Gateway Foundation’s Courshon Dedicated to Alleviate Addiction

Honored by Illinois Alcoholism & Drug Dependence Association

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment, a leading provider of substance abuse treatment, announces today John Courshon received the prestigious Keith Keesy Memorial Award at the 46th Annual Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA) Fall Conference in Lisle, IL, on Sept. 5, 2013. Named after a pioneer in alcohol and drug addiction treatment, the Keith Keesy Memorial Award is a celebration of the vital role dedicated professionals like Mr. Courshon play in recovery.

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Left to Right: Bruce Suardini, CEO of The Prairie Center, Kim Fornero, Bureau Chief of Illinois Division of Mental Health (DMH), Dr. Theodora Binion, Director of Illinois DASA and Acting Director of Illinois DMH, John Courshon, Director of Quality Management and Accreditation

“John Courshon truly exemplifies the spirit and intent of the Keith Keesy Memorial Award. Throughout his 41-year career, he has consistently demonstrated his deep personal commitment to ensure people who need treatment for substance use disorders receive the best care possible and the post-treatment support needed for lasting recovery,” explains Michael Darcy, President & CEO, Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment.

As Director of Accreditation and Quality Improvement for Gateway Foundation, Mr. Courshon’s commitment to enhancing the quality of treatment and support for substance use disorders is evident in his numerous contributions to addiction recovery, including:

  • Establishment of withdrawal and detoxification protocols to help individuals with mild to moderate dependency to alcohol or drugs like heroin, prescription pain killers (opioids) and benzodiazepines, remain sober and successfully complete treatment.
  • Introduction of The Recovery Support Project, a post-treatment program that offers adults and adolescents support through recovery groups and social events and outings to promote fellowship, which is organized, funded and hosted by Gateway Foundation’s network of treatment centers in Illinois and the St. Louis metro area.

The results of Mr. Courshon’s efforts have resulted in greater engagement by and retention of adults and adolescents in treatment for substance abuse at Gateway Foundation’s treatment centers. Additionally, more than 2,000 adults and adolescents who completed treatment at Gateway Foundation treatment centers in Illinois annually attend group meetings and sober events in support of their ongoing recovery.

“I’m fortunate to have a career that affords me the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of the many people we treat as well as their loved ones,” says Mr. Courshon. “While addiction is a disease, it is treatable and manageable. At Gateway Foundation, we know how important it is to help people understand the underlying reasons for their substance abuse, learn healthy coping skills, follow a recovery plan and extend lifelong support.”

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