Our bodies can become highly dependent on certain substances like opiates or alcohol. When that happens, many addicted individuals actually want to stop using but the fear of withdrawal keeps them from quitting. They simply just don’t know how to deal with the physical symptoms of withdrawal.

Those symptoms range from moderate to severe, and will vary depending on the substance, the individual, and the extent of use. Attempting to stop without proper medical care can be serious and even life threatening.

At Southwood, our detox patients are monitored 24 hours a day by a physician and team of nurses who manage the symptoms associated with alcohol and opiate withdrawal. Detoxification generally lasts up to 5 days, during which time patients will require ongoing medical supervision, evaluation, and withdrawal management by attending nurses and physicians.

In addition, our credentialed addictions professionals will provide counseling, education, relapse prevention and aftercare groups daily with an emphasis on transitioning patients to their next level of care.

For many, detox is where treatment starts. At Southwood, we are here to provide you with a safe and effective first step on your road to recovery.


If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, give us a call at 773) 737-4600.

Our addictions professionals are ready to help you with:

  • An assessment to address treatment needs
  • Determination of an appropriate level of care
  • Advice on eligibility for insurance, Medicaid, or related coverage
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Many of the services at Southwood are covered by private insurance, Medicaid, Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), or other government/public funding sources (e.g. SUPR, Sheridan, SWICC, DCFS).

Southwood Offers flexible accommodations for assessment and admission.

We do admissions daily, Monday through Friday, starting at 7:30AM. Saturday intakes can be scheduled by appointment. Admission is often the same day as assessment.