Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment

Expert Insight from Gilbert Lichstein, Program Director, Gateway Chicago West

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Gateway Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers employs evidenced-based practices to create meaningful, individualized treatment programs. We believe there is more than one pathway to recovery so we expose clients to a wide array of treatment methodologies. This series explores some of those methodologies.

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Mindfulness-based sobriety is the core curriculum used by and developed at Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers. Mindfulness is essentially a state of active, open attention on the present. Through mindfulness, those in treatment benefit from gaining enhanced life skills and self-confidence. The curriculum addresses mental health issues like anxiety and impulsivity, which can be a part of substance abuse, either as a contributing factor or as a result.

People tend to avoid thinking about or dealing with things that cause them emotional discomfort, sometimes turning to alcohol or drugs to dull the pain. Mindfulness involves learning to accept things as they are at any given moment rather than thinking about how we would like them to be. This new focus helps people notice things they used to ignore or take for granted. People learn how to observe and accept their thoughts, feelings, sensations and urges without judging or reacting to them.

Gateway’s approach to substance abuse treatment helps individuals gain a willingness to accept the realities of their lives and consequently, the insight required to make value-based decisions. With their values now in focus, people often see that substance abuse doesn’t support the things that are most important in life and is actually holding them back. Recovery becomes more than abstaining from substance abuse – it creates an awareness of how fulfilling life can be.

The skills acquired in mindfulness-based substance abuse treatment can become an integral part of how people live their lives. They can be applied to many situations throughout life, remaining with a person as they grow and change, thus reducing the likelihood of relapse.

Learn More about how Mindfulness-Based Sobriety is used in Gateway Treatment Programs >

May 2014: Gateway Treatment Centers Offers Two Free CEU Webinars

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers will offer a Lunchtime Learning Series in May featuring two complimentary webinars:

  • Altered States: Marijuana, the Brain and Legalization
    May 15, 2014
  • Understanding Mindfulness-Based Sobriety *New! CEUs available: IAODAPCA & Psychology
    May 21, 2014

ALTERED STATES: MARIJUANA, THE BRAIN AND LEGALIZATION
MAY 15, 2014: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (Plus Additional time for Q&A)

1 CEU – NAADAC, Illinois: LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing

About the Training
From board rooms to family rooms, marijuana legalization continues to be a hot topic. This is largely due to rapidly changing attitudes toward marijuana in the United States. In fact, the majority of American adults (55%) now support legalization of marijuana.*

As the taboo surrounding marijuana appears to dissipate, the webinar will serve as an important reminder regarding the health repercussions and legal implications associated with marijuana.

What You Will Learn

  • Short-term effects marijuana abuse has on the body and brain.
  • Long-term physical and social implications of abuse.
  • Why long-term users find it hard to quit.
  • Legal changes concerning medical and recreational marijuana.

Training provides: 1 CEU NAADAC, Illinois: LCSW, LSW, LCPC,
LPC, Nursing

Cost: FREE with Registration

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Meet the Trainers

gateway treatment centersDr. John Larson
Corporate Medical Director
Gateway Treatment Centers

With more than 40 years of professional experience in the addiction and behavioral health fields, Dr. John Larson oversees medical practices at Gateway’s network of treatment centers.

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Program Director
Gateway Lake Villa

Karen has been a member of the clinical team at the Gateway Treatment Center in Lake Villa since 2010. She leads efforts related to the quality of care and program development for the Adult Men’s and Women’s Residential Programs and the Young Men’s Residential Bridge Program.

 

UNDERSTANDING MINDFULNESS-BASED SOBRIETY
MAY 21, 2014: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (Plus Additional time for Q&A)

About the Training
The goal of this webinar is to increase understanding of mindfulness and its use in substance abuse treatment programs.

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. The practice is highly effective in treating emotion dysregulation, stress, depression, grief and impulsivity—all of which are at risk of fueling addiction .

What You Will Learn

  • The basics of mindfulness practice.
  • The history and development of the Mindfulness-Based Therapy model.
  • How Gateway’s unique approach to mindful sobriety integrates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Relapse Prevention Therapy.

Training provides: 1 CEU IAODAPCA, NAADAC, Illinois: Psychology, LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing

Cost: FREE with Registration

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Meet The Trainers

phil welches gateway treatment centersDr. Phil Welches
Clinical Director
Gateway Treatment Centers

A licensed clinical psychologist, Gateway Clinical Director Dr. Phil Welches joined Gateway Foundation in 2003 and directs clinical services at all 10 Gateway Treatment Centers.

nick turner gateway treatment centersNick Turner, MSW, LCSW, CADC
Clinical Supervisor
Gateway Foundation Chicago River North

Nick Turner is a Clinical Supervisor that specializes in providing individual and group counseling for those with substance abuse and mental health needs.

Gateway’s Mindfulness-Based Sobriety Webinars Well-Received

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Nick Turner and Phil Welches, co-authors of “Mindfulness-Based Sobriety”

As part of Gateway Foundation’s on-going efforts to enhance knowledge about substance abuse treatment, Gateway’s own Dr. Phil Welches and Nick Turner, MSW recently led two informative CE webinars covering Mindfulness-Based Sobriety.

Consequently, Gateway was able to contribute to the professional development of hundreds of professionals working in the fields of healthcare and behavioral health. Participants shared positive feedback about the CE training, such as:

Several complex ideas were presented effectively and efficiently. I’ve been reading about this stuff for a long time and these concepts usually take a whole lot of pages to get across. Great job!”

“Keeping abreast of the recent trends helps in gaining a clearer understanding of the potential we have to engage the client in an effort to effect positive changes.”

Glad to hear about Gateway using mindfulness.”

Wow, Phil and Nick did a wonderful job! I can’t believe how fast the hour went by.”

“I wish to thank you for the opportunity to hear about Mindfulness Based Sobriety. I practice ACT and am in grounded in behavior therapies so this was very interesting.”

To view a recorded version of the Mindfulness-Based Sobriety webinar and download the presentation, click here. To keep up on industry news and future webinars, sign up for Today’s Resource e-newsletter.

Gateway Clinicians Author New Curriculum; Lead Webinar on Minfulness-Based Sobriety

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Gateway Foundation Substance Abuse Experts are Co-Authors of “Mindfulness-Based Sobriety” Available on Amazon

Determined to advance clinical practices in relapse prevention, Gateway’s Clinical Director Dr. Phil Welches began searching for a best-in-class curriculum back in 2011, yet he didn’t find one that met the needs of Gateway’s diverse clientele. Unwilling to compromise, Gateway’s substance abuse clinicians were enlisted to create a proprietary Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT) curriculum tailored to the needs of our clients. Gateway clinicians Dr. Welches, Clinical Supervisor Nick Turner and former employee and counselor Sandra Conte collaborated on a new RPT curriculum for use in Intensive Outpatient Treatment.

The new Mindfulness-Based Sobriety curriculum was first piloted in Intensive Outpatient Treatment in 2012. In anticipation of rollout, the authors conducted two, one-day trainings with clinicians representing eight Gateway Treatment Centers. Once it came to life in treatment, positive feedback soon followed and continues. Correspondingly, a version of the curriculum was created for use in our Residential Treatment Programs. The curriculum will continue to rollout in FY14.

To learn about this innovative use of mindfulness directly from the authors of Mindfulness-Based Sobriety, please sign up for our free webinar later this month or order the book and curriculum on Amazon.com.

 

Gateway’s January CE Webinar to Cover Mindfulness

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Gateway Foundation Substance Abuse Experts are Co-Authors of “Mindfulness-Based Sobriety” Available on Amazon

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers are proud to offer two free Lunchtime Learning webinars in January 2014. Don’t miss your chance to hear directly from Gateway’s substance abuse treatment and mindfulness-based sobriety experts and earn continuing education credit.

 About the Training

The goal of this webinar is to increase understanding of mindfulness and its use in substance abuse treatment programs. Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe and accept your thoughts, feelings, sensations, and urges, without judgment and without reacting to them.

This practice is highly effective in treating emotional dysregulation, stress, depression, grief, and impulsivity – all of which are at risk of fueling addiction.

What you will learn:

  • The basics of mindfulness practice.
  • The history and development of the Mindfulness-Based Therapy model.
  • How Gateway’s innovative approach to mindfulness-based sobriety integrates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Relapse Prevention Therapy RPT).

1 CE – NAADAC, Illinois – LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing

COST: FREE with registration

Space is limited, register online today!

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Meet the Trainers

Substance abuse experts and co-authors of Mindfulness-Based Sobriety: A Clinician’s Treatment Guide for Addiction Recovery, Dr. Phil Welches, PhD and Nick Turner, MSW, LCSW, CADC.

 Dr. Phil Welches, PhD, Clinical Director, Gateway Foundation 

A licensed clinical psychologist, Gateway Clinical Director Dr. Phil Welches, PhD joined Gateway in 2003 ad directs clinical services at all 10 Gateway Treatment Centers. With more than 30 years of experience. Dr. Welches has extensive expertise in treating substance abuse and dual-diagnoses/co/occurring disorders.

Nick Turner, MSW, LCSW, CADC, Clinical Supervisor, Gateway Chicago River North Treatment Center

Nick Turner is a Clinical Supervisor that specializes in providing individual and group counseling for those with substance abuse and mental health needs. For Nick, the most fulfilling part of his job is creating an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion, where people can connect with their values and goals. He enjoys working at Gateway Foundation because as an organization, it places emphasis on its treatment programs being clinically sound and state of the art.

River North Rehab Center Counters Addiction with Mindfulness

Gateway Foundation Clinicians Author Forthcoming Clinical Guide on Mindfulness-Based Sobriety

Chicagoans in outpatient treatment at Gateway Foundation’s new River North rehab center are learning how a purposeful, value-driven life can trump alcohol and drug abuse. The integrated approach outlined in a book created by Gateway Foundation clinicians combines mindfulness-based therapy, motivational interviewing and relapse prevention therapy to help individuals with substance abuse issues.

“Typically when addiction takes over, a person’s priorities are compromised. Our integrated approach is intended to help individuals identify their own values, strengthen their motivation and tackle other mental health problems that may lie at the root of their addiction,” explains Nick Turner, Clinical Supervisor at Gateway Foundation Chicago River North and co-author of forthcoming book, Mindfulness-Based Sobriety.

Research has indicated that mindfulness-based therapy is highly effective in treating emotion dysregulation, stress, depression, and grief—all emotions that lie at the root of addiction. Motivational interviewing helps people learn to change the behaviors that cause addiction. And finally, relapse prevention therapy teaches individuals with addiction to anticipate and cope with potential relapse.

The forthcoming book, Mindfulness-Based Sobriety: A Clinician’s Treatment Guide for Addiction Recovery Using Relapse Prevention Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, combines all three of these highly effective treatments offered at the River North rehab center. Available in January 2014, the clinical guide was written by Nick Turner MSW, Gateway Foundation Clinical Director Dr. Phil Welches and Sandra Conti MS.

“Research suggests that mindfulness practices are useful in the treatment of pain, stress, anxiety, depressive relapse, disordered eating and addiction. As clinicians, we developed the guidebook in order to better fulfill our mission of reducing substance abuse and co-occurring mental health problems,” says Dr. Phil Welches, Clinical Director, Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment and co-author of book.

Outpatient treatment programs at Gateway Foundation also include substance abuse education and group counseling as well as individual and family counseling as needed. Located at 444 N. Orleans St., Gateway Foundation’s new River North rehab center offers outpatient treatment after work Monday through Thursday from 6-9 p.m. For more information, please visit RecoverGateway.org.

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