Choosing A Substance Abuse Treatment Center

ARE YOU SEEKING DRUG ABUSE TREATMENT? KNOW WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK.

seeking substance abuse treatment, questions to askTo assist someone in finding the best possible treatment for substance abuse, it’s recommended that you ask the following types of questions to learn more about a provider’s level of expertise and services. Below are several helpful questions to consider asking during your search, many which are recommended by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

WHAT KIND OF TREATMENT PROGRAMS DOES THE ALCOHOL AND DRUG REHAB CENTER OFFER?

Different treatment centers call themselves by different names. In order to sort through the industry terminology and acronyms, you should know that there are generally only three categories of programs a center will fall into: residential or inpatient treatment, day/night treatment or partial hospitalization and outpatient treatment.

Gateway Treatment Centers offer a full continuum of care to treat alcohol and substance abuse as well as co-occurring disorders. With nine convenient treatment centers – located in Chicago, throughout the state of Illinois and near St. Louis–Gateway meets individual needs through our residential, outpatient and day/night programs.

DOES THE PROGRAM TAILOR TREATMENT TO THE NEEDS OF EACH PATIENT?

No single treatment is right for everyone. The best treatment addresses a person’s various needs, not just his or her drug abuse.

We offer a comprehensive approach to treating substance abuse, which includes responding to the unique biological, psychological, social and familial issues of men and women. On average, Gateway’s programs have a 10% higher successful treatment completion rate when compared to other Treatment Providers.*

 IS THE PROGRAM EFFECTIVE AT ADDRESSING MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE ISSUES?

Addressing underlying mental health concerns is an important part of substance abuse treatment. Programs that offer integrated treatment plans are recommended so an individual’s substance abuse and mental health (co-occurring) problems are addressed concurrently.

Gateway is a recognized leader among behavioral health care providers in offering substance abuse treatment, as well as treatment for individuals that are diagnosed with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse problems. With more than 40 years of treatment experience, our professional staff provides you with the individualized care needed to treat co-occurring disorders to ensure lasting recovery.

WHAT TYPE OF ACCREDITATION OR LICENSING DOES THE TREATMENT CENTER HAVE?

Addiction treatment centers must be licensed by the state government agency that oversees them and should be accredited by The Joint Commission.

All Gateway Treatment Centers are licensed by the state of Illinois and accredited by The Joint Commission, just as the hospitals in your community are accredited. Specially trained health care professionals who are experts in the field personally visited our centers to conduct a review that monitors how well the staff performs services and protects clients.

CAN YOU PLEASE SHARE YOUR CLIENT SATISFACTION RATING?

A treatment center should be able to tell you the most current level of client satisfaction.

  •  At Gateway Treatment Centers, we are proud of our track record of success. In fact, satisfaction ratings from Gateway alumni and their families are more than 90%.*
  • And 9 out of 10 clients would refer Gateway for drug abuse treatment to a family member or friend.*
DO YOU WORK WITH INSURANCE COMPANIES?

You should understand up front what is covered under your healthcare benefits so there are no surprises. Since this may be tedious and time consuming, it’s a good idea to have someone familiar with the process help you.

At Gateway Treatment Centers, your insurance co-pay and deductibles go further. We are a preferred, or in-network provider, for most benefit plans. We accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Behavioral Health and Aetna to name just a few.Our knowledgeable and dedicated staff is here to help you understand what services are covered by insurance to pay the cost of alcohol and drug treatment for you or your loved one.

HOW LONG DO YOU EXPECT TREATMENT TO LAST?

Remaining in treatment for the right period of time is critical. The type of treatment and duration should be based on factors such as personal background, types of abused drugs and a person’s support system. One-size-fits-all treatment programs are not recommended.

At Gateway we know the duration of treatment varies based on the extent of a person’s substance abuse history and dedication to recovery. Our treatment plans are tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual and our goal is to provide each person with education, counseling and therapy needed to live a life free of drugs or alcohol.

In Gateway’s Intensive Outpatient treatment program, individuals participate in group and family counseling sessions several times per week. One-on-one counseling sessions also occur 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 Program for four to six weeks before transitioning into less intense weekly Aftercare sessions. Although outpatient treatment may work for many people, should residential or inpatient treatment be necessary, two to four weeks is typical.

DOES THE PROGRAM USE TREATMENTS BACKED BY SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE?

Effective drug abuse treatments can include behavioral therapy, medications or ideally a combination of treatments.

Gateway focuses on providing the most effective therapies and clinical approaches throughout an individual’s treatment, including the use of evidence-based practices. Evidence-based practices are drug and alcohol treatments that integrate professional research and clinical expertise to achieve the best outcome for an individual and are proven to work.

Gateway centers also offer medication assisted treatment as part of our comprehensive substance abuse treatment programs. This effective treatment option assists individuals with modifying their behavior to make better lifestyle changes for long-term success. These medications can help reduce or eliminates cravings, decreases withdrawal symptoms and reduce the risk of relapse.

IS THERE ONGOING SUPPORT AFTER LEAVING TREATMENT?

You want to find a provider that offers support after treatment is completed, such as aftercare, alumni programs and recovery groups.

Gateway is committed to providing you a full range of care, and that includes providing support after you’ve completed one of our programs. At the end of treatment, you will be referred to weekly Aftercare sessions. Aftercare includes counseling sessions that help you move from active treatment to coaching, developing effective relapse-prevention plans, support through recovery group involvement and access to Gateway’s life-long recovery support in our Alumni Program.

WHAT TYPE OF HELP IS AVAILABLE FOR FAMILIES?

The treatment center should offer family programs that include counseling and education.

Gateway recognizes the immediate and long-term benefits to individuals in recovery when their families are involved in treatment, and engages families in counseling and substance abuse education programs. Our Family Programs are designed to answer the questions families have and to help parents, spouses, siblings and significant others learn how to better cope with the substance abuse issues of loved ones in treatment.

Click here for more questions you should ask when seeking substance abuse treatment.

*(Based on information reported by the IL Department of Human Services Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse).

*As reported from Press Ganey an independent organization which gathers post-treatment surveys from Gateway clients and provides unbiased reports on levels of customer satisfaction.

 

Mesirow Financial Invests in Employees with Substance Abuse Education

An independent financial services company headquartered in Chicago, Mesirow Financial recently recognized Alcohol Awareness Month in April with an informative substance abuse presentation for its employees. More than 100 employees took part in a training seminar on April 24, 2013, led by Nick Turner, Clinical Supervisor at Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment’s new treatment center in Chicago’s River North district. Mr. Turner covered topics dealing with alcohol abuse, current drug trends and treatment options available.

“Our partnership with Mesirow Financial has been growing over time. We have had the opportunity to raise awareness about substance abuse at a number of health fairs in conjunction with Mesirow Financial and shared educational resources to meet their needs,” explains Joe Beale, Outreach Coordinator for Gateway Foundation. “We encourage other Chicago companies to follow Mesirow Financial’s lead and do more to include substance abuse education programs in their wellness initiatives.”

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment

Pictured (left to right) are: Elizabeth Rively (Mesirow Financial), Nick Turner (Gateway Foundation River North), Emily Griffin (Mesirow Financial) and Janice Moman (Mesirow Financial).

Nick Turner Mesirow

Gateway Foundation Clinical Supervisor Nick Turner

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment

Elizabeth Simer (Mesirow Financial) and Nick Turner (Gateway Foundation River North)

Gateway Provides Specialized Substance Abuse Treatment for Young Men

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Gateway Foundation Lake Villa

Through our vast experience, we recognize that young men ages 18-23 need their own specialized approach to assist them with substance abuse treatment and the challenging transition into adulthood. To address their unique circumstances and challenges, our Lake Villa Treatment Center offers a Residential Young Men’s Bridge Program to help young men gain important life skills while simultaneously addressing alcohol or drug abuse.

About the Young Men’s Bridge Program:

  • the use of evidence-based practices and individualized treatment programs, young men acquire vital life skills and coping mechanisms to help them navigate the demands of adulthood.
  • Treatment includes: individual counseling and therapy, family counseling and education, integrated treatment for co-occurring mental health issues, motivational enhancement, effective communication, health education, living in balance, maturity development, anger management, addiction education, relapse prevention and discharge planning.
  • For future success, our counselors assist young men with planning for life after treatment. This may include preparing for continued education, vocational training or permanent employment.
  • For young men with mental health problems like anxiety or depression, our integrated treatment services include on-site psychiatry and supplemental therapy through psychological treatment techniques.
  • The campus features a wide array of healthy lifestyle activities as well as an indoor gym with weights and cardio equipment.

Learn more about the Lake Villa center by taking an online photo tour or viewing the treatment center video at RecoverGateway.org/LakeVilla.

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