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 2008-17, 100% came from Individuals, Corporations and Foundations.