People who experience both mental health and substance use disorders don’t want to get treatment for one disorder and then the other – they want treatment for both disorders at the same time, by a professional treatment team where one hand knows what the other hand is doing. This is why Gateway Foundation staff treats these co-occurring disorders, or dual diagnosis, in a truly integrated manner, using an interdisciplinary, team-based approach that includes doctors, psychologists and licensed clinical staff. Rather than relying on idiosyncratic manuals, comprised of bits and pieces of evidence-based practices, Gateway Foundation is a leader in the use of training and fidelity-monitoring to ensure the evidence-based practices we use are faithfully reproduced in order to get the best results. According to independent agencies, our programs are rated to meet the highest standards for integrated care, and our outcomes vastly surpass those of our competitors.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment at Gateway Foundation
At Gateway Foundation, gains that are obtained in treating the substance use disorder produce gains in treating the mental health condition, and vice-versa, which leads to synergistic effects. Our clinical model faithfully utilizes a variety of evidence-based treatments for co-occurring disorders including:
- Motivational Interviewing
- Mindfulness-Based Sobriety
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Relapse Prevention
- Seeking Safety
- Peer support groups, such as Refuge Recovery, SMART Recovery and 12-step
From the time of assessment, through treatment and continuing to discharge planning, our team works together to address the interacting course of the mental health and substance use disorders, resulting in a seamless continuum of care.
Benefits of Dual Diagnosis Treatment
People who participate in treatment at Gateway Foundation learn skills they can use to address real-world situations, including practical techniques for navigating interpersonal relationships and making more satisfying life choices. Our clients walk away with concrete strategies to help themselves feel better, improve relationships with loved ones and work toward their goals. Our collaborative and patient-centered approach builds motivation to change behavior and increases confidence in making positive changes.
What the Research Says
Nearly 40 percent of individuals with substance use disorders also experience mental health conditions, and approximately 7.9 million Americans experience these co-occurring disorders. Integrated treatment has been positively associated in scientific studies with reduced substance use, fewer hospitalizations, improved functioning and improved quality of life. Gateway Foundation is the first and only provider in the state of Illinois, and one of the few in the nation, to obtain the highest designation for dual diagnosis capability as rated by an independent agency.