Substance Use & Prevention Program

The Substance Use and Prevention Program (SUPP) at Lurie Children’s offers evaluation and treatment for substance use problems and disorders in adolescents and young adults. Currently, we provide medication-assisted treatment and level 1 outpatient services to youth struggling with opioid use disorders (Learn more about levels of care from the Illinois Department of Human Services). SUPP is a part of The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, and is staffed by a diverse multidisciplinary team including pediatricians and behavioral health providers. Our expert clinicians are trained to provide comprehensive services, and support to youth up to age 24 (until their 25th birthday) and their families who may be experiencing problems related to substance use. Outside of our clinical program, we serve the community by providing prevention education sessions.

Services & Support

Currently, our medical and behavioral health providers offer the following treatments for opioid use disorders (addiction to heroin or pain medications):

As our program continues to grow in the future, we plan to provide the following:

  • Substance use prevention education
  • Early intervention services to youth who are at risk of developing a substance use disorder
  • Treatment services to youth who meet criteria for a variety of substance use disorders beyond opioid use disorder
  • Group therapy
  • Support groups for patients and families
    • SMART Recovery, 12 Step Recovery, Refuge Recovery, and others
    • Parent Support Groups
    • Community Support work
  • Training and education in schools, community spaces, and clinical settings
  • Creative opportunities to support our patients, families and communities

At this time, we are not able to offer the following:

  • In-patient medical detox
  • Residential services
  • Partial hospitalization
  • Intensive outpatient programming

If you are looking for services we do not provide, please contact the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances:

  • 1.833.2FIND.HELP
  • Provides a quick assessment & connection to resources based on insurance & zip code


Our Philosophy

At Lurie Children’s, we recognize that both substance use prevention and the path to recovery is different for everyone. The Substance Use and Prevention Program (SUPP) provides comprehensive and holistic care for patients and families. As a specialty program within The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, SUPP utilizes multidisciplinary team to address the complex needs of those experiencing substance use disorders. We provide that every adolescent that comes through our program with current and evidence-based care for addiction treatment and prevention.

Meet the Team


Maria Rahmandar, MD | Medical Director
Katie Greeley, LSW, CADC | Substance Use Social Worker


Learn more about our team





To learn more about our Substance Use Outpatient Services or to request an appointment, please call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC)

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