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[January 30, 2013]

Family Video Counseling Aids in Substance Abuse Treatment

CHICAGO, Jan. 30, 2012, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment Offers Long Distance Support for Lasting Recovery When the best substance abuse treatment for a person's drug abuse or drug addiction isn't close to home, it makes it difficult for family members to participate in the treatment of a loved one. Recognizing family involvement is an integral aspect that provides both immediate and long-term benefits to individuals in recovery, Gateway Foundation Lake Villa has added a valuable service to its Family Program to assist families that live at a distance through online video counseling.


"At Gateway Foundation, we know substance abuse treatment that engages family members in the treatment process is helpful. We know that a positive and supportive recovery environment helps improve and maintain recovery. That is why we are integrating video technology to make family involvement as convenient as possible," explains Gateway Foundation Clinical Director Dr. Phil Welches.

Currently available for families of individuals in Residential Treatment at Gateway Foundation Lake Villa with broadband Internet access and a computer, Gateway Foundation's Family Video Counseling sessions are conducted via a secure video conferencing software application that is fully compliant with federal health regulations to ensure privacy. During the sessions, family situations related to substance abuse issues are discussed in an open and respectful manner. In addition, family members can learn coping skills, increase understanding of how to support a chemically dependent individual and gain insight into what to expect in recovery.

"Based on the encouraging results and positive feedback from families who participate in video counseling sessions, we plan to roll out Family Video Counseling to other Gateway Foundation residential substance abuse treatment centers this year," says Dr. Welches.

Located approximately 50 miles northwest of Chicago, Gateway Foundation Lake Villa is situated on a beautiful 43-acre campus on the shores of the Fox Lake. For more information about alcohol and drug abuse treatment for adults and adolescents at the Lake Villa center, 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 treatment centers throughout the state. Gateway is licensed by the state of Illinois and accredited by The Joint Commission, the leading accrediting organization for hospitals and behavioral healthcare organizations. Each year, Gateway Foundation helps thousands of individual's successfully complete treatment. To learn more about Gateway Foundation's free and confidential consultation, call 877-505-HOPE (4673).

SOURCE Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment

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