will only really work for you if you work it. Most addicts exhibit impulsive, compulsive, and obsessive thoughts and behaviors which will need to be overcome in order to succeed in rehab.  Also other areas of life can directly affect the chances of a successful treatment outcome. Having supportive friends and family, living in a safe environment, devoting time to your recovery can all  increase the chances of a successful recovery.  It is essential to be open, honest and willing to do whatever is necessary to begin living a sober life. What you put into it will be what you get out of it. It is important to put recovery first.

When looking into a treatment program, ask what the program consists of, visit the location, meet with counselors and staff. Most treatment centers will offer a free assessment to determine what level of care is most appropriate. The best treatment facility for you is one where you feel comfortable, where you feel welcomed and where you will want to stay.

4.  What Kind Of Family Involvement Is Needed?

For the best possible treatment results, family involvement is crucial. Addiction is a family disease, which means treating one member of the family will not ensure long term recovery for the family.  It affects everyone in the family and so the family must work toward wellness.  Even if there have been previous treatment episodes, family involvement is one of the most effective ways to heal the family and its members. Some providers have extended family programs which include support groups, such as, Al-anon and Family Anonymous.

5.  What Is The Process For Getting Into Rehab For Addiction?

The process begins by calling and speaking with an intake person and/or a certified alcohol and drug counselor who can answer any questions you may have. If you and the treatment center feel there is a good fit based on your situation, there will usually be an assessment to establish the severity of the addiction and other problem(s) and to determine what level of treatment is necessary. Information about the process at New Hope Recovery Center: Admissions Process.

Addiction is a progressive and fatal disease.  The longer an addicted person remains in treatment, the better the outcome.

For more information about finding a treatment center right for you, contact New Hope Recovery Center. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, it is important to call and go in for an assessment with a professional.  All assessments at New Hope Recovery Center are confidential with no obligation for further treatment. Recovery is possible, let us help. Call us at 888-707-4673 or email us at

If you are considering addiction treatment, you may find these articles helpful as well:

Prescription Drug Rehab: 5 Important Questions to Ask

Overcoming the Fears of Going to Addiction Treatment

Intensive Outpatient Treatment: The New Standard?

Drug or Alcohol Addiction Rehab in Chicago

How to Find the Best Treatment Center in Chicago


Looking for Prescription Drug Rehab?  You are not alone.  Prescription drugs have become a serious concern.  In 2013, nearly 60% of all drug overdose deaths resulted from prescription drugs. Approximately two thirds of prescription drug abusers get them from family and/or friends.  If you believe someone you know is abusing or addicted to prescription drugs, look for these prescription drug warning signs.

How do you find the best Prescription Drug Rehab for you or your loved one?

There are a number of factors to consider in selecting the prescription drug treatment that will work best.

 1. Are you or your loved one abusing prescriptions that they are prescribed by your doctor?  If so, be sure to have the prescribing doctor involved in the addiction treatment.  The need for your prescription will be considered in order to find possible solutions.  You will want the addiction treatment provider to work closely with your doctor.  Your doctor may replace your prescriptions with non-addictive drugs, or may reduce your dosage, or may offer other alternatives to the drug that is the concern.  The important thing is to be honest about your prescription drug use with both the doctor and the rehab staff.

2. Are you or your loved one addicted to opiate-based drugs? If so, your treatment may include medications to aid in your recovery.  More addiction treatment rehab centers work with clients who are prescribed medications for recovery from opiate addiction, such as Suboxone and Vivitrol.  Consider finding an addiction treatment facility that will work with clients on Vivitrol and/or Suboxone if you are addicted to opiate prescriptions such as vicodin, oxycontin and codeine.

3. What are you or your loved one’s unique characteristics? You will want an addiction rehab choice that works extensively with people having characteristics similar to yours or your loved ones.  What is your age?  Find addiction treatment options that treat people in your age range.  The elderly, young adults and working parents have different treatment needs. What is your gender?  Some treatment centers specialize in serving only one gender, some have individualized groups devoted to a specific gender.  Both of these alternatives allow you to receive more personalized treatment. What is your sexuality?  If you are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender, consider finding an addiction facility that caters to the unique needs and circumstances of LGBT clients. What is your race, culture, religion and nationality?  Look for addiction rehab centers that understand your race, culture and nationality.  This will help you feel comfortable, which is very important for your treatment.  It also will allow your treatment to be customized to your situation.

4. What is your past treatment experience?  If you have received treatment for your addiction in the past, consider what led to your relapse.  Would you benefit from treatment that is different  in some way from what you experienced in the past?  A different location?  More involvement from family and friends? One specializing in your unique circumstances?    Longer period of treatment?  Smaller size?  

5. Do you feel comfortable at the facility and with the staff?  Seeking treatment is stressful and anxiety provoking.  However, even with these feelings, can you imagine feeling comfortable at the treatment location?  You will be spending your time at the facility and with the staff.  Do you feel welcomed, appreciated and understood?  Do you feel like you will be treated with dignity and respect? This is important for your recovery.

If you or your loved one is struggling with an addiction to or is abusing prescription drugs, seek help immediately.  Prescription drug abuse is dangerous, as shown by the high number of prescription drug overdose deaths mentioned above.  New Hope Recovery Center offers individualized treatment for prescription drugs and for many other addictions.  You can reach us at 888-707-HOPE (4673) or

Written by: New Hope Recovery Center

As 2013 comes to a close, we wanted to review our most popular articles during the year.  In reviewing the most viewed articles, four major themes emerge as the top concerns and focus of our readers during this year.

Warning Signs

It is clear that many people are interested in determining if they or a loved one suffers from addiction.  Several of our most-read articles dealt with warning signs for various potential addictions.


Heroin, Heroin, Heroin

If there was one prominent addiction theme during 2013, it was definitely heroin.  Heroin received both local and nationwide focus.  Its availability and low price seemed to put it at the forefront for many addiction treatment centers.  Sadly, too many lives were lost due to heroin use this past year, including Cory Monteith from Glee.  Many Chicago-area counties have seen a large increase in the number of heroin/opiate related deaths. Several of our most reviewed articles dealt with heroin.  In addition to the Heroin Abuse Warning Signs mentioned above, these two articles were also very popular:


Parents Concern for Their Children

Another area that received the many readers involved articles written for parents about their children's addiction.  The number of late teens and early twenties in treatment has been drastically increasing in recent years.  The following were our most popular articles geared toward parents:



The final area of our most-read articles dealt with LGBTQI issues and concerns:

All of us at New Hope Recovery Center wish you a Healthy and Happy New Year.  We are looking forward to 2014 and will continue to provide helpful articles on current issues and concerns seen by us and our clients and their families. You can reach New Hope Recovery Center at 888-707-HOPE (4673), or

Written by: New Hope Recovery Center

If you are seeking treatment for yourself or a loved one for the first time, searching the Internet can be extremely overwhelming. There are numerous treatment centers in Chicago, and even more throughout Illinois. Whether you are searching for yourself or a loved one, it is important to know the right questions to ask a drug and alcohol treatment center. It is also important to look at the needs of the individual and make sure you are preparing for long term care.

First – take a look at your financial situation

Do you have insurance? Is it private insurance or is it state funded? Does your insurance cover drug/alcohol treatment? Do you have money to pay the co-pay/deductible? If you do not have insurance, do you have money to pay for a private treatment center? There are many state funded programs in the area, unfortunately since they are free, they occasionally have waiting lists. Evidenced based practices have proven the longer a client is in treatment, the higher to the chances at long term sobriety. Make sure not to waste all your money on the first level of care such as detox or inpatient. For more information check out Insurance Coverage & Rehab.

Second – look for a program within your financial budget

Do they provide the type of care you need? Do they take your insurance? Many treatment centers will list on their website what type of insurance (if any) that they will take. Keep in mind whether a program is $40,000 or free, if you have the “will” to get sober, you will be able to find recovery no matter what the program costs. Do not get discouraged if you do not have unlimited funds to use for the most expensive treatment. The important part is to find a place that is a good match for you, to give you the best chance at long term sobriety. You will want to get an assessment to see if you need detox, inpatient programming, intensive outpatient programming, counseling, etc. Some treatment centers provide free assessments while others charge a fee ranging from $50-$400.

Third – Do they have a long continuum of care?

Many treatment centers have alumni events, volunteer opportunities, and aftercare programming for clients that have finished a higher level of care. This helps the clients stay connected to the treatment program and their peers which provides the clients the support of a sober network. Do they help you get connected with other sober networks like Alcoholics Anonymous (12-Step Based) or Smart Recovery?

Fourth – Do they work with other professionals?

If you have a psychiatrist, therapist, and/or a primary care physician, will they work in tandem with them? It is important that your treatment is created by a multidisciplinary staff, so that all your needs (physical, emotion, & behavioral) are being addressed at the same time.

Fifth – Do they address all your needs?

If you speak Spanish, make sure to ask if they have Spanish speaking staff and ask what language is spoken during group sessions. If you are a member of the LGBT community, see if there is specific programming that addresses your needs. If you are pregnant, see if they provide medical services in tandem with your treatment. If you have HIV/AIDs, find out if they will provide you education and support throughout treatment. If you are dual diagnosis, ask if they are licensed to provide the type of care needed. If you have a gambling, shopping, or sex addiction, see if they address process addictions during treatment.

Sixth – Do you feel comfortable with the staff and the facility?

Before you are admitted, see if you can take a tour or meet the staff beforehand. This will help you feel more at ease, the unknown is scary for some, and if you are able to see what a normal day in treatment looks like, you will most likely have an easier transition into the program. This will also allow you to come up with any other questions you may have before starting treatment. Some good questions to ask:

How many clients does each counselor have at one time?

How often are you able to meet 1:1 with a counselor?

How many people are in the program at one time?

Many treatment centers advertise that they provide personalized treatment, by asking the above questions you will have a better idea of how personalized the treatment will be while in their program.

Following these simple steps will help you find the best treatment center in Chicago for you. The great thing is Chicago has so many options that no matter what your particular needs are – there will be a treatment center right for you! If you are looking for more information about New Hope Recovery Center feel free to call us at 773-883-3916.

Written by: New Hope Recovery Center

Chicago drug and alcohol addiction treatmentThere are several things to be aware of when working with the Spanish communities for drug or alcohol addiction.  Cultural identity is one of the most important factors to keep in mind when working with the Spanish community.  For example: Cubans, Dominicans and Puerto Ricans identify themselves as Hispanics; while Central Americans and South Americans identify themselves as Latinos for the most part.

The term Latino is used to describe all those whose language that are derived from Latin including Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese and Romanian.  The word Hispanic identifies the indigenous people who inhabit the islands of the Sea of Hispaniola, i.e. Cuban, Dominicans and Puerto Ricans.  The Latino/Hispanic communities are multiracial, multicultural, and primarily Catholic.  Some have indigenous spiritual beliefs and customs, which are practiced and incorporated into Catholicism.

There are many differences in culture, Spanish dialects, customs, traditions, music, art and foods from one community to another. Each community has a different reason for migrating to the United States and establishing themselves: political freedom, political asylum, economics, education and perceived opportunities. An example of this is Puerto Ricans are natural born citizens while Cubans are protected by political asylum.  Another interesting difference is with national sports, which differ as well in each country of origin.  While the Caribbean islands enjoy baseball, Central America and South America are passionate about soccer.

Some of these communities have been simulating and blending into mainstream America for generations and have gone through several transitions.  One of the best examples is the Mexican community who during the sixties identified themselves as Mexican American, Chicano, Tex Mex or Tejano. This depended on what region of the United States they lived or the movement they represented.  Currently they consider themselves Mexicans.

Despite these differences, Spanish communities share several important common themes:

  • Strong family ties
  • Strong work ethics
  • Strong religious beliefs

A 12-step program, such as Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous, is beneficial and effective in helping the Spanish communities for several reasons:

  1. The 12-step home group becomes a tight knit family.
  2. The 12-Step fellowship becomes the extended family.
  3. The Sponsor/Sponsee relationship is considered sacred.  The term “Padrino” (meaning Godfather) is respectfully used when speaking of one’s sponsor.
  4. Spanish spiritual/religious belief systems coincide with the 12-step concept of a higher power.

Hispanic/Latino males tend to have difficulty sharing their emotions and/or concerns openly and prefer to resolve their problems on their own.  Many will seek help from a spiritualist before visiting a therapist, counselor or entering treatment.  Spanish 12-step meetings play a significant role for Hispanic/Latino alcoholic and/or addicted drug user. These meetings provide a safe environment where they can express their true thoughts and feelings without judgment.

Despite the variety of ethnicity, religious beliefs, racial makeups, traditions, specific customs and other diversities among the Spanish communities, the commonalities shared by the groups are particularly strong when treating addiction.  The fellowship and camaraderie of the 12-step program seems to be very familiar to the Hispanic/Latino’s own family structure, including the extended family - hence why the 12-step program works so well with the Hispanic and Latino communities.

New Hope Recovery Center works from a 12-step model and strongly believes in the importance of community in treating alcohol and drug addiction.  We create a home-like environment for the healing of our clients.  Our caring diverse staff is culturally sensitive when treating members of the Hispanic and Latino communities.  If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, contact New Hope Recovery Center at 773-883-3916 or via email at

Written by: New Hope Recovery Center

As an addiction treatment center in Lincoln Park, Chicago, we see trends in addiction first hand.  Although all addictions are heartbreaking, nothing has touched us as deeply as the current heroin epidemic among young people.  We have seen young adults in their late teens and early twenties struggling to recover from one of the most dangerous, addictive and life-threatening drugs.  It is a hard struggle - for both the addicts and their families.

We are writing this with the hope that more parents will recognize that there is a HUGE problem in our own backyards and it is affecting our children and their friends.  From what we have seen, no child is safe - cheerleader, athlete, straight-A college student, gifted and academically challenged - heroin addiction has affected them all.  It is truly an epidemic.

Some grim statistics:

1.  The Chicago metropolitan region ranks worst in the nation for heroin use and problems associated with heroin use.

2. More people die in Illinois from overdose than from accidents!

3. Heroin ranks as #2 (behind only alcohol) among substances that people seek treatment for in Illinois.

4. Overdose deaths in the Chicagoland area have increased exponentially with some surrounding counties seeing 100-150% increases in the number of yearly heroin-related deaths over the past 5 years.

5. In 2010, the Chicago area had 24,360 heroin-related emergency room visits, nearly double the 12,226 for New York City’s 5 boroughs.  Chicago’s rate of heroin-related emergency room visits per 100,000 people is the highest in the country.

6. Over 50 percent of heroin dependent persons will be dead before the age of 50, with the mean age of death being 30! (“Understanding Suburban Heroin Use” Illinois Consortium On Drug Policy and Roosevelt University)

7. Heroin use is now most common in Illinois among white, suburban middle and upper class youth.

What’s going on?  Why is heroin usage spiking in Chicago?  Several factors have fueled the current Chicago heroin epidemic:

Heroin Purity:  Heroin is much more pure.  Heroin is now typically 30%-50% pure, compared to less than 10% pure about 11 years ago.  Because the heroin has higher purity, it looks like cocaine.  Also, higher purity heroin can be snorted or smoked to get the same high that required injection a few years ago.

Cheap:  There is a substantially more heroin in Chicago.  Heroin from Mexico has increased exponentially while Afghanistan has once again become the world’s largest heroin producer.  As a major transportation hub, Chicago has been flooded with cheaper higher quality heroin.

Vicodin and Oxycontin Use as Gateway:  Opiate-based painkillers have increasingly become the gateway to heroin use and addiction.  Young adults frequently start out by using prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin.  When prescription drugs become too expensive or too difficult to get, the young adults begin using heroin, often by smoking or snorting.  (They falsely believe it is less addictive to snort or smoke heroin which is completely untrue!)  Often within weeks or months, they are shooting heroin intraveniously.

Cocaine Use as Gateway:  The other primary gateway to heroin use is cocaine.  As mentioned above, today’s higher purity heroin looks like cocaine; it can be snorted or smoked.  Because of these perceived similarities to cocaine, young adults are increasingly moving from cocaine use to heroin use.  Heroin is cheaper, so as drug use increases and money becomes tight, young adults begin to use heroin.

Willingness to try:  Young people in Chicago frequently believe that they can just “try” heroin.  They often equate heroin with opiate-based prescription drugs.  They see these prescription drugs in the medicine cabinet and have a false sense of safety.  They also don’t receive adequate heroin-specific education while in school and don’t understand the grave risks of heroin use.

Caution for Parents:  DO NOT believe that your young adult is immune from using heroin.  It is an epidemic.  If you suspect heroin use, GET HELP IMMEDIATELY.

Heroin usage is not a phase.   It is one of the world’s most highly addictive substances.  Estimates vary, but it is believed that up to 25% of individuals trying heroin once become addicted.

Do not let shame or guilt stop you from getting help for your young adult - quickly.  With the median age of death for heroin addicts at 30, realize that death from heroin is inevitable unless the addict gets treatment.

New Hope Recovery Center is experienced handling heroin addiction.  Please contact us at 773-883-3916 or via email at if someone you love is addicted to heroin or you suspect is using heroin.

By Jeff Zacharias LCSW CAADC RDDP

President/Clinical Director Jeff Zacharias sits down to speak about New Hope Recovery Center.

New Hope Recovery Center Provides Variety Of Options For Treating Addictions


In December, after years of alcohol and cocaine abuse, Jim sat alone in his St. Charles home, afraid to leave the house even to pick up the mail.

"I was feeling despair," said Jim, who asked that his last name not be used. Addiction "had become so normal. I started to accept it [and felt] that nothing was ever going to change."

His family had urged him to seek help many times before, but this time -- when his aunt offered to find a counseling program -- he agreed. His aunt found New Hope Recovery Center, the Chicago-based program that has recently expanded to the western suburbs. Within days, Cole was meeting with a counselor.

New Hope was started in Lincoln Park Hospital in 2003 by Jake Epperly, a counselor who had recovered from alcoholism in the late 1970s. In October 2008 when the hospital closed, New Hope moved to a nearby office space. Today, clients live in apartments around the neighborhood and come to the center for treatment during the day or after work.

The New Hope intervention starts with a 28-day inpatient program. Clients spend most of the day together, beginning with breakfast, and attend group therapy and one-on-one counseling sessions, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, massage therapy and yoga at the center. After the 28 days, clients move into the Intensive Outpatient Program, working during the day and attending meetings and counseling sessions at night. After four weeks of the outpatient program, clients come for counseling once a week for a year until they think they're ready to leave the center.

The pivotal first step, though, is making a connection with a counselor who will be the point person for recovery and beyond.

In the Geneva office, Jim's counselor was Gretchen Feinholz, a social worker and program director who was trying to persuade him to start the 28-day program. He signed up for counseling three times a week instead, but admits that didn't stop him from drinking and using cocaine after sessions and on weekends. A few weeks later, he was on another binge and disappeared for days. After he sobered up, he returned to the center.

At first, he didn't sleep. He cried all the time and resisted recovery. But after meeting other addicts, spending time in group and individual counseling and letting his body heal, Jim returned home optimistic.

Epperly has worked as a recovery counselor and program director long enough to have seen trends emerge. More people are using pills instead of heroin, he said. And more young people, especially young women, are coming in for help.

Most of the clients find New Hope online; others come through traditional referral routes -- through employee assistance programs and word of mouth, Epperly said.

"I've worked in the field for 20-some years and I know a lot of people," Epperly said, "and they know that if someone's really motivated and runs out of money, we'll work with them."

As the economy falters, Epperly expects to see more people who are out of work. The center already has expanded into Geneva, but as it continues to expand Epperly would like to include services for people struggling with other addictions like gambling, sex and Internet.

Six weeks into his recovery, Jim has started working in health care, is attending meetings three times a week and is excited about the possibility of going back to school to study bioengineering.

Moving forward, he knows he has the center's support.

"If I stay present and keep in touch with them," he said confidently, "they're not going to let me slide. ... We all know where I've been and they're not going to let me go back there."