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No Matter Your Stage of Recovery, We Help You Steer In New Directions

Substance abuse and addiction can be an isolating experience. The stigma, and especially the legal danger when it comes to illegal drugs, makes it difficult to come forward and reach out for help. But here at New Directions Addiction Recovery Services (NDARS), we firmly believe that everyone can recover from addiction, but that nobody has to go at it alone. That’s why we’ve developed a set of different programs that serve the Chicago area’s recovery community in various important ways.

What We Do

The work that New Directions does is divided into three main programs that try to comprehensively address different parts of the recovery experience.

The most prominent is The Other Side. This is the sober bar that we run in Crystal Lake, IL. People in recovery often find that not being able to go out with their friends to pubs, clubs, and parties can make for what feels like a boring or lonely social life.  The Other Side aims to change that by offering a community space where you can grab a nonalcoholic drink, dance to some music, play pool, or watch the game.

Then there’s Wake the Nation, our advocacy program. It was originally formed to aid in the campaign to get naloxone, a life-saving opioid overdose reversal drug, into the hands of first responders and behind pharmacy counters. Since then it’s taken on the role of training law enforcement and regular citizens alike in how to use naloxone and about the issue of addiction in general.

And finally there’s our most recently created program, our sober living home. This is where twelve residents who fulfill certain requirements are given affordable housing where they can live in a stable environment that supports their recovery. Residents attend twelve-step meetings and regular outings, while also getting help from case workers with such things as resumes, court fees, and driver’s licenses.

Whatever stage of recovery you find yourself in, there’s a way we can serve you. Whether as a new housemate or as a new regular at the sober bar, we hope you can take advantage of the help we offer, and that you’ll find success in building a better life.