How to Tell if You're an Alcoholic or Addict

Try to answer the following questions honestly.

  • Have you ever tried to cut down on your drug or alcohol usage?                       
  • Has your drinking or drug use ever annoyed a friend or relative?
  • Do you ever feel guilty about your drug or alcohol use?
  • Have you ever used drugs or alcohol as an “eye opener” in the morning?

If you answer “yes” to two or more of these questions, you should seek help.

What does recovery cost at Illinois Shelter & Recovery Services?

Nothing. It's FREE.

Free? Don't the clients pay something?

No. Nearly all of them are homeless and impoverished. They don't have insurance, and they don't qualify for Medicare or Medicaid.  But they do contribute to Illinois Shelter & Recovery Services in many ways - food preparation, security, painting, maintenance, housekeeping,  gardening, clothing closet management, driving vans, etc. It is part of their recovery for each man and woman to learn personal  responsibility and accountability.

Why is the recovery program free?

Not only are our clients unable to pay, it's also based on a basic moral commitment. Recovery should be free to everyone who sincerely wants it. That commitment comes from the 12th step, but it is also rooted in our belief that we have to give away the gift of recovery.

How Can I Help?

Make A Donation. Current gifts help us continue to offer hope of recovery to needy men and women. In-Kind Donations (ie computer equipment) help to fuel growth with computer education & training, Fundraising Events, Volunteer, or Invite us to speak.

How do you spend your money?

The majority (~75%) of our proposed budget will be spent on our program to help men and women recover from alcoholism and addiction - shelter for the homeless, detox centers, health services, and the recovery program. The remainder will be spent on administrative costs and fund raising.

Why is the program so cost-effective?

In-kind  donations such as equipment and food help greatly to defray costs. Many of those that mentor our clients are volunteers that have learned to solve similar issues in their own lives or provide professional services at no cost.

Where does the money come from?

In a real sense, it all comes from people: men and women who know our program - its success and its cost-effectiveness. In 2008-13, 100% came from Individuals, Corporations and Foundations. In the future you might reasonably expect:    

Government Grants (Fed, State, Local) 20-30%
Individuals 25
Foundations 15
Donated good & services 11
Corporations 10
Special Events 10
Investment Income 3
Miscellaneous 3

Families & Children Plus

Our parent reunification and child development program provides direct services to all clients and their families who are working  toward reunification and/or establishing visitation with their children.

Clinical assessments are conducted with each client in the recovery program, to design and implement a plan to reconnect him or  her with family members in an appropriate manner. To minimize the risk of relapse, each client needs to address the emotionally  charged and often painful issues concerning their family relationships.

Parenting classes are provided that teach all aspects of sober parenting. This includes a process of re-parenting (nurturing) clients  who, for the most part, experienced abuse or neglect as children themselves.

Where the children of our clients are concerned, their needs are also assessed and appropriate services are provided; a child  education group promotes their personal healing as children of addicts or alcoholics. Art expression and discussion help children  learn about the disease of addiction, recovery, and prevention. They learn healthy coping skills to replace the old mechanisms they  developed while living with one or two addicted parents.

At the Women's Community, when the children and parent are ready, they begin with overnight visits. The children may then be able  to move in and live with the mother on campus. For the Men's Community, overnight visits may take place at an appropriate  third-party location.

These services to our clients and families continue as they progress through the transition to independent living.