Melrose Park

Melrose Park, Illinois, Drug Abuse Issues and Rehabilitation Offered Close By

Melrose Park is a suburb of the greater Chicago metropolitan area. Melrose Park has a population of about 25,000, and rests about thirteen miles due East of downtown Chicago. A rapidly expanding town in its own right, Melrose Park has seen a population increase of ten percent every ten years, and has become a strongly Hispanic based cultural area.

Melrose Park also has some of the higher fatal accident counts, lower income records, and some of the lowest percentages of young adults who graduate high school in the Chicago metropolitan area. Because of this, drug abuse, drug related crime, and alcohol addiction has become a slightly more prominent issue in Melrose Park than in other locales. To combat this, the village government of Melrose Park and the city government of Chicago have collaborated to try and combat the drug problem in this and other areas. Many addicts however, travel outside of Melrose Park and even outside of the Chicago area as a whole to seek treatment as the few state run facilities close by are usually flush with and packed to the limit with individuals seeking one-on-one care, inpatient detox, assistance with withdrawal effects, and inpatient rehabilitation all combined.

Melrose Park Inpatient Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers

Unfortunately, there are not yet any actual inpatient rehabilitation centers within the village limits of Melrose Park. As mentioned above, many addicts find much higher chances of success with finding rehabilitation and recovery by traveling outside of the area entirely, as this gets them out of their comfort zone and away from many of the triggers and stimulants that caused them to use in the first place, and allows them to confront their addictions on their own with the help of professionals and other like-minded individuals in the rehab center.

Four miles to the East of Melrose Park is a state funded rehabilitation center called The Tabitha House. This government run center typically offers addicts a short term stay, (less than 28 days) and some basic amenities and assistance. Most waiting time periods for The Tabitha House run anywhere from 4-8 weeks to get a bed in the facility. The Tabitha House does not offer a medical detox.

With many, larger, more professional privately run inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers available outside of Chicago and the surrounding counties, many addicts from Melrose Park and the surrounding villages are traveling outside of the trouble areas to seek help with their respective addictions. In spite of the village and city governments’ attempts at creating close, affordable, state run rehabs for rising drug problems, privately run inpatient centers still show success rates 40-60 percent higher than the average state funded facility.