Getting help for substance abuse and other addictions can be difficult, but admitting you have a problem is the most important step.
At Clarity Clinic we are dedicated to supporting people who are working to overcome addiction. If you’re struggling with alcohol, drug, or behavioral addictions, we can help. Whether you’re looking for help for yourself, a loved one, or friend we can guide you to the service that best meets your needs.

Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance or engages in an activity that can be pleasurable but the continued use of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities such as work, relationships, or health. Often times individuals may not be aware that their behavior is out of control and causing problems for themselves or others.

While not everyone agrees on what constitutes an addiction, in general it is recognized that an addiction can be to any substance; for example alcohol, amphetamines, nicotine, opiods, or caffeine. In addition, addiction includes a dependency on things as well as substances, such as gambling, food, sex, internet, pornography, or video games.

We understand that the challenges faced through out recovery can be incredibly difficult to maintain. Substance and behavioral addiction services consist of highly structured and intensive individual approaches to helping clients develop healthy levels of personal understanding and adjustment regarding maladaptive behaviors. Our experienced addiction counselors will explore with clients a wide range of issues relating to their addiction, from the physiologic mechanisms and causes to the aspects of their social environment that may affect and trigger their behaviors.

A holistic treatment approach is utilized at Clarity Clinic as our clinical staff recognizes that individuals will have needs in relation to their addiction that are physical, social, or perhaps spiritual in nature. For example, often times addiction may be a symptom of a deeper issue, such as a lack of comfort in ones own skin. Our aim is to treat the whole individual, rather than just symptoms that need fixing. An emphasis is placed on the client as an individual with the strength and courage to overcome their addiction, ultimately growing as a result.

Schedule an appointment at Clarity Clinic’s Chicago psychiatry and therapy office to get help from an experienced mental health provider or substance abuse counselor today.


Addictions, especially drug addictions, should not be ignored or left untreated. The signs of addiction include the following behaviors:

  • Feeling intense needs or urges to use the drug or partake in the behavior

  • Continuing regular use of the drug or participation in the activity despite proven negative effects to one’s health or well-being

  • Developing financial difficulties because of the drug use or behavior

  • Withdrawing from relationships, obligations, responsibilities, and other activities because of the drug or activity

  • Doing whatever it takes to get the drug or participate in the activity, including things that you normally wouldn’t do (such as illegal activities)

  • Showing a demonstrated inability to stop the drug use or behavior (such as an unsuccessful attempt at quitting the drug or behavior)

  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop use of the drug

    It is important to seek treatment when facing an addiction. Addiction can lead to strain on relationships, job loss, home loss, isolation, depression, stroke, heart disease, brain damage, cancer, and death.