Chestnut Health Systems in Bloomington, IL

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(3.4 of 5)
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720 West Chestnut Street
Bloomington IL 61701

Chestnut Health Systems Philosophy

Chestnut Health Systems at Bloomington offers individualized residential, outpatient and intensive outpatient programs for adults and adolescents. The residential program, the Chestnut Health Recovery Home for Adolescents and Young Men, provides treatment for residents aged 13-20. Research-based, holistic treatment programs address both substance abuse and co-occurring mental health conditions, and are designed to help clients achieve and maintain sobriety.

Areas of Specialization

  • Out Patient
    Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.

  • Family Program
    Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.

Facility Highlights

Sober Living

Partial Hospitalization

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One of six statewide not-for-profit Chestnut Health Systems recovery centers, the Bloomington, Ill. facility offers residential, outpatient (OP) and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) for those struggling with substance abuse issues. Programs are available for both adolescents and adults, and treatments can be gender-specific. Medically monitored detox services are offered on-site.

Although medication assisted treatment is not offered at Chestnut Health System’s Bloomington location, it is available at other locations in the network.


The facility uses a GAIN assessment, developed by the Lighthouse Institute, to help determine the most appropriate treatment services. Based on these results, a personalized treatment plan is developed.

Chestnut’s residential program combines researched-tested and evidenced-based counseling practices with 12-step meetings and methodology. Clients receive individual, group, and family therapy, and participate in skills training workshops focusing on decision making, stress management, coping skills, relapse prevention, and addiction education. Regular attendance of community Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and/or Celebrate Recovery groups is encouraged. According to the facility's website "The length of stay is individually determined and regularly reviewed during the course of treatment."

The adult IOP requires nine or more hours of group counseling each week, while the adolescent IOP typically calls for six to 13 hours per week. Both programs are offered in the evenings and mornings to accommodate school and work schedules. The adult program also provides marriage and family therapy, credit counseling, and supported/supervised residential services.

The facility also offers crisis stabilization for adults in a 24-hour supervised care program that lasts 14 days. In all programs, addiction and mental health issues are addressed by psychiatric consultation. Family is encouraged to play a central role in treatment services for all ages, especially therapy where trust and communication often need to be re-established.

Structured sober living for adolescent and young adult men between the ages of 13 and 20 is also offered in the facility’s recovery home.


The treatment team consists of licensed and certified counselors, medical assistants, and registered nurses.


According to the facility’s website, Chestnut offers a structured and supportive living environment for its residential treatment programs and sober living. Meals are catered. There are recreational facilities available on-site. Amongst alumni the accommodations received an average rating of four out of five stars across four reviews.


The three alumni polled by to date gave Chestnut’s Bloomington facility mostly positive feedback. When asked if they would recommend treatment at Bloomington, the alumni gave mixed ratings of three, four, and five out of five stars. The alumni were surveyed on the facility’s connectivity, family participation, cleanliness, and affordability, and each respondent gave these categories ratings of four or five out of five stars. Lina, however, who found the program to be overwhelming and jam-packed with activity, decried "Pushing,pressure, condisending attitudes from staff."

T.T. wrote to “Very structured learn alot bout yourself. Need more staff. Its very helpful been clean since.”


The four reviews received from loved ones were mostly positive. Like alumni, When asked if they would recommend treatment at Bloomington, the three loved ones polled on this metric gave mixed ratings of three, four, and five out of five stars. The three loved ones gave ratings of four and five stars for the staff's level of training and experience, the available counseling options, and exercise and leisure provisions. In fact, several reviewers commended the caring staff. An anonymous loved one told “This facility had caring staff and a variety of treatment options but inflexible hours.”

The three loved ones gave ratings of three and four stars for the holistic treatment offerings, connectivity/visitor policy, family participation in treatment, and overall facility cleanliness.

Three loved ones rated the effectiveness of treatment slightly lower, with a two-, a three-, and a four-star rating. One anonymous loved one noted that “they seemed to want to help and tried various things,” though her son wasn’t ready to change.


The sole staff member polled by to date gave the facility five out of five stars for overall quality care, privacy, and the program’s ability to prioritize clients’ interests. The anonymous reviewer rated the overall quality of leadership and available protocols training slightly lower, with a rating of four out of five stars.


According to the Chestnut Health Systems’ website, Illinois Medicaid and most private insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Alliance, Health Link, Humana, UBH, and United Healthcare are accepted, as well as private pay clients. A sliding fee scale is available for individuals who meet certain criteria.

Published on July 2017

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Questioning their motives. Shady. Even when my son was "clean" but needed a new evaluation, twice they came back and stated his treatment would require their maximum, 3 days a week, 3-4 hours. When I called to inquire about their process for treatment, they said and I quote "Depends. What kind of insurance do you have?". It answered my question. Their treatment plan for anyone will be the maximum if you have insurance, so they can get all the money. It is not based on helping anybody. Will be contacting my insurance as well.

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This facility helped a great deal for my son and family. Highly recommended.

A very honest facility where we keep patients' interests in mind.

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Very structured learn alot bout yourself. Need more staff. Its very helpful been clean since.

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Helped family alot, but they were strict. Good place with nice people.

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lots of good help

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This facility had caring staff and a variety of treatment options but inflexible hours.

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If you are trying to treat recovery and mental health and a lot of people have tortured their bodies doing the things they did to get by. Rest is needed. Not so many classes in a day. Things need to be gone over in head in time. Employees think that they know everyone is scanning them. They don't care if you are in serious pain and make you sit up all day til 9pm. Class after class can drain your brain. Too much stuff at one time. Pushing, pressure, condescending attitudes from staff. Staff clique with other in house patients. Phone calls to home especially for mothers can be difficult. Not enough time to call in day and only one pay phone.There are some caring staff.

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They seem to want to help and tried various things. it was for my son who really didn't want to change, that was the toughest part.

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It was a good experience.

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