Gateway Foundation is a treatment conglomerate with many locations throughout Illinois. With easy access from the Northern Chicago suburbs, this facility offers two residential treatment programs: a male-only track for substance abuse and a co-ed dual-diagnosis track. With a small client load and a hands-on staff, clients receive individualized attention and support as they journey through recovery.
Accommodations and Food
The grounds at Gateway resemble a college campus, with plenty of green acreage and several buildings set up for treatment. The 36-bed residential building houses men and women on separate floors, although that can change depending on capacity. The bedrooms are shared between two clients and feature twin beds, wooden dressers, cork boards and desks.
Physical fitness opportunities are not as extensive as other facilities—clients have access to only a small exercise room during free time. The program does allow smoking but it must be done during designated smoke breaks.
When it comes to meals, clients don’t have to worry about cooking. Three meals a day are prepared on-site by a professional chef. Coffee and snacks are available at certain times of the day.
Treatment and Staff
While some of the Gateway Foundation’s treatment centers focus solely on addiction, the male-only one specializes in mental health issues. A medically monitored detox is not offered but clients can take part in a social detox.
The approach to recovery depends greatly on the individual’s needs, with treatment time usually falling between 30 and 90 days. Individual counseling can be done anywhere from one to five times a week, depending on the client. Group therapy happens for several hours each day, with topics such as relapse prevention, anger management, self-esteem, life skills, employment, anger management, processing and trauma.
Treatment also involves education around substance abuse; the addiction-as-a-disease model is discussed in a lecture setting. The approach to 12-step recovery is very loose. Clients can decide if this is something that works for them, having the option to attend an on-site AA meeting on Saturdays. On family education night, family members can learn about addiction and gain further insight into their loved one’s struggles.
When residential treatment has been completed, a variety of transitional programs are offered, including day treatment, outpatient and aftercare services. Intensive outpatient programs are also offered for adolescents struggling with substance abuse.
The staff includes counselors, therapists, a psychiatrist and nurses.
Gateway Foundation creates a safe space for individualized recovery. With a male-only program and strong emphasis on dual-diagnosis support, comprehensive support for substance abuse and mental health issues can be found here.
400 Mercy Ln
Aurora, IL 60506
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