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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are some of the signs and symptoms of drug or alcohol abuse?

A: Look for any unexplained signs of change in your loved one or friend.It's important to remember that there can be many reasons for changes in your loved one, but some of the signs of significant change can be found here.

Q: What is detox and what do I do if a loved one needs detoxification services?

A: Detoxification is the clearing of toxins from the body of the patient who is intoxicated and/or dependent on substances of abuse. Detoxification seeks to minimize the physical harm caused by the abuse of substances. Attempting to detox on your own from some drugs, such as alcohol, can be extremely dangerous and even lethal. Detoxification, withdrawal, and treatment should be completed at a licensed treatment center. 

Q: What's the best way to talk to a loved one about his/her alcohol or drug use?

A: It's important to let them know you are concerned about them.Be sure to approach them in a way that is non-confrontational at first. It is normal for those who abuse alcohol or drugs to deny their use or to react angrily when they are approached even if in a gentle, caring manner. If your initial approach to them does not seem to help, seek out the assistance of close friends and family to help you speak to the person about their use. After your initial approach, seek the advice of a qualified professional counselor. For more information for parents, click here. For more information for family members of a person with an addiction, click here.

Q: How can alcohol and drug addiction be considered a "disease"?

A: Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain - they change its structure and how it works.

 Addiction is similar to other diseases, such as heart disease:

·         It disrupts the normal, healthy functioning of the underlying organ;

·         It has serious harmful consequences;

·         It is preventable and treatable;

·         If left untreated, it can last a lifetime and can even ultimately result in death.

Q: I would like to talk to someone confidentially about my or a loved one’s addiction. Who can I contact?

A: The Prairie Center is here to help you. Please call us at 217-328-4500. Our services are 100% confidential.

Q:  If I am admitted to inpatient treatment, what should I bring with me?

A: Start by clicking here for residential program admission information. In addition, we ask that you bring any prescription medications you are currently taking, and be sure to bring them in their prescription bottles with current prescription information on them.

Q: What are Prairie Center's hours of operation?

A:  Hours of operation are dependent on the individual programs. Outpatient locations in Danville and Urbana are open 8AM-8PM Monday-Thursday and 8AM-Noon on Fridays. Our Residential Programs offer around-the-clock services.

Q: I’m not familiar with the Champaign-Urbana or Danville areas. What can you tell me about the communities in which you provide services?

A: East Central Illinois is a wonderful place, with much to offer.  Please click on the location of interest for more information: 



Q: How can I find 12-step support groups in my area?

A: There are a variety of support groups that can be an additional support for you and your loved one. You can also call the following hotlines for assistance or click on the links for the websites:

·         Alcoholics Anonymous – 217-323-4200

·         Narcotics Anonymous – 800-539-0475

·         Alanon – 888-4AL-ANON