For over 50 years, Gateway Foundation has proven that evidence-based services combined with personalized care offer individuals struggling with addiction their best chance at breaking free. At our Chicago River North addiction treatment center in Chicago, IL, we get to know each individual who walks through our doors to understand the unique influences impacting their addiction and customize our services to focus on their specific needs.
What Is Addiction?
Now more than ever, medical professionals understand addiction is a chronic disease. It’s not a moral failing or lack of self-control. Substances like alcohol, opioids and various other drugs change the brain’s structures and functions, influencing learning, motivation and pleasure.
While everyone’s path to addiction is unique, the result is often the same. Those who fall prey to this insidious disease keep seeking that substance despite the harm it brings to themselves and the people they love.
Signs and Symptoms of Addiction
Several factors and influences can fuel a person’s addiction — trauma, mental illness and family history are a few examples. However, if you’re not sure if you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, here are some signs and symptoms to look out for:
- A nearly uncontrollable urge to use the substance you’re addicted to
- Loss of control over how often you use
- Continued substance misuse despite its negative impact on your personal or professional life
- Lost interest in other hobbies or activities you once enjoyed
- Erratic behaviors and actions when under the influence
- Intense withdrawal symptoms when not using
- Willingness to engage in illegal behaviors to get more of a substance
Substances That Many Fall Addicted To
Addiction of any kind can wreak havoc on your life. However, certain substances tend to lead a greater number of people down the path of addiction. This includes:
Chicago Addiction Treatment Services Available
When you choose Gateway Chicago River North, you will experience a full continuum of care, unparalleled clinical expertise and a patient-centric approach to addiction treatment. Our skilled team of clinicians and counselors want to understand your unique needs, including your background, specific addictions and any underlying mental or physical health conditions.
When it comes to addiction, one size certainly does not fit all. That’s why we use the information we garner to customize a treatment plan appropriate to your lifestyle, gender, age and unique needs. We then blend our services and therapies to treat your addiction during your time in our Chicago center. Here are some of our evidence-based offerings that may be included in your unique treatment program:
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Gender-based rehabilitation
- Teen rehabilitation
- Family support and programming
- LGBTQ+ program
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Acceptance and commitment therapy
Get Help With Addiction in Chicago, IL
At the Gateway Foundation Chicago River North location, you’ll find addiction professionals dedicated to walking with you as you begin your recovery journey. We offer a wide array of services to ensure you find the personalized care you need that will help you heal — physically, mentally and emotionally. To learn more, contact us online today.