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Compulsive Gambling

Compulsive Gambling effects the individuals and families much like Drug Addiction. It effects the brain’s reward systems, causes withdrawal symptoms and can ruin lives. We not only work with the individual but with the family to get back on track.


We received a grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services to help individuals who otherwise cannot afford treatment.

Secretary of State Hearings

The Secretary of State requires that applicants have an updated Alcohol and Substance Abuse Evaluation within six months of the hearing date. In addition to the evaluation, they require all of the treatment documents from the treatment provider where the participant completed treatment. And lastly, they require specific paperwork that is only used for Secretary of State purposes. We complete all the paperwork and help you through the process. This may include requesting records for prior DUI arrest, past evaluations and prior hearing documents. We have over 12 years experience helping our clients regain their driving privileges.

DUI evaluations

If you received a DUI, the court usually requires that you be assessed based on your drinking and alcohol usage. In Northern Illinois, Cook County requires that you complete your evaluation at Central States Institute which is located in the courthouse. Lake County requires that you go to NICASA. All other counties in Illinois allow you to get an evaluation at any Department of Alcohol and Substance Abuse licensed treatment facility.


Once you complete a DUI evaluation, you will have classes. The amount of classes you have is dependent on your lifetime Drug and Alcohol use history. But no matter where your evaluation was completed, you can still choose the treatment provider to complete your classes.


We can schedule your DUI evaluation within seven days and most of our clients will walk out the door with two copies. The cost for a DUI evaluation for court purposes is $150.

DUI Risk Education

This is the class that we wish you had in High School!


If you have been evaluated as a Level I- Minimal Risk, Level II – Moderate Risk or Level II – Significant Risk, you will be required by the State of Illinois to complete a minimum of 10 hours of Risk Education. By state law, this class must be completed in no less than four sessions. We hold our classes in three group sessions and one individual session. The group sessions are held in three hour sessions. The individual session is held from one to three hours and is dependent on your individual needs.


Here is what you will learn:


Day 1 –

Classification awareness, Drugs of Abuse, Tolerance, Withdrawal and Symptoms of Dependency.


Day 2-

What is BAC? What is impairment? How alcohol and Drugs affect the brain and body.


Day 3 –

DUI laws, Alcohol and Drug laws, problem solving,  planning for a night out and introduction to Support Groups.


Individual Session-

Post Test and Exit Interview. This is your time to ask individual questions or clarify anything that you want more information on.



We offer this class to anyone who would like to avoid a DUI or future problems in alcohol and/or drugs. Parents are encouraged to send and attend this class with young drivers.

Kelly Botello

KELLY BOTELLO, CADC has over years of experience in SUBSTANCE ABUSE and is continuing her studies at Columbia College. Kelly is the backbone of ABC – DUI. Besides running groups, working with clients and keeping our staff on their toes, she also ensures that all of our client’s paperwork is completed promptly and accurately.

Leonard Teramani

LEONARD TERAMANI, CADC also has over 25 years of experience and specializes in helping clients regain their license through Secretary of State Preparation Services. “Lenny” has worked with clients in detoxification facilities, inpatient, outpatient, and residential treatment programs. His vast knowledge makes Lenny an great asset for his clients.

Maria Rodriguez

MARIA RODRIGUEZ, CADC also has over 10 years of experience in SUBSTANCE ABUSE and is the PROGRAM DIRECTOR of our Spanish Services Program. She is dedicated to assisting her clients identify any underlying issues that they may have and assist them with understanding the process of regaining their driving privileges. Maria is also trained as a DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COUNSELOR.