Treatment & Recovery Center
1621 Theodore Street
Joliet, IL 60435
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Stepping Stones believes alcoholism and other drug addiction is a treatable illness requiring abstinence from mood altering drugs.
Participation in Recovery Support activities such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, and / or Narcotics Anonymous is important for continued recovery.
Family and other concerned persons should become knowledgeable about addictions, treatment, self help groups, recovery, and be involved in the recovery process. Further, we believe that involvement in Alanon/Naranon will benefit concerned persons and their loved ones.
Independent studies conclude that $5 to $7 is saved for each dollar spent on treatment of chemical dependency.
Over 40 years of
Providing Treatment and Hope
Stepping Stones Treatment Center is celebrating 40 years of service to individuals struggling with addictions. From the vision of two Alano Club members and the assistance of Joliet city government, seed money from the city’s liquor tax fund allowed for the purchase of a rooming house and the establishment of the Joliet Half-Way House in 1971.
Prior to 1971, there were no residential facilities in Will County for people suffering from the disease of addiction; people went to hospitals or treatment centers in the suburbs or Chicago. On a budget of $10,642 the first year, a staff of two served
83 men. On a budget of $2.1 million last year, a staff of 55 served 1,000 men and women.
Over the years, attitudes have changed, including a softening of the stigma attached to individuals who are addicted to alcohol or other substances. The demographic profile of people in recovery has evolved, too. In the 1970s, the typical person in treatment was between 30 and 50 years old and employed. The primary addiction was alcohol. Often families and employers were instrumental in getting the individual to address the addiction. Now, those entering treatment are younger and often mandated by the courts to go through rehabilitation. And drug choices have shifted from cocaine and marijuana in the 80s and 90s, to heroin and prescription drugs that are commonly used now.
Finally, and most importantly, treatment has also shifted from a simple admonition to stay away from drugs and alcohol to an array of effective techniques to help and support people in recovery. Treatment has become far more individualized and includes meeting a broad array of needs that a person might have, including care for medical or mental health conditions. This person-centered approach entails the individual playing a greater role in identifying their needs and recovery goals. Rather than directing treatment, counselors collaborate with the individual and their significant others.
Treatment has shifted from thinking of recovery as a one-time “fix” to understanding that addiction is a chronic condition requiring ongoing monitoring and support in periods of recovery. Check-ups following discharge from treatment are routine. When an individual’s recovery is at risk, they are encouraged to re-enter treatment.
If you or your loved one has a substance use problem, Stepping Stones may be able to help.
Our services are rated highly by the individuals we serve and by other service providers.
If you are a family member of an individual receiving Stepping Stones services,
we can also help you to learn how to cope, and to support your loved one.
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