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GateHouse Treatment Philosophy
GateHouse Treatment offers highly individualized addiction treatment to men who are experiencing substance abuse issues. A fluid yet essential set of core beliefs animate each and every mode of treatment we deliver. The first is that a profound internal change is necessary for authentic recovery from addiction. The second is that this change must occur in way that’s responsive and respectful to the individual client’s specific needs. Third, we believe that only a holistic approach can affect the necessary change and lead to a fulfilling recovery. Emphasizing responsiveness at all times, our treatment model strives to address the needs of the entire person, not simply those aspects that manifest the symptoms of addiction. Through a combination of traditional and cutting edge methods, GateHouse Treatment helps addicted men build a foundation for a rewarding and long term recovery.
Areas of Specialization
Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.
Trauma & Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT)
Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT) uses the brain’s innate ability to adapt to change in a healing way, essentially “retraining” the brain to respond differently to familiar memories of trauma or pain.
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Nathan Irvine and GateHouse staff have been nothing but true professionals. They opened their arms/place for my son. They gave all of us hope. This place is amazing they figured out what my son needed and set things in motion to help him succeed.
This place is fantastic. It's run by people who truly care about you and your recovery this place saved my life
GateHouse Treatment is a very well run program with knowledgeable staff. They know the disease of addiction and I encourage anyone who's seeking help with addiction to contact them.
I would highly recommend this facility to a loved one seeking to recover from alcohol/drug addiction.
After 2 failed attempts of going through treatment my husband went to GateHouse. I will forever be thankful for the staff and program design here which gave me back my husband. The structure the facility provides is what every addict needs to properly reintegrate back to a normal life. If you or someone you know is struggling I highly recommend this facility over any other program out there.
Meet the Staff
LHMC, Clinical Director
John is the Clinical Director of the GateHouse Treatment New Hampshire facility. He brings more than two decades’ experience to the work he does with staff and clients at GateHouse. This experience is in virtually every facet of the behavioral health industry. He has worked in both inpatient and partial hospitalization settings, as well as with high school and college students and in private practice. John specializes in dual diagnosis, substance abuse treatment, individual and group therapies, and family counseling. His therapeutic approach encompasses both cognitive and behavioral interventions as well as motivational interviewing. He specializes in combining cognitive behavioral therapy with the 12-Step approach to recovery. Prior to joining the GateHouse Team, John was the first Clinical Director of the Dual Partial Program at Arbour Hospital in Boston, MA. While there, he also headed up their Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse and Suboxone programs. Currently, John is a licensed mental health counselor in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Dr. Clifton Frederick Lord
MD, Medical Director
Dr. Lord brings almost forty years of diverse experience to his role as Medical Director at GateHouse Treatment, much of it specializing in Addiction Medicine. He graduated from the Vermont College of Medicine in 1978 and is affiliated with a number of excellent hospitals. These include the Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, the Mt. Ascutney Hosptial, and the Springfield Hospital. Dr. Lord also cooperates with other physicians in medical groups such as Connecticut Valley Recovery Services, Inc.
In his role as Executive Director of GateHouse Treatment, Christopher oversees operations, development, and staff management. Active in long term recovery himself, Christopher has worked for more than six years in the treatment industry. He graduated Magna Cum Laude at Springfield College in Massachusetts and is currently working toward his Master’s Degree. Prior to joining the GateHouse Treatment team, Christopher worked as an Operations Director and a National Business Development Representative. Over the course of his extensive travels, Christopher has discovered exactly what works when trying to help those who are struggling with drugs and alcohol. By combining his personal experience with a wide ranging knowledge of traditional and progressive treatments, he has been able to implement treatment modalities and services that are proven to be effective. His enthusiasm for his work shines through in the obvious excitement he feels when clients succeed. “It’s the best feeling when a family member of a past client reaches out to thank me for helping their loved one.” he says. “It gives me the drive to keep helping those who need me the most.”
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer of GateHouse Treatment of New Hampshire, Ed ensures that all staff members remain focused on applying the company’s core principles of compassion, service, and integrity to the early recovery process of their clients. He also oversees the day-to-day operations of GateHouse of New Hampshire, including staff and facility management at the New Hampshire location. Ed earned his compassionate perspective while walking the difficult road to recovery himself. In 2011, his own life was miraculously saved when he became an alumnus of GateHouse Treatment and launched his personal mission to help others find hope, meaning, and authentic recovery. He carried this passion into a clinical position at the Tewksbury State Hospital Detox, where he honed his skills for helping find sobriety and a more fulfilling life. It was also while working at the Tewksbury Detox that Ed began to collaborate with his closest friend and GateHouse founder Nathan Irvine to reach even more people who were suffering in the grips of addiction. Together, Ed and Nathan have combined the guidance of the 12-Step Approach with proven clinical methods to establish Gatehouse as one of the leaders in substance abuse treatment.
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ABOUT GATEHOUSE TREATMENT
Located in Nashua, N.H. GateHouse Treatment offers sober living houses, intensive outpatient programs, and partial hospitalization programs to men who are struggling with addiction. Detox is available at this treatment center.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to GateHouse Treatment's website, the treatment center offers individualized treatment plans and this New Hampshire facility offers two levels of care. However, treatment starts with an initial assessment. After the assessment, clients begin the detox process.
After detox, individuals start the intensive outpatient treatment program. Clients in this program meet five days a week in phase one, and three days a week in phase two. Programming includes individual and group sessions.
After sessions, residents return to highly structured sober living homes. Residents should be able to apply recovery skills in a real world setting while living at the sober living homes.
Clients can participate in relapse prevention workshops and learn how to cope with the ups and downs of recovery. Residents also participate in various 12-step programs.
The partial hospitalization program is more intense and offers the same level of treatment as an inpatient facility. But, programming is similar to the outpatient programs.
The facility's website notes the treatment team includes therapists, case managers, nurses, and counselors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Pictures on the facility's website show modern decor and light living spaces.
The three individuals who left Google Reviews for GateHouse Treatment at the time of this writing gave the facility five out of five stars. 
"I will forever be thankful for the staff and program design here which gave me back my husband," R.R. wrote. "The structure the facility provides is what every addict needs to properly reintegrate back to a normal life. If you or someone you know is struggling I highly recommend this facility over any other program out there."
According to the facility's website, the treatment center accepts most major insurances and has other financing options available.
Published on November 2017
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