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’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.

Drug Rehab Expansion Advances Fox Valley Response to Heroin Epidemic

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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 RecoverGateway.org/Aurora for more information.

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

END OF SUMMER COMMUNITY PICNIC AND SOFTBALL EVENT

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

NEW HAVEN PARK
720 NEW HAVEN AVE
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).

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