Gateway Foundation Opens Outpatient Treatment Center in Bloomingdale

Leading Provider of Substance Abuse Treatment Expands Network 

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment BloomingdaleGateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment is proud to announce the opening of a new outpatient treatment center in Bloomingdale, IL, which is now offering counseling and therapy for adults with substance abuse issues. Conveniently located at 1 Tiffany Pointe just east of Stratford Shopping Mall, the substance abuse treatment services are provided at Advance Psychiatry and Counseling under the Medical Directorship of Dr. Aqueel Khan. The new center is led by Executive Director Tracy Griffin Collander.

“I am pleased to join Gateway Foundation in providing convenient access to outpatient treatment in the western suburbs of Chicago. Gateway Foundation has a strong track record of success in treating substance abuse with use of effective, evidence-based clinical practices and more than four decades of experience in helping people thrive in recovery,” says Medical Director Dr. Aqeel Khan.

Outpatient treatment at the Gateway Foundation Bloomingdale center is offered during the evening hours for adults that have daytime responsibilities like work, childcare or school. Intensive outpatient treatment programs are offered Monday thru Thursday from 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Using an integrated approach to substance abuse treatment, Gateway Foundation’s Mindfulness-Based Sobriety outpatient program is based on two practices listed in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.  The new center in Bloomingdale provides treatment for individuals that may have co-occurring mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, grief, guilt or relationship problems in conjunction with substance abuse issues, as well as aftercare for support following treatment. Adults in outpatient treatment will focus on improving awareness, quality of life issues, recognizing one’s strengths and truer personal values, learning strategies to avoid or cope with high-risk situations, enhancing motivation and development of coping skills.

The program also includes:

  • Substance abuse education and group counseling tailored to the needs of adults utilizing an evidence-based relapse prevention curriculum;
  • Individual counseling and family counseling as needed; and
  • Treatment costs covered by most health insurance carriers.

Gateway Foundation Bloomingdale is located at 1 Tiffany Pointe in Bloomingdale; for more information, please visit To learn more about Gateway Foundation’s free and confidential consultation, call 877-505-HOPE (4673).

Gateway Foundation President Michael Darcy to Moderate Niagara Foundation Luncheon Forum about Substance Abuse

The Niagara Foundation will host a panel discussion “Global Solutions to Global Challenges: Substance Abuse” as part of its Luncheon Forum series on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The theme of the forum is the prevalence of alcohol and other drug abuse in the general population, the work force and the criminal justice system. Moderated by Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment President and CEO Michael Darcy, the panel of experts will include:

Kathleen Kane-Willis
Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy
Interim Director, Institute for Metropolitan Affairs,
Roosevelt University

Bill Heffernan
Employee Resource Systems, Inc.

Pam Rodriguez
TASC – Treatment
Alternatives for Safe Communities

The forum will be held at Michigan Plaza located at 205 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2540
Chicago, Illinois 60601. The cost to attend is $10 for online registration and $15 at the door.

Niagara Luncheon Forums is a venue designed to cultivate friendship, celebrate diversity, strengthen civic dialogue and society and deepen inter-cultural awareness and understanding among the many diverse ethnic and civil communities in the Greater Midwest Region.

Prescription Drug Abuse: A Vital Public Safety and Health Issue

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is September 29,2012

prescription drug abuseNational Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue: prescription drug abuse. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Furthermore, each day, approximately, 2,500 teens abuse prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.

If you have unused or expired medicine cluttering up your medicine cabinet and drawers, the DEA’s bi-annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day taking place on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is a great opportunity to get rid of unwanted prescriptions in a responsible manner.

Conscientious Americans have responded overwhelmingly to the most recent DEA-led National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. On April 28, 2012, citizens turned in a record-breaking 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

It is important to realize that just because something can be prescribed, doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous. In fact, it’s the perception of safety that makes prescription drug abuse so dangerous. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment encourages you to be part of the solution to prescription drug abuse in America—properly dispose of your unwanted medicines and drop them off at designated locations on September 29. Please take advantage of this opportunity to safely discard prescription drugs in order to prevent unintended prescription drug abuse. Click here to find a list of National Take Back Initiative Collection(s) Sites in Illinois.

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment’s Dr. Phil Welches Honored by IADDA

Gateway Foundation's Dr. Phil Welches and Michael Darcy

Pictured at the 45th Annual IADDA Fall Conference with the Dr. C. Vincent Bakeman Memorial Award is recipient Gateway Foundation’s Clinical Director Dr. Phil Welches and Gateway Foundation President and CEO Michael Darcy.

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment, a leading provider of substance abuse treatment, announces today its Clinical Director Dr. Phil Welches received the prestigious Dr. C. Vincent Bakeman Memorial Award at the 45th Annual Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA) Fall Conference in Lisle, IL, on September 6, 2012. Named after Dr. C. Vincent Bakeman, a pioneer and a visionary in drug addiction treatment and prevention, the award celebrates the work done by Illinois’ leaders in the field of substance abuse services. Recipients of the award are those who have clear vision for the future of the prevention and treatment field, consistently communicate their vision and are tireless leaders dedicated to the advancement of substance abuse treatment and prevention.

“Dr. Welches’ commitment to implementing advancements in the treatment of addiction and his ability to improve the quality of clinical services within the field make him most deserving of the Dr. C. Vincent Bakeman Award. His leadership in integrating evidence-based substance abuse treatment practices and fidelity measures has earned Gateway Foundation a reputation as a leader in providing innovative treatment for substance use disorders,” explains Michael Darcy, President and CEO, Gateway Foundation.

With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Welches has led efforts to promote concurrent treatment of substance abuse and co-occurring mental health problems. His success in this area of expertise earned him an invitation to participate in the nationwide Collaborative on Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addictions Treatment (DDCAT) chaired by Mark McGovern, Ph.D, of Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Welches also served as a member of both the DDCAT Measurement Refinement Workgroup and the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Mental Health Treatment (DDCMHT) Measurement Refinement Workgroup, teams that revised the DDCAT and DDCMHT in 2011. Dr. Welches is one of only 10 individuals nationwide who is trained as a trainer on the Dartmouth-developed, Hazelden-published Co-Occurring Disorders Program.

“Mounting research data on treatment effectiveness has helped to change the way we treat addiction. Research has revealed that co-occurring mental health problems are to be expected in addictions treatment. They are the rule, not the exception. Treating co-occurring mental health problems in conjunction with substance use problems within the same program—called ‘integrated treatment’—has proven to be most effective,” says Dr. Phil Welches.

To learn more about Gateway Foundation and its free and confidential consultation, call 877-505-HOPE (4673) or visit

Gateway Foundation Hosting Open House Events in Honor of Recovery Month in September

Nearly one in 10 Americans aged 12 or older needed treatment for drug or alcohol abuse in 2009, yet a mere 11 percent of those who needed treatment—received it at a specialty facility. To help raise awareness of treatment options available to adults and teens for alcohol and drug abuse, Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment, the largest provider of substance abuse treatment in Illinois, will be hosting open house events at Gateway Foundation treatment centers located throughout Illinois during September 2012 in support of SAMHSA’s National Recovery Month.

Presented by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), the goal of Recovery Month is to increase understanding of mental and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services to achieve recovery, and to help people recognize and seek assistance for these health conditions with the same urgency as any other health condition.

Gateway Treatment Centers’ Recovery Month Open House Events

Each day, Gateway Foundation assists individuals in overcoming substance abuse and mental health issues, transitioning to a healthy and productive lifestyle that supports lasting recovery. Come meet the heroes who work relentlessly every day to motivate and inspire individuals to recovery, Gateway’s clinical professionals, and learn about drug trends affecting the local community from substance abuse experts in addition to treatment options available at Gateway Foundation.

Gateway Foundation Lake Villa Recovery Month Open House

Sept. 14, 2012, from 1 to 4 p.m.

25480 W. Cedarcrest Lane, Lake Villa, IL 60046

Phone: 847-356-8205, ext. 3205

Gateway Foundation Carbondale Recovery Month Open House

Sept. 19, 2012, from 2 to 6 p.m.

1080 E. Park Street, Carbondale, IL 62901

Phone: 618-529-1151, ext. 2931

Gateway Foundation Belleville Recovery Month Open House

Sept. 21, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

7 N. High St., 3rd Floor, Belleville, IL 62220

Phone: 618-234-9002, ext. 3001

Gateway Foundation Chicago West Recovery Month Open House

Sept. 26, 2012, from 1 to 4 p.m.

3828 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL 60624

Phone: 773-826-1916, ext. 2833

Gateway Foundation Springfield Recovery Month Open House

Sept. 27, 2012, 3 to 5 p.m.

2200 Lake Victoria Drive, Springfield, IL 62703

Phone: 217-529-9266, ext. 2628

Gateway Foundation Caseyville Recovery Month Open House

Sept. 28, 2012 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

400 W. Lincoln, Caseyville, IL 62232

Phone: 618-345-3970, ext. 3415

For more information about Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment and Recovery Month events, please visit For a free and confidential substance abuse consultation, call Gateway Foundation at 877-505-HOPE (4673).

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