Specialized Treatment for Athletes

Specialized Treatment for Athletes: Why It’s Necessary

Becoming an athlete takes years of training, practice and endurance combined with a healthy lifestyle and innate talent. Professional sports players are some of the most popular celebrities. But there’s a dark side to the lifestyle of being a star athlete — substance abuse. Many of today’s top athletes have struggled with addiction to drugs or…

Gateway Foundation Mental Health Month Starting Conversations About Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness Month 2019

May marks Mental Health Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness and reducing stigma. To start our month-long conversation about mental health, we started asking some questions: Mental Health Awareness Month Millions of people in the United States deal with mental health disorders. Yet less than half receive help. Chances are you know someone with…

Dr. Roueen Rafeyan Chief Medical Officer Gateway Foundation

Interview with Chief Medical Officer Dr. Roueen Rafeyan

Dr. Roueen Rafeyan has worked as chief medical officer of Gateway Foundation since 2016 and has been a trailblazer in the field of Addiction Medicine for over 20 years, having served as a medical director for psychiatric and substance use programs at leading Illinois healthcare institutions including Rush, Michael Reese, Resurrection and Presence Behavioral Health.…

Gateway Foundation Dual Recovery From Trauma and Addiction

Dual Recovery From Trauma and Addiction

There’s a strong correlation between trauma and addiction. Learn why you or a loved one should immediately seek help for both issues to experience dual recovery. What is Trauma? Trauma can occur following any highly stressful or life-threatening event. Traumatic events can fall into several categories including, natural disasters like earthquakes or hurricanes, man-made catastrophes…

Gateway Foundation Can Low Self-Esteem Lead to Substance Use? Self Esteem and Substance Abuse

Can Low Self-Esteem Lead to Substance Use? Self-Esteem and Substance Abuse

Low self-esteem, a perception that one is inadequate, unlovable, unworthy and/or incompetent. It often stems from exposure to dysfunctional behavior as a child. When children bear the brunt of anger, abandonment, abuse, neglect or continual negative criticism, it can lead to feelings of low self-worth. People with chronic self-esteem issues may take on behaviors that…

Gateway Foundation Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

People who experience both mental health and substance use disorders don’t need treatment for one disorder and then the other. Instead, they need treatment for both disorders at the same time. For this reason, Gateway Foundation offers dual diagnosis treatment in a truly integrated manner. We use an interdisciplinary, team-based approach that includes doctors, psychologists, and licensed…