Addiction Counseling

Chicago Addiction Counseling

You want addiction counseling tailored to you.


The root cause of addiction is unique to each person who comes to counseling. You can gain an understanding of how you got here and pathways to heal.

Getting sober is not the same as staying sober. We offer addiction counseling to individuals who may be concerned about their use of the following substances:

  • Alcohol
  • Prescription pills and medications
  • Cocaine
  • Tobacco, cigarettes, and dip
  • Marijuana
  • Crystal meth and stimulants
  • Heroin and pain pills

Addiction can happen with other drugs, too. We help people who feel a need to use over-the-counter sleeping pills. We also help people who misuse their prescription medications. You might have a prescription for adderall, but take too much of it or take it late at night to stay up longer.

If you are worried about the way you use drugs, counseling can help. Our counselors offer the latest insights about addiction based on the latest research. Empower yourself with tools to provide lasting change.

Create a life that makes you feel good. Change starts today.

Understand how you got here.

Sometimes you need a safe space to talk about what is leading to your drug use. Individual counseling can help. Group counseling and support groups like AA or NA may make you feel uncomfortable. Counseling gives you space to understand the root cause of your addiction. You can create a path forward.

Find your direction.

You don't have to wait to hit rock bottom before getting help. You can change today - without losing your job, your friends, or your health. Let's get started – call or text (312) 715-8234.

Counseling Techniques Used for Addiction

We are trained in evidence-based approaches to help you find your direction and achieve your desired outcomes.

Our treatment methods include:

Harm Reduction

Harm reduction counseling is an evidence-based approach for people with a variety of high-risk behaviors. It offers you the ability to choose strategies that work for you in your life. We work with you to set, reach, and maintain healthy behaviors goals by providing personalized feedback and behavioral self-control skills. Whereas traditional treatment programs focus on drug users being powerless, harm reduction starts with the belief that you have the ability to make healthy choices.

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

MI is an approach that places you front and center as the expert of your own life. Your counselor works with you to strengthen your inner motivation to change. MI allows the counseling session to become a productive space for developing a plan based on your own knowledge and strengths. Your counselor serves as a guide when you feel two ways about making the change, understanding that you are the one who controls what you ultimately do.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is an effective, research-based technique to help people resolve and heal from trauma. It is highly effective for people who have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is also effective as an approach to help you maintain behavior change when you are facing feelings of distress on a day-to-day basis or anxiety about the future.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT is an evidence-based form of cognitive behavior therapy that strategically helps you create the life you want to live. This happens by removing obstacles that are leaving you feeling stuck in a rut. ACT uses your personal values as the foundation of change.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy-Informed Counseling (DBT-Informed)

DBT-informed individual counseling is an evolution of CBT that focuses on reducing the intensity of negative emotions. DBT-informed individual work goes beyond looking at negative thoughts to help you consider effective ways of relating to yourself and others. It helps you achieve feelings of calm and satisfaction.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

MBCT helps you alleviate feelings of depression and unhappiness. The approach of MBCT reduces overwhelming stress while enhancing your self-awareness. By combining mindfulness practice with cognitive therapy, MBCT encourages you to develop a new relationship with negative thoughts and feelings, restoring your energy so you can effectively manage your life.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

SFBT emphasizes solution building rather than problem-solving. Each session is driven by your goals and vision for the future. Instead of focusing on the negative, SFBT empowers you to mobilize the inner strengths, hidden abilities, and leadership qualities you already possess. SFBT is informed by your present and future, instead of rehashing the past. Building on your strengths is far more important than spending time talking about your weaknesses.

Addiction and Trauma Recovery

Addiction and Trauma Recovery is a dual approach where your counselor offers respect, transparency, and collaboration as a foundation of healing. Trauma-informed addiction recovery helps you understand the connection between self-destructive behaviors and complex trauma. Your counselor works with you on the goals you determine, empowering you to make healthy changes in your present-day life.

Harm Reduction Therapy

Harm Reduction Therapy addresses problem behavior ranging from alcohol and drug use to other values-interfering behaviors. Whether you want to achieve total abstinence or reduce negative consequences of risky behaviors, Harm Reduction Therapy is tailored to meet your desired outcomes.
If you want to stop the cycle of drug addiction, contact us now to find out how we can help.
Our Specializations
Alcohol ModerationDepressionAnxietyAddictionComplicated GriefSelf-Destructive BehaviorTrauma
Call to book your session: (312) 715-8234
We're here for you.

Chicago Compass Counseling, LLC
25 E Washington Street, Suite 2036
Chicago, IL 60602



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