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Considering Treatment for the First Time?

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Considering Treatment for the First Time?

You are not alone. Just about half of our patients (46%) come into residential treatment for the first time. This can be a scary, confusing time in one’s life. At Gateway Foundation, we make it a simple, straight forward process. We take away the confusion and walk you through step by step, what is recommended based on your unique circumstances.

Each person comes to this decision differently, and has different needs to get them back on track. Our licensed and credentialed staff can answer all of your questions and talk you through the process, even if you don’t know the right questions to ask. We have been helping people just like you, for over 50 years, right here in your community. We can help you!

The first step is to call our confidential help line at 877-505-HOPE (4673).

Our experienced and trained staff with guide you through the admissions process, asking you questions to better determine if treatment is recommended and if so, what type. This first call takes about 15 minutes and is completely confidential.

What to Have Ready When You Call

When calling for the first time, if you can have the following items available, it will make the process quick and easy:

  • Your insurance information
  • If you are seeing a counselor, their name
  • A description of your drug or alcohol use
  • A list of medications you are on, if any
  • Any medical or mental health issues that you have

Your counselor will make this as easy and straight forward as possible. There is no obligation to continue, if you change your mind. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by making this one, confidential, quick life changing call. Don’t let your life continue to spiral out of control. Please call us now at 877-505-HOPE (4673)

Concerned about your substance use, gambling or depression?

Take a few minutes to see what these assessments reveal and how we can help.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are considering treatment for the first time, you may not know the appropriate questions to ask. Below are some of the common questions that individuals ask when looking into addiction treatment.

How Do I Know if I am Bad Enough to Need Help?

  • If your life is unmanageable or spinning out of control
  • If you have tried to stop or control your use of drugs or alcohol and can’t
  • If people close to you are concerned about your behavior or use
  • If you have suffered consequences such as a DUI, fired from your job, suffer health issues as a result of your use, have financial difficulties due to use
  • Pre-occupied with getting high or drunk
  • Wake up hung over and want a fix to feel better
  • Used drugs or alcohol because of emotional pain or stress
  • Felt defensive, guilty, or ashamed about your use
  • You can take these short assessments

How Do I Start the Process?

It is simple, one call to Gateway Foundation for a free, quick, confidential assessment and recommendation 877-505-HOPE (4673).

What Level of Care is Right for Me?

There are different levels of care based on your specific needs. An assessment is needed to determine what is best for you. The options are:

How Long is the Program?

The program length depends on what your needs are. For some, outpatient care is all that is needed. These sessions can last three to six hours a day. For others detoxification is needed followed by a residential stay and a step down program to outpatient. This varies in length based on how one progresses through treatment. Typical detox can be 3 – 6 days, residential 26 – 30 days and outpatient 1 – 3 months.

Does Insurance Pay for This?

Yes, most insurance carriers pay for these services. Gateway is in-network with all major insurance companies, which means only a co-pay and deductible is the persons responsibility. Amounts vary based on policy and how much deductible has already been spent.

How Much Does it Cost?

Depending on level of care, length of stay and insurance, the cost can range from a few hundred dollars to around $ 816/day for residential with no insurance. Our staff can give you a more precise estimate before one commits to getting treatment.

Are There People Like Me in Treatment?

At all Gateway facilities you will be in groups with people just like you. Our age ranges from 18 – 60 years old and all ethnicities. We also have virtual treatment for adolescents that range from 13-18 years old.

Do I Have to Share a Room?

Our philosophy at our residential facilities is that everyone has a roommate or two, unless there is a medical issue. Addiction is a disease of isolation and loneliness. We believe that having a roommate is important to enhance your overall experience in treatment. Positive lifelong support and relationships often result from having a roommate.

Where are Your Programs?

We have 16 locations throughout Illinois, so we are never too far away. We also have virtual outpatient programs so even if you are in a remote location or don’t have transportation; you can receive care from your home or office.

What are Facilities Like?

Our facilities are well appointed and comfortable. Some are located on beautiful lakes, others in the woods or in urban or suburban locations. Our outpatient centers are located for ease and convenience, easy to get to driving or using public transportation. Our residential programs range in size from 12 patients to 100 patients. Each program is divided up into smaller programs, so no matter the facility size, they don’t feel big. We also offer gender separate programs, trauma programs, professionals programs, alcohol-use only programs, and gambling programs.

What are Your Programs Like?

Our programs all follow the same evidence-based curriculum centered on 9 core clinical components. Your treatment with be a combination of individual and group therapy, psycho-educational groups, specialty meetings, family involved therapy, expressive arts therapy, assignments, inside and outside meetings (based on COVID) and healthy recreational activities, as well as downtime for reflection and recharge. Your program is individualized and progresses as you progress through clinical milestones set up for you.

Do Your Programs Only Address Addiction?

All of our programs address both the addiction and any underlying co-occurring conditions such as depression, anxiety, trauma, obsessive compulsive disorder, etc. We have medical and psychiatric staff at each of our locations. We utilize appropriate medications if needed.

How Does Detox Work in Residential Treatment?

Gateway has round the clock nursing care to provide medication for the comfort and safety of our clients under the supervision of a physician. Our comprehensive team of professionals uses these medications to ease withdrawal symptoms, eliminate cravings, and block opiate receptors to help transition through the detox process. Our medical staff will discuss your options during your assessment with our counselors.

It is extremely important that you do not try detoxing on your own as severe medical complications can arise. You need to be under the care of a medical provider.

How Does Detox Work in Outpatient Treatment?

We utilize Medication Assisted Treatment in our outpatient program for maintenance and management of your ongoing sobriety. These medications are used to manage cravings and can assist you on your road to recovery. Your outpatient counselor will discuss these options with you.

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Call Gateway Now for a Life-Changing Care

We are here to help! The fastest way is to call us.

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