In Plain Sight? Tools for Recognition and Management of Substance Abuse in the Primary Care Setting

Dr. John Larson Corporate Medical Director Gateway Treatment Cetners

Dr. John Larson
Corporate Medical Director
Gateway Treatment Cetners

Gateway Partnered with the SIU School of Medicine and the Illinois State Medical Society to present “In Plain Sight? Tools for Recognition and Management of Substance Abuse in the Primary Care Setting” on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. The event was very well received by an audience of over 90 doctors, nurses and clinicians. Feedback was very supportive of the need for more education on the topic of substance abuse and substance abuse treatment.

In an effort to further educate medical professionals on recognizing the signs and symptoms of Substance Abuse, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment’s  Corporate Medical Director, Dr. John Larson presented “”Identifying and Treating Substance Use Disorders” at the “In Plain Sight?” Conference.

Substance Abuse Screening toolsFor more information about the tools you can use to screening for substance abuse in a primary care setting, visit

The conference was held at the memorial center for Learning and Innovation in Springfield, Illinois.

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)


Congressman Bill Foster Addresses Heroin Issues in Our Community

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Pictured (l to r): Pam Davis, Silver Cross Hospital; Larry Dunbar, Bremen Youth Center; Gloria Bloodsaw, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers; Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL11); Katheryn Wiedman, Stepping Stones; Mardi Wunderlich, Joliet Police Department; and Maria De Leon, Office of Congressman Bill Foster.

Gloria Bloodsaw, Outreach Coordinator, represented Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers at the Southwest Coalition’s holiday luncheon on December 17, 2014. Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL11) presented on the heroin use issues the Chicago suburban communities are facing.

According to Illinois Consortium of Drug Policy at Roosevelt University, in the past 5 years heroin use has increased 75 percent; and the Illinois State Crime Commission reports heroin use in Illinois is an epidemic. To enhance public awareness, Gateway offers a host of reliable resources on this dangerous drug trend at

Gateway Foundation Opens New Outpatient Treatment Center in Pekin

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment is proud to announce the opening of a new outpatient treatment center providing adult and teenage alcohol and drug addiction treatment in Pekin, IL. Conveniently located at 11 South Capital near the Tazewell County Clerk’s office, the center began serving the Tazewell County community in early October. Gateway Foundation Pekin is led by Executive Director Kerry Henry.

“Outpatient addiction treatment can be a good choice for people that have a strong support system, a stable living situation and the motivation to change. Our substance abuse experts will take the necessary time to understand the specific needs of each person. We then develop a customized treatment plan with recommendations for the most appropriate care based on an individual’s substance abuse and mental health history,” explains Kerry Henry.

The outpatient treatment programs at Gateway Foundation Pekin are not one-size-fits-all, but unique treatment plans that give individuals the highest chance for successful outcomes. The programs include substance abuse education and group counseling tailored to the needs of adults and troubled teens utilizing evidence-based relapse prevention curriculums as well as individual and family counseling as needed. While in treatment, individuals will focus on improving awareness, recognizing one’s strengths and truer personal values, learning strategies to avoid or cope with high-risk situations, enhancing motivation and development of coping skills.

The new center also provides treatment for individuals that may have co-occurring mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, grief or relationship problems in conjunction with substance abuse issues, as well as aftercare for on-going support once treatment is completed.

The outpatient programs have Morning, After-Work and After-School Programs for adults and teens.  Adult programs are offered from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and in the evening from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. Teenage substance abuse treatment programs are offered in the evening from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

For more information, please visit or call (877) 505-HOPE (4673).

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