Gateway Foundation’s ASPIRE Program Achieves Top, Dual Diagnosis Rating

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Gateway is proud to announce the ASPIRE program at Chicago Independence is the first in Illinois to be certified as a Dual Diagnosis Enhanced (DDE) site. This means ASPIRE is now officially able to treat co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. ASPIRE is the only women’s program that has met the DDE standard, as determined by an independent rater, and one of the only women’s programs American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) deems appropriate for clients who have severe or unstable mental health disorders and need residential treatment.

The ability to treat substance use and mental health disorders is extremely important, as 80 percent of individuals with mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety, also have substance use disorders. In order for a person to have the greatest chance of a successful outcome, both aspects must be treated. When either disorder goes untreated, the probability of relapse is much higher.

In order to ensure the staff is thoroughly prepared for treating clients with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders, Gateway hired employees who established many techniques to develop a training program to spread the knowledge. Ensuring the staff is properly prepared to treat both disorders allows for patients to have the best chance at lifelong recovery.

What is ASPIRE?

The ASPIRE program was first implemented six years ago and provides evidence-based treatment for women suffering from substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions. While addiction does not discriminate based on gender, addiction has often been painted as a male issue. In reality, millions of women in the United States are also battling addiction. A program like ASPIRE helps bridge the gender gap of addiction while still ensuring women receive a tailored, personalized treatment plan for their individual needs.

“The program gives women everything that exists in the best non-gender specific programs, with the added benefit of women-specific programming that addresses how gender roles impact substance use disorders and related co-morbid conditions, such as trauma,” says Chicago Independence Clinical Director Gilbert Lichstein. “The program is a safe space where participants are not addressed in a confrontational manner or judged.”

ASPIRE is one of many Gateway initiatives that demonstrates our commitment to treating not only substance use disorders but the underlying causes of addiction.

Helping Women Recover from Addiction – Gateway Foundation Sponsored Workshop

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment is proud to extend a rare development opportunity to our valued professional partners. To help advance understanding of substance abuse treatment for women, Gateway has invited clinician and women’s treatment specialist Dr. Stephanie S. Covington, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., to lead a two-day training workshop in Chicago with a focus on “Helping Women Recover.”

The workshop will be held April 19 and 20, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, located at 17 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60602.

12 CEU credits can be earned by professionals for LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, NADAAC, and IAODAPCA (CADC).

About the Workshop
There is growing evidence documenting the impact of child neglect and abuse (as well as other forms of trauma) on Helping Women Recover: A Program for Treating Addictionwomen’s health, mental health and behavior. Workshop attendees will learn about the history of women’s treatment, current theoretical perspectives, the treatment environment and treatment strategies.

Based on Dr.Covington’s curriculum, Helping Women Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction, the two-day workshop takes a closer look at the comprehensive treatment model for women, integrating theories of addiction, psychological development and trauma. The women’s recovery training covers: key issues of self, relationships, sexuality and spirituality, in addition to the therapeutic techniques for dealing with these issues.

About Dr. Stephanie Covington
For more than 25 years, Dr. Covington’s work has focused on the creation of gender-responsive and trauma-informed services. Her extensive experience includes designing women’s services at the Betty Ford Center, developing programs for women in criminal justice settings and being the featured therapist on the Oprah Winfrey Network TV show entitled “Breaking Down the Bars.” She has also served as a consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna and was selected for the Federal Advisory Council on Women’s Services.

Educated at Columbia University and the Union Institute, Dr. Covington has served on the faculties of the University of Southern California, San Diego State University, and the California School of Professional Psychology. She has published extensively, including six gender-responsive, trauma-informed treatment curricula. Dr. Covington is based in La Jolla, California, where she is co-director of both the Institute for Relational Development and the Center for Gender and Justice.

To make the training as accessible as possible, Gateway is extending this invaluable opportunity to select partners at the cost of $250 per person; please note, space is limited and available on a first come first serve basis.

To make a reservation contact:

Dr. Phil Welches, Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment Clinical Director
Phone (312) 913-2319

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