Renowned Addiction Treatment Center, Gatehouse Academy, Recognizes Impact of Michael Jackson's Death by Prescription Drugs

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As information surfaces regarding the death of Pop Legend Michael Jackson, more questions are raised about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

Michael Jackson's death from an overdose of prescription drugs is a powerful confirmation of the dangers regarding what many teens are finding and using in their parent's medicine cabinets. Partnership for a Drug Free American has recently created an awareness campaign on the subject, with television ads aimed at parents who leave their prescription drugs unprotected. Statistics gathered for the campaign reveal that one in five teenagers has abused a prescription pain medication, with one in five abusing prescription tranquilizers and stimulants, and one in ten abusing cough medicine.

Michael Jackson's world-wide fame and the subsequent devastating news of his demise is helping to raise consciousness amongst a population that may not have understood the dire consequences of prescription drug addiction. Gatehouse Academy has long recognized the effects of this type of drug abuse, successfully treating countless young people who have lost their ability to function healthily and who need freedom from dependency.

Gatehouse Academy, with its highly trained medical and psychological professionals, has a strong program in place to not only assist residents with health problems related to addiction, but also the psychological ramifications of prescription drug addiction and peer pressure. Providing consistent support of each individual, Gatehouse Academy's philosophy is to treat each young addict as an individual, focusing on his or her personal situation to find constructive solutions that allow the resident to reenter the world as a constructive, positive, and able person.

Providing high school and college courses as well as activities such as horseback riding, karate, yoga, drama classes, and more, Gatehouse Academy immediately places residents in a pro-active environment where they are active participants. As residents gain confidence through counseling, learning, and participating in programs that spark their interest, there is a natural response towards health. When a young person feels engaged, listened to, and stimulated, drug addiction is easier to treat. The idea behind Gatehouse Academy's addiction treatment is to make sure that residents learn to respect themselves, find ways to cope with stress, and feel the joy in becoming and staying clean. Inspiring young adults to be the best they can be through exposure to a positive and uplifting environment is proving to be a strong formula for success.

About Gatehouse Academy:
Gatehouse Academy is a co-educational long-term residential program exclusively for young adults age 17 to 25 with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. Their centers proved the necessary clinical, residential, educational, recreational, and family communication support system for everyone admitted. Their mission is: "We absolutely insist on guiding young adults towards a life of excellence, leadership and service." Gatehouse Academy operates its main campus in Wickenburg, Arizona. Other Arizona campuses include the Hassayampa River Ranch, Mesquite Canyon Ranch, Jefferson House and Gatehouse College Campus. It also has two extended campuses in Thunder Bay, Ontario and Saratoga Springs, New York. For more information about Gatehouse Academy call toll free 1-(888) 730.0906 or visit their website at


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