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Holistic Therapy, Residential Treatment
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ABOUT GATEWAY RECOVERY CENTER
Set in a wooded area of Fort Smith, Ark., Gateway Recovery Center offers residential and outpatient treatment for women with substance use and co-occurring disorders. The center also offers a specialized residential program for pregnant women and women with young children. The facility, which is a part of Harbor House, Inc., provides detoxification services on-site. Harbour House, Inc., also operates a separate treatment facility for men.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the facility’s website, the treatment philosophy at Gateway Recovery Center engages mind, body, and spirit and includes individualized evidence-based treatments. Treatment at this facility integrates 12-step principles, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), as well as alternative practices such as hypnotherapy.
Women in the residential treatment program participate in at least six hours of interactive group counseling per day, and at least one hour of individual therapy per week. They also partake in least five hours per week of recovery support groups (e.g.12-step, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or SMART Recovery). A required amount of physical activity and family counseling is another component of this program. Clients can also access transitional, sober living at this facility. Residents are required to work or attend school.
The Specialized Women’s Services (SWS) Program at Gateway Recovery Center offers treatment to pregnant women and/or women with children six years old and younger. In addition to therapeutic services, clients receive child care, medical treatment, job skills training, and parenting classes.
In addition to residential and transitional housing services, the facility offers outpatient and intensive outpatient programs (IOP). The IOP program includes nine hours of individual and group therapy each week.
Specific details regarding staff credentials are not currently available via the facility’s website. However, the Gateway Recovery Center is nationally accredited.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Despite limited information about the accommodations for the facility’s residential treatment program, there are some details about the SWS and the transitional living houses.
Women in the SWS program and their children live in a separate residence on the property. This house offers play areas and a small, fenced-in yard. The transitional living homes have single, double, and triple occupancy rooms with 24-hour supervision. Each home has a social lounge, study areas, and televisions are allowed in bedrooms.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Overall, alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mixed reviews. One alum surveyed by Rehabs.com, Cheryl, was satisfied with her experiences at Gateway Recovery Center, giving the facility especially high ratings for counseling, activities, and meals. She loved the treatment structure and regular meetings but left the program early to keep a job.
Other reviews for this facility were not so positive. One representative review from T.R. gave overall negative ratings and wrote that staff humiliated clients and the food was poor. “The whole atmosphere was chaos and gave clients even more stress than they had when they came into Gateway,” T.R. wrote.
Elsewhere on the internet, reviews were also mixed. One anonymous reviewer praised the rehab on Citehealth.com, giving it five stars. “Gateway changed my life i now have 9 mo. clean… they are very caring and take one on one time with everyone!”  In contrast, a different anonymous alum called the facility a “waste of time and money.” On the facility’s Facebook page, which it manages and includes reviews for this facility and another operated by Harbor House, 22 reviewers collectively gave this facility a perfect five-star rating. It should be noted that this includes reviews for another facility operated by Harbor House as well.  This includes five-star ratings from two alumni.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
In one of two Rehabs.com reviews from loved ones, the sibling of an alumn mentioned the noticeable transformation of their loved one. “My brother has been much more communicative, more involved with family, appears at peace and very happy with his life.” The other review from a loved one gave three out of five stars for treatment effectiveness and four out of five stars for accommodations and meals.
On Google, Harbor House –– the organization that operates this facility and a separate facility for men –– has an average of 4.3 out of five stars based on six reviews. Two of these were from spouses of alumni, who gave an overall four out of five star rating.
According to the facility’s website, Gateway Recovery Center accepts most insurance plans.
Updated December 2016
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Published on December 2016
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