Patient Programs

For individuals needing help, Wells Center has specific treatment programs carefully planned for each patient.

Wells Center also provides care and assistance for the families of individuals with addiction problems. We understand that a strong support system in the patient's life is a crucial element to full and sustained recovery.

Adolescent Services Assessments
Adult Services Detoxification
Family Services Prevention and Education Services
Women's Program HIV/AIDS Education and Referral Services
Correction Programs

Adolescent Services

Agency and school settings are the locations for treatment services to adolescents, age 12-18. Patients may be experiencing problems from either their personal use of alcohol or other drugs or be affected by the substance use disorder of a parent, family member or significant other.

Treatment is provided through individual, group and/or family therapy to address problems including social, legal, peer, family and school life areas.

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Adult Services

Adult services are available to individuals 18 years and older who are experiencing impairment in their life due to alcohol or other drug use disorder or for those who are affected by the substance use disorder of a patient, child, spouse, family member, or significant other. Individualized treatment plans, jointly developed by the patient and counselor, begin the therapy process which utilizes individual, family, and/or group therapy.

Treatment services are delivered in both outpatient and residential settings, depending upon the individual's level of assessment.

Aftercare services are available to support patients upon completion of their treatment plan and assist with the transition back into the community.

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Family Services

Agency treatment services extend to family members and friends involved with and affected by an individual's use.

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Women's Program

Focusing on the unique needs of women, Wells Center developed special groups and services to enhance the outcomes of the agency's treatment services for women. Priority placement is given to pregnant women and women with young children.

Case management emphasizing connections to other community agencies that serve women and children and ensuring the provision of necessary healthcare services is provided.

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Assessments

An assessment determines whether a problem with alcohol or other drugs exists, the severity of the problem, and the measures required to solve the identified problem.

Assessments are confidentially maintained unless patients sign a document to release the information.

Assessments are conducted at the request of:

  • Employers
  • Schools
  • Court System
  • DCFS or other child welfare agencies
  • Other social service agencies
  • Individual requests

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Detoxification Services

Wells Center is a sub-acute social setting detoxification provider for patients under the influence of or withdrawing from the use of alcohol or other drugs. Medical monitoring is provided 24 hours a day.

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Prevention Education Services

We deliver prevention and education services through training, informational presentations, and the support of community civic and task groups. Our mission with education is to target the entire community in an effort to “keep healthy people healthy.”

The prevention staff delivers in-service programs and presentations:

  • to employee groups
  • to parents regarding parenting skills training
  • to teachers relative to the development of social skills in children
  • to youth regarding leadership training

Program content addresses recognized risk factors and the accompanying protective factors for alcohol or other drug use disorder, as well as other behavioral problems associated with delinquent behavior.

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HIV/AIDS Education and Referral Services

Our medical staff is an integral part of the team. Agency patients receive education on HIV/AIDS risk reduction. Referrals for testing and other services are made when needed.

Correction Programs

Research has shown that many offenders incarcerated at correctional facilities are there due to offenses involving drugs and alcohol. Services are designed to educate inmates and cadets about the effects of chemicals on the body and on behavior. Every effort is made to do as much as possible to ensure that these individuals return to society educated and drug free.

Wells Center provides services at:

  • IYC Chicago
  • IYC Kewanee
  • IYC St. Charles
  • IYC Warrensville
  • Lincoln Correctional Center
  • Dixon Springs Impact Incarceration Program
  • DuQuoin Impact Incarceration Program
  • BI Spotlight Reentry Center
  • Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center

IYC Chicago

The Wells Center Treatment Wing at IYC-Chicago is a 22-bed, modified therapeutic community focused on meeting the specific needs of the adolescent males at IYC-Chicago. This program utilizes the New Directions Curriculum as the core curriculum for the program. This curriculum provides powerful cognitive-behavioral treatment to our chemically abusing and dependent male offenders. This program focuses on their criminal and addictive thinking that keeps the youth stuck in their destructive behavior patterns, the youth will also reflect on their socialization skills, relapse coping mechanisms and drug and alcohol education. Additional modules focus on Intake and Orientation into the treatment program and Release and Reintegration that focuses on the reintegration back in to the youth's home community. Young Men's Work, Adolescent Recovery Plan and The Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults are additional curricula that have also be integrated to focus on adolescent and male specific issues. Tom Jackson's series of Activities that Teach books are used to provide Active Learning sessions to give youth the opportunity to participate in their own learning process. An introduction to AA is also incorporated into the program while the youth are at the facility with AA volunteers providing Open AA meetings each week to program participants.

IYC St. Charles

The Wells Center Treatment Wing at IYC-St. Charles is a 92-bed, modified therapeutic community focused on meeting the specific needs of the adolescent males at IYC-St. Charles. This program utilizes the New Directions Curriculum as the core curriculum for the program. This curriculum provides powerful cognitive-behavioral treatment to our chemically abusing and dependent male offenders. This program focuses on their criminal and addictive thinking that keeps the youth stuck in their destructive behavior patterns, the youth will also reflect on their socialization skills, relapse coping mechanisms and drug and alcohol education. Additional modules focus on Intake and Orientation into the treatment program and Release and Reintegration that focuses on the reintegration back in to the youth's home community. Young Men's Work, Adolescent Recovery Plan and Adolescent Co-Occurring Disorders Series are additional curricula that have also be integrated to focus on adolescent and male specific issues. Tom Jackson's series of Activities that Teach books are used to provide Active Learning sessions to give youth the opportunity to participate in their own learning process. TASC also works in coordination with the Wells Center staff to set up continuing care appointments upon the youth's release from the facility.

IYC Kewanee

The Wells Center Treatment program at IYC-Kewanee is an 18-bed, modified therapeutic community focused on meeting the specific MISA needs of the adolescent males at IYC-Kewanee. This program utilizes the New Directions Curriculum as the core curriculum for the program. This curriculum provides powerful cognitive-behavioral treatment to our chemically abusing and dependent male offenders. This program focuses on their criminal and addictive thinking that keeps the youth stuck in their destructive behavior patterns, the youth will also reflect on their socialization skills, relapse coping mechanisms, co-occurring disorders and drug and alcohol education. Additional modules focus on Intake and Orientation into the treatment program and Release and Reintegration that focuses on the reintegration back in to the youth's home community. Young Men's Work and Adolescent Co-Occurring Disorder Series are additional curricula that have also been integrated to focus on adolescent and male specific issues. Tom Jackson's series of Activities that Teach books are used to provide Active Learning sessions to give youth the opportunity to participate in their own learning process.

IYC Warrenville

Wells Center Treatment Wing at IYC-Warrenville is a 30-bed, modified therapeutic community focused on meeting the specific needs of the adolescent females at IYC-Warrenville. This program utilizes the Living In Balance as the core curriculum for the program. This curriculum provides a solid practical substance abuse treatment program with sessions that cover a full spectrum of substance abuser treatment needs. Voices, Young Women's Lives, Helping Women Recover and Beyond Anger are additional curricula that have also be integrated to focus on adolescent and female specific issues. Tom Jackson's series of Activities that Teach books are used to provide Active Learning sessions to give youth the opportunity to participate in their own learning process. An introduction to AA is also incorporated into the program while the youth are at the facility with AA volunteers providing Open AA meetings each week to program participants. TASC also works in coordination with the Wells Center staff to set up continuing care appointments upon the youth's release from the facility.

Dixon Springs Impact Incarceration Program

Wells Center provides the equivalent of Level I outpatient treatment for up to 200 males and 50 females. During the first two weeks of treatment with Wells Center, the offenders are provided with psycho/didactic groups and a substance abuse assessment using the Addiction Severity Index (ASI). If the offender has a provisional diagnostic impression of substance abuse or dependence, then a master treatment plan is developed and monthly reviews are conducted to track their progress during the 120 day program. The clients receive 10 weeks of therapy groups and 3 weeks of continuing care while in treatment. The curriculum that is utilized is evidenced-based and gender specific. For both populations, Living In Balance by Hazelden is used. With the male population, A New Direction is used as well as materials from AA, NA and the 12-Step Approach. With the female populations, Seeking Safety by Lisa Najavits, Beyond Trauma and A Woman's Way through the 12 Steps is used. The women are given information on relationships, parenting, and domestic violence prevention as it relates to their recovery. All clients are provided with information on abuse/addiction, recovery tools, self-esteem, and discovering the need to maintain a healthy, pro-social lifestyle that is substance free. All clients are prepared for re-entry to their communities and families during the continuing care portion of the treatment regimen. A firm referral for continuing care is made by the Case Manager for the clients to continue their treatment once they return home.

BI Spotlight Reentry Center

Wells Center provides treatment for the newly paroled offender in the Decatur, IL area.  Wells Center offer Level 0.5, Level I and Level II treatment services in order to aid in successful reintegration back into society while remaining abstinent from mood altering substances.  Wells Center utilizes The Change Companies interactive journals in order to facilitate positive changes in the approximately 40 offender’s recovery processes. This program is co-located with a parole office and partners with parole as well as the other services offered by BI Spotlight Reentry Center. These services include: daily reporting, intensive case management, cognitive behavioral treatment and connecting clients to long-term community resources. Research has shown that offenders who are linked to community services upon being released are far less likely to commit further crimes.

Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center - Methamphetamine Program

The Franklin County Juvenile Methamphetamine Program originated as a pilot program with the purpose of establishing an effective treatment model for youth addicted to Methamphetamine. This 8-bed program is housed within the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center and provides services for the majority of central and southern Illinois counties. Treatment is provided for youth between the ages of 10 and 18, who have used or abused Methamphetamine, and who have received a court order to undergo treatment. Treatment consists of a maximum of 180 days in a secure (In-Custody) setting followed by an additional 180 days of aftercare services.

The Methamphetamine Pilot Program utilizes the Craving Identification and Management (CIM) Model as the framework for treatment for Juveniles entering the Methamphetamine Program. The CIM model was developed by Dr. S. Alex Stalcup, M.D. and is the result of an ongoing collaboration between treatment staff and clients to provide a functional model of craving management for addicts participating in treatment. Over the 12 years of developing CIM, clients were asked about their recovery experiences, what worked for them and what did not work. This interactive process generated a new idea. The final common step leading to drug use is loss of control over craving. In other words, in addicts trying to stay sober, use occurs when craving overwhelms the individual’s relapse prevention skills and control over behavior is lost.

The Franklin County Juvenile Methamphetamine Program has established an age-appropriate treatment model using CIM methodology. Youth entering treatment are orientated into the program and introduced to this concept. While undergoing In-Custody treatment, clients are taught to identify cravings based on four causes (Environmental Cues, Withdrawal, Mental Illness, and Stress). Clients then work toward gaining control over craving through various methods of craving intervention or management. These tools are acquired as part of the client’s treatment plan and methods of service include workshops, group therapies, individual counseling, psychiatric services, and individual motivational enhancement techniques. Additionally, clients planning to return to the community are well prepared through a progressive series of outings, beginning at 3 months and lasting the remaining duration of In-Custody treatment. Family counseling sessions may also be necessary for some client’s returning home.

A youth who successfully completes In-Custody treatment will transition to aftercare, where he/she will continue to receive services for an additional 180 days. Aftercare placement depends on each client’s needs, legal obligations, and environmental conditions. If home placement is not an option, alternative placement options, such as residential treatments or children’s homes, are sought. A client returning home will be required to complete a series of progressive home furloughs designed to ease transition back to the community and process craving occurrences. After successful completion of home furloughs, clients will continue to receive weekly counseling sessions, random drug tests, and follow treatment recommendations for the remainder of the aftercare phase.

For more information regarding the Franklin County Juvenile Methamphetamine Pilot Program please feel free to contact the Program Manager: Andrew Belt, BA, CADC, (618) 435-3438 ext 1 abelt@il2ndcircuit.org

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