A Way Out

Program Overview

Participants of the A Way Out program are set on a direct course to recovery.

They and their loved ones are given the opportunity for help and treatment to end the destructive cycle that substance abuse has caused in their lives.

The only requirement of participants is self-motivation to seek recovery.
You will NOT be turned away
even if you are unable to pay for treatment due to lack of insurance or financial resources.

Program partners are able to accommodate a variety of circumstances and accept different insurance plans.
Anyone can utilize A Way Out to get connected to treatment resources
regardless of insurance enrollment or ability to pay.

Every effort will be made to match participants with an available treatment provider who accepts the participant’s commercial insurance, Medicaid plan, or has financial assistance programs.

Many Illinois residents who have no insurance and no income or ability to pay will qualify for assistance through the State of Illinois Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA).

Participants will be informed of any out of pocket costs by the treatment provider.
Participants will NOT be criminally charged.
There is no need to fear arrest or prosecution for seeking participation in this program.

A Way Out

Program Steps

Find A Way Out in a few easy steps:
  1. Locate a participating police department

  2. Walk in through the main doors of the participating police department nearest you

  3. Tell the clerk at the reception window that you want to participate in “A Way Out”. If you are seeking help after open lobby hours, locate the call box on the wall and tell dispatch you want to participate in “A Way Out.” A program representative will be with you to take you through the next steps.

  4. Instructions for Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Sheriff’s Office Highway Patrol, and Lake County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit ONLY (for other agencies across Lake County click here):

    During regular working hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, participants may come to one of three Sheriff’s Department locations including:

The Sheriff’s staff will contact a deputy to work with the participant. If a participant reaches out for assistance and has no transportation, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will dispatch a deputy to pick up the participant.

After regular business hours, participants may call (847) 549-5200 and request A Way Out. A deputy will be dispatched to the participant’s location if no transportation is available.

A Way Out

Participating Police Departments

Please note: “A Way Out” will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. While all department lobbies will be open all day and night, some departments will not have an attendant available for certain shifts. In this case, the call box located in the lobby or between the main doors, will connect you to dispatch. Follow the instructions listed on the call box and tell the dispatch operator you want to participate in “A Way Out.” A program representative will be with you to take you through the next steps. You can visit each department’s website for hours of operation information. Again, you can still take advantage of the program at any hour of the day or night, everyday of the year.

A Way Out

Drug Disposal

Dispose of your unused prescription or over-the-counter medications, including controlled substances, safely and effectively at your local police department and select Walgreens locations. Via the map below, you can locate the nearest prescription drug disposal box.

The drug take back program in Lake County was initiated by the Save-A-Star Drug Awareness Foundation, a501c3 public charity based in Lake County, that provides free disposal boxes to police departments across the country.  Once the prescription drug disposal program was initiated by Save-A-Star, the following entities have networked together:  SWALCO (the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County), Municipal Law Enforcement, the Lake County Sheriff’s department, the Lake County States Attorney, the Lake County Health Department, the Lake County Opioid Initiative, and the Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force. Walgreens Corporation and CVS Pharmacy have also begun to place drug collection boxes in some stores.  And, the Jordan Michael Filler Foundation has also started to supply drug collection boxes. The majority of the Drug Disposal boxes were donated to local police departments by the Save-A-Star Drug Awareness Foundation.

Items acceptable for deposit in the collection box include:

Items NOT acceptable for deposit in the collection box are:

Addiction Treatment Services for Lake County and Surrounding Counties
Addiction Treatment Services for Lake County and Surrounding Counties (SPANISH)

Police Departments

with Drug Disposal Collection Boxes

Antioch PD

433 Orchard St

Barrington PD

400 N Northwest Hwy

Buffalo Grove PD

46 Raupp Blvd
Buffalo Grove

Deerfield PD

850 Waukegan Rd

Fox Lake PD

301 S Route 59
Fox Lake

Grayslake/Hainesville PD

10 Seymour

Hawthorn Woods PD

2 Lagoon Dr
Hawthorn Woods

Highland Park PD

1677 Old Deerfield Rd
Highland Park

Island Lake PD

3720 Greenleaf Ave
Island Lake

Kildeer PD

21911 Quentin Road

Lake Bluff PD

45 Center Dr
Lake Bluff

Lake County Sheriff’s Department

25 S Utica St

Lake Forest PD

255 W. Deerpath Rd
Lake Forest

Lake Villa PD

65 Cedar Ave
Lake Villa

Lake Zurich PD

200 Mohawk Trail
Lake Zurich

Lakemoor PD

27901 Concrete Dr

Libertyville PD

200 E Cook Ave


1 Olde Half Day Rd


2300 E Grand Ave

Mundelein PD

221 N Lake St

North Chicago PD

1850 Lewis Ave
North Chicago

Round Lake Beach PD

1947 Municipal Way
Round Lake Beach

Round Lake Heights PD

619 Pontiac Ct
Round Lake Heights

Round Lake PD

741 W. Townline Rd
Round Lake

Round Lake Park PD

215 E Main St
Round Lake Park

Vernon Hills PD

740 Lakeview Pkwy
Vernon Hills

Wauconda PD

101 N. Main St

Waukegan PD

100 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave

Winthrop Harbor PD

830 Sheridan Rd
Winthrop Harbor

Zion PD

2101 Salem Blvd