National Recovery Month: A Closer Look at Substance Abuse

Insight from Gateway Expert: Patricia Ryding

Patricia Ryding gateway lake villa

Dr. Patricia Ryding
Executive Director
Gateway Lake Villa

Did you know that nearly one in 10 Americans over the age of 12 are classified has having a substance abuse or dependency problem?  At that rate, nearly 6,400 of the 64,000 Lake County community residents have a problem abusing drugs or alcohol, or both.  As you might assume, substance abuse negatively impacts those immediately around the person in need of help. In fact, the impact of substance abuse goes far beyond one’s friends and family members. Annually, thousands of dollars throughout Lake County go toward substance abuse in terms of higher costs for healthcare, the criminal justice system, welfare, taxes and in lives taken or damaged by substance abuse related violence, stealing or impaired driving.

September is National Recovery Month, and is a time I encourage you to speak openly about substance abuse and the realities around it with your family, friends and co-workers. Did you know that studies show when parents talk to their kids about the dangers of using drugs or alcohol, the message sticks? Visit RecoverGateway.org/Prevention to access a free toolkit designed to help parents start the conversation about prevention with their kids.

If you have a friend or family member that you think may be struggling with some sort of alcohol or drug abuse problem, please encourage them to get treatment. They may simply not know where to get help or what first step to take. If you aren’t sure about the first step to take, I want to share a few good places start. You may not realize it, but a Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center, located in Lake Villa provides free consultations and resources to help you better understand substance abuse and answer any questions you may have. Visit RecoverGateway.org to talk via live chat with a person who can tell you about substance abuse treatment options available in our community. This National Recovery month, so why should you wait? I urge you to talk to your friends and family about how to prevent substance abuse or get treatment if someone may need help.

Lake Villa Drug Treatment Center Welcomes New Director

Lake Villa Drug Treatment

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment, the largest provider of substance abuse treatment in Illinois, recently welcomed Patricia Ryding, Psy.D., as the Executive Director for its Lake Villa substance abuse treatment center. With more than 30 years of experience in the fields of mental health and drug addiction treatment, Dr. Ryding comes to Gateway Foundation from CRC Health Group’s Sierra Tucson where she was previously the Executive Director.

As Executive Director, Dr. Ryding works to ensure that the quality care and evidence-based programs at the Lake Villa center are continuously improving so adults, teens and young men have access to affordable, individualized substance abuse treatment and aftercare for lasting recovery. Along with managing a multi-million dollar renovation to the Lake Villa center, Dr. Ryding is recruiting talented substance abuse professionals, including new Admissions Supervisor Sara Kozak, who comes to Gateway Foundation from Centegra Health Systems.

“I appreciate how Gateway Foundation uses an integrated approach, combining mental health care and substance abuse treatment to help individuals understand what caused their addiction and then develop coping skills to manage stress and triggers in a healthy way,” says Dr. Ryding.

Dr. Ryding holds a BA from Boston University as well as a MA in Counseling Psychology from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. She also holds a Doctorate in Psychology from Carlos Albizu University in Miami, FL.

Located approximately 50 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, IL, Gateway Foundation Lake Villa is situated on a beautiful 43-acre campus on the shores of the Fox Lake. For more information about alcohol and drug abuse treatment for adults and adolescents at the Lake Villa center, please visit RecoverGateway.org.

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