Who is not eligible to participate in “ A Way Out?”

We do not discriminate against any individuals who want to participate in “A Way Out”. However, if you have a warrant out for your arrest or are currently being charged with a crime in Lake County, we cannot permit participation. The police department will look into your case and determine the appropriate course of action.

How does/should substance use disorder treatment work?

Please review the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Principles of Effective Treatment, for information on a recommended approach to the treatment process, and NIDA’s overview on Types of Treatment. We are committed to upholding evidence-based models of treatment through “A Way Out.”

Will anyone know about my participation in “ A Way Out”?

No. This program maintains 100% confidentiality and waivers are signed to uphold this promise.

Can my loved one(s) join me in the process? 

Yes. We provide waivers for you to sign indicating specific details of your loved one’s involvement in your treatment plan based entirely on your preference.

If I become an “A Way Out” participant and relapse after completing treatment, will I be kicked out of the program?

No. Relapse or lapses in sobriety can be part of the recovery process. We do not view them as failures, only indicators that more treatment may be required. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Relapse rates (i.e., how often symptoms recur) for people with addiction and other substance use disorders are similar to relapse rates for other well-understood chronic medical illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma, which also have both physiological and behavioral components. Treatment of chronic diseases involves changing deeply embedded behaviors, and relapse does not mean treatment has failed. For a person recovering from addiction, lapsing back to drug use indicates that treatment needs to be reinstated or adjusted or that another treatment should be tried.”

Will other police departments in Lake County be participating?

Yes. As the program is a pilot, it will be rolled out in three phases. The first phase includes the seven listed agencies on the Participating PD’s page. Following the launch of the program on June 1, 2016, an evaluation process will occur to determine best practices and make any other necessary adjustments. Once policies and procedures have been updated, we will add in two other groups of police agencies over the course of the year. It is a goal of the Lake County Opioid Initiative for every police agency in Lake County to offer this program.

Outpatient Appointments

If outpatient treatment is recommended, an appointment will be made for you at The Lake County Health Department or Nicasa Behavioral Health Services that day or on the next business day for a thorough assessment and treatment planning.

  • Lake County Health Department (if you are in need of outpatient or intensive outpatient services in eastern Lake County)
  • Nicasa (if you are in need of outpatient or intensive outpatient services in western Lake County)
  • Nicasa (if you are in need of outpatient or intensive outpatient treatment services delivered in Spanish)
  • Treatment may or may not be provided by the Lake County Health Department or Nicasa Behavioral Health Services.