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HRDI - Essence House

HRDI - Essence House

  • Chicago, IL
  • Inpatient

Human Resources Development Institute - Essence House in Chicago, IL, specializes in substance abuse disorders and co-occurring mental health issues for women. This residential treatment facility integrates dual diagnosis treatment with a 12-step approach. Founded as part of HRDI in 1974, Essence House provides specialized care, including housing for women and their dependent children.

The mission of HRDI, including Essence House, is to enhance community welfare by addressing vulnerable populations' unique needs. Their goal is to improve life quality through self-sufficiency and substance-free living, offering a comprehensive array of programs and services for prevention, intervention, and treatment.

  • Utilizes a dual diagnosis approach, addressing both substance abuse and mental health issues simultaneously.
  • Offers housing and meals as part of its residential program, allowing clients to focus entirely on recovery.
  • Accommodates pregnant women and parenting women, with space for up to 10 dependent children ages 0-4.
  • Provides individual, group, and family therapy, alongside life skills training in areas like time management and effective communication.

Essence House treats women with substance abuse disorders and co-occurring mental health issues, including those who are pregnant or parenting. Their comprehensive program aims to benefit women seeking holistic recovery and improved quality of life.

  • 4 Conditions Treated
  • 5 Levels of Care
  • Speaks English
  • 9 Therapies & Programs
  • Multiple Locations

Conditions and Issues Treated

Substance Abuse + Addiction Treatment

The inappropriate use of any drug in Chicago, IL is substance abuse. This involves alcohol, medications, and illicit drugs. With a combination of physical and psychiatric therapies, drug addiction is successfully treated at HRDI - Essence House. After Detox is complete, individuals follow-up with treatments treating the root cause of the addiction.

Opioid + Opiate Addiction Treatment at HRDI - Essence House

Opioid addiction is known as a high-risk factor for future heroin addiction. Opioid withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable and lead the user to continue to use. It is recommended to receive inpatient treatment and a medically supervised detox, HRDI - Essence House in Chicago, IL offers treatment for opioids.


A dual diagnosis is when someone deals with both alcohol and mental or emotional disorder. Emotional trauma, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression can be part of dual diagnosis therapy. It must happen simultaneously to get care for these conditions to handle any of them effectively.

Levels of Care

This center offers a variety of custom treatment tailored to individual recovery. Currently available are Drug Rehab, Dual-Diagnosis, Inpatient, Residential, Sober-Living / Half-Way, with additional therapies available as listed below.

When a patient checks into HRDI - Essence House, inpatient care takes place. Patients undergo treatment that requires detoxification and counseling round the clock. While outpatient treatments are available in Illinois, as the first phase in recovery, inpatient care is suggested. Intensive and thorough rehabilitation sets patients on the road to a drug-free life.

A sober living home in Illinois is really like a halfway house, often referred to as an SLH. It is halfway between a rehab center for drugs or alcohol and living at home. Any specific rules and regulations must be followed by residents, such as attending required meetings and structured daily chores.

Residential treatment programs are those that offer housing and meals in addition to substance abuse treatment. Rehab facilities that offer residential treatment allow patients to focus solely on recovery, in an environment totally separate from their lives. Some rehab centers specialize in short-term residential treatment (a few days to a week or two), while others solely provide treatment on a long-term basis (several weeks to months). Some offer both, and tailor treatment to the patient’s individual requirements.

Therapies & Programs

Individual therapy involves one on one sessions between the patient and the therapist at HRDI - Essence House. Individual therapy provides patients with a safe environment where they can openly discuss their problems with the therapist. The patients find the therapist as a person who they can trust. It helps them to open up and discuss personal and sensitive issues, which they may not be comfortable discussing in a group setting.

Individual therapy aims to identify the core issues that would have led the patient to substance abuse and address the root cause effectively. The therapist can develop patient-specific customized solutions through individual therapy, which aids speedier recovery.

Recovery can be more effective if the entire family’s involved. Family therapy hosted by HRDI - Essence House brings in the addict’s family to explore genetic factors. It gives loved ones the tools for dealing with addiction and its underlying mental issues. It is a recommended step in helping addicts adapt to sober living.

Group therapy is an important tool in recovery. Addiction tends to lead to isolation and feelings of uniqueness. Accountability and friendship that is found in group therapy can be more effective than any single other treatment approach. With HRDI - Essence House in Chicago, Illinois, there’s no reason to go through recovery alone.

Rehabilitation is not just limited to bringing an individual out of addiction and achieving sobriety. It is considered complete only when an individual starts leading a normal and balanced life. Life skill therapy focuses on the various skills that helps an individual to lead a normal life. Patients often do not take care of themselves, struggle professionally and withdraw from social interaction due to the physical and emotional disturbances caused by addiction.

Life skills therapy helps them to improve various personal, professional and social skills such as cooking healthy meals, maintaining proper hygiene, budgeting, decision making, time management, regulation of emotions and resolving the interpersonal conflicts effectively.

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  • Gender
  • Age
    Adults (20+), Teenagers
  • Modality
    Family, Group, Individuals


Listed May 17, 2021

Updated July 5, 2024

Chicago, Illinois Addiction and Treatment

In 2016, more than 2,350 Illinoisans died from drug overdoses. More than 5,500 deaths annually occur in Illinois due to the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. 7.17% of Illinois residents reported using illicit drugs in the past month (2018). Substance abuse costs the state approximately $3.5 billion every year.

Chicago's an exhilarating city with world-class museums, a vibrant arts and culture scene, and mouthwatering cuisine to savor. Opioid overdoses and fentanyl-related deaths, however, have skyrocketed – Cook County saw a 97% rise in fentanyl-induced fatalities from 2018 to 2019, and had the state's second-highest drug mortality rate in 2021.

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