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Gateway Recovery Center in Arkansas provides residential treatment for women dealing with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Under the umbrella of Harbor House Inc.—which provides gender-specific inpatient and outpatient treatment options for men and women—Gateway is located in the Arkansas River Valley between the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains and has served the Fort Smith community for over 30 years.

Accommodations and Food

Gateway provides treatment in a sprawling single story brick facility with accommodations available for a total of 30 women in triple-occupancy rooms. Women share full bathrooms located off each bedroom. Décor is simple but comfortable. Bedroom furnishings consist of twin beds, nightstands and a shared desk and dresser. On-site coin-operated laundry facilities are available and clients responsible for their own coins and laundry soap. Cell phones, lap tops and personal electronic devices are not permitted. Smoking is only allowed outside in designated areas during breaks. Phone calls can be made after one week in the counseling office at staff discretion. Clients are assigned house chores on a weekly basis.

Common areas include a TV room, counseling offices, group therapy rooms, a kitchen and dining hall. Menus are planned by a licensed dietician and healthy meals are served three times per day. While kitchen staff typically do not accommodate special dietary needs, there is a salad bar option at dinner allowing clients who want an alternative to meat to help themselves buffet-style.

Treatment and Staff

The treatment program at Gateway is a blend of the 12-step model of recovery, CBT and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET). The women begin their day with a 6 am wake-up call followed by breakfast at 7 am. Group therapy begins at 8:30 and runs throughout the day with a break for lunch at noon. Therapy topics include relapse prevention, family dynamics, building self-esteem, trauma therapy and—if appropriate—parenting classes. Clients may also benefit from medication management and evidence-based PTSD treatments like EMDR.

Individual therapy is provided once a week with more sessions scheduled if needed. Free time is from 3:30 to 5 pm followed by dinner at 5:30. In the evenings clients attend house meetings or off-site recovery groups.  While Gateway is does not endorse any particular recovery organization, clients are introduced to AA/NA, SMART Recovery and Celebrate Recovery.

For those who do not need residential treatment or clients who are ready to leave the inpatient facility, Gateway offers an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). IOP consists of at least nine hours of individual and group counseling—three hours a day for three days a week, for a minimum of six weeks. This schedule allows the client to maintain work or school schedule and remain in their home while working on the goal of abstinence.

All sessions are facilitated by CSACs. The treatment team is all women—with two case-managers and counselors with at least seven years of experience working in addiction and recovery. Staff-to-client ratio is one-to-six.


Family education day is on Sunday from 11 am until l pm. The two-hour educational session is facilitated by one of the counselors and is followed by visiting until 3 pm.

Gateway Recovery Center’s transitional housing program provides structured living in a sober environment. The women can choose from a single, double or triple occupancy room in a separate wing of the main facility. Transitional living clients must be attending outpatient treatment, employed or in school full time. Daily attendance at a peer-based recovery program is recommended and random drug tests are administered.

In Summary

Gateway offers a safe, therapeutic environment for women in need of affordable residential substance abuse treatment. While they do not advocate any particular path for sustaining abstinence, Gateway introduces women to multiple treatment options including the 12-steps, CBT, SMART Recovery and Celebrate Recovery so they can make an educated decision when choosing which path is best for them. The availability of transitional housing and IOP make this an especially attractive rehab for women seeking a comprehensive treatment facility.

Gateway Recovery Center Location

3900 Armor Ave
Fort Smith, AR  72901

Gateway Recovery Center Cost

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