River North Rehab Center Counters Addiction with Mindfulness

Chicagoans in outpatient treatment at Gateway Foundation’s new River North rehab center are learning how a purposeful, value-driven life can trump alcohol and drug abuse.

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Dr. Phil Welches, Clinical Director, Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment

“Research suggests that mindfulness is useful in the treatment of pain, stress, anxiety, impulsivity, depressive relapse, disordered eating and addiction," says Dr. Phil Welches, Clinical Director, Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 15, 2013

Chicagoans in outpatient treatment at Gateway Foundation’s new River North rehab center are learning how a purposeful, value-driven life can trump alcohol and drug abuse. The integrated mindfulness-based approach outlined in a book created by Gateway Foundation clinicians combines acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing and relapse prevention therapy to help individuals with substance abuse issues.

“Typically, when addiction takes over, a person’s priorities are compromised. Our integrated approach is intended to help individuals identify their own values, strengthen their motivation and tackle other mental health problems that may lie at the root of their addiction,” explains Nick Turner, Clinical Supervisor at Gateway Foundation Chicago River North and co-author of forthcoming book, Mindfulness-Based Sobriety.

Research has indicated that mindfulness is highly effective in treating emotion dysregulation, stress, depression and grief—all emotions that lie at the root of addiction. Motivational interviewing helps people work through ambivalence towards major behavioral changes, such as refraining from substance abuse, in an open and non-judgmental manner. And finally, relapse prevention therapy teaches individuals with addiction to anticipate and cope with potential relapse.

The forthcoming book, Mindfulness-Based Sobriety: A Clinician's Treatment Guide for Addiction Recovery Using Relapse Prevention Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, combines all three of these highly effective treatments offered at the River North rehab center. Available in January 2014, the clinical guide was written by Nick Turner MSW, Gateway Foundation Clinical Director Dr. Phil Welches and Sandra Conti MS.

“Research suggests that mindfulness is useful in the treatment of pain, stress, anxiety, impulsivity, depressive relapse, disordered eating and addiction. As clinicians, we developed the guidebook in order to better fulfill our mission of reducing substance abuse and co-occurring mental health problems,” says Dr. Phil Welches, Clinical Director, Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment and co-author of book.

Outpatient treatment programs at Gateway Foundation also include substance abuse education and group counseling in addition to individual and family counseling as needed. Located at 444 N. Orleans St. in Chicago, Gateway Foundation’s new River North rehab center offers after-work outpatient treatment from 6-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information, please visit RecoverGateway.org.

About Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment
Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment is Illinois' largest provider of substance abuse treatment, providing services for adults and adolescents at 11 treatment centers throughout the state. Each year, Gateway Foundation helps thousands of individual’s successfully complete treatment. Gateway Foundation is licensed by the state of Illinois and accredited by The Joint Commission, the leading accrediting organization for hospitals and behavioral healthcare organizations. To learn more about Gateway Foundation’s free and confidential consultation, call 877-505-HOPE (4673).


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