June 25, 2015
1 in a Series of 4
Gateway Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers employs evidenced-based practices to create meaningful, individualized treatment programs. We believe there is more than one pathway to recovery so we expose clients to a wide array of treatment methodologies. This article series explores some of those methodologies.
A key distinguishing factor between Gateway Treatment Centers and the vast majority of treatment providers can be found in the way we employ 12-step programs. First and foremost, these types of programs comprise the core offering of most treatment providers, while they are just a portion of what we do at Gateway.
A Personal Choice
Some clients come to Gateway convinced that a 12-step program is the only thing that will work for them, while others have equally strong reservations about them. Using our exceptional implementation of the concept, we make it a priority to accommodate the needs of clients who are of either mindset.
Our experienced, knowledgeable staff utilizes a targeted approach that provides clients with an in-depth understanding of 12-step principles. Our curriculum is designed to break down barriers to participation and “kick start” the process of attending meetings and finding a sponsor.
12-step meetings can not only be challenging for some, they also vary from site to site and meeting to meeting. In order to give clients a good idea of what to expect, Gateway provides them with exposure to 12-steps in multiple settings. We accompany clients to both on-site and off-site meetings.
For those who prefer not to use 12-step techniques, we provide on-site SMART recovery groups and linkage to other peer support options such as Dual Recovery Anonymous.
Gateway believes 12-steps and other kinds of support groups play a valuable role in substance abuse treatment, but they only comprise part of the picture. The greatest benefit can be derived from experiencing 12-step programs in conjunction with evidenced-based treatment.