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Gateway- A Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program in Carbondale, IL

At Gateway in Carbondale, we use life-saving medicine to help people with addiction. Located in a secluded, wooded area, our drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation center will give you space to recover. We consider our quiet, 14-acre campus key to patient success. By giving you a calming space to work toward recovery, we aim to prepare you for healthier living. Visit our alcohol and drug rehab treatment center to see the difference for yourself.

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1080 East Park Street, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA



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Treatments Available at Gateway in Carbondale

Our addiction treatment programs aim to address all aspects of substance use disorder. We treat the social, behavioral and physical elements of addiction through comprehensive care services. Depending on your symptoms and circumstances, you might receive services such as:

Every patient takes part in an intake during their first treatment to our clinic. During this appointment, we will ask you questions about your drug use, current situation and medical history. We’ll then use that information to create a customized care plan that accounts for your needs.Some patients can have half-day or full-day outpatient treatment, while others may need residential care.

A JCAHO-Accredited Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center

We take pride in our accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). The JCAHO evaluates health facilities for their ability to foster a safe and healthy environment for patients. Since the JCAHO holds clinics to a high standard, their accreditation demonstrates that a facility provides high-quality care. Our team receives support from JCAHO to:

  • Improve risk management and reduction
  • Foster confidence in the patient community
  • Strengthen efforts related to patient safety
  • Enhance staff hiring and training

When you receive treatment from our staff, you can rest assured that you’ll get a high level of care.

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Gateway Foundation

Carbondale Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center

Carbondale, IL

Addiction Treatment Staff

Gateway’s Carbondale staff consists of a diverse and compassionate group of experts with a wide range of experience, knowledge and skill sets. The team includes certified alcohol and drug counselors (CADCs), as well as licensed staff such as licensed professional counselors (LPCs), licensed clinical professional counselors (LCPCs) and licensed social workers (LSWs). They are trained in, and incorporate, evidence-based practices such as Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-Based Sobriety and Seeking Safety, also known as trauma-informed care. The team develops creative and individualized treatment plans to meet the needs of all of our unique patients and addresses the wellness of the whole person including addiction, mental health and support concerns. With the assistance of masters-level interns, the team provides interactive and educational groups twice per day, including family therapy group, H.O.P.E. group (Healthy Options for managing Pain Effectively) and introductions to local recovery organizations such as AA, NA, Refuge Recovery and Celebrate Recovery.

To learn about Gateway Carbondale, our expert staff, and our premier facilities, call us at 618.323.3379. Our specialists are waiting to answer your questions and get you the help you deserve. You don’t have to struggle with addiction alone. Let the caring addiction treatment staff at Gateway Carbondale help you find the recovery you deserve, today.

Stephenie Teague

Executive Director

 Jariah Henderson

Clinical Supervisor

Rachel Ott, MA, CADC

Program Director
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What Addictions Do We Treat at Our Drug Addiction Rehab Center?

Many kinds of addictions affect patients’ lives. Our substance abuse rehab services address many common types of addictions, including those to:

  • Nicotine (tobacco): Some patients benefit from a specialized medication to reduce their nicotine cravings. When we use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) along with other counseling services like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), we can help patients quit their tobacco usage.
  • Painkillers: By combining holistic therapies, medical care and evidence-based treatment methods, our experienced staff helps patients navigate through their painkiller cravings and misusage. All patients undergo an evaluation to address their health and underlying issues, history and needs before beginning their personalized treatment plan. 
  • Marijuana: Whether through residential or outpatient treatment, patients will gain the tools and skills needed to live a marijuana-free life. While the goal is to overcome your addiction during treatment, our staff will also help you develop a relapse prevention plan to ensure long-term success.
  • Heroin and other opioids: At our Carbondale rehab center, we offer residential, outpatient and aftercare programs for those dealing with heroin and opioid addictions. Our staff will help patients identify and manage situations and conditions that contribute to them misusing these substances while creating a personalized plan for withdrawal and healing.
  • Cocaine: Treatment approaches for patients with a cocaine addiction can range from behavioral therapy to medication for withdrawal symptoms. Often, peer support and wellness habits are included to deliver a holistic approach. 
  • Benzodiazepines: Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” are popular prescription drugs. Patients with a benzo addiction first complete an assessment before moving into a supervised detox. With group and individual counseling and relapse prevention services, our staff will guide patients throughout their recovery journeys. Learn more about how we can help with our benzo addiction treatment in Northern Illinois.  

Some patients have more than one addiction at the same time. During your intake, we will determine what kind of substance use disorder you have and build a care strategy. We’ll then work with you to address all of the challenges that addiction brings.

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Alcohol Rehab Treatment Center Services at Gateway in Carbondale

In addition to treating drug addictions, we serve as an alcohol addiction rehab treatment center. Our services for alcohol addiction include:

  • Behavioral therapy: Our short-term behavioral therapy focuses on working with patients to change their thinking, beliefs and values. This evidence-based program helps patients with alcohol addiction overcome their cravings, cope with withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse. You’ll also learn skills that will help you overcome future challenges in a healthy way.
  • Medically supervised withdrawal: Some patients might require additional support, which is why we also offer medically supervised withdrawal at our Carbondale treatment center. patients will learn what to expect during withdrawal while working alongside a comprehensive team of professionals and having access to 24-hour nursing care. 
  • Medications for withdrawal symptoms: Depending on the individual patient’s needs, we have various medications for treating withdrawal symptoms. This service, combined with comprehensive therapies like behavioral therapy and family counseling, can help prevent relapse and encourage long-term health.
  • Support groups: Support groups enable patients to form healthy relationships and participate in drug- and alcohol-free activities with others. Being involved and engaged in a support group helps patients connect with others and achieve lasting success.

Scientific evidence and compassion for our patients drive our approach to alcohol addiction treatment. We provide the same level of care to our alcohol addiction patients as we do to our drug addiction patients.

Her Story- A Women’s Path to Recovery

Her Storyyoung woman standing in field, a woman’s path to recovery was developed to support women who suffer from trauma and addictions and need a safe place to transform their pain. Research shows that up to eighty percent of women who abuse substances have suffered some form of trauma. This women-only, intimate 12-bed program in Carbondale addresses substance use disorders, trauma including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as their co-occurring mental health conditions.

Trauma comes in many forms. For some, it is a single event such as violence, sexual assault, an accident, or loss of a loved one. For others, it is repeated exposure to physical or emotional abuse or neglect. Trauma often results in symptoms of other co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, sustained feelings of grief and loss, and bipolar or psychotic disorders. Without addressing the underlying and comorbid issues, sustained recovery is very difficult to achieve.

For women to fully address these issues a safe therapeutic environment has to be created and trust established. For our patients to heal and grow we have developed a single-gender – women-only milieu. Carbondale is located on 14 wooded acres, in a serene landscape, where women can feel safe and protected.

Therapeutic Techniques to Address Co-Occurring Disorders and/or Trauma

Along with our nine core evidence-based clinical practices, specific therapeutic techniques are used to safely address and alleviate symptoms stemming from traumatic events and memories. Our staff of licensed psychiatrists, nurses, therapists and specialists are highly trained and credentialed to work with women and their trauma. Trauma services include:

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How We Care

During a woman’s stay, co-occurring psychiatric issues and trauma are addressed at the same time as their substance use. You’ll discover healthier ways of coping with trauma, PTSD and substance use while working alongside professionals dedicated to your recovery success. We also offer medication-assisted treatment to manage symptoms of withdrawal for those who require these services. We have a complete medical and nursing team to safely manage this process throughout one’s stay.

At Gateway in Carbondale, we use lifesaving addiction medicine to help people with substance use disorders. Located in a secluded, wooded area, our drug and alcohol addiction treatment center will give you space to recover. Through support groups, you can connect with others who share similar experiences and realize you aren’t alone in your journey. 

We consider our quiet, 14-acre campus key to patient success. By giving you a calming space to work toward recovery, we aim to prepare you for healthier living.

The Benefits of PTSD and Trauma Treatment

Trauma can impact everything from how the brain perceives threats to how you communicate with others. While trauma can lead to PTSD, which has physical and mental side effects, it is possible to undo this damage and heal through trauma treatment. Depending on your needs, several different kinds of therapy can help you start on the path to healing and recovery. 

No matter the type, though, trauma treatment can help you: 

  • Face your traumas and discover how to move forward.
  • Learn how to reduce or eliminate symptoms or addictions associated with the trauma.
  • Receive validation for your feelings and struggles. 
  • Learn healthy ways of coping. 
  • Minimize the chances of relapse.
  • Rebuild relationships and your life.

The Importance of Treatment

  • 1 in 3 women will experience a sexual assault in their lifetime
  • 2x Women who experience trauma are as likely to develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and experience it for a longer duration. This DOUBLES the risk for major depressive disorder

For these reasons, we created Her Story: a specialized program to help women overcome addiction and trauma in a safe, supportive atmosphere.

Woman and Trauma Program at Gateway Carbondale

woman with arms open standing in front of oceanTrauma may originate from different sources. While it’s usually associated with tragic events such as war or sexual assault, it may also be a result of different types of incidents. Seeing a fatal accident, natural disaster or the loss of a family member are all traumatic experiences.

According to research on the treatment outcomes for women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse, up to 80% of women who get treatment for substance abuse have a history of trauma. This figure only shows the percentage among those who seek treatment — the actual percentage among the population may be higher.

This high number is most likely due to the way traumatic events affect the brain. The instant effects of a traumatic event include perspiration, increased heart rate and hypervigilance. Long-term effects of the trauma can alter a person’s thinking patterns. Symptoms such as panic attacks, depression, anxiety and flashbacks will occur. In some people, PTSD may arise.

The likelihood of women developing PTSD is 10%, while for men, it’s 4%. That means women are twice as likely to have PTSD than men. A major reason could be because women are more likely to get sexually assaulted or raped.

Unfortunately, people suffering from trauma tend to self-medicate with alcohol and drugs to forget the tragic event. As they begin to desire more of the substance to experience the same effect, dependence can develop into an established addiction.

Trauma results in co-occurring disorders such as depression, sleep disorders, psychotic disorders and persistent feelings of loss and grief. When this happens, sustained recovery may be hard to achieve without addressing the co-occurring issues.

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Signs of PTSD

Some women may not even know they have PTSD, particularly if they aren’t aware of the impact the traumatic event had on them. Common signs of PTSD include:

  • Paranoia
  • Difficulty trusting people
  • Intrusion
  • Withdrawal from social activities
  • Hypervigilance
  • Risky behavior
  • Change in romantic relationships
  • Avoidance
  • Hyperarousal to situations

Women are more likely to seek treatment for trauma-related issues. But some challenges affect women’s addiction treatment.

Obstacles Women Face When Seeking Addiction Treatment

woman staring out the windowSome of the most common challenges women face when looking for addiction treatment include:

  • Lack of services designed to suit women
  • Inadequate finances
  • Improper housing
  • Lack of services for children
  • Long waitlists
  • Fear of losing kids
  • Fear of divorce or separation
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Stigma

Apart from the challenges women face when seeking treatment, they also encounter treatment programs that aren’t suited to their needs. This is partly because most addiction treatment and rehab programs were not originally made to cater to women’s needs. So, when women started looking for addiction treatment, therapists thought the same methods that worked for men would also work for women. However, in many cases, this is not so.

A woman’s recovery needs to address relationship needs because they play a major role in her recovery. Family relationships are also quite important. Women who partake in residential addiction treatment usually struggle with feelings of guilt from leaving their family and home responsibilities behind.

Women also thrive better in community settings, so they need to build friendships and develop trust in support groups. When combined with improving self-worth and self-care, women can open up more about their trauma and deal with the main cause of their addiction.

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Introducing a Women-Only Therapeutic Environment

We’ve built a safe, gender-specific environment to enable our patients to start and complete their healing journey successfully. The Gateway Carbondale facility is situated on 14 wooded acres in an environment where women feel safe and secure. At this facility, we have a 12-bed women’s trauma and substance use disorder program that provides PTSD treatment for women.

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Women’s Trauma Recovery Program

At our Carbondale drug rehab center, our Women’s Trauma Recovery Program is personalized to your needs. This approach ensures you have the appropriate treatment and learn the skills necessary to help you overcome the specific challenges you may be facing.

In line with our nine major evidenced-based clinical practices, we also use therapeutic methods to address issues stemming from traumatic events at our women’s trauma treatment centers. Our services:

  • Help women recover
  • Provide eye movement desensitization reprocessing
  • Take care of family and individual therapy
  • Offer dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Provide mindfulness-based sobriety
  • Incorporate exercise, nutrition and motion therapy
  • Include medication-assisted treatment to manage withdrawal symptoms

For more information about this program, please call us at 877.377.2027 or send us a message through our contact page today.

Get Help from Our Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Center

After more than 50 years of experience helping Chicago-area patients, we’re sure we can assist you with your journey to recovery. When you become one of our patients, we will support you for life. Discover more about our services by calling 618-323-3379 or contacting our staff today.

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