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

Can Low Self-Esteem Lead to Substance Use? Exploring the Link Between 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. Low self-esteem isn’t limited to individuals who have suffered trauma…

Gateway Medication Assisted Treatment MAT

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

What is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)? Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of FDA-approved medication, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to comprehensively treat substance use disorder. MAT can be used for both opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder. Not everyone is a candidate for MAT. Prior to initiating Medication-Assisted Treatment, medical professional evaluate the patient to…

Gateway Director of Events Marty Cook and alum Nick, Share Their Thoughts on Life After Recovery

Gateway Director of Events Marty Cook and alum Nick, Share Their Thoughts on Life After Recovery

For WBEZ’s final Voice of Chicagoland’s Opioid Crisis segment, host Jennifer White spoke to Gateway Director of Events Marty Cook and alum Nick about young people and life after recovery. To listen to the segment, click here. “I just imagine that the power, particularly for younger people, to walk into a room and they think their life is over because they’ll…

Dr. Britton and Gateway Alum Broadcast Insights on Opioid Crisis

Dr. Britton and Gateway Alum Broadcast Insights on the Opioid Crisis

Justin Kaufmann spoke to Gateway President and CEO Dr. Thomas Britton and Gateway alum Spencer  on WGN’s “The Download” for insights on the opioid crisis, how we can combat it, and Spencer’s journey to recovery. Biggest takeaways: “A criminal problem rather than a public health problem” Dr. Britton mentions how more government funding is being allocated to law enforcement…