Community—The Anti-Drug Coalition

Community – The Anti-Drug Coalition (CTAD) strives to build and sustain a safe and drug-free community in which our youth feel protected, confident, and empowered to make healthy choices. We bring together input and contributions from all sectors of the community—schools, parents, youth, government, healthcare, faith, law enforcement, youth-serving organizations, and more—to transform the environment around our youth so that the drugfree choice is the easy choice. The mission of Community – The Anti-Drug is to reduce the use of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs among youth in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Highland Park, Highwood, and Riverwoods.

Get involved or make a donation! Contact Us. CTAD is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Donations are tax-deductible. EIN: 451631475.

Funding provided by Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park, Highland Park Community Foundation and Drug Free Communities Support Program grant #SP021482 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The views, opinions, and content of this publication are those of the authors and contributors, and do not necessarily reflect the view, opinions or policies of ONDCP, SAMHSA, or HHS, and should not be construed as such.


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For a more extensive list of warning signs visit:

Schools & Faith Organizations

Our local schools and many faith organizations have staff trained to assist with behavioral health needs, and they already know your child. At a high school, talk to your child’s counselor or school resource officer. At a middle or elementary school, ask for the principal. At your place of worship, talk to your pastor, rabbi or youth leader.


Safe, Anonymous Help from a Trained Counselor 24/7 Right from Your Phone. Use the “Lake County Help” app or text 224HELP to 844-823-5323. All texts are secure and anonymous so teens can reach out for themselves or a friend without fear. Visit for more information.

Drug Facts & Parenting Tips

 🗨 Community—The Anti-Drug Coalition 
Drug Free America 
🗨 Jordan Michael Filler Foundation
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Parents Empowered
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
🗨 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Counseling and Educational Support

 🗨 Community—The Anti-Drug Coalition 
🗨 Family Service of Lake County (Highland Park)
🗨 Nuestro Center (Highwood)
🗨 OMNI Youth Services (Buffalo Grove)

Support for Persons in Recovery and Their Families

🗨 Al-Anon & Ala-Teen (for Family)
Families Anonymous (for Family)
JCFS Chicago Addiction Services (for Jews in Recovery & their Families)
Marijuana Anonymous
Nar-Anon (for Family)
SMART Recovery (Self-Management & Recovery Training)

Presecription Drug Drop Box Locations

Dispose of unused medications and remove the temptation for youth to experiment or misuse these drugs. Nearby drop box locations include Deerfield and Highland Park Police stations and Walgreens at 780 Waukegan Road in Deerfield. Visit for a complete list and map of Lake County locations.

Treatment Agencies

Inpatient and outpatient usage and addiction support are available for teens. The Illinois Helpline can help connect you to the service you need.

🗨 Illinois Helpline
A Way Out (Opioids Only, contact Deerfield Police Dept)
Gateway Foundation (Lake County locations)
🗨 Nicasa (location in Highland Park)
🗨 Rosecrance (location in Northbrook)
SunCloud Health (location in Northbrook)

Health Providers

Contact your pediatrician and insurance provider before making appointments.

🗨 Advocate Condell Medical Center
Northwestern Medicine – Lake Forest Hospital
Amita Health – Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital
🗨 NorthShore University Health System – Highland Park Hospital
🗨 NorthShore University Health System – Glenbrook Hospital
🗨 Lake County Health Department & Community Health Center
🗨 Lurie Children’s Hospital – Substance Use & Prevention Program

*The information contained within this guidebook is not intended to be a substitute for seeking help or advice from a mental health, substance abuse, medical or legal professional. You should confer with and seek the advice of the appropriate professional with regard to your own well-being or the well-being of another. Information and graphics are for educational purposes only and should not be considered complete.