Breaking Free has been accredited by CARF International for its Intensive Outpatient Adolescent and Adult Integrated treatment programs,
Outpatient Adolescent and Adult Integrated treatment programs, Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention programs, and Family Based child
abuse prevention programs.
CARF International establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs
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At Breaking Free we provide hope and help to people each day.
dollar makes a huge difference in a child's future,
an adolescent's path, and an adult's choices.
Our sliding scale fees mean no one
will be turned away because of economic circumstances.
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For 40 years Breaking Free's passionate and proven approach
has been strengthening the lives of 15,000 people annually.
staff uses nationally recognized prevention and
educational programs to build the life skills people need to thrive and
decisions for themselves and their families.
Examples of our impact in the past year:
• DREAM After-School Program in West Chicago
reached 255 youth
• Nurturing Parenting Curriculum reached 751 adults and children
• Counseling Services helped 881 clients
with substance abuse disorders and mental health concerns
• Community Comprehensive Prevention Programs working with schools and
community coalitions reached over 13,981 people!
How We Make A Difference
Breaking Free is committed to one goal: helping individuals and families live in a community where everyone reaches their full potential.
Free cannot accomplish its goal alone. Based in Aurora, IL, we collaborate with schools, law enforcement agencies, local coalitions
and other human service organizations to help strengthen communities in the five-county area we serve.
Breaking Free was founded in
1975 by a community coalition and incorporated in Illinois in 1977 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.
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For 40 years Breaking Free has provided drug prevention education to thousands of middle and high school students in
our surrounding communities. In addition, we have provided much needed treatment programs for adolescents, women and men caught in
the grip of addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.
During the past year alone, Breaking Free has provided both prevention
and counseling services to 15,868 individuals and that includes providing our services to everyone regardless of their economic circumstances.
also continue to see individuals who have concurrent mental health issues along with alcohol and/or drug addiction. In fact, 1 in
5 people in the United States suffer from one or multiple mental health disorders! So programs designed to specifically address depression,
anxiety, and other mental health issues are critical for those who reach out to Breaking Free.
We can only accomplish our goals with
the assistance of generous donations from members of our communities. Your support helps people in our communities to be healthy and
strong parents and children. We hope that you will support our efforts as we move forward in the coming year to expand our services
to meet the needs of our communities!
It is our goal at Breaking Free to continue to have our services evolve to meet the current needs
of our communities for the next 40 years to come!