A Way Out


Nicasa is a participating agency in the “A Way Out” program initiated by the Lake County Opioid Initiative. The program is a law enforcement assisted diversion program that gives drug users a way to get help without fear of criminal charges.

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Treatment at Nicasa

Nicasa offers outpatient and intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment programs for adolescents and adults.  Individuals referred through “A Way Out” will be enrolled in treatment services based on the recommendations of their initial screening and a full evaluation/assessment by the participating treatment agency.  An individualized treatment plan will be created for each participant based on his or her unique needs and goals.

How the program works

  1. You can walk into any participating Police Department and ask to join the “A Way Out” program.
  2. A clinician from the Lake County Health Department will do an immediate phone screening/evaluation and recommend hospitalization to treat acute withdrawal symptoms, inpatient or outpatient treatment.
  3. Individuals in acute withdrawal will be transported to a local hospital for stabilization in preparation for treatment services.
  4. Depending on the severity of the addiction and your location, you will be transported to:
    1. Nicasa (if you are in need of outpatient or intensive outpatient services in western Lake County)
    2. Nicasa (if you are in need of outpatient or intensive outpatient treatment services delivered in Spanish)
    3. Lake County Health Department (if you are in need of outpatient or intensive outpatient services in eastern Lake County)
    4. Gateway (if you are in need of inpatient services)
  5. You will begin treatment services without fear of arrest or prosecution for your participation in “A Way Out”.


This is a unique opportunity for you and your loved ones to get the help you need to escape the destruction of drug abuse. The only requirement to participation is your determination to commit to recovery.

For additional information on A Way Out, please visit awayoutlc.org.

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