UnityPoint Health - Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery in Peoria, IL

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5409 N. Knoxville Ave.
Peoria IL 61614

UnityPoint Health - Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery Philosophy

The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery at Proctor Hospital provides treatment programs for numerous addictions, including chemical dependency, as well as food, sex, gambling, shopping, Internet and video game addictions for adults and adolescents. Chemical dependency treatment options include medical detox, residential and outpatient programs, and continuing care.

Areas of Specialization

  • 12-Step
    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

  • 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.

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Meet the Staff

Kirk Moberg, MD, PhD

Medical Director

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Dr. Moberg has practiced addiction medicine for 20 years and concurrently served as medical director of two addiction recovery centers from 2000 to 2010 in Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Moberg adds to IIAR's history of successfully treating the diseases of addiction with the incorporation of the latest evidenced-based research shown to reduce relapse and increase the probability of and length of recovery. Board certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine, he received his MS in Health Policy and Administration, and a PhD in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign.

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The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery (IIAR) is a progressive treatment center that runs a variety of hospital-based programs for substance use, dual diagnoses, including addictions to gambling, food, sex, video games, shopping and other processes.

One of four IIAR locations in central Illinois, and one of 263 (41.5 percent) of private facilities statewide, the Unity Point Proctor Hospital campus in Peoria treats both adults and teens.


Admissions to IIAR are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The admissions process begins with an assessment and interview with a team of clinicians, nurses, physicians, and psychiatrists. To be eligible for treatment, clients must be both serious about their recovery and medically and psychologically stable.

One of just 13 hospital-based inpatient programs in the state, the residential track at IIAR Proctor Campus offers clients an around-the-clock environment in which they’ll partake in intensive counseling, meetings and group therapy, educational content and lectures; and family and employer involvement when appropriate. Other options include an early intervention program for adults who’ve demonstrated at-risk behaviors and a multi-phase extended care program in which clients can stay for up to and 90 days.

Available at some IIAR locations, the center provides clients with opportunity for holistic and alternative therapies like yoga, biofeedback, aqua therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, and drum circle therapy.

Outpatient programming is typically conducted in the evenings. IIAR also runs a day treatment program - one of just 90 (14.2 percent) of such programs statewide - for adult clients seeking a full day of treatment before returning home at night.

Aftercare typically involves private and group therapy, albeit at a lower intensity than primary treatment, along with regular attendance at local 12-step meetings. Finally, IIAR runs a family program in which loved ones can learn more about addiction and receive the support and resources needed.


IIAR employs a team of certified and licensed clinicians, medical doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, and psychologists.


While details on facility accommodations and amenities are few, the IIAR’s website does note that all of its campuses are nicotine- and caffeine-free.


The two alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com to date both left disappointed. One individual, L.A., felt “duped and frustrated” after a thorough intake process in which they were told that the only outpatient treatment option is available “AFTER a 28 day inpatient stay.” Wholly dissatisfied with her time at IIAR, alum Katy described to Rehabs.com a staff she found “very unfriendly” in addition to having had “nothing but bad experiences.” “The curriculum was unhelpful and the accommodations were less than par,” she added.

On Google, IIAR has an average rating of 2.7 out of five stars based on nine reviews.[1] Reviews were split with some individuals complimenting staff and others complaining about them.


Feedback provided loved ones was much more mixed. Of the eight family and friends polled by Rehabs.com to date, roughly half indicated that their loved ones received effective treatment from a knowledgeable staff and that opportunities for family involvement were adequate.

Yet others expressed anger and frustration in that their loved ones were discharged too early, even without any notice in one case. As Taylor, whose boyfriend spent two weeks here before being abruptly discharged, put it: “It was a shame for him to have to leave like he did, feeling discouraged because his voice was not heard. We are very disappointed in the care that he received here.”


The two staff members polled by Rehabs.com awarded IIAR four and five out of five stars in nearly every area evaluated, including client loyalty, quality of leadership, and honestly in public relations and marketing materials. “We all are very compassionate people (staff). We look at what's best for our patient's safety and care,” one told Rehabs.com in a representative statement.


Assessments and referrals are free of charge. IIAR programs also accept some private insurance plans, making this facility one of just 415 (65.6 percent) of centers in the state that does so.

Of those surveyed by Rehabs.com, a staff member noted that IIAR does not receive state-funding and does not accept Medicaid.


Published on May 2019

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My son was discharged successfully after two weeks. He was not ready to go, stated he wasn't ready, and had never even met with his counselor for a one-on-one, other than the initial questionaire paperwork and the meeting to tell him he was going home. She said he was having no issues and was ready. I imagine it appeared that way since she never sat down with him to find out how he was doing. She knew nothing about him which was very apparent during the family meeting/going home meeting. She would make statements which were not factual and my son would point this out to her, statements about telling his brother about his addiction,etc. His brother was instrumental in getting him to treatment and had been in attendance at the family group. .. My son was so discouraged at being discharged without warning. I was proud of him because he let her know she did not do her job, knew nothing about him, and was not listening to him and his concerns. She offered for him to stay for an additional $10,000, which my son turned down because he could not afford that and knew it would stress him out. I am basing this on personal experience as an addictions therapist, and an alumni of Hazelden. He is a 27 yr old, self-supporting young man. The treatment plan for him once he goes home was up in the air..,I know from experience that treatment shows the path and what is done in life is what determines your recovery. I truly hated my son leaving what 'should' have been a warm experience angry and discouraged. I don't like feeling concerned about this facility and not being able to recommend it. He loved the PA and said she was more of a therapist and much more helpful than a staff. Serious concerns! No, he never met with counselor for an actual sit down and talk, his "homework" was never discussed with him, he was given no prep for leaving, healthy food was not an option. said the facility works thru the groups...our thought is the patients are in there to get a better perspective, learn how to live, get some education, relapse prevention, counseling. They get some of that from a group of peers, but there also needs to be a functional adult showing them, leading by example, etc. That was barely provided


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Released after 2 weeks, minimal (1) contact with therapist. Discharged without notice, didn�t want to leave. A staff said insurance would no longer pay since no issues were apparent, yet she never met with my grandson. The Physician�s Assistant was a strength.My grandson�s first night was on a bed with a partial box spring. This was never taken care of. . I don�t know about the other staff but he pulled the short straw. He mentioned a staff was good, met with his patients and was helpful. Sad that she is there when she really needs a break or a job change, not dealing with people.


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My boyfriend was a patient here and we were told he would be in the program for 21 to 28 days. He was only there for 14 days... His counselor,only met with him one time at the very beginning of his treatment and had him fill out a questionnaire and then another "meeting". She told the insurance company that from a clinical stand point he was okay to be discharged. My boyfriend was not ready to leave when he was discharged. If had done her job and sat down and talked with him she would have known that he was not ready. He did not have any direction whatsoever as to what he should be opening up about or what he should be doing as this was his first time in treatment. It was a shame for him to have to leave like he did, feeling discouraged because his voice was not heard. We are very disappointed in the care that he received here.


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So I go in here requesting an outpatient treatment program. I cannot do inpatient due to family obligations. I do the intense intake process, spilling my guts to a total stranger, only to be told that the only outpatient program they do is AFTER a 28 day inpatient stay. I feel duped and frustrated. Why was their policy not mentioned BEFORE I went through a nearly 3 hour process which resulted in NO treatment options for me?


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I\'m not quite sure when the other reviews were written, but when I checked into IIAR on 5-2-16, I had nothing but bad experiences. The curriculum was unhelpful and the accommodations were less than par. Outside of a select few, the staff was very unfriendly. After I left IIAR, I checked into a different facility that I have had great success with. I know that IIAR recently changed hands which may be part of the problem. However, I would strongly recommend that anyone with help seek other treatment facilities


12 step model, disease concept, strong curriculum, passionate staff are strengths of the facility, but the pay for staff is a downfall.


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Can provide both addiction help and medical help. Keeps family informed and encourages family participation


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kind and caring employees. i think having more groups would help more.


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Strengths: workouts gatherings family days. Weaknesses: strict rules. loved to get other family members involved to help support worked well with patient


My father had a positive experience here. It worked the first time and he enjoyed his time there. I have faith that they could help me too.


We all are very compassionate people (staff). We look at what's best for our patient's safety and care. We all love what we do here and we do what we can to help people move past their addiction and provide them with the proper tools and support. However, sometimes communication gets interpreted. We take insurance and self pay; we do NOT take medicaid- we are NOT state funded.


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It worked for the people I know.


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