Pekin Welcomes New Gateway Foundation Treatment Center

Pekin Welcomes New Gateway Foundation Treatment Center

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment, a leading provider of substance abuse treatment, opened a new outpatient treatment center providing adult and teenage alcohol and drug addiction treatment in Pekin, IL. The center is conveniently located at 11 South Capital near the Tazewell County Clerk’s office.

Pictured (l to r) at the ribbon cutting for the Gateway Foundation Pekin treatment center are: Aindrea Balagna of the Pekin Chamber of Commerce; Jamie Cates of Tazewell County; David Mills of Tazewell County; Kerry Henry of Gateway Foundation Pekin; Kim Person of Gateway Foundation Pekin; Drew Leman of the Pekin Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about substance abuse treatment programs at Gateway Foundation treatment centers, please call our 24-Hour Helpline at 877-505-HOPE (4673) or visit

Gateway Foundation Cautions Parents: Depressed Teens Vulnerable to Substance Abuse

While an estimated 2 million adolescents—or about 8% of the population aged 12 to 17—had a major depressive episode (MDE) in the past year, nearly two thirds of teens who had a past year MDE did not receive treatment despite the effectiveness of therapy options.

If your child does experience problems with sleep, energy, concentration and self-worth, you may want to seek professional help before a MDE takes place. Another reason it is key to stay attuned to your child’s mental health: adolescents who had a past year MDE were three times as likely as those without past year MDE to have had a substance abuse disorder in the past year (19.9% vs. 6.1%).

In fact, SAMHSA’s 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) also found 19.2% of adolescents who had a MDE reported abusing prescription drugs in the past year compared with 6.6% of those without MDE. Females, older adolescents and those with co-occurring substance use problems are at higher risk for MDE.

Recent research estimates that as many as half of teens abusing drugs also have mental health problems that need treating. Among teens with substance abuse problems, the most common dual-diagnosed mental health problems include depression, anxiety and trauma-related issues. There is also a subset of individuals with more severe mental health problems, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The stressors of addiction or mental health problems can often be compounded by the pressures of school and peers.  To help area teens get the help they need, Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment offers specialized treatment for adolescents struggling with substance abuse and mental health diagnoses.

Gateway Foundation’s Intensive Outpatient programs are offered in the morning and after school so treatment doesn’t interfere with school. Intensive Outpatient drug and alcohol treatment for teens is ideal if a strong support system exists, a stable living situation and the internal motivation to change.

In Gateway’s Intensive Outpatient programs, adolescents participate in group and family counseling sessions several times per week as well as one-on-one counseling sessions with their primary counselor. Treatment is usually four sessions per week that are three hours each, based on an individual’s needs. Most individuals remain in an Intensive Outpatient Treatment program for four to six weeks before transitioning into less intense weekly Aftercare sessions.

The care demonstrated by Gateway Foundation substance abuse experts and the time taken to learn about each individual’s unique situation is at the cornerstone of Gateway Foundation’s success. An interdisciplinary team collaborates to develop evidence-based treatment plans with recommendations for the most appropriate therapies based on an individual’s substance abuse and mental health history.

Gateway’s ultimate goal is to provide each and every person with the counseling, therapy, knowledge and tools needed to live a life free of drugs and alcohol, replacing destructive behaviors and self-medicating with healthier coping skills. For more information, contact Gateway Foundation online or call the 24-hour helpline at 877-505-HOPE (4673).

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

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