Celebrating Young Men’s Health with Gateway Lake Villa’s Bridge Program



For National Men’s Health Month, we sat down with Executive Director of Lake County services Karen Wolownik Albert at Gateway’s Lake Villa campus to discuss the Young Men’s Bridge Program. This program helps young men develop the coping techniques to overcome the issues caused by their substance use disorders – and the life skills to succeed during this critical transition point in their lives.

Teen Substance Abuse Self-Test

teen drug abuseIt’s especially important for teenagers to get help for substance abuse before it gets out of control. Research shows the developing brain of teenagers is especially susceptible to irreversible damage from alcohol and drug use, including an increased risk of mental illnesses like schizophrenia and addiction issues.

If you are a teenager and have trouble controlling your drinking or drug use, here is a self-test to help you assess if you are at risk for dependency.

Please answer every question; if a question is not applicable, select ‘No.’

Yes No  
    Do you use alcohol or other drugs to build self-confidence?
    Do you ever drink or get high immediately after you have a problem at home or school?
    Have you ever missed school due to alcohol or other drugs?

Does it bother you if someone says that you use too much alcohol or other drugs?

    Have you started hanging out with a heavy drinking or drug using crowd?
    Are alcohol and other drugs affecting your reputation?
    Do you feel guilty or bummed out after using alcohol or other drugs?
    Do you feel more at ease on a date when drinking or using other drugs?
    Have you gotten into trouble at home for using alcohol and other drugs?
    Do you borrow money or “do without” other things to buy alcohol and other drugs?
    Do you feel a sense of power when you use alcohol or other drug?
    Have you lost friends since you started using alcohol or other drugs?
    Do you drink or use other drugs until your supply is all gone?
    Do you ever wake up and wonder what happened the night before?
    Have you ever been busted or hospitalized due to alcohol or use of illicit drugs?
    Do you “turn off” any studies or lectures about alcohol or illicit drug use?
    Do you think you have a problem with alcohol or other drugs?
    Has there ever been someone in your family with a drinking or other drug problem?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to three or more of these questions, you may have a problem with alcohol or drugs. For help visit recovergateway.org or to schedule a free and confidential consultation, please call 877-505-HOPE (4673).

Gateway Foundation Presents on Drug Use Amongst Teens

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment

Lisa Bloom
Outreach Coordinator

Lisa Bloom, Outreach Coordinator at Gateway Foundation Alcohol and Drug Treatment, and one of the Student Assistant Program Coordinators from Niles West High School, participated in a presentation on drug use amongst teens on Oct. 23, 2012.  The discussions included information about the rising problem teens throughout Illinois and the Chicago suburbs have related to abuse of prescription drugsheroin and synthetic drugs, such as K2 and bath salts.

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