Gateway Foundation— Lake Villa in Lake Villa, IL

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25480 W. Cedarcrest Lane
Lake Villa IL 60046

Gateway Foundation— Lake Villa Philosophy

Since 1968 our goal has been straightforward: help clients get their life back on track and achieve a life of sobriety, free from drug use and symptoms of mental illness. A life that is productive, socially responsible, and healthy. Gateway Foundation is the largest nonprofit treatment provider in the U.S. specializing in substance use disorders for men, women, adolescents, and clients diagnosed with co-occurring mental health disorders. Gateway's professional clinicians support over 6000 people a day to successfully complete treatment by developing a personalized plan to treat the underlying causes of substance use disorder —not just their addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Areas of Specialization

  • Dual Diagnosis Program
    Co-occurring disorders can be difficult to diagnose because of the complexity of symptoms. There are many possible combinations of dual diagnoses, which means there are many possible symptoms. Today, addiction and psychiatric health are viewed more as part of a continuum, and clinicians are specially trained to deal with patients who have a co-occurring disorder. We are certified as one of the only dual diagnosis rehab centers in the Midwest.

  • Medical Assisted Treatment
    To help an individual overcome mild to moderate physical dependency from alcohol, opiates and benzodiazepines, Gateway Foundation recognizes the benefits of medication assisted treatment to address withdrawal symptoms, cravings and detoxification.

Facility Highlights

Insurance Accepted

Individual & Family Counseling

Group Therapy

Meet the Staff

Dr. Thomas Britton

President & CEO

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Dr. Thomas Britton began his career in behavioral health as a counselor where he developed a passion for effectively treating individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. For more than twenty years, Dr. Britton has been dedicated to helping others through various roles as a therapist, crisis worker, educator, clinical supervisor, executive director and most recently president for a division of Acadia Health Care. Dr. Britton believes strongly in the power of recovery, so much that in 2006, he founded a North Carolina organization that advocates for treatment for those without resources. His devotion to the field and a commitment to learning led him to earn a Master's Degree in both Addiction and Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Understanding the importance of strong leadership skills, Dr. Britton went on to earn a Doctorate in Public Health, Executive Management from Gillings School of Global Health at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Britton has aligned his personal mission to help others with his life's work. From his early days as a clinician, to his present leadership role, his focus remains on helping individuals and their families get their lives back on track.

Karen Wolownik Albert, LCSW

Executive Director

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Karen Wolownik Albert is the Executive Director of Gateway Foundation's Lake County Treatment Services including a residential program in Lake Villa, and an outpatient program in Gurnee, Illinois. Ms. Wolownik Albert has over 20 years of behavioral health experience, and has worked in a variety of outpatient and residential settings throughout her career.

She earned her Bachelors of Science, and Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan, and is a licensed clinical social worker in Illinois. Ms. Wolownik Albert is an experienced trainer locally, and also presented at national conferences on a wide array of topics. She is on the Board of Directors of the Lake County Opioid Initiative, as well as 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 diversion program in Lake County.

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ABOUT GATEWAY FOUNDATION

The Gateway Foundation operates more than a dozen residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment centers across Illinois and Delaware. Set on 43 rural acres about 50 miles north of Chicago, the Lake Villa treatment center serves Lake County and surrounding areas through its gender-specific residential treatment for adults and residential programming for teens and young men seeking treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Medical detox including Suboxone and Vivitrol is available on site.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Treatment at the Gateway Foundation - Lake Villa facility begins with an assessment by trained addiction counselors. Clients meet with counselors for an assessment and work with counselors to create an individualized treatment plan. Clients are then assigned to the appropriate program.

Treatment is based on the 12-steps principles combined with education, recreational therapy, and community building. The length of treatment varies according to each client’s needs, though most complete residential care in two to four weeks. For those with co-occurring mental health disorders, the facility offers on-site psychiatry and other psychological treatment methods.

Along with the 12-steps, treatment plans consist of individual counseling, educational groups, family counseling and education, recreational and team-building activities, and relapse-prevention training. Medication-assisted treatments are also available as needed. Medical staff members are available around-the-clock.

Treatment also emphasizes physical exercise and social activity, offering clients hiking, volleyball, and basketball. Designed specifically for older teen boys and young men between the ages of 18 and 23, the Young Men’s Bridge Program focuses on health education, living in balance, maturity development, and anger management.

Family involvement is encouraged throughout the program, including during aftercare services. Weekly aftercare sessions are available for clients that complete the program. Family counseling is also made available as needed.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

The treatment staff at Gateway Foundation - Lake Villa includes psychiatrists, physicians, social workers, nurses, and master’s level counselors. All clients receive 24-hour support while living on-site.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Inside the 43-acre Gateway Foundation - Lake Villa campus, there is an indoor gym with a basketball court, a weight room with cardio equipment, a sand volleyball court, and comfortable, outdoor patio areas. The facility has a home-like environment with clinical facilities throughout. Several areas of the facility are lavishly decorated and are often used for meetings. There is also an on-site cafeteria. Clients stay in shared bedrooms with up to four clients per room. Each room has an in-room bathroom.

While in treatment, teens can continue their education through Antioch High School, and families may visit on weekends. The eight Rehabs.com survey respondents polled on the matter gave an average rating of 4.25 out of five stars for the facility’s cleanliness.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Of the seven alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, roughly half were very positive, the other half mixed.

By and large, reviewers rated the facility highly for the staff’s level of training and experience at four out of five stars or higher, but gave lower ratings, often just one out of five, for the holistic offerings. “I loved this place,” alum Michelle wrote. “Have been in others and this is the one that had the right combination of AA and therapy and groups.” Others, such as K.M.K., found favor in the aftercare provisions.

However, some alumni found the facility excessively strict on phone usage, while others felt that extracurricular activities were limited. “There is not enough exercise offered,” an anonymous alum complained. All but one of the alumni gave one out of five stars for its holistic offerings.

On Google, Gateway received an average rating of 3.3 out of five stars from 30 reviews to date. [1] Most alumni praised the kind staff members but called the program “tough.” In a representative review, alum Monica wrote: “Staff are very knowledgeable on addiction and they may seem harsh and strict but that is exactly what an addict needs is a routine and rules that need to be followed to retrain our addict brains. The counselors are so helpful and professional and the campus itself is absolutely GORGEOUS.”

On CiteHealth, the facility earned 2.83 out of five stars from six reviews. [2] Reviewers wrote that the facility was beautiful and the staff kind. Some of the negative reviews came from individuals not able to get admitted at this facility.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

The six loved ones polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave mostly positive feedback.

Together, they awarded the facility above-average ratings of 4.4 out of five stars for its family program, 4.17 stars for its affordability, 3.83 stars for its counseling options, and 3.83 stars for its exercise and leisure options. Like alumni, some loved ones found the holistic offerings sub-par, though nearly half of them listed no program weaknesses.

In addition, several individuals commended the facility for its involvement of families. “Good program to help parents understand what their kids are going through,” one reviewer wrote. Yet another wished for more supervision, and a third reviewer felt that visiting hours were too short.

WHAT STAFF SAY

Rehabs.com has also received a pair of survey responses from former staff members, both of whom recommended treatment here. “ONE MUST WANT AMD BE SERIOUS ABOUT ONES TREATMENT, POINT BLANK AND VERY SIMPLE,” R.L.D. claimed. This staff member gave five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition.

In responding to commentary about unqualified staff members, Ressie, the other, told of “educated and caring staff that take all residents care very serious.”

FINANCING

Gateway is in-network with many health insurance plans, including Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and United. Medicaid is accepted for some programs, and state funding and charitable assistance may also be available.

[1] https://goo.gl/UvsVzS
[2] http://citehealth.com/rehab-centers/illinois/cities/lake-villa-township-in-lake-county/gateway-foundation-alcohol

Published on January 2018

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I am a former employee who left there in good standards. GATEWAY is a very good residential program ONE MUST WANT AMD BE SERIOUS ABOUT ONES TREATMENT, POINT BLANK AND VERY SIMPLE.....

The Gateway program does have college educations. I worked at Gateway Lake Villa and I would recommend this program to any and everyone that are serious about getting help with all addictions. Gateway has educated and caring staff that take all residents care very serious. So the young man made the comments about staff is totally wrong and misinformed, all anyone has to do if they are a resident is just about staff credentials. Gateway would NOT be open if they did not educated staff. Sincerely, Ressie

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It was a good treatment center.

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Good counseling also for the parents. Can't think of any weaknesses Well staffed, good program to help parents understand what their kids are going through. Clean and bright and you can bring older siblings for visits

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Good counseling for the parents. Bright and clean. Good and caring staff I really can't think of any, they worked well with my son They made you feel comfortable at a very scary time. Very informative, helped you understand the effects of the drugs and what it does to your kids

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Positive experience

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The facility is very pleasant and the scenery is beautiful so it provides a serene and relaxing environment for the people. It is very willing to work with you when it comes to finances, making it very affordable. Everything is well explained and easy to understand, for family as well as the people staying there. Variety of counseling is good. My sister says that the food is good. Offers many activities to keep the residents active. Visiting hours are too short and offered only 1 day a week, making it a little hard for everyone in the family to visit. Facility is far from where I live. My sister was very opposed to going into rehab and after trying a few affordable rehab centers in the area, she finally found this one and agreed to go there for 30 days. She just got out after the full 30 days and is clean from her addiction. The counselor a were supposed to get her prepared for the world again and teach her different methods of coping. She just left the center about 1 month ago, so it's too early to tell how much she has learned when it comes to coping and interacting in this new life she recieved

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I attended the youth program at this location, I have to say the food is below average for the price it is to stay here per night. the staff at this location is very friendly, they do lack in supervision though, they say no room visiting and no drug related movies but both room visiting and drug related movies happen, the schedule is good but they offer too much free time, where about 5 hours of the day we are not allowed to go outside and our rooms would be locked so were "forced" to watch cable programs throughout the day, most counselors also do not have a college education at all which I found strange. on the plus side the schooling opportunities offered through the youth care program was outstanding, if you or your child are falling behind in his or her high school education it is fast and easy to gain some credits while they are here, lastly gateway is pretty good at teaching the kids how to pick up after themselves and teaches them a lot about nutrition, life skills and personal hygiene, All in all I would rate my experience there a 6/10 and that's being generous

Good place but to strick on phone calls and personal belongings. People who pay good money to go here should not be placed with people who are made to come here from the court system or probation or the jail system. No coffee but 1 cup in the morning no coke or any drinks with caffeine must bring your own water to drink throughout the day. Was not impressed for what I got for 600 dollers a day. Felt like I was a convict there.

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I was able to meet new people with similar problems. There is not enough exercise offered.

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I understand that there has to be rules in rehab but sometimes I did not make it to call home, I could not get extra clothes, I could not walk outside without 2 other people and if I did not wanna participate in what they called fun I got in trouble. Overall it is a good place; the location is great, food is good, and most of the counselors are good..you can participate to outside meetings..accommodations are good. They need more staff to take care of unexpected situations and be less strict on phone calls and availability to counselors.

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It was an overall good program. However, they need more supervision.

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I loved this place. Have been in others and this is the one that had the right combination of AA and therapy and groups. It just worked for me from day one and the first time in about 6 treatments that I ever stayed sober

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They do after care plan for everyone. They are awesome

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Went due to location.

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