Drug Abuse Treatment Center Offers Free Continuing Education Workshops

Gateway Foundation’s Lunchtime Learning Series Addresses the Opioid Epedemic

Drug abuse is a pervasive social issue that affects millions of Americans. All too often the outcome of abusing drugs and alcohol is tragic.

To help medical professionals better understand heroin and opiate abuse and treatment options available for those struggling with opiate and alcohol addiction, Gateway Foundation is hosting two different, educational webinars this October. Hear directly from Gateway Foundation’s drug abuse treatment experts and advance your understanding of these important topics.

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Advanced Treatment for Opioid & Alcohol Dependence:
Training provides: 1 CE
Location: Online
October 10 or October 24, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The goal of this webinar is to increase your understanding of the advanced treatment options available for those struggling with opiate and alcohol abuse. As part of a comprehensive program, medication assisted treatment includes use of medicine, counseling and therapy to help individuals modify their behavior to make better lifestyle changes. Research shows that medication assisted treatment helps people remain drug and alcohol free.

You will learn: how medication can effectively address withdrawal symptoms, the benefits of Suboxone®, Vivitrol®, and other medications, and the importance of integrated treatment for successful outcomes.

Heroin & Opioid RX: Expert Insight to an Epidemic:
Training provides: 1 CE
Location: Online
October 22or October 30, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

As the consumption of one of the most highly addictive drugs continues to rise, Gateway Foundation takes a closer look at the devastating consequences of heroin abuse.

  • In the past 5 years heroin use has increased 75% (Source: SAMHSA).
  • The Illinois State Crime Commission says heroin use is an epidemic.

The goal of the webinar is to provide valuable information regarding the drugs reported on the news and seen in the ER. You will learn: trends, signs and symptoms of heroin and opiate use, the effects of heroin and opioid use on the mind and body, and the use of naloxone “the overdose drug.”

Don’t miss out. Sign up for Gateway Foundation’s FREE Lunchtime Learning Series of four webinars and earn up to 2 CEs (NAADAC, Illinois – LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing).

Space is Limited. Registration only available online at RecoverGateway.org/Training

Carbondale Drug Treatment Center Participates in Oldest Alcohol-Free Festival In Southern Illinois

Congratulations Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment Carbondale! Employees at Gateway Foundation Carbondale entered a float in the 2013 Murphysboro Apple Festival Parade. The float won 2nd place in the Clubs & Organizations category.

About the Murphysboro Apple Festival

alcohol free festivalThe Murphysboro Apple Festival is the oldest and largest alcohol free festival in southern Illinois. Over 45,000 people attend the festival each year. During the four days of the Apple Festival there are numerous activities drawing large crowds, such as evening stage shows, carnival/concessions, Queen Contest, Prince and Princess Contest, contests from Apple Pie Eating to marching band competition, car show, Appletime 5K Walk/Run and much more.

In addition, the festival’s Grand Parade is considered by most to be the largest parade in southern Illinois. The parade features an average of about 160 total units, 25 of those marching bands, and a variety of groups and organizations.

Gateway Foundation Relocates Rehab Center to St. Louis Metro East

st. louis rehabFor residents in the St. Louis Metro East area who need help for substance abuse and addiction issues, Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment has moved its rehab center from Belleville to Swansea, IL. Gateway Foundation Swansea officially opened on Sept. 4, 2013, and provides counseling and therapy to help adults and teens struggling with alcohol and drug abuse.

Whether traveling by car or public transit, the new treatment center is conveniently located near Interstate 64 at 1 Bronze Pointe, a professional office park with plenty of free parking and accessible to Metro and bus lines stops.

“Being close to downtown St. Louis and St. Clair Square makes it easier for more people to experience the quality treatment for which Gateway Foundation is known,” says William Stoner, Executive Director, Gateway Foundation Swansea. “And, to help individuals going through withdrawal from alcohol, pharmaceutical drugs or heroin, we have an on-site psychiatrist certified in the use of medication assisted treatment to complement one’s addiction counseling and therapy.”

st. louis rehabTreatment programs for adults and teens are personalized to account for one’s drug use history, environment, withdrawal issues, lifestyle and co-occurring stress and mental health concerns. Gateway Foundation’s collaborative approach encourages empowerment through improved awareness and self-discovery. Treatment professionals assist individuals with exploring one’s values, setting goals, preparing for setbacks, developing a sobriety plan and building supports. Outpatient treatment also includes: substance abuse education, group counseling utilizing evidence-based relapse prevention, individual therapy and family engagement.

Gateway Foundation Swansea offers outpatient treatment services in the morning and evening, Monday through Friday. Members of the community are welcome to visit the new St. Louis metro rehab center and meet the clinical team at an open house on Oct. 17, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Irresistible Appeal Of Music; Music to Aid Your Recovery

gateway foundation - appeal of musicWhat is it about music that makes you feel better? Chores are less laborsome and traffic is more bearable when your favorite tunes are playing. A song has the ability to trigger a medley of emotions—from happiness to sadness to serenity. But why does music have the ability to lift your spirits and soothe your soul?

According to a recent issue of Science, Dr. Valorie Salimpoor, a neuroscientist at McGill University in Montreal, reports that music triggers the part of the brain that releases the “pleasure chemical” dopamine—which also helps counter the release of stress hormone cortisol.

However this is just part of the “neural symphony.” Uniting your past with your present, it turns out, may be one of the key powers of music.

“Music also activates the amygdala,” says Salimpoor, “which is involved with the processing of emotion, as well as areas of the prefrontal cortex involved in abstract decision making. When we’re listening to music, the most advanced areas of the brain tie in to the most ancient.”

Music can elevate your mood, ease your pain and trigger fond memories, like your first kiss or fun times with family and friends—so reap the benefits and relish the gift of a fond memory, one song at a time.

Recovery Inspired Music

Looking for music that relates to recovery? Here is a collection of recovery-themed music with the artists’ websites where you can learn more.

Gateway Foundation’s Courshon Dedicated to Alleviate Addiction

Honored by Illinois Alcoholism & Drug Dependence Association

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment, a leading provider of substance abuse treatment, announces today John Courshon received the prestigious Keith Keesy Memorial Award at the 46th Annual Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA) Fall Conference in Lisle, IL, on Sept. 5, 2013. Named after a pioneer in alcohol and drug addiction treatment, the Keith Keesy Memorial Award is a celebration of the vital role dedicated professionals like Mr. Courshon play in recovery.

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Left to Right: Bruce Suardini, CEO of The Prairie Center, Kim Fornero, Bureau Chief of Illinois Division of Mental Health (DMH), Dr. Theodora Binion, Director of Illinois DASA and Acting Director of Illinois DMH, John Courshon, Director of Quality Management and Accreditation

“John Courshon truly exemplifies the spirit and intent of the Keith Keesy Memorial Award. Throughout his 41-year career, he has consistently demonstrated his deep personal commitment to ensure people who need treatment for substance use disorders receive the best care possible and the post-treatment support needed for lasting recovery,” explains Michael Darcy, President & CEO, Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment.

As Director of Accreditation and Quality Improvement for Gateway Foundation, Mr. Courshon’s commitment to enhancing the quality of treatment and support for substance use disorders is evident in his numerous contributions to addiction recovery, including:

  • Establishment of withdrawal and detoxification protocols to help individuals with mild to moderate dependency to alcohol or drugs like heroin, prescription pain killers (opioids) and benzodiazepines, remain sober and successfully complete treatment.
  • Introduction of The Recovery Support Project, a post-treatment program that offers adults and adolescents support through recovery groups and social events and outings to promote fellowship, which is organized, funded and hosted by Gateway Foundation’s network of treatment centers in Illinois and the St. Louis metro area.

The results of Mr. Courshon’s efforts have resulted in greater engagement by and retention of adults and adolescents in treatment for substance abuse at Gateway Foundation’s treatment centers. Additionally, more than 2,000 adults and adolescents who completed treatment at Gateway Foundation treatment centers in Illinois annually attend group meetings and sober events in support of their ongoing recovery.

“I’m fortunate to have a career that affords me the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of the many people we treat as well as their loved ones,” says Mr. Courshon. “While addiction is a disease, it is treatable and manageable. At Gateway Foundation, we know how important it is to help people understand the underlying reasons for their substance abuse, learn healthy coping skills, follow a recovery plan and extend lifelong support.”

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