Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resources

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy called on all of us to recognize that addiction is a chronic illness, not a moral failing. First Congregational Church of La Grange, as part of our mission to follow the example of Jesus, wants to offer support and healing to individuals and families affected by mental illness or addiction.

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is with you soul.  (3 John 1: 2 – NRSV)

Substance abuse and mental health disorders affect millions of Americans. Our community is no different from the rest of the country in this regard. If you are seeking help for yourself or someone you know, resources are available:

If You Need Immediate Help

State of Illinois Opioid and Drug Treatment Helpline – 1-833-2FINDHELP (1-833-234-6343) or Text “Help” to 833234

  • The helpline, which is available 24 hours a day, will put a caller in touch with a trained screener who will search for state-licensed options near the caller’s neighborhood or hometown. Options will take into account the type of treatment being sought, location of the caller, and insurance, if available.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

  • 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7. By calling 1-800-273-TALK, you will be connected to a trained counselor at a crisis center in your area.

General Crisis Support by Text

  • Text HOME to 741-741.
  • Trained counselors can discuss anything that’s on your mind. Specifically for young people, the service is free, confidential, 24/7.
  • Hotlines for various crisis situations such as depression, suicide, dating abuse, domestic violence, rape, and incest, as well as runaways, homeless, and at-risk youth can be found by clicking this link

DuPage Crisis Intervention Unit 1-630-627-1700

  • The Crisis Intervention Unit is a mental health support system that deals with mental health emergencies such as suicidal thoughts, homicidal threats, and symptoms of serious mental illnesses, including depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorder. Individuals in need can contact the Crisis Intervention Unit at any time and set up a phone or in-person interview. It is available 24/7.

CARES (Crisis and Referral Entry Services) Crisis Line 1-800-345-9049 (Voice) 1-773-523-4504 (TTY)

  • CARES is a telephone response service that handles mental health crisis calls for children and youth in Illinois. A parent/guardian may check to see if their child can receive Screening, Assessment and Support (SASS) services by calling the CARES Crisis Line. SASS is a crisis mental health service program for children and adolescents who are experiencing a psychiatric emergency. SASS agencies provide intensive mental health services for eligible children and youth who may need hospitalization or community based mental health care. SASS services are available by calling the CARES line.

The Living Room

  • 4731 Willow Springs Road, La Grange, IL
  • 708-582-6434
  • Open now on Monday – Friday from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturday – Sunday from 2:00 to 6:00 pm, the Drop-in center is for adults 18 and over who are experiencing an increase in mental health symptoms. This peer-run alternative to the emergency department provides mental health support and has NAMI and Pillars staff available. Free; no insurance required.

Treatment Programs

Pillars Community Health

  • 708-745-5277
  • Locations in La Grange Park, Western Springs, Summit, and Hodgkins. Pillars provides a wide range of services, including youth and family counseling, substance abuse counseling, and crisis intervention. Bilingual staff.

SAMHSA Treatment Locator

  • 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)
  • The SAMHSA Treatment Locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.

Opioid Addiction Treatment Program Locator


Information about Drug Use and the Science of Addiction

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) 

  • One of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NIDA provides information on the science of the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (formerly Partnership for a Drug-Free America) 

  • Partnership for Drug-Free Kids translates the science of teen drug use and addiction into actionable information and guidance. It helps families understand the ever-changing drug landscape and learn how to effectively communicate with teens, and provides direct support to parents dealing with a child’s drug use.