Gateway Foundation— Springfield 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
Intensive Outpatient Drug & Alcohol Treatment
In an Intensive Outpatient treatment program, individuals participate in group and family counseling sessions several times per week, as well as one-on-one counseling sessions with their primary counselor. Treatment is usually four sessions per week that are three hours each, based on an individual's needs.
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.
Meet the Staff
Dr. Thomas Britton
President & CEO
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.
Dr. Roueen Rafeyan
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Rafeyan brings over 20 years of specialized experience to Gateway, having served as a medical director for psychiatric and substance use programs at leading Illinois healthcare institutions including Rush, Michael Reese, Resurrection and Presence Behavioral Health. As CMO, Dr. Rafeyan is responsible for continuously advancing Gateway's wide array of services, upholding medical protocols, policies and procedures, as well as working closely with Gateway's team of experienced physicians/clinicians to deliver comprehensive high quality addictions, psychiatric and medical services/treatment as needed for each individual. In addition to Dr. Rafeyan's extensive medical experience, he is also a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as well as the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is currently on the faculty of Northwestern University and an active member of the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatry Association, the Illinois Psychiatric Society and the Illinois State Medical Society.
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ABOUT GATEWAY FOUNDATION - SPRINGFIELD
One of 11 treatment centers run by the Illinois-based alcohol and drug treatment provider Gateway Foundation, this facility in Springfield offers residential, outpatient, and aftercare programs for adults and teens. The facility also offers specific men's and women's programs for certain treatment tracks, such as medication-assisted therapy (MAT). It is one of 89 residential facilities in the state of Illinois.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the facility's website, Gateway Foundation prides itself on its evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to treatment. Each client receives an individualized treatment plan that incorporates a combination of group and family counseling and education on addiction. Individual therapy emphasizes healing trauma and recognizing relapse. Programming may also include 12-step meetings, mindfulness training, and medical assistance.
All clients receive a consultation and assessment prior to intake to determine the appropriate level of care. Residential programs for substance abuse are separated by gender for both adolescents and adults, with a tailored program for young men aged 18 to 23. All options make use of educational groups, individual counseling, recreational activities, team building, 12-step education, and recovery planning for relapse prevention.
Adolescent programming focuses on the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of teens to address the underlying causes of addiction that are unique to this age group. A wide range of indoor and outdoor physical activities are available, in addition to regular substance abuse counseling and therapy. Teens may also benefit from an on-campus academic program that’s facilitated by the Springfield school district. It is among the 25 percent of Illinois facilities with adolescent services.
Outpatient options include day treatment for adults and intensive outpatient programming (IOP) for both adults and teens. Loved ones may participate in weekly family education sessions and counseling. Medically assisted treatments include Suboxone and Vivitrol, as well as additional medications for alcohol and benzodiazepine, all of which are available during both inpatient and outpatient treatment.
The center's website indicates that the executive director is a certified alcohol and drug counselor. There is also a 24-hour medical staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility is located in a modern low-rise complex across the road from a small lake. According to its website, residents live in simple dorm-style rooms and eat meals in a cafeteria. Amenities include an on-site fitness center, an outdoor basketball court, and a patio, as well as a lounge with a flat-screen TV and a pool table.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Most of the six alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com to date told of positive personal recovery experiences at Springfield.
Alumni who left positive feedback gave four and five out of five stars when asked if they would recommend the treatment center, for the staff's level of training and experience, and for the treatment of co-occurring disorders. “I was there for drug addiction I would not be alive if it weren't for the people," an alum wrote in a representative review.
Laura provided high ratings but found “little to no opportunity for women to have physical activity.” “Strong emphasis on relapse prevention and mindfulness. Extensive outpatient program," Laura noted. And the single dissatisfied alum indicated they wouldn't recommend treatment: “They made me feel like a prisoner when I was there," they wrote.
The 25 Google reviewers contributed towards an above-average rating of 3.3 out of five stars.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The three loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com as of this writing provided mostly positive feedback. These loved ones provided high ratings for family participation and visitors policy but gave mixed reviews for counseling options and did not share any written commentary.
WHAT STAFF SAY
One anonymous staffer polled by Rehabs.com praised the facility for its “strong management team” and “solid clinical and financial leadership,” but listed limited state funding as a weakness.
According to its website, Gateway accepts most private insurance plans and Medicaid for some treatment services. Those who qualify may be eligible for state funding via the Illinois Department of Human Services. Gateway is among the 39 percent of Illinois facilities to accept state-funded insurance in some capacity.
Published on October 2018
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