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Gateway Foundation


Chicago IllinoisThe Basics

Gateway Foundation is a large network of outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment facilities throughout the state of Illinois and in St. Louis, Missouri. Its Chicago River North facility in downtown Chicago near the Merchandise Mart, offers daytime and evening outpatient evidence based treatment geared towards individuals with work and school commitments. The facility is easily accessed by public transportation and is a 20-minute walk from Union Station. Gateway Foundation has a long history of success and has been in operation for over 40 years.

Treatment and Staff

After an assessment, clinicians work with clients to create an individualized treatment plan. Clients are assigned to either the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or standard outpatient treatment. In the IOP, clients attend group therapy for three hours three to four times each week. In standard outpatient, clients attend group therapy one to two times each week. Individual therapy is scheduled as-needed. At the beginning of treatment, clients set duration goals with their counselor with time-frames usually starting at six weeks.

The treatment team at Chicago River North includes clinicians with double certifications in mental health and addiction counseling including LCSWs and CADCs. Therapists use a combination of Matrix Model, 12-step framework and mindfulness training. While Gateway is able to help clients navigate co-occurring disorders, clients with a significant mental health diagnosis and/or in need of medication are referred to outside mental health facilities for additional treatment. Clients are not required to attend 12-step meetings, but they are strongly encouraged.


Gateway Foundation has a robust alumni program that provides aftercare by hosting 12-step meetings at various locations and volunteering opportunities. Additionally, the facility’s website offers an “Ask the Expert” feature where readers can write-in questions pertaining to addiction and recovery that is promptly answered by a Gateway Clinician.

In Summary

Gateway Recovery Foundation’s Chicago River North location offers outpatient treatment with daily daytime and evening groups. Using both evidence-based therapies and the 12-step framework, it offers clients methods of self-regulation and tools to build a sober lifestyle. Gateway Foundation’s large network of recovery facilities might make it a particularly good choice for those who are unsure of the intensity of treatment that might best serve them or who may flourish with an extensive alumni network to support them upon graduation.

Gateway Recovery Foundation
Chicago River North
444 N. Orleans, Ste 400
Chicago, IL 60654

Gateway Recovery Foundation Chicago River North Outpatient Cost: $10,140 (30 days). Accepts Insurance. Reach Gateway Recovery Foundation at (877) 505-4673. Find Gateway Recovery Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

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  1. My daughter has been at the inpatient facility in Chicago and Lake Villa. As someone in the field I feel that I am in a good position to review these facilities. In one word: HORRIBLE! Don’t let the nice intake people fool you. They get a lot of court ordered people and Medicaid people so if that is your lot then go for it because you will be right at home in the typical “institution” atmospher…..including being yelled at, shamed, and mistreated by other patients. Please don’t misunderstand me, if you are on medicaid that doesn’t mean you are somehow less than….it just means you tend to be subject to the type of providers that tend to accept Medicaid. When I was a young single mother I was on it myself so I speak from experience. My daughter transferred from the chicago to the lake villa facility thinking that it would be better there and it was just as bad if not worse. I have tried several times to check on her status and they won’t even let her call me as she only gets two calls a week, not a day, a WEEK. If you have private insurance I highly recommend another facility. At this point my daughter will probably stay as the goal is to get sober and she seems to be ready to “go to any lengths”. It is wet sad and upsetting to me that we are actually paying for her and us to be treated this way. I can only hope that this experience will make her realize she never wants to drink again because she never wants to go through this hell again.

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