A Way Out Program

AWO Hotline: 815-347-0385
This hotline is staffed 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Since September 2020 New Directions Addiction Recovery Services operates the “A Way Out” Program on behalf of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office. The program offers service to any resident of McHenry County who requests “a way out” of their current substance dependence and endeavors to provide Participants access to resources that align with theirpersonal recovery goals.
Staffed by Peer Support Specialist Community Navigators with lived experience in SUD recovery.
Community Navigators bridge the gap between people seeking care and providers by working directly with Participants providing peer support and building working relationships with community organizations. By nurturing these pathways to recovery, the likelihood of sustained abstinence from chaotic use is achieved.
The Process

The working relationships developed during this process increase Participants’ chances of avoiding a recurrence of use, as Law Enforcement Officers and Care Providers now have Community Navigator liaisons to aid in Participants’ recovery journey.

  • If appropriate placement is not available at the time of assessment, the CN will provide access to community support until placement is secured.
  • CNs assist with transitions from different levels of treatment available. For example, if you are placed in a detox center and want to proceed to an inpatient treatment-level program.
  • AWO connects you to community-based recovery support.
  • CNs assist Participants in developing a safety plan.
More Information

Questions: Call the AWO Community Navigator at 815-347-0385 or your local police department non-emergency number.

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