Clinical Treatment

About Us

The Addiction, Compulsive, & Impulsive Disorders (ACID) Clinic at the University of Chicago offers a wide range of treatment services for substance use, compulsive, and impulse control disorders.

Through our work, we provide state of the art assessment and treatment for substance use and impulsive behavior.  The length of treatment is based on the needs of the client. 

Our goals are flexible and may include helping a client to achieve sobriety,  prevent relapse, manage stress, identify triggers and high-risk situations, learn new coping skills, and become familiar with local support groups. 

Referrals & Appointments

The ACID Clinic accepts referrals directly from persons seeking help and from other treatment providers and agencies.

The clinic accepts most insurance plans, Medicare, and  Medicaid. 

Appointments may be scheduled between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.  

Contact intake services to schedule an appointment at:  773-702-3858

Treatment Services

The ACID clinical group has a variety of treatment services available:

· Confidential evaluation conducted by or supervised by board-certified psychiatrist or licensed psychologist

· Medication management of substance use and other emotional disorders, as needed

· Individualized therapy for alcohol or drug problems and smoking cessation

· Group therapy for alcohol or drug problems, and smoking cessation

· Treatment of behavioral addictions  including gambling, tricotillomania,  compulsive skin picking, sexual addiction, and kleptomania (shoplifting)

· Counseling for co-dependents or family members of substance abusers

· Objective measures of treatment progress, including urine toxicology and breath tests for alcohol levels and carbon monoxide for smokers


Adults (age 18 and older) with a substance use disorder, behavioral addiction, or any compulsive or impulsive disorder.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

-Substance Use

Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, sedatives, opiates.

-Impulsive Behavior

Gambling, sex, shopping, stealing, excessive internet use.

-Compulsive Disorder

Hair pulling, skin picking, OCD

Family members and partners may also be appropriate for treatment

Expert Professional Care

Jon E. Grant, M.D., J.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Grant is a Professor of Psychiatry and a board-certified psychiatrist. He received his MD from Brown University and MPH  from Harvard University. Dr. Grant has expertise in pharmacotherapy and behavioral therapy in chemical and behavioral addictions and directs the ACID research program. 

Andrea King, Ph.D.

Dr. King is a Professor of Psychiatry and a licensed clinical psychologist.  She received her PhD from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She has expertise in cognitive-behavioral, motivational and 12-step interventions for substance use disorders.  She also directs the Clinical Addictions Research Laboratory and leads several research projects.

Daniel Fridberg, Ph.D – Postdoctoral Scholar, ACID clinic

Dr. Fridberg received his PhD from Indiana University and completed a clinical internship at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Dr. Fridberg provides cognitive-behavioral and motivational interventions for substance use, impulse control, mood, and anxiety disorders. He also provides evaluation and treatment of patients undergoing liver transplant at the University of Chicago.

Shona Vas, Ph.D

Shona Vas, PhD, is an Assistant Professor, Director of the Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Program, and Associate Director of Psychology Training at the University of Chicago. Her clinical and research interests include OCD, CBT, anxiety and mood disorders, couples therapy, women's health, and cultural competence.

Lindsay Brauer, Ph.D

Lindsay Brauer, PhD, specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy for adults with mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders, including: major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and delusional disorder. Dr. Brauer's research examines cognitive, affective, and motivational factors associated with mood and anxiety disorders. Most recently, her researched explored the impact of major depressive episodes on goal generation, goal pursuit motivation, and goal attainment in women. A dedicated educator, Dr. Brauer plays an active role in the pre-doctoral internship program.