DUI & Addiction Counseling Center, Inc

DUI & Addiction Counseling Center provides Early Intervention DUI services and Faith Based Psychotherapy services to Lake and surrounding counties* in a personal, confidential setting that will enhance positive growth and development.

DUI & Addiction Counseling Center, Inc opened its doors February, 2008 in Mundelein, IL, in order to meet the growing concern of substance abuse/dependency in our community and county. We don't claim to have all the answers, but what we do possess is an empathetic ear, understanding heart, knowledge of the system, and a passion for addiction counseling. Our counselors have worked in various settings with many types of people, and now we are bringing that knowledge and those skills to Lake and the surrounding counties.

DACC consistently evaluates and improves our services to clients and their families, stay abreast of the latest research in the field of addictions, adhere to an established Code of Ethics in regards to ethical behavior, counseling practices, and the rights and confidentiality of our clients.

*In the state of Illinois, Cook and DuPage Counties' initial DUI Evaluations must be completed by their approved Evaluators.

Meet our staff.

Barry Hinkeldey,  MA, LPC, CADC - Program Director
Barry Hinkeldey has a vision of helping individuals regain a sense of control and positive outlook on life through sobriety.  Barry holds a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from North Park University, Chicago, Illinois (2019) and is a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC) licensed with IAODPCA (Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc. (2007), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with the State of Illinois (2022) and currently in a doctoral program at Northcentral University studying Psychology with a specialization in Substance and Behavioral Addictions.  Barry founded and opened the doors to DUI & Addiction Counseling Center, Inc which is located in the south central part of Lake County, Illinois in 2007.  Barry facilitates psycho-educational and process-oriented group therapy sessions in a non-secular approach and secondary group therapy groups with a faith based approach. He is able to treat and counsel those that need redirection and drives his focus to heal those in need.  Barry is currently an Instructor for future CADC counselors at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois and provides mental health counseling services not related to substance use.  Barry can also communicate to the hearing impaired through ASL (American Sign Language).


Christine  - Director of Marketing

Christine Hinkeldey has a BA in Fine Arts with a focus on Graphic Design/Advertising. Before obtaining her degree, Chris used to airbrush at the local mall near her home. After moving into the office, she learned how to coordinate the installation of automated teller machines and learned a lot about computers by working in the  IT department at the help desk at Baxter Credit Union (BCU). After she earned her BA degree, she transitioned into the marketing department at BCU and began to learn website development and marketing campaigns. She moved to Georgia and was promoted to regional marketing manager working on regional campaigns for First Nation Bank (Now Synovus), and providing  bank offices with marketing materials, analyzing the results of the campaigns and special event coordinator. Chris was on several boards/committees serving  a School District, Chamber of Commerce, and contributed in ensuring a smooth bank merger. Chris also has provided freelance services to many organizations by designing direct mailers, logos and brochures among other print materials until she began to manage the operations at DUI & Addiction Counseling Center, Inc.

Joelle Hinkeldey - Office Manager

Joelle Hinkeldey has worked in the family care industry as a nanny/caregiver along with being an assistant teacher managing activities to the youth in a care facility. Joelle is part of many online organizations where she is an advocate for other mothers and offers support when it comes to the nutrition and feeding of newborns.  She is raising two boys and is involved in many different youth sports with her kids, school activities, and takes time for herself and enjoys the adult sport of kickball with a team locally. She provides support to all the staff at DACC and clients who need assistance by managing the office and operations.

Beth Ahrens, CADC - Early Intervention Counselor

Beth Ahrens is a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC) licensed with IAODPCA (Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc.) since 1992.  She graduated from Western Illinois University in 1989 with a BA degree in Sociology and a double minor in Law and History.  Beth worked for Lake County Government for 30 years.  Starting in 1991, she spent 10 years as an inpatient addiction counselor with the Lake County Health Department-Addictions Treatment Program.  In 2001, she transferred to the 19th Judicial District and worked for 20 years as a Probation Officer with the DUI Unit.  She retired from Lake County in 2021.

Mission Statement.

The mission of DUI and Addiction Counseling Center is to provide comprehensive early interventive services to our clients that will enhance positive growth and development. Our counseling center strives to achieve the best chance at prevention of dependency and or/abuse to substances.