Local Business Shares the Gift of Recovery with Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers in St. Louis Metro East

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Pictured (l to r) is Donald Bushnell, Executive Director, Gateway Caseyville and Shelbie Jo Ann Ledford-Wohlstader, with Hey Guys I Like Talking to You

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers would like to thank “Hey Guys I Like Talking To You,” a Caseyville-based small business offering comedy and entertainment services represented by Bruce V. and Shelbie Jo Ann Ledford-Wohlstadter, for making a generous donation earlier this month.

Shelbie, who is an entertainer and in recovery, wanted to give back to the recovery community, consequently she donated the proceeds from one of her comedy shows to the Gateway Treatment Center located in Caseyville, IL. A published author, Shelbie also bestowed 10 copies of her book of poems, “Resilient Heart.” The inspiring collection of poetry will be shared with women working through substance abuse issues in Residential Treatment at Gateway.

Each year, Gateway Treatment Centers works with thousands of residents throughout Illinois to move forward in life without using alcohol and drugs and discover fulfilling lives in recovery. If you are interested in supporting others in your community who are battling addiction issues, you may make a tax-deductible donation to Gateway.

Gateway Reminder: 1 out of 3 Driving Fatalities Involve Alcohol

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers urge adults hopping from one holiday gathering to the next to assign a designated driver for the night. And here’s a sobering reminder why: According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s report on motor vehicle crashes, 10,322 people were killed due to alcohol-impaired driving in 2012, an increase of 6.7 percent from 2011.

Exceeding the national average, in the state of Illinois alcohol-impaired driving fatalities increased 15 percent from 2011 to 2012:

  • In 2011, 918 killed with 278 (30 percent) involving alcohol-impaired driving.
  • In 2012, 956 killed with 321 (34 percent) fatalities involving alcohol-impaired driving.

“Because of drunk driving, thousands of American families will spend the holidays this year without their loved ones,” says Michael Darcy, president, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment. “Driving under the influence of alcohol is never worth the risk of causing harm to oneself, to passengers as well as to other drivers. If you think you or a loved one has a drinking problem, it’s important to address it before the consequences catch up.”

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Even conscientious drinkers who limit themselves to one or two alcoholic beverages while out on the town could easily find themselves beyond the legal limit for driving while unintentionally putting their health at risk.

For context, the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans say people who drink should do so in moderation, which means one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men. The guidelines define a “drink” as 12 ounces of regular beer with 5 percent alcohol, 5 ounces of wine with 12 percent alcohol and 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits, which are 40 percent alcohol by volume.

 Drinks served in bars and restaurants often contain more alcohol than people realize. When you consider the alcohol volume, the size of the pour and the size of glass your drink arrives in, there can be a lot of variance,” explains Darcy. “To steer clear of getting behind the wheel intoxicated, make sure a sober driver is on standby to get everyone home safely.”

Gateway’s January CE Webinar to Cover Mindfulness

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Gateway Foundation Substance Abuse Experts are Co-Authors of “Mindfulness-Based Sobriety” Available on Amazon

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers are proud to offer two free Lunchtime Learning webinars in January 2014. Don’t miss your chance to hear directly from Gateway’s substance abuse treatment and mindfulness-based sobriety experts and earn continuing education credit.

 About the Training

The goal of this webinar is to increase understanding of mindfulness and its use in substance abuse treatment programs. Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe and accept your thoughts, feelings, sensations, and urges, without judgment and without reacting to them.

This practice is highly effective in treating emotional dysregulation, stress, depression, grief, and impulsivity – all of which are at risk of fueling addiction.

What you will learn:

  • The basics of mindfulness practice.
  • The history and development of the Mindfulness-Based Therapy model.
  • How Gateway’s innovative approach to mindfulness-based sobriety integrates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Relapse Prevention Therapy RPT).

1 CE – NAADAC, Illinois – LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing

COST: FREE with registration

Space is limited, register online today!

Choose Your Date:

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Meet the Trainers

Substance abuse experts and co-authors of Mindfulness-Based Sobriety: A Clinician’s Treatment Guide for Addiction Recovery, Dr. Phil Welches, PhD and Nick Turner, MSW, LCSW, CADC.

 Dr. Phil Welches, PhD, Clinical Director, Gateway Foundation 

A licensed clinical psychologist, Gateway Clinical Director Dr. Phil Welches, PhD joined Gateway in 2003 ad directs clinical services at all 10 Gateway Treatment Centers. With more than 30 years of experience. Dr. Welches has extensive expertise in treating substance abuse and dual-diagnoses/co/occurring disorders.

Nick Turner, MSW, LCSW, CADC, Clinical Supervisor, Gateway Chicago River North Treatment Center

Nick Turner is a Clinical Supervisor that specializes in providing individual and group counseling for those with substance abuse and mental health needs. For Nick, the most fulfilling part of his job is creating an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion, where people can connect with their values and goals. He enjoys working at Gateway Foundation because as an organization, it places emphasis on its treatment programs being clinically sound and state of the art.

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Gateway Participates In Drug Abuse Awareness Discussion

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Jim Scarpace, Executive Director of Gateway Foundation Aurora (left) and State Representative Stephanie Kifowit (right).

On Thursday, December 12th,  State Representative Stephanie Kifowit held a panel discussion with the Illinois State Police department and a number of local organizations, including Gateway Treatment Centers. This discussion focused on drug abuse prevention, treatment, and education.

Gateway Foundation’s Jim Scarpace participated in this panel discussion and helped address concerns over increased drug use in the area and the prevalence of new drugs in our neighborhoods.


Gateway Sponsors DSM-5 Training at University of Illinois Rockford

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Michael A. Nagelbach, PhD, Psyd
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Gateway Treatment Centers

On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers sponsored an introductory workshop on The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), which was held at the University of Illinois Rockford. Gateway’s own Michael A. Nagelbach, PhD, PsyD, Director of the university’s Psychology Training Program and licensed clinical psychologist at Gateway Lake Villa, shared his experience and insight into DSM-5.

Through the event, continuing education and valuable training was provided to nearly 300 professionals from industries, such as legal, behavioral health, health care and human services.

Do I Have a Problem?: Self-Test for Drug Abuse or Drug Dependency

drug abuse self test, drug dependency, drug treatment, drug addictionMany times people who use drugs think they can handle it, or they can quit anytime. If you feel like you can stop using drugs, but aren’t sure if you have a problem, here are few warning signs to help you understand if you have a drug abuse or drug dependency problem and need help.

Denial is common with drug addiction so as you answer these questions try to be as honest and objective as possible. Also try to think about how things have progressed or changed for you in the last six months. Are there more signs now then there where six months ago?

Please answer every question “Yes” or “No.” If a question is not applicable, select No.

  • Do you feel like you need to have the drug regularly, every day or more than every day?
  • Do you make sure you have a steady supply of your drug of choice on hand?
  • Do you want to stop, but can’t?
  • If you feel you can’t stop using, do you do things you normally would not do to get drugs?
  • Do you feel you need drugs to function normally?
  • Are you willing to do something dangerous while taking drugs, like operating a motor vehicle, or some kind of equipment that could cause bodily harm?

If you answered “yes” to 2 or more of these questions you may have a alcohol or drug abuse problem.

If you or someone you know may be abusing drugs or alcohol, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers can help get life back on track. To learn more about our free, confidential consultation call 877-505-HOPE (877-505-4673).

Reduce Chances of Relapse by Planning Ahead for Holiday Social Affairs

holiday planning, stress, relapse prevention, recoverySince the holidays can be a stressful time, the more planning you do ahead of time, the more prepared you will be for challenging situations…and the more you will enjoy yourself this holiday season! Take that extra time to give yourself some T.L.C.

We recommend that you:
• Maintain your regular routines as much as possible, such as sleeping enough.
• Get proper nutrition and don’t overdo unhealthy holiday treats.
• Take medications that may be prescribed for mental health disorders.
• Keep your appointments with your healthcare practitioners.
• Attend 12-step and other support groups. Many recovery groups convene on holidays.

If you will be going to social gatherings where alcohol may be served, here are some helpful strategies to help you avoid a relapse:

• Try to find out who will be attending the family, business or neighborhood gathering. Knowing who will be there will help you feel more in control, and anticipate questions or comments from friends, family or strangers.
• Give yourself permission to excuse yourself for some time away from the people or any situation that is uncomfortable for you. You can go to a quiet place, step outside, or even go home, if needed.
• Bring along your favorite non-alcoholic beverage for your host to serve.
• Call your sponsor before to talk through your goals for the gathering. Keep your sponsor’s phone number handy so you can call for help if needed.

Remember, with Gateway, all you have to do is call. If you, a family member or friend is struggling with alcohol or drug abuse this holiday season, call 877-505-HOPE (4673).

Gateway’s Springfield Treatment Center Participates in Toys for Tots

toys for tots springfield, gateway foundationThis holiday season, Gateway Foundation Springfield will be hosting the local U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The mission of the Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during November and December each year, and distribute those toys as holiday gifts to less fortunate children in the community.

This holiday season, you can join Gateway Foundation in supporting the Sangamon County Toys for Tots campaign. Gateway Foundation Springfield will be collecting donations now through December 16, 2013. If you choose to participate, you may drop off your new, unopened and unwrapped toys at the front entrance of the Gateway Foundation Treatment Center in Springfield (located at 2200 Lake Victoria Drive). All donations will benefit underprivileged children in Sangamon County. Now is the time to help the vast number of children in need this holiday season. Please join us in the spirit of giving.


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