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Harbor Light Center: A Beacon of Hope Image

Harbor Light Center: A Beacon of Hope

Our programs are different from others: they are free, holistic, and help treat the root causes of substance use disorder.

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The Center for Disease Control estimates that every year more than 100 people die and more than 6,700 people visit the emergency room for treatment due to drug use.

Harbor Light is an intense, inpatient substance abuse treatment program available at The Salvation Army Freedom Center.

The Salvation Army provides free, holistic treatment and rehabilitation for men and women battling substance abuse. Harbor Light programs restore an individual's confidence and self-esteem through work, therapy, counseling, recreation and training. Once clients complete treatment, they are often reunited with their families and return to their communities as contributing members of society.

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Each year, we help more than 1,200 individuals in Chicagoland
overcome alcohol and drug dependence.

The Harbor Light Center is an intense, inpatient substance abuse treatment program. The program - one of the most respected in the country - also provides transitional services and employment training to help clients overcome their addiction and successfully transition back into their communities. The Salvation Army provides a sequence of services as a part of Harbor Light Center, supporting individuals as they overcome addiction, reestablish their lives, and return to the community.

Services Include:

  • Intensive Rehabilitation Unit - Residential treatment for those who have gone through detox and need basic education and counseling to help change attitudes and behavior. This program is for high-risk clients who may have failed in other treatment programs but are now ready to address their substance abuse. The program prepares residents for productive and independent/semi-independent living. The length of stay is 21 to 45 days.

  • Intensive Outpatient Program - This program is for clients who have gone through the Intensive Rehabilitation Unit and still need long-term care. The length of stay is varied, and based on the severity of the addiction. Clients attend group services, educational opportunities and counseling groups to help them learn about their addiction and triggers, and how to change their approach to problems and adjust their lifestyles. Counselors also provide individual counseling sessions. This level of care can also address the needs of DUI high-risk patients.

  • Employment Services - The Harbor Light Center offers two types of transitional job programs to assist clients obtain employment. In addition to placement assistance, the programs include training in resume writing, interviewing skills, appropriate job behaviors, conflict resolution and other workplace skills.

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Addiction kills more than 300
people every day.

Every day in America, 114 people die as a result of drug overdose and 205 more die as a result of alcohol abuse.

When you donate to The Salvation Army, you help fund local rehabilitation programs that combat addiction. Help Break the Chains of Addiction.


Addiction isn't always illegal.

9 million Americans misuse prescription drugs every year.

Your donation to The Salvation Army helps fund rehabilitation programs that heal addiction in our community. Donate Today.


Nearly half of individuals seeking substance abuse treatment relapse.

Clients can spend up to 4 years in The Salvation Army's substance abuse rehabilitation programs, giving them a better chance of overcoming their addictions.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you support long-term rehabilitation programs that heal addiction. Combact Addiction.


Addiction is an epidemic.
For many, The Salvation Army is the cure.

Watch how The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center in Chicago has helped restore lives in our community.