Wisconsin is in the heart of the Midwest and boasts coastlines on two of the Great Lakes- Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. Home to the Wisconsin Dells and the Harley-Davidson Museum, Wisconsin is a go-to destination for vacationers from both coasts. But in this land of stately forests, acres of farmland and pristine lakes, many Wisconsin residents struggle with addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Beginning treatment for this devastating disease is just a phone call away in any part of the state. Recognizing you have a problem and knowing where to turn next is the first step on your journey to recovery.

Overcoming Drug or Alcohol Addiction

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the following principles should be the foundation of any treatment program:

  • Addiction is a complex but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior.
  • No single treatment is right for everyone.
  • People who struggle with addiction need to have quick access to treatment.
  • Effective treatment addresses all of a patient’s need, not just his or her drug use.
  • Staying in treatment long enough is essential for success.
  • Behavioral therapies are the most commonly used forms of treatment.
  • Medications are often an important part of treatment, especially when combined with behavioral therapies.
  • Treatment plans must be reviewed and modified based on the patient’s changing needs.
  • Treatment should address other possible mental disorders.
  • Medically supervised detox is only the first step to treatment.
  • Treatment doesn’t need to be voluntary to be effective.
  • Drug use during treatment must be monitored continuously.
  • Treatment programs should test patients for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, C, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.

Each of these elements should be part of any rehab program you or a loved one is considering.


As mentioned above, the first step of any treatment program is medically supervised detox. Detox allows the body time to rid itself of drug toxins before treatment. After detox, your team of rehab specialists will diagnose any underlying mental illness that may be causing or contributing to the addiction.

Counseling & Therapy

Once a diagnosis is reached, treatment can begin. Treatment includes a combination of psychotherapy, individual and family counseling, group therapy and holistic options like yoga, exercise, nutrition classes, meditation and life coaching.


Once treatment ends, a follow-up program of support group attendance, meetings with an accountability partner and continued therapy sessions will begin. Quality aftercare is critical to treatment success.

L.E. Phillips Libertas – Drug Rehab, WI

The L.E. Phillips Libertas treatment center, located in Chippewa Falls, specializes in substance abuse treatment and drug rehab. The facility provides medically-supervised detox, inpatient and outpatient rehab, a relapse program, and will soon offer a day treatment program.

Their detox services are designed to help patients rid their bodies of drug toxins in a safe way, while providing help with painful withdrawal symptoms. Once a patient is stable, he or she is ready to begin treatment.

The L.E. Phillips Libertas inpatient program is a 28-day treatment plan focusing on a holistic approach designed to improve patients’ physical, spiritual and emotional health as they learn to live life free from the influence of drugs.

Libertas accepts Medicaid, Medicare, state insurance plans, private insurance, military insurance and private payments. Call their Helpline 24 hours a day for help or more information.

Gundersen Behavioral Health – Drug Rehab in Wisconsin

The Gundersen Health System offers addiction treatment programs through their Behavioral Health Services division. The La Crosse Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit is a 30-bed facility providing services to patients ages 13 and over. Gunderson/LaCrosse offers assessment for addiction and any underlying mental health issues, individual and group psychotherapy, family counseling, medication management and transitional care. Gundersen accepts private insurance, private pay, Medicaid, Medicare, state insurance plans and military insurance plans.

Finding Help for Drug Addiction

If you or a loved one struggles with drug addiction, we can help. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day to speak with helpline personnel about available treatment options and next steps. You are not alone. Call us now.

Wisconsin Drug and Alcohol Rehabs