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.

Drug Treatment Center Opens in Chicago’s River North District

Gateway Foundation’s Outpatient Drug Treatment Includes Mindfulness and Medicine to Manage Addiction

Chicago River North Drug Treatment

Gateway Foundation has expanded its Illinois rehab network with the opening of a new outpatient center providing adult alcohol and drug rehab treatment in Chicago’s River North district. Conveniently located at 444 N. Orleans near the Merchandise Mart, the center provides outpatient treatment services in the evening after traditional work hours. Gateway Foundation Chicago River North will be under the Medical Directorship of Dr. Anjali Gupta.

“We want individuals to realize that life can be about more than drinking or using drugs. Typically, when substance abuse takes over, one’s priorities change and it comprises things that are important, like relationships, work and health. Learning about mindfulness-based sobriety and value-based living is intended to help those with substance abuse issues live a more purposeful and fulfilling life,” explains Gateway Foundation Clinical Supervisor Nick Turner.

Using mindfulness-based therapy 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 developing 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 or addiction issues, as well as aftercare for on-going support once treatment is completed.

The outpatient treatment programs at the Chicago River North drug rehab center are not one-size-fits-all. Treatment is person-centered, which involves individualized treatment planning that helps give individuals the highest chance for successful outcomes. The programs include substance abuse education and group counseling tailored to the needs of adults utilizing evidence-based relapse prevention curriculums as well as individual and family counseling as needed.

Adult outpatient treatment is offered at River North for Monday through Thursday after work from 6-9 p.m. For more information, please visit RecoverGateway.org.

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house will be held on Friday, May 17, 2013, from 2- 5 p.m. at the new River North center. Event activities include:

 

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