John Oliver Brings Much Needed Attention to a Very Important Issue

On Sunday night, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver had a segment on the addiction treatment industry. During the segment, Oliver touched on many concerns that those within and outside of the industry have regarding addiction treatment providers.

At Gateway Foundation, we agree that there is not enough transparency or information available to the public about many of the treatment providers. People should be able to have access to the information they need to make a well-informed decision about where they or a loved one will receive treatment.

Oliver also made an assertion that there needs to be more expertise and oversight of the industry. At Gateway, we share his sentiment. There does need to be more oversight of the industry. This is why we are so pleased with all of the great work the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, NAATP, has done, including its Treatment Selection Guide and Code of Ethics 2.0. In addition, NAATP has also worked closely with Google and LegitScript to develop the qualification standards a treatment provider has to demonstrate in order to use Google AdWords.

In his segment, Oliver called for more treatment centers to provide evidence-based treatment options. We understand the importance of ensuring each one of our patients receives the treatment they need, which is why we utilize evidence-based practices, including medication-assisted treatment, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and many more.

Choosing A Substance Abuse Treatment Center


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.


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.


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.*


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.


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.


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.*

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Programs Offer Tools and Knowledge for Recovery

alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs, Gateway Treament CentersAt Gateway Treatment Centers, our clinical professionals specialize in providing substance abuse treatment to help you, or someone you love, get life back on track. Our substance abuse experts are committed to providing the most advanced treatment options in order to equip each individual with the recovery tools needed to manage addiction and maintain sobriety on an ongoing basis.

Gateway’s integrated approach encompasses counseling, substance abuse education, relapse prevention, treatment therapies to address underlying causes of alcohol and drug abuse, such as mental health and trauma issues, role playing to practice coping skills, medication assisted treatment (when appropriate) and aftercare.

To learn more about treatment and therapies for substance abuse offered through Gateway Treatment Centers, click the tools for recovery listed below. If you or someone you know needs help with substance abuse, please call to schedule a free, confidential consultation at (877) 505-HOPE.

Recovery Tools:

Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
Family Involvement
Medication Assisted Treatment
Substance Abuse Education
Motivational Interviewing
12-Step Facilitation
Trauma-Informed Therapies
Improving Social Skills in Young Men
Helping Women Recover

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment is Different…Find Out Why

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment CentersWhen someone chooses Gateway  Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers, our team of clinical professionals strives to ensure each person is treated with respect and feels empowered to turn their lives around. We don’t fixate about the past rather we look ahead to what life can be like in recovery, a life that is truly worth living.

At Gateway, shame dissipates and motivation appears. Families heal and reunite. The brave decision to manage substance abuse issues and the commitment it requires remaining sober is celebrated every day.

Here is what people who recently completed treatment at Gateway Treatment Centers have to say:

“I am truly thankful to have found my way to Gateway Chicago West. The ENTIRE staff has treated me with dignity and like a family member…they all have helped save my life!  I sincerely hope that anybody who needs help with substance abuse finds their way to Gateway.  Gateway is the family helping to save me and my family.”

“I am now 120 days clean and sober after trying to quit myself the past 40 years. I would and will recommend Gateway to anyone who has a problem like I have.”

“I have had a wonderful experience at Gateway, I have learned so much in the time I have spent in treatment. The program has offered me a lot of support outside the groups. I would recommend Gateway to anyone seeking help.”

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To learn more about Outpatient and Residential Treatment Programs and our free, confidential consultation, please call 877-505-HOPE (4673).

Gateway Foundation Relocates Rehab Center to St. Louis Metro East

st. louis rehabFor residents in the St. Louis Metro East area who need help for substance abuse and addiction issues, Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment has moved its rehab center from Belleville to Swansea, IL. Gateway Foundation Swansea officially opened on Sept. 4, 2013, and provides counseling and therapy to help adults and teens struggling with alcohol and drug abuse.

Whether traveling by car or public transit, the new treatment center is conveniently located near Interstate 64 at 1 Bronze Pointe, a professional office park with plenty of free parking and accessible to Metro and bus lines stops.

“Being close to downtown St. Louis and St. Clair Square makes it easier for more people to experience the quality treatment for which Gateway Foundation is known,” says William Stoner, Executive Director, Gateway Foundation Swansea. “And, to help individuals going through withdrawal from alcohol, pharmaceutical drugs or heroin, we have an on-site psychiatrist certified in the use of medication assisted treatment to complement one’s addiction counseling and therapy.”

st. louis rehabTreatment programs for adults and teens are personalized to account for one’s drug use history, environment, withdrawal issues, lifestyle and co-occurring stress and mental health concerns. Gateway Foundation’s collaborative approach encourages empowerment through improved awareness and self-discovery. Treatment professionals assist individuals with exploring one’s values, setting goals, preparing for setbacks, developing a sobriety plan and building supports. Outpatient treatment also includes: substance abuse education, group counseling utilizing evidence-based relapse prevention, individual therapy and family engagement.

Gateway Foundation Swansea offers outpatient treatment services in the morning and evening, Monday through Friday. Members of the community are welcome to visit the new St. Louis metro rehab center and meet the clinical team at an open house on Oct. 17, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Gateway Foundation Shares Tips on Discussing Substance Abuse with a Loved One

If you are concerned that someone you care about has a substance abuse problem, it can be extremely worrisome as well as challenging to confront the issue. In approaching a loved one with an issue with substance abuse, the key is to choose your words and moment carefully when telling him or her how you feel. Ideally, pick a time when he or she is sober and when both of you are feeling calm.Discussing Substance Abuse

  • Begin the dialog in an open, caring and supportive frame of mind. Anything less and the dialog may not go as planned.
  • Avoid a moralistic tone about substance abuse. It is better to focus on the consequences that you have observed for the person and for his or her family.
  • Plan what you are going to say. This can be an emotionally charged conversation. Script out what you’d like to say, and go over it—it will help keep you on track.

This is not the time to demand your loved one stop abusing alcohol or drugs. The goal is simply to acknowledge that you believe your loved one needs substance abuse treatment and that you can help with entering treatment.

  • State calmly that you believe drug or excessive alcohol use is occurring; provide the evidence, and what you want the person to do about it.
  • Be supportive and truly listen to his or her responses, but be firm in your course of action and refuse to argue with the person.
  • Have a definite ‘next step’ plan in mind, including a contact person at available treatment center and telephone numbers so you can proceed if he or she should agree to substance abuse treatment.

If you have questions about alcohol or drug use of someone you care about, Gateway Foundation has the answers you need. For a free and confidential consultation, contact Gateway Foundation at (877) 505-HOPE (4673).

Gateway Foundation Opens Outpatient Treatment Center in Bloomingdale

Leading Provider of Substance Abuse Treatment Expands Network 

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment BloomingdaleGateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment is proud to announce the opening of a new outpatient treatment center in Bloomingdale, IL, which is now offering counseling and therapy for adults with substance abuse issues. Conveniently located at 1 Tiffany Pointe just east of Stratford Shopping Mall, the substance abuse treatment services are provided at Advance Psychiatry and Counseling under the Medical Directorship of Dr. Aqueel Khan. The new center is led by Executive Director Tracy Griffin Collander.

“I am pleased to join Gateway Foundation in providing convenient access to outpatient treatment in the western suburbs of Chicago. Gateway Foundation has a strong track record of success in treating substance abuse with use of effective, evidence-based clinical practices and more than four decades of experience in helping people thrive in recovery,” says Medical Director Dr. Aqeel Khan.

Outpatient treatment at the Gateway Foundation Bloomingdale center is offered during the evening hours for adults that have daytime responsibilities like work, childcare or school. Intensive outpatient treatment programs are offered Monday thru Thursday from 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Using an integrated approach to substance abuse treatment, Gateway Foundation’s Mindfulness-Based Sobriety outpatient program is based on two practices listed in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.  The new center in Bloomingdale provides treatment for individuals that may have co-occurring mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, grief, guilt or relationship problems in conjunction with substance abuse issues, as well as aftercare for support following treatment. Adults in outpatient treatment will focus on improving awareness, quality of life issues, recognizing one’s strengths and truer personal values, learning strategies to avoid or cope with high-risk situations, enhancing motivation and development of coping skills.

The program also includes:

  • Substance abuse education and group counseling tailored to the needs of adults utilizing an evidence-based relapse prevention curriculum;
  • Individual counseling and family counseling as needed; and
  • Treatment costs covered by most health insurance carriers.

Gateway Foundation Bloomingdale is located at 1 Tiffany Pointe in Bloomingdale; for more information, please visit To learn more about Gateway Foundation’s free and confidential consultation, call 877-505-HOPE (4673).

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