Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Introduces New Vice President of Business Development & Strategy

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Jodi Levine
Vice President of Business Development & Strategy
Gateway Treatment Centers

Chicago-based Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers announced today that Jodi Levine has joined the organization as its Vice President of Business Development & Strategy.

“We’re excited to have Jodi as part of the Gateway team. There are opportunities we’ve not fully explored to expand and deliver our services to more of those in need of treatment,” says Gateway President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Britton. “Jodi has developed proven growth strategies, successfully negotiated managed care contracts and orchestrated key acquisitions. She brings the expertise Gateway needs to continue its growth, and brings the character and integrity to support and drive our mission.”

Levine has more than 20 years of experience developing and executing growth strategies for a diverse group of health care organizations. Most recently, she was the Vice President, Corporate Business Development in the Healthcare Compliance Solution division at Stericycle, a global medical waste disposal services firm based in Northbrook, IL.

Kane County Cougars “Pitch in” to Help Gateway!

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Gateway’s Fox Valley drug treatment center receives the charitable proceeds from this season’s Kane County Cougars “Pitch in for Charity” promotion. L to R: Jamie Horner, L.S.W., C.A.D.C., Counselor, Gateway Aurora, Sherman Fields, “Ozzie,” Kane County Cougars’ Mascot, Jim Scarpace, Executive Director, Gateway Aurora

Gateway’s Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center in the Fox Valley area has been chosen to receive the charitable proceeds from this season’s Kane County Cougars “Pitch in for Charity” promotion. “Pitch in for Charity” is a contest held before the fireworks following select Cougars baseball games and involves fans who purchase and throw numbered tennis balls onto a target to win prizes.

“The significance of the donation is twofold” said  Jamie Horner, L.S.W., C.A.D.C., Counselor, Gateway Aurora,  explaining that people often face financial limitations even if they have insurance coverage. “I am so happy that Gateway Aurora will use this donation to assist individuals in covering costs to enter recovery homes after they complete our treatment programs,” said Jamie.

Second, substance abuse treatment is often overlooked when companies choose to donate to a not-for-profit organization. “Often times, organizations are uncomfortable donating to substance abuse treatment centers due to the stigma associated with addiction and mental illness. This donation helps reduce that stigma.” Jamie said.

In her role as a counselor at Gateway’s Fox Valley drug treatment center, Jamie had discussed her passion for helping people recover and Gateway’s mission many times with her dad, Sherman Fields. Through his affiliation with the Kane County Cougars, Mr. Fields recommended Gateway for the “Pitch in for Charity” promotion because he is not only proud of his daughter’s work, he respects the good work performed by Gateway Treatment Centers.

Gateway Treatment Centers Support Red Ribbon Week with Free Family Guides

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In support of Red Ribbon Week’s drug awareness campaign, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers will distribute red ribbons and free Family Guides on how parents can talk to their kids about drugs and alcohol.

The goal of Red Ribbon Week is to promote drug awareness among parents and teens to keep young people drug free. Children whose parents regularly talk to them about drugs and are 42 percent less likely to use them, according to the Red Ribbon campaign, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.

“Most parents are already aware they should be talking to their children about the risks of drug and alcohol use, but they might be unsure of how to handle such a topic,” said Lori Dammermann, Executive Director of Gateway’s Carbondale center. “The Family Guide offers advice on how parents can initiate and maintain an ongoing conversation with their kids to help keep them drug free.”

The guides will be distributed in schools and other public places throughout Illinois. They cover such topics as talking to your children about drugs and alcohol, understanding substance abuse, information on drug treatment and signs of potential trouble that parents should watch out for.

The ribbons declare this year’s theme for Red Ribbon Week: “Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.”

Information is also available on the “Getting Help” section of the Gateway website at RecoverGateway.org. This includes the Family Guide, drug treatment options and how families can cope with a loved one who needs help.

The Red Ribbon Campaign, begun in 1985, is an effort by the National Family Partnership to promote drug prevention, education and advocacy.

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers offer a comprehensive approach to drug rehab. With facilities throughout the state, including Lake County, Chicago, St. Louis Metro East, and Carbondale, its staff creates personalized treatment plans for each client, one that treats the underlying causes of substance abuse—not just their addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Services include substance-abuse education, group and individual counseling, medical treatment of withdrawal symptoms and integrated therapy for underlying mental health concerns. Gateway also provides family counseling and education, relapse prevention and aftercare recovery support programs for teens and adults.

Gateway’s Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center in Aurora to hold Open House Friday, Oct. 16

fox-valley-drug-rehab-centerThe Aurora facility of Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers will hold an open house Friday, Oct. 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Attendees can tour Gateway’s recently-expanded facility, meet the staff and learn about the alcohol and drug treatment services it provides to the Fox Valley community.

They can also hear about Gateway’s plans for future alcohol and drug treatment programs from Dr. Thomas P. Britton, Gateway’s new President and CEO.

“People might have a loved one they’re concerned about, or they could simply be curious about our facility and what we have to offer,” Britton said. “This open house will be a chance for the community to learn more about our Gateway center in Aurora, meet our staff and get answers to whatever questions they may have about substance abuse and the treatment options available in the Fox Valley area.”

The Aurora facility, on the campus of Presence Mercy Medical Center, recently added 10 residential beds to its alcohol and drug treatment center. The expansion increases the inpatient annex to 44 residential beds, and also provides additional counseling space for outpatient treatment.

Jim Scarpace, Executive Director of the Aurora Treatment Center, said this is part of Gateway’s effort to meet the increasing demand for drug treatment, given the continuing surge in opiate addiction in the Fox Valley, Aurora and Chicago areas.

“Our goal is to help individuals get their life back on track through the use of client-centered, evidenced-based approaches in both our residential and outpatient programs. The expansion provides more convenient access to those who need drug and alcohol treatment in the Fox Valley area” Scarpace said.

The facility is located at 400 Mercy Lane, Aurora, IL. RSVPs are suggested, but not required, by calling Donna Butler at 630-966-7403 by Friday, Oct. 16. Free parking is available.

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers offer a comprehensive approach to drug rehab. With 10 facilities throughout the state, including three in Chicago and two in the Chicago Suburbs, its staff creates personalized treatment plans for each client, one that treats the underlying causes of substance abuse—not just their addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Services include substance-abuse education, group and individual counseling, medical treatment of withdrawal symptoms and integrated therapy for underlying mental health concerns. Gateway also provides family counseling and education, relapse prevention and aftercare recovery support programs for teens and adults.

Fall into Drug Safety: Safeguard Unused Prescription Drugs

As the colder weather approaches, we start preparing to spend more time indoors. Now’s the time to make sure our windows and doors are in good shape, have the furnace inspected and cleaned, and take the car in for winterizing.

What many of us don’t think about, are the less visible dangers that may be present in our homes, specifically, prescription medications. In the wrong hands, prescription drugs can quickly turn from helpful to harmful.

Safeguard Your Prescription Drugs

prescription drugs, gateway alcohol and drug treatment centersPrescription pills in the household may “disappear” without the owner’s consent. If you have prescription drugs in your home, ask yourself:  What prescription drugs do I have? Where are they kept? Would I notice if some were missing?

You can take immediate steps to limit access to prescription and also over-the-counter medicines. Here’s how:

  • Conceal their location, monitor the quantities, and control access to them
  • Set clear rules for teens about drug use, including not sharing medicine and following the prescriber’s advice and dosage
  • Be a good role model – follow the above rules yourself
  • Discuss safeguarding medications with your friends and family
  • Properly dispose of old or unused medications

If taken accidentally, pharmaceutical and over-the-counter drugs can be especially harmful to a child, pet or anyone else. Possible harmful effects include breathing difficulties, heart problems, and possibly, death.

The experts at Gateway Treatment Centers are available to answer any questions you may have about substance abuse. We wish you a happy, healthy fall!

For More information about prescription drug abuse, visit RecoverGateway.org/RxDrugs

If you or someone you love is struggling with prescription drug abuse, Gateway can help. Call our 24-Hour Helpline at 877-505-HO{PE (4673).

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