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.
ABOUT GATEWAY FOUNDATION – SPRINGFIELD
Set in a modern low-rise complex across the road from a small lake, Gateway Foundation’s facility in Springfield, Ill. is one of 11 treatment centers run by the Illinois-based alcohol and drug
treatment provider. The treatment center offers residential, outpatient, and programs for adults and teens.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the facility’s website, Gateway Foundation prides itself on its evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to treatment. The individualized treatment plans combine group and family counseling, while incorporating education about addiction.
Individual therapy has a particular focus on healing trauma and recognizing relapse. Programming also includes 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. The 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 include educational groups, individual counseling, recreational activities, team building, 12-step education, and recovery planning for relapse prevention.
Treatment for adolescents focuses on the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of teenagers as a way to help address the underlying causes of addiction that are specific to this age group. A wide array of indoor and outdoor physical activities are offered, in addition to regular substance abuse counseling and therapy. Teen residents may also participate in an on-campus academic program facilitated by the Springfield school district.
Outpatient options include day treatment for adults, and intensive outpatient programs (IOP) for both adults and adolescents. Loved ones may participate in weekly family education sessions, as well as family counseling.
Medically assisted treatment includes 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 the executive director is a certified alcohol and drug counselor. There is also a 24-hour medical staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility’s website notes 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.
The nine individuals surveyed by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided an average four out of five stars.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the five alumni questioned by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing, four provided positive feedback, and one left a negative review.
The 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 its treatment of
“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 marks, but noted there was “little to no opportunity for women to have physical activity.” “Strong emphasis on relapse prevention and mindfulness. Extensive outpatient program,” Laura mentioned was the center’s strengths.
The lone alum who left negative feedback indicated they wouldn’t recommend treatment. “They made me feel like a prisoner when I was there,” they wrote.
The 13 individuals who left reviews on Google provided an average 3.3 out of five stars. The alumni who left reviews left mixed commentary.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The three loved ones surveyed by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive feedback. The loved ones provided high ratings for family participation and visitors policy, but gave mixed reviews for counseling options.
The treatment center’s treatment of co-occurring disorders was cited as a strength. The loved ones didn’t provided any commentary.
WHAT STAFF SAY
One anonymous staffer polled by Best-rehabs.com praised the facility for its “strong management team” and “solid clinical and financial leadership,” but noted limited state funding as a weakness.
According to the center’s website, Gateway accepts most private insurance plans, and Medicaid for some treatment services. State funding via the Illinois Department of Human Services is also available to those who qualify.