Gateway Foundation Springfield Partners with Barnes & Noble for Upcoming Book Fair

Family-Friendly Event to Feature Face Painting, Story Reading and Presentations by Substance Abuse Counselors on March 10

Looking for a good book and a family-friendly event to help relieve the winter blues? On Sunday, March 10, 2013, customers who shop at Barnes & Noble, located at 3111 South Veterans Pkwy in Springfield, can buy their books, cards, coffee and enjoy fun activities while supporting a good cause. A portion of sales from the day will be shared with Gateway Foundation Springfield, a non-profit alcohol and drug abuse treatment provider serving the Springfield area.

Throughout the day, activities will be taking place that entertain and inform customers at Barnes & Noble in SpringfieldGateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment counselors will be on hand to answer questions about alcohol and drug abuse and treatment options available. Book fair activities are scheduled as follows:

  • 1-2 p.m. Family Hour activities will include story reading, clowns handing out balloons, face painting and a door prize drawing for Barnes & Noble gift cards.
  • 2-3 p.m. Gateway Foundation Substance Abuse Counselor Jackie Thompson will inform customers about alcohol abuse. 
  • 3-4 p.m. Family Hour activities will consist of story reading, face painting and a door prize drawing for Barnes & Noble gift cards.
  • 4-5 p.m. Gateway Foundation Substance Abuse Counselor John Dunlap will educate customers about drug trends, including synthetic drugs like K2 and bath salts.

“We are excited that Barnes & Noble is partnering with Gateway Foundation for our upcoming book fair and providing an opportunity for local residents to learn more about substance abuse and treatment options. With the donation from Barnes & Noble, we plan to create a robust reading resource center and share the joy of reading with the adults and teens in recovery,” says Gateway Foundation Executive Director Kerry Henry.

There are two ways to help Gateway Foundation Springfield enhance its reading resources, supporters should present Gateway Foundation’s unique voucher number of 11015294 when purchasing items at any Barnes & Noble store on March 10, 2013, or present the voucher number for Barnes & Noble online purchases made from March 10 to March 15, 2013.

Located at 2200 Lake Victoria Drive in Springfield, the Gateway Foundation Treatment Center offers substance abuse treatment expertise and a supportive environment for people who need substance abuse treatment and their families. Substance abuse programs are available to accommodate both adults and teens—ranging from Residential and Day Treatment to Morning and After-Work/After-School. For more information, please visit

Gateway Unites Medicine and Therapy to Treat Drug Addiction

Individuals in Alcohol and Drug Treatment See Favorable Results with Medication Assisted Therapy

medication assisted therapy, drug addiction, drug treatmentJordan never planned for his life to turn down a path of drug addiction. At a young age, his life became more difficult after a life-changing tragedy: the sudden passing of Jordan’s father. Consequently, Jordan’s family started to move from place to place and his mother began dating. Feeling abandoned, by the age of 13 Jordan began using drugs to escape his unhappiness. After years of drug experimentation, Jordan first tried heroin when he was 18-years old.

 “Once I started using heroin, there was no stopping it. Within six months, my heroin dosage multiplied by three times,” explains Jordan.

According to the Centers of Disease Control, 100 people die from drug overdoses every day in the United States. Lucky for Jordan, he grew tired of living the way he was before becoming a statistic.

Today, Jordan sees things much differently. After seven years of heavy drug abuse, from marijuana and crystal meth to crack and heroin, and trouble with his relationships, work and the law, he turned to the Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center in Caseyville, IL, to help him put the use of heroin and other drugs behind him. Jordan is now 20-years-old and in recovery.

Jordan chose Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment to help him with his drug addiction because of its integrated treatment approach, which includes medication assisted therapy. To manage the intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms that occur when heroin use stops, Jordan was prescribed a medication called Suboxone® along with the substance abuse counseling, therapy and education he received at Gateway Foundation.

“Using Suboxone® was a tremendous help. My mind wasn’t focused on getting heroin, and it helped me through the symptoms of physical withdrawal. Getting the medicine, therapy and counseling at the same place, from the same team was both reassuring and convenient,” says Jordan.

Reducing the Likelihood for Relapse

When medication assisted treatment is part of an integrated drug treatment program, the likelihood of a person staying in treatment and remaining drug free is increased. Treatment for dependency on opiates, alcohol or other substances can include the use of a few medications, including Vivitrol® and Suboxone. Gateway physicians and clinicians work closely with individuals to help determine the most appropriate drug treatment plan for them.

“At Gateway Foundation, we educate people like Jordan in intensive outpatient and residential treatment about medication assisted treatment options because they work and save lives. We make our clients aware of their options, benefits and potential risks. As a result, we are seeing that clients are considerably more receptive to how medication assisted treatment might work in their circumstances,” explains Gateway Foundation Caseyville Executive Director Don Bushnell.

In addition to prescribed medications, counseling helps individuals increase their motivation for recovery and enhance their overall quality of life. It also helps people develop the skills they need to recognize events that may trigger their use of drugs or alcohol and how to cope with those situations in a healthy way.

For questions regarding Gateway Foundation’s integrated treatment programs, including medication assisted treatment, please call the 24-Hour Helpline at 877-505-HOPE (4673) or visit

Gateway Provides Specialized Substance Abuse Treatment for Young Men

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Gateway Foundation Lake Villa

Through our vast experience, we recognize that young men ages 18-23 need their own specialized approach to assist them with substance abuse treatment and the challenging transition into adulthood. To address their unique circumstances and challenges, our Lake Villa Treatment Center offers a Residential Young Men’s Bridge Program to help young men gain important life skills while simultaneously addressing alcohol or drug abuse.

About the Young Men’s Bridge Program:

  • the use of evidence-based practices and individualized treatment programs, young men acquire vital life skills and coping mechanisms to help them navigate the demands of adulthood.
  • Treatment includes: individual counseling and therapy, family counseling and education, integrated treatment for co-occurring mental health issues, motivational enhancement, effective communication, health education, living in balance, maturity development, anger management, addiction education, relapse prevention and discharge planning.
  • For future success, our counselors assist young men with planning for life after treatment. This may include preparing for continued education, vocational training or permanent employment.
  • For young men with mental health problems like anxiety or depression, our integrated treatment services include on-site psychiatry and supplemental therapy through psychological treatment techniques.
  • The campus features a wide array of healthy lifestyle activities as well as an indoor gym with weights and cardio equipment.

Learn more about the Lake Villa center by taking an online photo tour or viewing the treatment center video at

What to Expect in Substance Abuse Treatment

substance abuse treatmentWith a reputation for clinical expertise, and unwavering compassion and care, Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment‘s team of licensed substance abuse professionals and addiction counselors will provide the guidance and support necessary for lasting recovery. Starting with your first consultation our dedicated staff will ensure your substance abuse treatment experience is always personalized and focused on helping you or your loved one reclaim a productive, healthy life.

The First Step: Free In-Depth Consultation

Gateway provides free in-depth consultations to help determine the severity of substance use and identify the appropriate level of treatment. Each individual will have different needs based on their unique history and current substance use. This confidential consultation will help you and your loved one better understand options and next steps.

Assessment: Personalized Treatment Options

The next step is an in-depth assessment which may include establishing a health history by our nursing staff and a physician review. The assessment will confirm what level of treatment is recommended such as Intensive Outpatient Treatment, Day Treatment, Residential Treatment and Aftercare. It will also determine what therapies and counseling an individual needs to give them the most effective tools for developing a sober lifestyle.

Counseling and therapy will vary based on the needs of an individual. Gateway‘s programs are developed using an evidence-based treatment model, through which our goal is to not just stop a client’s substance abuse, but to replace dangerous behaviors with new, healthier tools and coping mechanisms. Understanding what lies beneath the addictive behavior gives each individual the best possible chance of success in the treatment process and at long-term recovery.

Counseling, Therapies and Activities May Include:

  • Individual and Family Counseling
  • Group Therapy
  • Substance Abuse Education
  •  12-Step Facilitation and 12-Step Recovery
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment
  • Dual Diagnosed/Co-Occurring Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Therapies to explore and manage emotions in a positive way, including: art therapy, music therapy, guided imagery and journaling
  • Physical fitness activities to build strong bodies, minds and a sense of teamwork. Activities may include yoga, Pilates or recreation such as basketball, softball or volleyball

Because each person, program and Gateway Treatment Center has its unique characteristics, the counseling, therapies and activities an individual receives will be unique as well.

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