There’s no one set path to recovering from substance abuse and addiction. Whether you’re coming from a family with a long history of alcoholism, or you got hooked on prescription opioids after a surgery, or whatever else the case may be, your experiences, fears, and hopes will differ from most other people’s.

But no matter the specific circumstances, New Directions Addiction Recovery Services is here to tell you that yes, you do deserve to reclaim your life, and yes, you really can do it.

Recovery is a huge undertaking though, and it’s not easy. That’s why we’ve set up a variety of programs that help address different stages and aspects of the recovery process, to more fully serve the different needs within the recovery community.

Take a look at some of what we do.

The Other Side

This was our first program, the original focus of our efforts, and also the one that got us noticed and launched everything else that came after it.

The Other Side is our sober bar, located in Crystal Lake, IL, that caters to the local recovery community.

When you’re in recovery, it’s not just that you can’t drink or do drugs—you also have to avoid even just being around drugs or alcohol, so that you’re not tempted to relapse. That means there will be a lot of nights where you can’t go to that club, or that sports bar, or that party, or wherever else your friends are going.

But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a social life while in recovery: you can always head up to The Other Side.

At The Other Side, we have pool tables where you can play billiards, music you can dance to, TVs where you can watch the game, a sober bar where you can get nonalcoholic drinks, and more.

We also use The Other Side as a community space where you can attend educational seminars, host group meetings, or just bring a couple friends to hang out. And once a month, there’s a bigger event like a DJ set or a comedy show.

Connect To Recovery

Connect to Recovery is a 24/7 call tree that helps people struggling with addiction and recovery to connect with members of the recovery community and get the peer support they need.

When someone calls the Connect to Recovery hotline, a respondent redirects them to one of over 50 volunteers divided into four categories, for men or women above or below 30 years old. Each volunteer has at least a year in recovery and can provide community support from a relatable point of view.

Here are some of the ways they can help:

  • Answer questions and provide advice and encouragement over the phone.
  • Meet the caller to discuss recovery in an informal setting like a coffee shop.
  • Sit in on a family meeting or intervention.
  • Give the person rides to treatments and meetings.
  • Schedule follow-up meetings and check-ins as part of an ongoing relationship.

In addition to people fighting addiction personally, callers also include family members, school resource officers, and healthcare providers. These services help people stay engaged in the recovery process and nurture a relationship with the community. This fills a common gap in their introduction to recovery and encourages follow-through action.

For more information about Connect to Recovery, give us a call at (779) 220-0336.

New Directions Sober Living

When people get out of treatment at a rehab center, their next step isn’t always clear. They may not have a place to go, or the place where they did live before might be a negative environment for maintaining their recovery.

In either case, a sober living home can provide a stable and constructive environment for transitioning back into normal life and integrating meaningfully into the community. And the sober living home recently opened by New Directions in Crystal Lake offers services to accomplish just that.

New Directions Sober Living is a low-cost housing option for people in recover who meet a certain set of requirements, such as established sobriety, active pursuit of employment, daily completion of household tasks, and regular attendance of 12-step meetings.

In exchange, they live in a supportive and drug-free environment, and get access to case workers who can help them reclaim a driver’s license, build a resume, pay off court fees, and more.

They also get to live with people going through many of the same things as them, and go out in regular outings to The Other Side, which helps them connect with the community and put down some roots in their new life.

So, The Other Side, Wake the Nation, and Sober Living. These three programs all address substance abuse and addiction from different angles, but the message and the mission are always the same: proving that everyone, no matter their circumstances, can reclaim their life and take it in New Directions.