Todd Bridges, Star of “Diff’rent Strokes,” Inspires Residents of Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment in Springfield

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Jan Ruby, Outreach Coordinator, Gateway Springfield; Dana Schanholtzer, Midwest DNA and Drug Testing; Todd Bridges; Kerry Henry, Executive Director, Gateway Springfield

Former child actor, Todd Bridges, provided inspiration and substance abuse recovery guidance to the residents of Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment  in Springfield, IL on Friday, September 19, 2014. Bridges was a long time child actor on the television show, Diff’rent Strokes, and remains active in various movies and television shows today.

Bridges discussed his personal struggle with drug addiction and the damaging effects it has had on his life. During his presentation, Bridges elaborated on his various substance abuse treatment episodes and what it finally took for him to get his life back on track. He shared with adults in the audience the importance of working on themselves; and encouraged those with children to remember the impact drug addiction has on the entire family.  Bridges also encouraged  teens in attendance to make better choices with their young lives; pointing out  they risk losing their freedom, families and possibly their lives. Bridges sprinkled his presentation with humor and laughter and encouraged questions from the substance abuse treatment facility residents.

Remaining gracious and humble, Bridges demonstrated a real life example of how to overcome addiction by meeting life on life’s terms; one day at a time.  Gateway Treatment Centers would like to thank Mr. Todd Bridges for sharing his story.

 

Gateway Provides Addiction Treatment Resources at Recovery Walk Celebrating National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month, Gateway Treatment Centers, GAteway Alcohol & Drug TreatmentIn celebration of National Recovery Month, the Governors State University Addictions Studies Alumni Club sponsored their third annual Walk for Recovery on Saturday, September 20, 2014 in University Park, Illinois. Each year, this walk honors individuals recovering or seeking recovery and celebrates the treatment providers committed to helping them.

This free community event featured a two to three mile walk, an addiction treatment resource fair, and guest speakers, Peter Palanca, Executive Vice President and COO of  Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC, Inc.), Mark Sanders, CEO, On the Mark Consulting, and Comedian Jay Washington.

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers participated in the resource fair providing valuable addiction treatment information including our What’s a Parent to Do? Resource guide that helps parents understand the complexities surrounding adolescent drug and alcohol use. Download our free Parent Guide or view other addiction treatment resources at RecoverGateway.org/Resources.

Gateway’s Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center in St. Louis Metro East Celebrates Its 1st Anniversary

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Gateway Swansea
1 Bronze Pointe
Swansea, IL 62226

In honor of the first anniversary of Gateway’s Swansea treatment center, an Open House is planned on Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 11 am – 5 pm. The opening commemorates the positive impact of substance abuse treatment and recovery on local residents living throughout the St. Louis Metro East area. In September 2013, Gateway’s treatment center in Belleville moved to Swansea and was able to help 670 more adults and adolescents than the previous year get their lives back on track. Gateway Swansea officially opened on Sept. 4, 2013, and provides outpatient 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 line stops.

Light refreshments will be served while community care providers and local business leaders network with other professionals, and learn how Gateway helps adults and teens gain the tools and knowledge needed for lasting recovery. Attendees will be able to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the location and understand Gateway’s integrated approach for treating opiate and heroin addiction, which includes on-site services for administering medications such as Suboxone® and Vivitrol®.  Gateway’s substance abuse professionals will also provide an overview of the evidence-based practices, relapse prevention curriculum and family programs offered at the center.

Gateway treatment programs are personalized and based on a person’s unique background including drug use history, environment, withdrawal issues, lifestyle and co-occurring stress and mental health concerns. Gateway’s collaborative approach to treatment 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 a support system . Outpatient treatment also includes: substance abuse education, group counseling utilizing evidence-based relapse prevention, individual therapy and family engagement.

The Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center in Swansea offers outpatient treatment services in the morning and evening, Monday through Friday. The center also offers a free, confidential consultation to help individuals and families understand their treatment options.  Learn more about the Swansea location and free consultation by calling 877-505-HOPE (4673) or visiting RecoverGateway.org.

Join Gateway Treatment Centers for an Open House in Aurora

Gateway Aurora 400 Mercy Lane Aurora, IL 60506 (877) 505-4673 Fax: (630) 897-7539

Gateway Aurora
400 Mercy Lane
Aurora, IL 60506
(877) 505-4673
Fax: (630) 897-7539

The Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center in Aurora has added a new adult co-occurring substance abuse treatment program. To celebrate the new program we are hosting an Open House and warmly invite you to join us and discover why 9 out of 10 former clients would refer a family member or friend to Gateway for treatment.

DATE:
Friday, September 26, 2014

TIME:
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

LOCATION:
Gateway Aurora
400 Mercy Lane
Aurora, IL 60506

Please come by for light refreshments while networking with our clinical team and other professionals. Find out how Gateway successfully guides individuals through treatment and provides ongoing support for their lasting recovery.

  • Learn more about our new co-occurring program that provides treatment to men and women who struggle with both mental health and substance abuse issues.
  • Discuss our relapse prevention methods and gain a better understanding of the evidence-based counseling practices used in Gateway Treatment Programs.
  • Understand the latest trends in how to help individuals overcome mild to moderate physical dependence from alcohol, opiates and benzodiazepines through use of medications.

Effective substance abuse treatment is within reach – nearby in Aurora. If you know someone that may need help, please call 877-505-HOPE (4673) or visit RecoverGateway.org.

9/20/2014 – Recovery Month Event – Fox Valley

END OF SUMMER COMMUNITY PICNIC AND SOFTBALL EVENT

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th – 1:00pm – 5:00pm

NEW HAVEN PARK
720 NEW HAVEN AVE
AURORA, IL 60504

In honor of Recovery Month, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment in Aurora is sponsoring an end of summer end of Summer community recovery event at the New Haven Park on September 20 between the hours of 1pm and 5pm.  This event is open to gateway treatment centers, gateway alcohol and drug treatment, sober event, fox valley, auroraall, invited are: current clients, alumni, the recovery community (AA, NA, CA, MA, Al Anon, Families Anonymous, Celebrate Recovery) Students from Local Colleges, and Professionals in the industry.

An Open 16” Softball game will begin about 1:30pm allowing for player rotation and/or multiple games.

Food will not be provided, attendees are encouraged to bring picnic foods and beverages. Questions? Contact Bob Chapman at 630-966-7454.

About Gateway  Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers provide substance abuse treatment services for teens and adults at drug treatment centers throughout Illinois and the St. Louis Metro East area. Gateway’s outpatient and residential treatment centers are licensed by the state of Illinois and accredited by The Joint Commission. Each year, Gateway’s professional clinicians help thousands of individual’s successfully complete treatment.

Learn more about Gateway’s free, confidential consultation, or call 877-505-HOPE (4673).

National Recovery Month: A Closer Look at Substance Abuse

Insight from Gateway Expert: Patricia Ryding

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Dr. Patricia Ryding
Executive Director
Gateway Lake Villa

Did you know that nearly one in 10 Americans over the age of 12 are classified has having a substance abuse or dependency problem?  At that rate, nearly 6,400 of the 64,000 Lake County community residents have a problem abusing drugs or alcohol, or both.  As you might assume, substance abuse negatively impacts those immediately around the person in need of help. In fact, the impact of substance abuse goes far beyond one’s friends and family members. Annually, thousands of dollars throughout Lake County go toward substance abuse in terms of higher costs for healthcare, the criminal justice system, welfare, taxes and in lives taken or damaged by substance abuse related violence, stealing or impaired driving.

September is National Recovery Month, and is a time I encourage you to speak openly about substance abuse and the realities around it with your family, friends and co-workers. Did you know that studies show when parents talk to their kids about the dangers of using drugs or alcohol, the message sticks? Visit RecoverGateway.org/Prevention to access a free toolkit designed to help parents start the conversation about prevention with their kids.

If you have a friend or family member that you think may be struggling with some sort of alcohol or drug abuse problem, please encourage them to get treatment. They may simply not know where to get help or what first step to take. If you aren’t sure about the first step to take, I want to share a few good places start. You may not realize it, but a Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center, located in Lake Villa provides free consultations and resources to help you better understand substance abuse and answer any questions you may have. Visit RecoverGateway.org to talk via live chat with a person who can tell you about substance abuse treatment options available in our community. This National Recovery month, so why should you wait? I urge you to talk to your friends and family about how to prevent substance abuse or get treatment if someone may need help.

Lake County TV Special: Gateway Presents the Effects of Marijuana Use

One of the best lectures on Marijuana that I have heard in a long time – mainly because it was clear, concise and objective. It used medical and scientific evidence about this drug. It was so good that I thought the citizens of Lake County should listen to at least parts of it!” – Thomas Rudd, Lake County Coroner

Karen Albert, LCSW and Program Director at Gateway’s Treatment Center in Lake Villa, provides easy to understand insights on marijuana use and abuse for residents throughout Lake County and Northern Illinois:effects of marijuana, gateway treatment centers, drug treatment, lake county, lake county tv

  • The impact of marijuana on the brain; how it leads to addiction;
  • Its hindering effect on attention, memory and learning
  • How marijuana use can cause “failure to launch” in our teens

See it Now on YouTube!
Click here to view the segment on marijuana produced by Lake County TV.

For more information on marijuana visit RecoverGateway.org/Marijuana

Gateway CEO Rallies Alcohol & Drug Rehab Industry to Reach More Patients

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Michael Darcy, President & CEO, Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment, speaking at IADDA’s annual meeting on Sept. 4, 2014, at Hilton in Lisle, Ill.

Michael Darcy, President & CEO, Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment, urged members of the alcohol and drug rehab industry attending IADDA’s annual conference at Hilton in Lisle, Ill., on Sept. 4 2014, to focus on attracting consumers who need treatment for substance abuse  with private pay insurance. Inspired by Gateway’s own successful model of treating the insured population, Darcy explained to a packed ballroom of industry leaders that treating the insured population will help the industry fulfill its collective mission of supporting individuals who can’t afford alcohol and drug rehab.

“More than 80 percent of Americans have private health insurance. And, with the Affordable Care Act in effect, the majority of Americans now have access to treatment for substance abuse issues through their health insurance benefits. With state budgets in flux, treating the insured population will ensure future viability of the alcohol and drug rehab industry so those who may not be able to afford treatment will have access to help when they need it,” says Michael Darcy, President & CEO, Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment.

As the soon-to-retire leader of one of the largest substance abuse treatment organization in the U.S., Darcy has dedicated his career to evolving treatment and expanding accessibility and recovery support throughout Illinois and beyond. Since 1968, Gateway Foundation has steadily improved its expertise and capacity, growing capabilities to treat more than 9,000 individuals daily through successful programs and treatment centers spanning five states.

“In the long run, it is best for the consumer and society at-large if America has a vibrant substance abuse treatment industry that works seamlessly with health care professionals, hospitals and insurance carriers on behalf of patients in the primary healthcare arena,” explains Darcy.

For more information about Gateway Treatment Centers and its executive leadership, please visit RecoverGateway.org.

Can Low Self-Esteem Lead to Substance Abuse?

low self esteem, substance abuseLow self-esteem, a perception that one is inadequate, unlovable, unworthy and/or incompetent, often stems from exposure to dysfunctional behavior as a child. If children bear the brunt of anger, abandonment, abuse, neglect or continual negative criticism, it can lead to feelings of low self-worth.

With little to live up to, people with chronic self-esteem issues may take on behaviors that reinforce their feelings of inadequacy, including drug use. When people use drugs or alcohol as an artificial boost to self-esteem, they’re attempting to function in situations where they lack confidence.

Signs of Low Self-Esteem:

  • Overly critical of self and others and believes others view them in the same negative ways that they view themselves.
  • Makes a big deal about comments or behavior of others they view as inappropriate or offensive.
  • Only thinks about what goes on around them in terms of their own needs and wants.
  • Excessively submissive to authority figures.

With professional help, people who suffer with low self-esteem and substance abuse issues can enhance relationships by improving their coping and communication skills. Rather than reacting to preconceived notions, each person has the ability to learn how to resolve their disagreements with others in a healthy, productive manner.

“Treatment is about rebuilding self-esteem. Thanks to Gateway, I finally saw the beauty inside me. They helped me work through issues that were too heavy for me to tackle on my own—some issues were deeply buried since childhood,” explains Christine, a 25-year-old woman who completed treatment for alcohol and drug abuse at a Gateway Center located in Carbondale, IL.

Does someone you know suffer from low self-esteem combined with substance abuse? Gateway can help get life back on track. Call 877-505-HOPE (4673).

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