Gateway Aurora Executive Director Collaborates with Daily Herald to Educate Community on Heroin Addiction Treatment

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Jim Scarpace, Executive Director, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers in Aurora, IL recently provided the Daily Herald with information regarding heroin addiction treatment.

Scarpace said, “With heroin, you’re always trying to chase that initial high that you could never re-create. In treatment, you learn the skill to manage the distorted behaviors associated with addiction…Treatment isn’t magic, but give it time, and it can work.”

“Treatment is a lifelong process,” Scarpace says. “If treatment was a magic bullet, we wouldn’t have these issues we’re having [with heroin abuse in our community].”1

Read the full article from the Daily Herald at

Learn more about heroin addiction treatment at or call our 24-Hour Helpline at 877-505-HOPE (4673)


Drug Rehab Expansion Advances Fox Valley Response to Heroin Epidemic

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Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Aurora

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers announces today it has been approved by Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to receive a $500,000 grant, which will help fund the investment surrounding a 10-bed expansion construction project at its drug rehab center located in the Aurora, IL. As heroin continues to lure a following of young adult users from the Fox Valley area, the additional capacity will help Gateway meet the escalating demand for inpatient substance abuse treatment services.

“The reality is the surge in heroin use in DuPage and Kane counties have caused a bleak “no vacancy” status quo for inpatient treatment services since providers, for the most part, have been working at full capacity. Thanks to the financial backing from DCEO, more individuals who struggle with addiction issues will have access to life-saving treatment and the kind of emotional support needed, when they are ready to get life back on track,” explains Jim Scarpace, Executive Director, Gateway Aurora.

Gateway Aurora also is an active participant in solution-minded community coalitions, which bring together elected officials, businesses leaders and concerned citizens to collaborate on strategies to address the area’s heroin problem. Thanks to unwavering support from State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia, state Sen. Jim Oberweis, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) and Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14), progress has been made in alleviating vulnerabilities, educating the public and saving lives. For example, Naperville police now carry Narcan nasal spray to be administered in the event of an overdose, which has resulted in 25 lives saved in one year alone according to Chicago Tribune story published on Oct. 17, 2014.

“During my time in Congress, I have looked for ways to attack from head-on the problem of substance abuse. Healthcare providers know the best way to fight addiction is to provide in-patient treatment, like the services provided by Gateway Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers. This grant funding will go a long way in the fight against substance abuse in the Fox Valley and the surrounding area. Ten more beds at this facility mean more people will get the help they need and be on the road to recovery,” says Congressman Bill Foster.

When complete in July 2015, Gateway Aurora’s renovated inpatient annex will include a total of 44 beds, increasing client capacity by about 22 percent. The Aurora center also offers step-down services, Outpatient and Aftercare programs; please visit for more information.

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.

Friday, September 26, 2014

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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

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


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

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).

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


Supporting Your Substance Abuse Recovery This Holiday Season

The holidays come with a lot of anticipation. You look forward to experiencing the joy, togetherness and spirit of the season, but it’s not uncommon for idealistic expectations, extra demands and stress to start to weigh you down. Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment offers some practical advice to help support your recovery and your spirit so you can take the holidays in stride.

“Think about what you can do to have a holiday you will appreciate rather than getting caught up in thoughts of what could happen during the holidays. Be mindful and aware instead of ruminating about how unpleasant the experience can be. This is an important time to practice putting less focus on others and more attention to what you can control,” says Gateway Foundation Aurora Clinical Supervisor Nick Turner.

Have a Plan

Look forward and try to anticipate what could happen but don’t get too caught up in your thoughts. Remember, plan out in advance how you want to handle potential issues so you can be mindful and aware of your response. You only can control yourself and how you respond; you cannot control others.

Family Dynamics

Even though you love them dearly, challenging family dynamics—especially around the holidays—are not uncommon. Carry your values with you, like the love you have for your family, and tell yourself, this is how I want to be when I’m around them. Think ahead to when you’re driving home from the gathering, how do you want to feel about your actions and behavior towards your loved ones?

Setting Boundaries

Placing boundaries is an important step in taking care of yourself. For instance, letting your family know ahead of time about topics of conversation that you prefer not discussing can alleviate undesirable confrontations. However, you still need to have a plan in place just in case the subject comes up. Setting a time limit on your length of stay is another boundary you can set. If you do decide to go this route, you should let your family know ahead of time so there are no surprises when you are heading out the door. Gently tell your loved ones it is in the best interest for your recovery and they should understand.

Temporary Avoidance

Maybe you need more time before you feel comfortable hanging out with your family. If you postpone, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holidays with your family next year. You should know it’s okay to feel this way, and there is actually a name for this! This is what we call a value-based avoidance. Keep in mind that Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have 24-hour meetings during the holidays so you don’t have to be alone. Or you could go to a local shelter and help feed the homeless and give back to others who need support during the holidays.

“Remember, when you’re around your loved ones, it’s less about being right or winning a battle and more about your values, goals and who you want to be as a person. The best advice I can offer is to remember to be mindful by observing and responding, don’t just react,” explains Mr. Turner.

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