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Presence Saint Joseph Hospital - Harborview Recovery Center

2900 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois, 60657
Harborview Recovery Center offers addiction treatment services to adults and teens ages 13 and above. Each program the facility offers has a foundation in total sobriety and adheres to the Alcoholics Anonymous Based 12 Steps of Recovery under the supervision of a licensed addiction specialist. Harborview’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) meets four times each week for three hours, during which time clients participate in interactive group psychotherapy or individual therapy and case management, as well as community meetings and family programming. For less severe cases, individuals may partake in Harborview’s Low Intensity Outpatient Program (LIOP), which meets every week for two hours.

Facility Highlights

  • Family Support
  • 12-Step Meetings
  • Exercise Programs


  • Family Program

    Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
  • Residential Treatment

    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

Facility Settings

  • Hospital

Meet the Staff

  • Dr. Michael Baldinger
    Dr. Michael BaldingerMedical Director
    Harborview Recovery Center is pleased to have Dr. Michael Baldinger as our Medical Director. He has served patients and their families suffering from the disease of addiction since 1982. Dr. Baldinger was medical director for the Grant Hospital Addiction Treatment Program from 1982 until 1994. Grant's program was responsible for training an entire generation of addiction treatment professionals. Dr. Baldinger has served as medical director for both private and public sector addiction treatment programs, including Haymarket Center, one of the largest and most successful publicly funded programs in the Midwest.
  • Mary Fry, M.D.,
    Mary Fry, M.D.,Doctor
    Mary Fry, M.D., brings a wealth of expertise to Harborview Recovery Center and Saint Joseph Hospital. Dr. Fry is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Addiction Medicine. She also serves as an Addiction Medicine Specialist at the Resurrection Behavioral Health Professional Program on the campus of Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago's Lincoln Park. Dr. Fry is a 1979 graduate of the University of Michigan's Medical School. She has also received advanced training in Family Therapy, and Psycho-social Interventions, which makes Dr. Fry an ideal attending physician for patients seeking expert and compassionate care.

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Overlooking Lake Michigan in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Harborview Recovery Center offers medical detox, inpatient, and outpatient treatment for adult men and women struggling with addiction and dual diagnosis. The facility is a part of Presence Health, the largest Catholic healthcare system in Illinois, and is one of 25 (about 4 percent) of Illinois facilities that offer inpateint treatment.


Since Harborview is part of the Presence Health, it shares facilities with the network's main Chicago location, Presence St. Joseph's Hospital. This allows easy access to multifaceted care for those struggling with dual diagnosis of co-occurring disorders. Additionally, the hospital can also simultaneously treat The center particularly notes that treatment for cancer, diabetes, HIV, and liver disease during treatment.

Treatment at Harborview begins with a comprehensive intake session to determine the best course of action. The residential program provides 24-hour care, and is intended as a short-term measure only, before clients progress to outpatient care. Outpatient options include a partial hospitalization program (PHP) that meets for six hours each weekday and an intensive outpatient program (IOP) that meets three nights a week.

Treatment is evidence-based and holistic, aiming to treat each client’s mind, body, and spirit. The center provides cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), family therapy, trauma and resilience therapy, group spirituality sessions, peer mentoring, and educational groups on healthy living. The center also utilizes the 12 Steps. Additionally, as part of an optional holistic treatment approach, Harborview offers humor, art, and pet therapy.

When clients complete treatment, aftercare options consist of referrals as well as a weekly support group and a weekly alumni meeting. These services are largely based in Chicago. Additionally, the facility encourages that family members stay involved in the addiction treatment process, and participate in family meetings while in aftercare.


The facility is staffed by a team of physicians, addictionologists, psychiatrists, nurses, certified alcohol and drug counselors, and licensed clinical social workers. Across the state of Illinois, 97 percent of facilities are accredited, licensed, or certified to treat substance abuse and mental health disorders. Moreover, one alum who submitted a review to Rehabs.com to date gave four out of five stars to the staff for its level of care.


The facility doesn’t list the specifics of accommodations, however, residents have access to yoga sessions and an on-site gym. The two alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s accommodations and meals gave it four- and five-star ratings in each category, and the sole alum polled on the center’s cleanliness gave it five stars.


Of the two alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, one was positive and the other was mixed. Both alumni rated the treatment highly. “Harborview Recovery Center at St Joseph's saved my life and helped me get back on track through AA,” alum Robert wrote, giving the center five stars for its treatment effectiveness.

The second alum indicated that treatment had been effective and gave the center four stars for the overall quality of its individual and group counseling; however, their review indicated that the center’s extracurricular activities were lacking, giving the facility just two stars for its exercise, leisure, and holistic offerings.

At time of writing, there have been no secondary reviews for the Harborview Recovery Center in particular. However, on Google, Presence St. Joseph Hospital, Presence Health's main Chicago location, received 3.6 out of five stars from 96 reviewers.[1]


Financial information specific to the Harborview unit is not available, however Presence Health as a whole accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and numerous private insurance policies. One alum also indicated that the cost of the treatment was worth the money.

[1] GoogleReviews

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