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 RecoverGateway.org/Aurora 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.

DATE:
Friday, September 26, 2014

TIME:
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

LOCATION:
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 RecoverGateway.org.

Gateway Foundation Announces CEO Michael Darcy Retiring in June 2015

Global Recruiting firm Korn Ferry Engaged to Lead Executive Search

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Michael J. Darcy
President and CEO Gateway Foundation

Chicago-based Gateway Foundation, Inc. announces today Michael J. Darcy has decided to retire on June 30, 2015, and has engaged global executive search firm Korn Ferry to recruit its future President and CEO.

“We will always be grateful for Michael Darcy’s dedication to fostering a client-centered collaborative culture that will serve our organization for years to come,” explains Glenn Baer Huebner, Chairman of the Board, Gateway Foundation. “Under Michael Darcy’s leadership, Gateway has expanded its footprint throughout Illinois and into Delaware to ensure individuals have access to affordable, quality substance abuse treatment programs. Likewise, delivering specialized addiction treatment programs in correctional settings has resulted in reduced recidivism and safer communities in states like Missouri, New Jersey and Texas.”

Darcy, age 65, is retiring after nearly 30 years at Gateway’s helm, which caps a remarkable 46-year career at the non-profit organization that’s dedicated to offering hope and second chances to individuals and their families. Mr. Darcy has led Gateway’s evolution to a state-of-the-art substance abuse treatment provider and strengthened its market position with strategic expansion.

“Deservedly so, Michael will be long remembered for pushing the envelope in the field of addiction treatment and advocating for advancements such as the use of evidence-based practices to modernize patient care,” adds Glenn Baer Huebner.

Savvy executives with the fortitude to fulfill Gateway’s noble mission are encouraged to contact Korn Ferry’s Chicago office.

For more information about Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers visit RecoverGateway.org

Failure to Launch: Long-Term Effects of Marijuana Use

effects of marijuana use, gateway alcohol and drug treatmentMarijuana use can impair learning, memory, perception and judgment. It can lead to dulled emotions and lack of enthusiasm. Other effects of marijuana use include:

Difficulty speaking, listening effectively, retaining knowledge, problem solving and forming new concepts.

  • Reduced alertness/concentration.
  • Altered perceptions.
  • Decrease in reaction time.
  • Lower IQ for adolescents.

Research has shown that marijuana’s negative effects on attention, memory, and learning can last for days or weeks after the acute effects of the drug wear off. Consequently, someone who smokes marijuana daily may be functioning at a reduced intellectual level most or all of the time. Not surprisingly, evidence suggests that, compared with their nonsmoking peers, students who smoke marijuana tend to get lower grades and are more likely to drop out of high school.

A meta-analysis of 48 relevant studies—one of the most thorough performed to date—found cannabis use to be associated consistently with reduced educational attainment (e.g., grades and chances of graduating). That said, marijuana users themselves report poor outcomes on a variety of life satisfaction and achievement measures.

One study compared current and former long-term heavy users of marijuana with a control group who reported smoking cannabis at least once in their lives but not more than 50 times. Despite similar education and income backgrounds, significant differences were found in educational attainment: fewer of the heavy users of cannabis completed college, and more had yearly household incomes of less than $30,000. When asked how marijuana affected their cognitive abilities, career achievements, social lives,and physical and mental health, the majority of heavy cannabis users reported the drug’s negative effects on all of these measures. (Source: NIH)

Don’t let substance abuse stunt the growth and future happiness of someone you love.  To arrange a free, confidential consultation at a Gateway Treatment Center near you, please call (877) 505-HOPE.

 

Gateway Expert Discusses Robitussin DM Abuse or “Robo-Tripping”

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Dr. Phil Welches
Clinical Director, Gateway Foundation

Question:

How can you help someone who is abusing Robitussin DM in liquid and pill forms?

Answer:

Abuse of Robitussin DM is not rare, especially among teenagers but also some younger adults.  It’s sometimes called “Robo-tripping.”  The “D” in the “DM” refers to dextromethorphan (a cough suppressant), and that’s what causes the “high.” Robitussin DM is available over-the-counter and it’s not very expensive.  That, along with the effects users seek, make this a high potential drug for abuse.

The effects of Robitussin DM vary a little from person to person, but commonly they include altered time perception and visual hallucinations. Signs of abuse include: anxiety, excitability, slurred speech, sweating and obvious altered perception of reality in speech content and response. For some, the effects can include relaxation or drowsiness.

Finally, as to your question, what can be done to help someone stop abusing Robitussin DM? This will depend on the person. Since the drug is over-the-counter, some mistakenly believe that it is harmless. Some individuals, when they learn the risks, are motivated to stop using it. For others, even ones who are motivated to stop, actually quitting can be a struggle.

There can be serious side effects when one uses more than the suggested amount and even for some who use the suggested amount of Robitussin DM. These side effects can include: difficulty breathing, allergic reactions (sometimes with swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat), dizziness (which can be severe), anxiety/restlessness, confusion and shallow breathing.

If the person has been using high doses fairly regularly, there can be withdrawal symptoms, much like from narcotic drugs, and these can include: restlessness, insomnia, muscle and bone aches, diarrhea and vomiting.  If the person’s addiction is severe, then the withdrawal process may need to be medically monitored as, in some cases, it can be life threatening.

From your question, I don’t know the extent of this person’s Robitussin DM use pattern: how much, how frequently and how long? If learning the risks isn’t enough to cease abuse, I recommend that you encourage him/her to be evaluated as to the most effective kind of treatment, such as outpatient drug treatment, residential substance abuse treatment or hospitalization with medical monitoring.

This person can get a free and confidential assessment at a Gateway Foundation Treatment Center by calling us at 877-505-4673. Thanks for your question and your concern for this individual.

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Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment is Different…Find Out Why

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment CentersWhen someone chooses Gateway  Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers, our team of clinical professionals strives to ensure each person is treated with respect and feels empowered to turn their lives around. We don’t fixate about the past rather we look ahead to what life can be like in recovery, a life that is truly worth living.

At Gateway, shame dissipates and motivation appears. Families heal and reunite. The brave decision to manage substance abuse issues and the commitment it requires remaining sober is celebrated every day.

Here is what people who recently completed treatment at Gateway Treatment Centers have to say:

“I am truly thankful to have found my way to Gateway Chicago West. The ENTIRE staff has treated me with dignity and like a family member…they all have helped save my life!  I sincerely hope that anybody who needs help with substance abuse finds their way to Gateway.  Gateway is the family helping to save me and my family.”

“I am now 120 days clean and sober after trying to quit myself the past 40 years. I would and will recommend Gateway to anyone who has a problem like I have.”

“I have had a wonderful experience at Gateway, I have learned so much in the time I have spent in treatment. The program has offered me a lot of support outside the groups. I would recommend Gateway to anyone seeking help.”

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To learn more about Outpatient and Residential Treatment Programs and our free, confidential consultation, please call 877-505-HOPE (4673).

Local Business Shares the Gift of Recovery with Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers in St. Louis Metro East

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Pictured (l to r) is Donald Bushnell, Executive Director, Gateway Caseyville and Shelbie Jo Ann Ledford-Wohlstader, with Hey Guys I Like Talking to You

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers would like to thank “Hey Guys I Like Talking To You,” a Caseyville-based small business offering comedy and entertainment services represented by Bruce V. and Shelbie Jo Ann Ledford-Wohlstadter, for making a generous donation earlier this month.

Shelbie, who is an entertainer and in recovery, wanted to give back to the recovery community, consequently she donated the proceeds from one of her comedy shows to the Gateway Treatment Center located in Caseyville, IL. A published author, Shelbie also bestowed 10 copies of her book of poems, “Resilient Heart.” The inspiring collection of poetry will be shared with women working through substance abuse issues in Residential Treatment at Gateway.

Each year, Gateway Treatment Centers works with thousands of residents throughout Illinois to move forward in life without using alcohol and drugs and discover fulfilling lives in recovery. If you are interested in supporting others in your community who are battling addiction issues, you may make a tax-deductible donation to Gateway.

Gateway Reminder: 1 out of 3 Driving Fatalities Involve Alcohol

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers urge adults hopping from one holiday gathering to the next to assign a designated driver for the night. And here’s a sobering reminder why: According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s report on motor vehicle crashes, 10,322 people were killed due to alcohol-impaired driving in 2012, an increase of 6.7 percent from 2011.

Exceeding the national average, in the state of Illinois alcohol-impaired driving fatalities increased 15 percent from 2011 to 2012:

  • In 2011, 918 killed with 278 (30 percent) involving alcohol-impaired driving.
  • In 2012, 956 killed with 321 (34 percent) fatalities involving alcohol-impaired driving.

“Because of drunk driving, thousands of American families will spend the holidays this year without their loved ones,” says Michael Darcy, president, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment. “Driving under the influence of alcohol is never worth the risk of causing harm to oneself, to passengers as well as to other drivers. If you think you or a loved one has a drinking problem, it’s important to address it before the consequences catch up.”

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Even conscientious drinkers who limit themselves to one or two alcoholic beverages while out on the town could easily find themselves beyond the legal limit for driving while unintentionally putting their health at risk.

For context, the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans say people who drink should do so in moderation, which means one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men. The guidelines define a “drink” as 12 ounces of regular beer with 5 percent alcohol, 5 ounces of wine with 12 percent alcohol and 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits, which are 40 percent alcohol by volume.

 Drinks served in bars and restaurants often contain more alcohol than people realize. When you consider the alcohol volume, the size of the pour and the size of glass your drink arrives in, there can be a lot of variance,” explains Darcy. “To steer clear of getting behind the wheel intoxicated, make sure a sober driver is on standby to get everyone home safely.”

Gateway Sponsors DSM-5 Training at University of Illinois Rockford

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Michael A. Nagelbach, PhD, Psyd
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Gateway Treatment Centers

On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers sponsored an introductory workshop on The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), which was held at the University of Illinois Rockford. Gateway’s own Michael A. Nagelbach, PhD, PsyD, Director of the university’s Psychology Training Program and licensed clinical psychologist at Gateway Lake Villa, shared his experience and insight into DSM-5.

Through the event, continuing education and valuable training was provided to nearly 300 professionals from industries, such as legal, behavioral health, health care and human services.

Do I Have a Problem?: Self-Test for Drug Abuse or Drug Dependency

drug abuse self test, drug dependency, drug treatment, drug addictionMany times people who use drugs think they can handle it, or they can quit anytime. If you feel like you can stop using drugs, but aren’t sure if you have a problem, here are few warning signs to help you understand if you have a drug abuse or drug dependency problem and need help.

Denial is common with drug addiction so as you answer these questions try to be as honest and objective as possible. Also try to think about how things have progressed or changed for you in the last six months. Are there more signs now then there where six months ago?

Please answer every question “Yes” or “No.” If a question is not applicable, select No.

  • Do you feel like you need to have the drug regularly, every day or more than every day?
  • Do you make sure you have a steady supply of your drug of choice on hand?
  • Do you want to stop, but can’t?
  • If you feel you can’t stop using, do you do things you normally would not do to get drugs?
  • Do you feel you need drugs to function normally?
  • Are you willing to do something dangerous while taking drugs, like operating a motor vehicle, or some kind of equipment that could cause bodily harm?

If you answered “yes” to 2 or more of these questions you may have a alcohol or drug abuse problem.

If you or someone you know may be abusing drugs or alcohol, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers can help get life back on track. To learn more about our free, confidential consultation call 877-505-HOPE (877-505-4673).

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