Adult Services

AODA (Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse) Education

10 hours of risk reduction education on alcohol and other drug use.  This education class is intended for adults who need education on the risks associated with drug and alcohol use as well as those who have been referred due to a DUI arrest.

AODA is provided in a 4-session class.  Weekday and weekend sessions are available in English and Spanish.

AODA services are available at Nicasa’s Round Lake, Waukegan, Highland Park, and Buffalo Grove offices.  A sliding fee scale is available based on income.

Adult Outpatient Treatment

This group counseling helps adults develop the short and long-term goals necessary for a life free from alcohol and other drugs.  Outpatient treatment recommendations are based on the severity of the substance use issue as identified in an evaluation or assessment.  To register for Outpatient Treatment, clients must make a 1-hour intake appointment.

For DUI offenders, counseling is typically recommended at one of the following levels.

  • Moderate Risk Treatment – 11 hours of group counseling in addition to AODA education
  • Significant Risk Treatment – 19 hours of group counseling in addition to AODA education
  • High Risk Treatment – 74 hours of group counseling
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment – 9 hours per week for an average of 18 weeks

For non-DUI offenders, the above hours may vary based on your counselor’s recommendation.

Outpatient treatment is offered at Nicasa’s Round Lake, Waukegan, North Chicago, Buffalo Grove, Highland Park, Mundelein, and Zion offices.  A sliding fee scale is available based on income.  Day, evening, and weekend programs are available in English and Spanish.

Treatment services are funded in part by Lake County Community Development Block Grant and the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Mental Health Services

Nicasa provides consultations, evaluations, and psychotherapy for a wide variety of mental health concerns including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and cutting and self-harm behaviors.  Mental health services begin with a free 1-hour consultation.  Services are provided by masters level and licensed mental health therapists.

Nicasa offers a sliding scale of fees based on family income.  Adult Mental Health Services are available at Nicasa’s Round Lake, North Chicago, and Zion offices.  Day, evening, and weekend appointments are available.  Services are available in English and Spanish.

Mental Health Services are funded in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County.

For more information on mental health services please Contact Us.

DUI Services

Illinois laws require individuals arrested for DUI to obtain an alcohol/drug evaluation. In 1988, the 19th Judicial Circuit enacted a rule that all DUI evaluations in Lake County be performed by Nicasa.  As a result of the evaluation, recommendations may be made for additional education or treatment services.

DUI evaluations are provided in a 90-minute appointment and are available at Nicasa’s Round Lake, Waukegan, North Chicago, Buffalo Grove, Highland Park, Mundelein, and Zion offices.  A sliding fee scale is available based on income.  Day, evening, and weekend appointments are available in English and Spanish.

SOS Services

Services to help individuals work toward the reinstatement of driving privileges through the Secretary of State for licenses that have been suspended or revoked.  Nicasa’s role is to evaluate one’s substance abuse history, identify needs, and ensure all concerns have been addressed prior to application for driving privileges.  SOS Services are provided in three parts.  Part 1 is a one-hour appointment that includes a screening and review of the individual’s substance abuse history.  Part 2 is a 90-minute appointment that includes a full evaluation and interview with a family member.  Part 3 is a 15 to 30-minute appointment to review the results of the evaluation and receive necessary documentation needed for the application.

SOS Services are based on a flat rate and are not eligible for fee reduction.  Services are available at Nicasa’s Round Lake, Buffalo Grove, Waukegan, and Mundelein offices.  Day, evening, and weekend appointments are available in English and Spanish.

Anger Management Counseling

Group counseling to help individuals address anger issues such as controlling anger and expressing anger appropriately.  This service is currently only provided to inmates at the Lake County Jail, though anger management topics are covered in our outpatient treatment groups.

Gambling Intervention Services

Counseling and self-exclusion services to address the needs of people who may be compulsive or problem gamblers.  Gambling services most often begin with a free consultation with the gambler or a loved one.  Nicasa provides individual gambling counseling and self-exclusion in English and Spanish.

Gambling services are offered in Nicasa’s Round Lake, Buffalo Grove, Waukegan, and Zion offices.  A sliding fee scale is available based on income and financial hardship.  Day, evening, and weekend appointments are available.

Gender-Specific Services at the Judy H. Fried Center

A gender-specific treatment program for men and women with serious substance abuse issues.  The program includes a day or evening treatment program as well as comprehensive support services such as childcare, transportation, meals, self-sufficiency and job skills training, referrals for health care and domestic abuse counseling, and parent education.  This program is designed specifically for men and women ages 18 and older, with or without children, who have many issues surrounding their substance use.

The Judy H. Fried Center is open Monday through Friday with day and evening treatment programs.  Services are available in English.  A sliding fee scale is available based on income.

Bridge House

A community-based residence for men and women recovering from chemical dependency.  More.

Aftercare Support Services

Continuing recovery support for men and women who have completed a substance abuse treatment program.  Individuals attend outpatient substance abuse groups on a predetermined schedule that is less frequent than regular outpatient services.  This allows them to benefit from the positive recovery environment and to have a counselor available for extra help if needed.

Aftercare Support Services are available at Nicasa’s Round Lake, Waukegan, Mundelein, Highland Park, Buffalo Grove, and Zion locations.  Services are available on a sliding fee scale based on income.  Day, evening, and weekend sessions are available in English and Spanish.

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