Lake Villa Drug Treatment Center Welcomes New Director

Lake Villa Drug Treatment

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment, the largest provider of substance abuse treatment in Illinois, recently welcomed Patricia Ryding, Psy.D., as the Executive Director for its Lake Villa substance abuse treatment center. With more than 30 years of experience in the fields of mental health and drug addiction treatment, Dr. Ryding comes to Gateway Foundation from CRC Health Group’s Sierra Tucson where she was previously the Executive Director.

As Executive Director, Dr. Ryding works to ensure that the quality care and evidence-based programs at the Lake Villa center are continuously improving so adults, teens and young men have access to affordable, individualized substance abuse treatment and aftercare for lasting recovery. Along with managing a multi-million dollar renovation to the Lake Villa center, Dr. Ryding is recruiting talented substance abuse professionals, including new Admissions Supervisor Sara Kozak, who comes to Gateway Foundation from Centegra Health Systems.

“I appreciate how Gateway Foundation uses an integrated approach, combining mental health care and substance abuse treatment to help individuals understand what caused their addiction and then develop coping skills to manage stress and triggers in a healthy way,” says Dr. Ryding.

Dr. Ryding holds a BA from Boston University as well as a MA in Counseling Psychology from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. She also holds a Doctorate in Psychology from Carlos Albizu University in Miami, FL.

Located approximately 50 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, IL, Gateway Foundation Lake Villa is situated on a beautiful 43-acre campus on the shores of the Fox Lake. For more information about alcohol and drug abuse treatment for adults and adolescents at the Lake Villa center, please visit RecoverGateway.org.

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