Gateway Foundation’s ASPIRE Program Achieves Top, Dual Diagnosis Rating

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Gateway is proud to announce the ASPIRE program at Chicago Independence is the first in Illinois to be certified as a Dual Diagnosis Enhanced (DDE) site. This means ASPIRE is now officially able to treat co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. ASPIRE is the only women’s program that has met the DDE standard, as determined by an independent rater, and one of the only women’s programs American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) deems appropriate for clients who have severe or unstable mental health disorders and need residential treatment.

The ability to treat substance use and mental health disorders is extremely important, as 80 percent of individuals with mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety, also have substance use disorders. In order for a person to have the greatest chance of a successful outcome, both aspects must be treated. When either disorder goes untreated, the probability of relapse is much higher.

In order to ensure the staff is thoroughly prepared for treating clients with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders, Gateway hired employees who established many techniques to develop a training program to spread the knowledge. Ensuring the staff is properly prepared to treat both disorders allows for patients to have the best chance at lifelong recovery.

What is ASPIRE?

The ASPIRE program was first implemented six years ago and provides evidence-based treatment for women suffering from substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions. While addiction does not discriminate based on gender, addiction has often been painted as a male issue. In reality, millions of women in the United States are also battling addiction. A program like ASPIRE helps bridge the gender gap of addiction while still ensuring women receive a tailored, personalized treatment plan for their individual needs.

“The program gives women everything that exists in the best non-gender specific programs, with the added benefit of women-specific programming that addresses how gender roles impact substance use disorders and related co-morbid conditions, such as trauma,” says Chicago Independence Clinical Director Gilbert Lichstein. “The program is a safe space where participants are not addressed in a confrontational manner or judged.”

ASPIRE is one of many Gateway initiatives that demonstrates our commitment to treating not only substance use disorders but the underlying causes of addiction.

Treat Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders Together

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Article By:
Gilbert Lichstein, LCPC, M.S. Clinical Psychology
Program Director
Gateway Chicago West

Known as a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder, substance abuse and mental health issues frequently occur together. The likelihood of succeeding in treatment is greatly enhanced when both are treated simultaneously.

Clients arriving at Gateway receive a comprehensive assessment and those who are found to have an Axis 1 mental health disorder may be admitted to the dual diagnosis unit. Axis 1 disorders include depression, mania, excessive anxiety and psychosis. One of Gateway’s distinguishing features is the depth with which we are able to address these issues.

Dual diagnosis care involves creating an individualized, client-centered treatment plan, which is a hallmark of Gateway’s approach to all treatment. We work together with clients to develop mental health care that capitalizes on things that may have worked for them in the past.

During this process, we listen to strategies clients believe will work and synthesize this information with our expertise to provide feedback and enhance those strategies.Medication assisted treatment is offered, but not mandatory.

One aspect of treatment that sets Gateway programs apart from other programs is our co-occurring disorders group, which is a standard part of all our residential programs. The core curriculum is a mindfulness based sobriety curriculum that combines relapse therapy, motivational interviewing, and acceptance and commitment therapy, all of which are evidenced-based practices. Treatment for mental health disorders is built into the continuum of care, so discharge planning starts when the person enters treatment.

Patients may elect to have family and loved ones involved; our family group component is an evidence-based practice for mental health concerns.

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Treatment Programs and Gateway Chicago West

Life Skills Treatment and Recovery: the LSTAR Program

The LSTAR program at Gateway’s Chicago West location is an enhanced co-ed residential treatment program for people with both substance abuse and moderate to severe mental health concerns. More robust than our standard dual diagnosis program, LSTAR has proven to be effective for clients who did not succeed in other programs.

LSTAR provides more one-on-one contact, addressing mental health concerns with greater concentration. Individual counseling, psychological consultation, monitoring, nursing, testing and assessment are ongoing.

Additional components of LSTAR include:

  • Co-occurring group which uses an evidenced-based cognitive behavioral therapy curriculum
  • Mindfulness based sobriety, motivational interviewing, and seeking safety, a curriculum for co-morbid trauma and substance abuse
  • Single and multi-family group counseling, 12-step facilitation and transition groups to help clients adjust to outside care
  • Recreational therapy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) anger management curriculum

To learn more about the treatment of co-occurring disorders, or for a free consultation, call Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers today at 877-505-HOPE (4673) or visit RecoverGateway.org.

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment’s Dr. Phil Welches Honored by IADDA

Gateway Foundation's Dr. Phil Welches and Michael Darcy

Pictured at the 45th Annual IADDA Fall Conference with the Dr. C. Vincent Bakeman Memorial Award is recipient Gateway Foundation’s Clinical Director Dr. Phil Welches and Gateway Foundation President and CEO Michael Darcy.

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment, a leading provider of substance abuse treatment, announces today its Clinical Director Dr. Phil Welches received the prestigious Dr. C. Vincent Bakeman Memorial Award at the 45th Annual Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA) Fall Conference in Lisle, IL, on September 6, 2012. Named after Dr. C. Vincent Bakeman, a pioneer and a visionary in drug addiction treatment and prevention, the award celebrates the work done by Illinois’ leaders in the field of substance abuse services. Recipients of the award are those who have clear vision for the future of the prevention and treatment field, consistently communicate their vision and are tireless leaders dedicated to the advancement of substance abuse treatment and prevention.

“Dr. Welches’ commitment to implementing advancements in the treatment of addiction and his ability to improve the quality of clinical services within the field make him most deserving of the Dr. C. Vincent Bakeman Award. His leadership in integrating evidence-based substance abuse treatment practices and fidelity measures has earned Gateway Foundation a reputation as a leader in providing innovative treatment for substance use disorders,” explains Michael Darcy, President and CEO, Gateway Foundation.

With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Welches has led efforts to promote concurrent treatment of substance abuse and co-occurring mental health problems. His success in this area of expertise earned him an invitation to participate in the nationwide Collaborative on Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addictions Treatment (DDCAT) chaired by Mark McGovern, Ph.D, of Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Welches also served as a member of both the DDCAT Measurement Refinement Workgroup and the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Mental Health Treatment (DDCMHT) Measurement Refinement Workgroup, teams that revised the DDCAT and DDCMHT in 2011. Dr. Welches is one of only 10 individuals nationwide who is trained as a trainer on the Dartmouth-developed, Hazelden-published Co-Occurring Disorders Program.

“Mounting research data on treatment effectiveness has helped to change the way we treat addiction. Research has revealed that co-occurring mental health problems are to be expected in addictions treatment. They are the rule, not the exception. Treating co-occurring mental health problems in conjunction with substance use problems within the same program—called ‘integrated treatment’—has proven to be most effective,” says Dr. Phil Welches.

To learn more about Gateway Foundation and its free and confidential consultation, call 877-505-HOPE (4673) or visit RecoverGateway.org.

Gateway Foundation to Offer Free CEU Training in Honor of National Recovery Month

In recognition of National Recovery Month in September, Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment is offering the professional community complimentary CEU workshops to enhance knowledge in order to better assist individuals with alcohol or drug abuse issues. Subject matter will include motivational interviewing, co-occurring disorders and understanding K2 and bath salts.

“Last year, Gateway Foundation provided free on-site training to more than 300 professionals to better prepare them to aid others who need treatment for substance abuse. This year, we are eager to share our clinical expertise with even more individuals by hosting three informative webinars that are ideal for professionals who work in healthcare, education, legal, mental health and substance abuse treatment,” says Gateway Foundation CEO and President Michael Darcy.

Motivational Interviewing Workshop

The webinar builds upon participants’ interviewing and counseling skills by teaching how to make a realistic assessment of an individual’s motivation for change. It outlines models to increase effectiveness with individuals who are ambivalent or who are resistant to change. The workshop is conducted by a Gateway Foundation Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who uses motivational interviewing techniques on a daily basis.

Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, from 1 to 2 p.m.

1 CEU  NAADAC, Illinois – LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing

Co-Occurring Disorders Workshop

The workshop introduces attendees to current, research-based approaches intended to improve one’s ability to succeed with individuals that are challenged by the presence of co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. The webinar will be led by a Gateway Foundation Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who is experienced in working with individuals with co-occurring disorders.

Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, from 1 to 2 p.m.

1 CEU  NAADAC, Illinois – LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing

Understanding K2 and Bath Salts Webinar

Lead by a Gateway Foundation Licensed Clinical Psychologist, this webinar is intended to increase one’s understanding of synthetic drugs, the signs and symptoms of K2 and bath salts use and the potential long-term effects of abuse. Attendees will also hear from representatives of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office to learn how the federal and state lawmakers are responding to these addictive and deadly drugs.

Date/Time: Thurs., Sept. 27, 2012, from 1 to 2 p.m.

1 CEU  NAADAC, Illinois – LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing

Presented by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), the goal of Recovery Month is to increase understanding of mental and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services to achieve recovery, and to help people recognize and seek assistance for these health conditions with the same urgency as any other health condition.

For more information about Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment and Recovery Month events or to register for webinars, please visit RecoverGateway.org/2012.

Gateway Foundation Offers New Outpatient Program in Chicago

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment is proud to introduce a new intensive outpatient program in Chicago at its Chicago West Treatment Center.  An integrated approach to substance abuse treatment, Gateway Foundation’s Mindful Recovery intensive outpatient program is based on Dr. Alan Marlatt’s Relapse Prevention Therapy.

The Chicago West outpatient program utilizes evidence-based relapse prevention curriculum to provide the most effective treatment to achieve a successful outcome. The new outpatient program also provides treatment for individuals that may have a co-occurring mental health issue. Individuals in treatment for substance abuse issues will focus on global lifestyle balance issues, strategies to escape high-risk situations, improving awareness, enhancing motivation and development of coping skills.

Gateway Foundation Chicago West Counselor Stacy Lott says, “Individuals in our intensive outpatient program will develop coping skills and self-sufficiency by learning how to utilize strengths and resources they already have with the support of effective, evidence-based clinical practices.”

The program also includes:

  • Individual counseling as well as family therapy.
  • Integrated approach for adults who may be challenged with a co-occurring mental health issue.
  • Convenient hours Monday thru Thursday from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Delicious and nutritious dinner in our cafeteria.

Gateway Chicago West’s intensive outpatient program will be offered during the evening hours for individuals that have daytime responsibilities like work, childcare or school. And, this affordable treatment option is covered by most health insurance carriers.

Gateway is licensed by the state of Illinois and accredited by The Joint Commission, the leading accrediting organization for hospitals and behavioral healthcare organizations.

Gateway Chicago West is located at 3828 W. Taylor Street in Chicago; for more information, please visit RecoverGateway.org.

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