Comprehensive Guide Offers Families Direction in Understanding Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Click to View Gateway's Roadmap to Understanding Substance Abuse: A Guide for Parents and Families

The more you know, the better you will understand down the road how to approach someone who may be abusing alcohol and/or drugs.  That’s why Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment created a handy Roadmap to Understanding Substance Abuse: A Guide for Parents and Families.

Rest assured you aren’t traveling this road alone. Gateway’s Roadmap for Understanding Substance Abuse is a booklet packed with useful information and tips for spouses, parents and friends to help identify whether or not substance abuse is a driving issue related to other problems and what to do about it.

Download “Roadmap to Understanding Substance Abuse to:

  • Learn about the risks associated with alcohol, marijuana and heroin use.
  • Discover tips for discussing alcohol and drug use with your children.
  • Find out about treatment options available for substance use disorders.

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If someone you care about is struggling with substance abuse, Gateway can help. Visit RecoverGateway.org or call 877-505-4673 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.

Gateway Springfield Celebrates Outpatient Program Graduates

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Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment in Springfield

On Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 a celebration was held for those graduating from Gateway Springfield’s Outpatient Drug Treatment Program. Over 140 individuals including 43 graduates attended the ceremony at Secret Recipes Reception Center in Springfield. The staff at Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment wishes all graduates serenity as they continue down the path of recovery.

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Exhibits at Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

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Katie Richburg, Outreach Coordinator, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers shares valuable substance abuse resources.

On Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 Katie Richburg, Outreach Coordinator for Gateway Treatment Centers, represented Gateway’s Chicago River North location at the 2014 Museum of Science and Industry Wellness Fair. This fair is a forum designed to help the Museum of Science and Industry employees focus on financial, physical, and emotional well-being. Katie Richburg provided valuable resources on substance abuse how to get help for someone who may be struggling with drugs and or alcohol to over 100 individuals.

Gateway’s Chicago River North Drug Treatment Center is located just eight miles north of the Museum of Science and Industry near Chicago’s Merchandise Mart and is easily accessible via public transportation. For more information about Gateway Chicago River North, please visit RecoverGateway.org/ChicagoRiverNorth.

Gateway Caseyville Supports St. Louis Metro East Community

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Gateway Caseyville

This holiday season, Gateway’s St. Louis Metro East Inpatient drug treatment center held its fifth annual food drive for the Caseyville Food Pantry.  Gateway Treatment Centers are committed to giving back and are proud to support the St. Louis Metro East community. Canned food donations from Gateway Staff were collected and delivered to the pantry by Gateway’s MaryBeth Reinger. The pantry is located at 119 W. Lincoln Ave., Caseyville IL 62232, and is run by the Caseyville United Methodist Church in conjunction with St. Stephen Catholic Church in Caseyville. The pantry was able to serve approximately 300 families and 1,000 individuals in 2014.

The DO’s of Encouraging Patient Self-Efficacy

As a healthcare professional, you’re in a unique position to encourage your patients to change certain behaviors that pose a risk to their health, such as smoking cigarettes, heavy drinking or drug abuse. But what’s the best approach when there’s evidence that substance abuse is taking a toll on a patients’ health?

First, let’s review some improper assumptions regarding behavior change for patients.

  • This person ought to change.
  • This person wants to change.
  • This patient’s health is the prime motivating factor for him/her.
  • If he or she does not decide to change, the consultation has failed.
  • Patients are either motivated to change, or not.
  • I’m the expert. He or she must follow my advice.

Responsibilities of the Patient

substance abuse patient, gateway treatment centersTo encourage patient enlightenment, it’s important to take the necessary time to clarify sensible drinking guidelines and health risks posed by drug use that patients disclose. However, when it comes to addressing change itself, motivational interviewing (MI) is extremely useful. MI promotes self-efficacy by placing responsibility of change on the patients themselves rather than advising patients to change. Indeed, trying to convince patients to change can actually undermine their self-efficacy. The DO’s of encouraging patient self-efficacy during health interventions:

  • DO elicit patient’s own thoughts, feelings, ambivalence, and motivation to change.
  • DO refine and practice your listening skills.
  • DO roll with resistance rather than confronting or opposing it.
  • DO use open-ended questions, which require patients to think and reflect.
  • DO use affirming statements to promote self-efficacy and acknowledge personal challenges.
  • DO use reflections to communicate respect and clarify exactly what the patient means.
  • DO summarize at conclusion of conversation to reinforce what patients said and prepare them to move forward.

It can take weeks or months for a patient to decide professional treatment for substance abuse is best for them. When they are ready, Gateway Treatment Centers offer a free, confidential consultation to help adults and teens understand their personalized substance abuse treatment options.

Online CEU Training: How to Screen for Substance Abuse Issues to Enhance Patient Care Outcomes

free ceu training, webinar, healthcare profesionalsGateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment will kick off a new year with two expert-led online training courses in January 2015, which offer healthcare professionals the tools needed for productive patient exchanges about alcohol and drug use. Led by Gateway’s Medical Director John Larson M.D., healthcare professionals are invited to register on two different dates for a free Lunchtime Learning CEU Webinar—Thursday, January 22 and Tuesday, January 27, 2015, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.—and earn 1 CEU compliments of Gateway.

Since healthcare professionals are in a unique position to alleviate the stigma associated with substance abuse issues, Gateway’s webinar will cover important topics, like the steps of a brief intervention and how to distinguish the various levels of substance use issues likely to be encountered in a healthcare setting.

“Discussing substance abuse issues with patients can be tricky. Whether real or perceived, there are challenges when it comes to talking with patients about substance abuse, including time constraints and our innate aversion to awkwardness,” says Dr. John Larson, Corporate Medical Director, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment. “Yet, skipping the topic entirely is a huge disservice to patients who depend on healthcare professionals to help keep them healthy.”

To sign up for a webinar, please visit RecoverGateway.org/Training.

Congressman Bill Foster Addresses Heroin Issues in Our Community

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Pictured (l to r): Pam Davis, Silver Cross Hospital; Larry Dunbar, Bremen Youth Center; Gloria Bloodsaw, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers; Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL11); Katheryn Wiedman, Stepping Stones; Mardi Wunderlich, Joliet Police Department; and Maria De Leon, Office of Congressman Bill Foster.

Gloria Bloodsaw, Outreach Coordinator, represented Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers at the Southwest Coalition’s holiday luncheon on December 17, 2014. Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL11) presented on the heroin use issues the Chicago suburban communities are facing.

According to Illinois Consortium of Drug Policy at Roosevelt University, in the past 5 years heroin use has increased 75 percent; and the Illinois State Crime Commission reports heroin use in Illinois is an epidemic. To enhance public awareness, Gateway offers a host of reliable resources on this dangerous drug trend at RecoverGateway.org/Heroin.

Is That an Elephant in Your Exam Room?: How to Talk to Patients About Substance Abuse Treatment

As a health care professional, your role is to collaborate with patients in regards to their state of health and wellness. Together, you search for clues and evidence to either identify or rule out potential health risks and discuss strategies to enhance wellness. Understanding your patients’ lifestyles as well as details about how they manage stressors, such as career, home, family or personal set-backs, is customary during an annual health check-up. But are you adequately addressing the elephant in the exam room?

“Let’s face it talking to patients about substance abuse can be tricky. Whether real or perceived, there are disincentives for doctors to talk with their patients about substance abuse, including time constraints and our society’s aversion to awkward encounters,” says Dr. John Larson, Corporate Medical Director, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment. “Yet, skipping the topic entirely is a huge disservice to your patients who depend on you to help keep them healthy.”

Bear in mind, there are plenty of myths about substance abuse and drug rehab that actually perpetuate avoidant behavior from patients who need help remaining sober, including:

  • A person can’t be forced into treatment, and has to have the desire to change for treatment to be work.
  • Addiction treatment didn’t work in the past, so there’s no point in trying again.
  • Overcoming addiction is merely a matter of willpower. People can choose to stop using drugs if they really want to change their lives for the better.

Help Inspire Self-Directed Change in Others

To overcome misperception as well as the societal stigma of substance abuse with your patients’, it’s important to motivational interviewing, substance abuse, gateway alcohol & Drug treatment centersset a positive tone from right off the bat. Simply advising patients to change if a problem is revealed often is unrewarding and ineffective. That’s why Gateway recommends using techniques of Motivational Interviewing (MI) to promote self-directed change. In fact, a recent meta-analysis* of 72 studies found that MI outperformed traditional medical advice-giving in 80% of the studies.

To clarify, Motivational Interviewing is an open-ended, non-confrontational approach for interacting with persons who are unsure, uncommitted or ambivalent about changing. The spirit of MI, which is prioritized over technique, includes partnership, acceptance, compassion and evocation…or P.A.C.E.:

  • Partnership refers to collaborating with patients on their journey of exploration and decision-making.
  • Acceptance involves acknowledging and respecting patients’ inherent worth or ability within and as ultimate decision makers.
  • Compassion involves demonstrating commitment and behavior supportive of patients’ best interests.
  • Evocation encompasses the use of reflections, open-ended questions and non-judgmental exploration to facilitate exchanges in which patients elicit their concerns and reasons for change.

Trying to impose motivation upon patients makes it less likely they will change. Rather, it’s the role of the patient to make needed changes in MI; and your responsibility as a physician is to educate and empower your patients to make well-informed decisions that satisfy their own personal health needs.

If you know someone that could benefit from a free, confidential substance abuse consultation, encourage them to call 800-971-HOPE, or visit RecoverGateway.org.

*US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15826439
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