Pillars Offering Same-Day Assessments for Addiction


Drug and alcohol statistics have stunned America in recent months and years.

  • The number of people who have a substance use disorder is now on par with the number of people living with diabetes—and is actually higher than the annual prevalence of all cancers combined, according to a November 2016 report from the U.S. Surgeon General.
  • The number of overdose deaths per year more than doubled from 2002 to 2015.
  • The number of overdose deaths in the teenage population climbed 19 percent in just one year (2014-2015).

This devastating upward trend is even more staggering when statistics describe only those overdoses related to heroin or opioid use.

At Pillars, we are actively offering community-based services to help our communities recover from what has become a national crisis of substance abuse.

“We want to make prevention and treatment easy to access and help you avoid hospitalization or rehab,” says Samantha Hicks, director of Addictions Services at Pillars. “In many cases we are able to treat addiction with outpatient services close to home, such as group or individual therapy, and then our clients can return to their lives out in the community after their appointments.”

In January 2017, Pillars expanded its Addictions Services offerings. Today, services for adolescents (12-18) and adults are available at multiple locations throughout the western and southwestern suburbs, including Hickory Hills and Berwyn. Services are available in English and Spanish, and payment is based on a sliding fee scale (meaning the amount you pay is based on your income).

New this year, Pillars is also offering same-day assessments.

“An assessment is great for people who aren’t sure what level of services they need, concerned parents who want to know if existing substance use might turn into addiction, or people who may need a referral to a higher level of care,” Hicks says. “Our goal is to help you quickly evaluate what you’re experiencing and what help you might need to move forward.”

If a higher level of care, such as hospitalization or inpatient rehabilitation, is recommended, Pillars can make the referral. Following inpatient care and withdrawal, Pillars can provide clients with a transition back to the community and help them avoid rehospitalization.

In addition to assessments and outpatient therapy, Pillars also offers DUI risk education classes, weekly DUI evaluations, and services for clients experiencing multiple issues (addiction and pregnancy, addiction and domestic abuse, etc.).

Click here to learn more about Pillars Addictions Services. To access services, call 708.PILLARS (708.745.5277).