Online CEU Training: How to Screen for Substance Abuse Issues to Enhance Patient Care Outcomes

free ceu training, webinar, healthcare profesionalsGateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment will kick off a new year with two expert-led online training courses in January 2015, which offer healthcare professionals the tools needed for productive patient exchanges about alcohol and drug use. Led by Gateway’s Medical Director John Larson M.D., healthcare professionals are invited to register on two different dates for a free Lunchtime Learning CEU Webinar—Thursday, January 22 and Tuesday, January 27, 2015, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.—and earn 1 CEU compliments of Gateway.

Since healthcare professionals are in a unique position to alleviate the stigma associated with substance abuse issues, Gateway’s webinar will cover important topics, like the steps of a brief intervention and how to distinguish the various levels of substance use issues likely to be encountered in a healthcare setting.

“Discussing substance abuse issues with patients can be tricky. Whether real or perceived, there are challenges when it comes to talking with patients about substance abuse, including time constraints and our innate aversion to awkwardness,” says Dr. John Larson, Corporate Medical Director, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment. “Yet, skipping the topic entirely is a huge disservice to patients who depend on healthcare professionals to help keep them healthy.”

To sign up for a webinar, please visit RecoverGateway.org/Training.

New Medical Director Aids Addiction at River North Rehab Center

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment recently welcomed Dr. Anjali Gupta as the Medical Director for its new rehab center specialized in adult outpatient treatment in Chicago’s River North district.

As the Medical Director, Dr. Gupta helps men and women address addiction and mental health issues and transition to a lifestyle of recovery. She also oversees administration of medication assisted treatment as part of an integrated clinical approach for addiction to substances, such as alcohol, heroin and opiate prescription drugs.

“It is particularly rewarding to work with a person who thought it was impossible to make it through one day without using, dig deep into the issues causing one’s compulsive drug use and evolve into a happier, more confident individual,” explains Dr. Gupta.

Dr. Gupta is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and conducts research for the Professionals Program at Resurrection Behavioral Health in Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from Tri-State University in Angola, IN. She earned her Medical degree from Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN, and completed her residency at University of Chicago and William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI.

Conveniently located at 444 N. Orleans near the Merchandise Mart, Gateway Foundation’s River North center offers adult outpatient treatment on Monday through Thursday from 6-9 p.m. To learn more about Gateway Foundation’s free and confidential consultation, call 877-505-HOPE (4673). For more information, please visit RecoverGateway.org.

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