What Programs are Offered by New Directions Addiction Recovery Services?

Thereʼs no one set path to recovering from substance abuse and addiction. Whether youʼre coming from a family with a long history of alcoholism, or you got hooked on prescription opioids after a surgery, or whatever else the case may be, your experiences, fears, and hopes will differ from most other peopleʼs.

Yet no matter the specific circumstances, New Directions Addiction Recovery Services is here to tell you that yes, you do deserve to reclaim your life, and yes, you really can do it.

Recovery is a huge undertaking though, and itʼs not easy. Thatʼs why weʼve set up a variety of programs that help address different stages and aspects of the recovery process, to more fully serve the different needs within the recovery community.


The Other Side

This was our first program, the original focus of our efforts. It was also the one that got us noticed and launched everything else that came after it.

The Other Side is our sober bar, located in Crystal Lake, IL, that caters to the local recovery community.

When youʼre in recovery, itʼs not just that you donʼt drink or do drugs—you also have to avoid even just being around drugs or alcohol, so that youʼre not at risk of relapse. That means thereʼll be a lot of nights where you canʼt go to that club, or that sports bar, or that party, or wherever else your friends are going.

But that doesnʼt mean you canʼt have a social life while in recovery: you can always head up to The Other Side.

At The Other Side, we have pool tables where you can play billiards, music you can dance to, TVs where you can watch the game, a sober bar where you can get nonalcoholic drinks, and more.

We also use The Other Side as a community space where you can attend educational seminars, host group meetings, or just bring a couple friends to hang out. Thereʼs also a bigger event once a month, like a DJ set or a comedy show.

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New Directions Sober Living

When people get out of treatment at a rehab center, their next step isnʼt always clear. They may not have a place to go, or the place where they lived before might be a negative environment for maintaining their recovery.

In either case, a sober living home can provide a stable and constructive environment for transitioning back into normal life and integrating meaningfully into the community. And the New Directions Sober Living House recently opened in Crystal Lake offers services to accomplish just that.

A sober living home is a low-cost housing option for people in recovery who meet a set of requirements such as established sobriety, active pursuit of employment, daily completion of household tasks, and regular attendance of 12-step meetings.

In exchange, they live in a supportive and drug-free environment, and get access to case workers who can help them reclaim a driverʼs license, build a resume, pay off court fees, and more.

They also get to live with people going through many of the same things as them and go out on regular outings to The Other Side. This helps them connect with the community and put down some roots in their new life.

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Connect To Recovery

Connect to Recovery is a 24/7 call tree that helps people struggling with addiction and recovery to connect with members of the recovery community and get the peer support they need.

When someone calls the Connect to Recovery hotline, a respondent redirects them to one of over 50 volunteers divided into four categories, for men or women above or below 30 years old. Each volunteer has at least a year in recovery and can provide community support from a relatable point of view.

Here are some of the ways they can help:

  • Answer questions and provide advice and encouragement over the phone.
  • Meet the caller to discuss recovery in an informal setting like a coffee shop.
  • Sit in on a family meeting or intervention.
  • Give the person rides to treatments and meetings.
  • Schedule follow-up meetings and check-ins as part of an ongoing relationship.
  • In addition to people fighting addiction personally, callers also include family members, school resource officers, and healthcare providers. These services help people stay engaged in the recovery process and nurture a relationship with the community. This fills a common gap in their introduction to recovery and encourages follow-through action.

For more information about Connect to Recovery, give us a call at (779) 220-0336.

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The New Directions Retreat

The property at 14411 Kishwaukee Valley Rd in Woodstock strives to establish an affordable, 90-day residential recovery program for 30 men and women.

The program will utilize the spiritual principles of 12-step recovery programs, will offer clients structure and support, and focus on reintegrating clients into the community and workforce.

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A Way Out – McHenry County

A Way Out – McHenry County offers substance abuse assessment 24/7 to anyone in McHenry County that wishes to seek recovery. Appropriate inpatient or outpatient referral and placement are determined by assessment and based on availability. If you are unable to pay for treatment due to lack of insurance or financial resources, you will not be turned away from participation in the program. A Way Out – McHenry County works with providers that are able to accept a number of different insurance plans and accommodate those without insurance.

Drug and alcohol overdose is a leading cause of death in Illinois and has greatly impacted McHenry County. To help reduce the number of fatal and nonfatal overdoses in McHenry County and alleviate the many individual and societal harms caused by substance use disorders, the McHenry County Substance Abuse coalition and the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, in cooperation with local police agencies, Northwestern Medicine Woodstock Hospital and the McHenry County Mental Health Board, are actively taking a step toward assisting individuals who request help with confronting and addressing their disorder by connecting users to treatment providers.

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