On the shores of Fox Lake in northern Illinois, we help patients recover from addiction. We offer a safe and quiet place where you can work toward a drug-free life. When you become a patient at Gateway Foundation Lake Villa, you become a patient for life. Let us support you during and after treatment so you can have a successful recovery.
We consider our diversity of treatment one of our greatest strengths. At Gateway Foundation Lake Villa, we support adult and adolescent patients in their recovery. Our adolescent program gives teens ages 12 to 18 a space to recover with their peers. Young adults between ages 18 and 26 can join our Bridges program for a similar experience. You can also find patients older than 26 getting help from our Lake Villa team.
To make our treatment accessible to as many patients as possible, we aim to provide multiple payment options. We work with insurance providers in and out of our network to help you afford care. If you don’t have insurance, we also offer financing options.
At Gateway Foundation Lake Villa, you can participate in a variety of wellness activities with Fox Lake as your backdrop. We provide both indoor and outdoor healthy lifestyle activities for our patients. For example, our indoor gym has cardio equipment and weights to help you learn healthy habits during recovery. Once someone graduates from our clinic, they will also receive continued support from our active alumni community.
Our professionals offer both inpatient and outpatient treatments to our patients. The programs available at this facility include:
Each of our patients has an individualized treatment plan with services tailored to their needs. When you visit our clinic in Lake Villa, Illinois, you can receive personalized care in a program model that works with your schedule.
Every patient’s care plan includes personalized services such as:
Your treatment plan will feature services chosen to assist with your symptoms. We will work with you to adjust your care plan over time so it can change with your needs.
Out in Recovery was created to give members of the LGBTQ+ community a program where they don’t have to explain their gender, culture or sexuality in terms of what it means to be an LGBTQ person. This is a program where people are accepted and understood from the moment they walk through our doors. Having shared experiences and history, people are able to move forward together, and support one another during their recovery process.
We know that people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) suffer from higher rates of social discrimination and stigmatization. They also suffer from higher rates of rejection, abuse and social isolation, which can cause elevated stress levels leading to higher rates of substance abuse problems. This is why the Out In Recovery program is so important and now is available.
Our program is conveniently located northwest of Chicago at our scenic, lakeside Lake Villa campus on the shores of Fox Lake. This beautiful, tranquil location is the perfect place to relax, feel safe and be in nature. With only 16 patients in this program, you are assured of intimacy and personalized care.
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Lake Villa’s Bridge Program is designed specifically for young men battling drug and alcohol addiction. High school and college can be some of the most exciting times for any young man. However, the freedom that comes with it can often lead to exposure to drugs and alcohol. Unfortunately, “experimentation” with substances is common for young adults in this position.
Since using drugs at a young age can present a great risk, getting treatment early is essential. Trying drugs “once or twice” can be a slippery slope that leads to full-blown addiction.
More often than not, abusers slip into addiction without ever realizing what happened.
Our young men’s residential Bridge Program is meant specifically for young men in this category. Sadly, these boys typically struggle with self-esteem and confidence issues. For them, using drugs can often start as a way to fit in or to cope, but it often turns into something far worse.
The Bridge Program battles addiction by getting to the core causes of addiction in the young men that we treat. This is because easing withdrawal and supplying treatment is only a part of the battle. The roots of addiction can be intensely personal issues. In such a case, treating just the addiction this way is like only treating a symptom and not the cause.
However, our young men’s residential Bridge Program strategically targets young men’s addictions while simultaneously building their self-worth and image. Teaching these young men to find their own personal value gives them a foundation on which to build a successful, sober life. Without this foundation, many of these young adults will be unable to find lasting sobriety.
Lake Villa’s young men’s residential Bridge Program is an enhanced addiction treatment program, which also focuses on the unique needs of emerging adults at its core. Addiction often interrupts healthy development, which can create certain challenges for young adults seeking independence. The average human brain reaches full development in the mid 20s, but the use of drugs and alcohol can disrupt this process.
Designed for the 18-26-year-old age range, the Bridge Program gives our residents a recovery option with a focused evidence-based approach incorporating an array of modalities and supports.
While participating in the treatment, adolescent clients also participate in quality and credit-earning educational services that will also help your teen stay on course for educational success. Educational services are provided in partnership between Gateway Foundation, the local school district, and the client’s home school district.
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Let us support you as you take your life back from addiction. Our network of treatment centers has more than five decades of experience and one million lives saved. Begin your journey to recovery by calling us at 847-356-8205 or contacting us online today.
Karen Wolownik Albert joined Gateway Foundation in 2010 and has more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health. Prior to joining Gateway Foundation, Karen worked in a variety of outpatient and residential settings.
She is an experienced trainer and has presented at national conferences on a wide array of topics. Karen is on the board of directors of the Lake County Opioid Initiative and is also a co-chair of the Treatment, Recovery and Harm Reduction Committee and a core team member in the development of the A Way Out Program, a law-assisted deflection program in Lake County. In addition, she is a member of the Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force and has served on the board of directors of the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health (IABH) since 2017. She is an adjunct professor at the College of Lake County, and has served on the curriculum committee for the Human Services program since 2011. Karen was the 2018 recipient of Dr. C. Vincent Bakeman Memorial award for her work in the field of addiction treatment.
Karen earned both her bachelor’s in psychology and master’s in social work degrees from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Keith Sarpolis has over 37 years of diverse experience focused on substance use disorder and internal medicine. He approaches healthcare through a holistic perspective, believing that treatment of both the physical and psychosocial aspects of a patient’s health is critical.
Dr. Sarpolis earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School.
The Gateway Foundation Lake Villa addiction treatment staff consists of highly credentialed and experienced counselors and therapists. Primary counselors are either certified alcohol or drug counselors (CADCs) or have earned a clinical license. All counselors are trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and use creative, energetic and engaging techniques during group sessions.
To learn more about our programs and addiction treatment staff, call us today at 847.440.5213.