Substance Use & Prevention Program

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 every adolescent that comes through our program with current and evidence-based care for addiction treatment and prevention.

SUPP provides assessment, Level 0.5 early intervention and Level 1 outpatient services for youth who meet criteria for any substance use disorder (marijuana or cannabis, alcohol, tobacco/vaping, and other drugs). Learn more about levels of care from the Illinois Department of Human Services. Our team also provides medications for addiction treatment for youth struggling with opioid and nicotine use disorders. We accept new patients up to 21 years of age. All patients may be followed until their 25th birthday.

Outside of our clinical program, we serve the community by providing prevention education sessions.

Services & Support

SUPP offers evaluation and treatment for substance use problems and disorders in adolescents and young adults. Currently, we provide the following services:

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

  • 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 and zip code

Our Substance Use Prevention Specialists

Faith Summersett Williams, PhD



Medical Social Worker


Psych Social Worker


Administrative Professional


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


Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for adolescents and young adults. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at or call 312.227.7500

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