Gateway Foundation Announces CEO Michael Darcy Retiring in June 2015

Global Recruiting firm Korn Ferry Engaged to Lead Executive Search

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Michael J. Darcy
President and CEO Gateway Foundation

Chicago-based Gateway Foundation, Inc. announces today Michael J. Darcy has decided to retire on June 30, 2015, and has engaged global executive search firm Korn Ferry to recruit its future President and CEO.

“We will always be grateful for Michael Darcy’s dedication to fostering a client-centered collaborative culture that will serve our organization for years to come,” explains Glenn Baer Huebner, Chairman of the Board, Gateway Foundation. “Under Michael Darcy’s leadership, Gateway has expanded its footprint throughout Illinois and into Delaware to ensure individuals have access to affordable, quality substance abuse treatment programs. Likewise, delivering specialized addiction treatment programs in correctional settings has resulted in reduced recidivism and safer communities in states like Missouri, New Jersey and Texas.”

Darcy, age 65, is retiring after nearly 30 years at Gateway’s helm, which caps a remarkable 46-year career at the non-profit organization that’s dedicated to offering hope and second chances to individuals and their families. Mr. Darcy has led Gateway’s evolution to a state-of-the-art substance abuse treatment provider and strengthened its market position with strategic expansion.

“Deservedly so, Michael will be long remembered for pushing the envelope in the field of addiction treatment and advocating for advancements such as the use of evidence-based practices to modernize patient care,” adds Glenn Baer Huebner.

Savvy executives with the fortitude to fulfill Gateway’s noble mission are encouraged to contact Korn Ferry’s Chicago office.

For more information about Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers visit RecoverGateway.org

Did You Know? Insurance Carriers and Medicaid Now Cover Drug Treatment

insurance drug treatmentSince the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) went into effect on Jan. 1 2014, all insurance carriers and Medicaid are required to cover the costs associated with treatment for substance use disorders on their insureds’ behalf. As a result, a significant financial barrier for treatment is now lifted for millions of Americans who deserve the chance to get life back on track.

If you know individuals who have been denied insurance benefits for substance abuse and mental health treatment in the past, please let them know the financial hurdle standing in the way of their recovery is no longer an issue.

Gateway Treatment Centers: More Convenient and Better Than Ever

While your life has experienced positive growth, so has Gateway! It was a very busy 2013, opening two new, state-of-the-art Gateway outpatient treatment centers and completing a major makeover at our Lake Villa residential treatment center.

Gateway Chicago River North: To better serve the needs of the Chicago area, a Gateway center specializing in Adult Outpatient Treatment is now located in Chicago’s River North district near the Merchandise Mart.

Gateway Swansea: In the St. Louis Metro East area, we relocated to Swansea from Belleville, IL. The center provides Outpatient Treatment for adults and adolescents in addition to family counseling and medication assisted treatment as part of an integrated approach to treatment.

Gateway Lake Villa: Last but not least, our Lake Villa residential center underwent major cosmetic renovations to provide a more comfortable, relaxed atmosphere for recovery. The renovated public spaces, corridors and guest rooms feature a soothing, natural palette. Lunge area updates included access to areas dedicated to studying, meditating and DIY laundry.

For more information about the programs offered at Gateway Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers, call 877-505-HOPE (4673).

Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Substance Abuse And Mental Health Issues

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Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment
Carbondale, IL

For men and teens with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers provide the kind of experience and knowledge needed to help them get life back on track. Our Carbondale center has expertise in integrated treatment, which means our clinical professionals treat both issues—addiction and mental health—at the same time, in the same program, by the same clinical team. Research supports that integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders is the most effective approach— more so than concurrent or sequential treatment models—and decreases one’s chances for relapse.

In addition to understanding the impact of mental illness and addiction issues on them and their loved ones, men and teens with co-occurring disorders will learn
how to:

  • Manage their condition and unique circumstances with a healthy lifestyle and prescribed medications.
  • Regulate their emotions using techniques like mindfulness.
  • Nurture gratifying relationships by improving communication and coping skills.

What is a Co-Occurring Disorder?
Often times people abuse alcohol or drugs in an attempt to escape their distressing thoughts and painful feelings created by an underlying mental health concern. In fact, it’s more common than not for people with a substance abuse problem to also have a mental health issue, such as depression, bipolar disorder or anxiety. When someone has both issues it is referred to as a co-occurring disorder.

For lasting recovery, it’s extremely important for people with co-occurring disorders to take the necessary measures to manage both concerns. That’s because untreated mental health problems increase the likelihood for substance relapse.

SPECIALIZED DRUG TREATMENT FOR MEN

The Men’s Residential Co-Occurring Treatment Program caters to the unique challenges confronting men who struggle with co-occurring disorders. With increased staffing ratios, our clinical team seamlessly addresses the intricacies involved with co-occurring disorders, such as medication management,
behavior modification therapy and post-treatment recovery planning.

Grounded in Gateway’s empowering treatment philosophy, men in this program get the responsiveness they need in order to thoroughly understand substance abuse as well as their mental health diagnoses. While treatment is personalized based on individual needs, men in drug treatment experience enhanced self-awareness and improved coping/social skills through classroom work, individual counseling and group therapy. Activities in group may include tasks like recreating a negative experience with a positive outcome and/or practicing difficult conversations in a safe environment. When the time is right, men can invite their loved ones to family counseling sessions where problems may be addressed through honest yet respectful dialogue moderated by solution-seeking counselors.

ENHANCED CARE FOR TEENS STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS

Gateway’s Carbondale center has the specialized expertise to instill in teens the tools and knowledge needed to manage their addiction and mental health concerns on an on-going basis. In fact, both our Male and our Female Adolescent Residential Programs at Carbondale have been independently rated as Dual-Diagnosis Capable (DDC) to Dual-Diagnosis Enhanced (DDE). This esteemed designation underscores the expertise of Carbondale’s clinical team and the organization’s dedication to evolving treatment of alcohol and drug abuse.

For more information about the Co-Occurring Treatment program for Men and Teens at Gateway Carbondale, call 877-505-HOPE (4673).

 

Gateway Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center in Chicago Suburbs Offers Dual Diagnosis Program

Group Treatment at Gateway Aurora

Group Treatment at Gateway Aurora

To meet the unique needs of individuals struggling with addiction as well as untreated anxiety, anger or trauma-related concerns, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center in Aurora offers an Adult Co-Occurring/Dual-Diagnosis Residential Treatment Program (Co-Ed) wherein both concerns may be addressed at the same time by one collaborative team.

Research supports integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis—and decreases the odds for relapse. Through this effective treatment program, individuals with co-occurring disorders can learn not only how mental illness impacts their lives, but how to:

  • Manage their condition with a healthy lifestyle and prescribed medications.
  • Regulate their emotions using proven techniques like mindfulness.
  • Nurture healthy relationships by improving communication and coping skills.

What is a Co-Occurring Disorder/Dual Diagnosis?

Often times people abuse alcohol or drugs in an attempt to escape their distressing thoughts and painful feelings created by an underlying mental health concern. In fact, it’s more common than not for people with a substance abuse problem to also have a mental health issue, such as depression, bipolar disorder or anxiety. When someone has both issues it is referred to as a co-occurring disorder. For lasting recovery, it’s extremely important for people with co-occurring disorders to take the necessary measures to manage both concerns. That’s because untreated mental health problems increase the likelihood for substance relapse.

For more information about our Aurora Treatment center visit RecoverGateway.org/Aurora.

 

25-Year Old Woman Enjoys Life Free of Alcohol and Heroin Addiction

heroin addiction, substance abuse treatment, drug addiction treatment, drug treatment programs, “It’s really important to be aware. When see you personality changes or when someone withdrawals from you, the sooner you intervene, the better the odds you won’t lose a loved one,” explains Angela, a 25-year-old female from a suburban town in Illinois who got help for alcohol and heroin addiction following a heroin overdose.

Like many Americans who suffer with depression and anxiety, Angela abused alcohol and prescription drugs like Vicodin and benzodiazepines to escape her uncomfortable feelings and unresolved emotions, which also chipped away at her self-esteem. She eventually sought out the “ultimate high” of heroin.

A study published in JAMA Psychiatry* reveals Angela’s experience is representative of a growing trend in America: Today’s typical heroin user who has sought treatment is more likely a 20-something white woman from the suburbs. Researchers have concluded that this represents a shift in the demographics of users seeking out treatment over the past few decades.

The study says that Caucasian men and women have turned to prescription pills as their drug of choice, but heroin eventually becomes more attractive to them, as it is much cheaper. According to lead study author, neuropharmacologist Theodore Cicero of Washington University, heroin use in women has rose from 20 percent in the 50s to around 52 percent of heroin users today.

Angela, who is now 73 days sober, is enjoying a very different life since first walking into a Gateway Treatment Center. No longer aching to escape reality, she’s working full-time as a cook and genuinely enjoys appeasing her diners’ hunger. When she isn’t working, Angela likes to unwind by hula hooping, creating music and hanging out with her family.

To get to a better state, Amanda’s integrated treatment for addiction and mental health issues included medication assisted treatment services that addressed withdrawal symptoms as well as cravings for opiates and alcohol. She worked with a dedicated counselor along with other substance abuse experts to create her own personalized treatment plan, one grounded in her own values and life goals. Through individual and group therapy sessions along with education about substance abuse and mental health, Amanda was able to unravel her painful past, working through haunting problems that she had buried and avoided.

“For me, the best thing about going through treatment at Gateway is I discovered the beauty I have inside me and what I have to offer the world. Treatment is all about rebuilding self-esteem,” she explains. “It’s empowering to feel confident in my abilities and positive about my future—I feel so lucky to be alive.”

Gateway Treatment Centers are located throughout the state of Illinois and offer Residential Treatment Programs and Intensive Outpatient Programs for adults and teens struggling with alcoholism and drug abuse. Call today to learn about our free, confidential consultation at (877) 505-HOPE.

*JAMA Psychiatry. Published online May 28, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.366
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