Individualized Addiction Treatment: Help Is Possible

Individualized addiction treatment

Individualized Addiction Treatment: Help Is Possible

Gateway Rehab offers a variety of progressive and innovative therapies tailored to your unique recovery needs. Our highly-trained experts provide gender and age-specific treatments in individual and small-group settings so you can get the help you need most.

Each of our programs includes engaging experiential therapies like music, arts and crafts, role play, boxing, and a custom rope course. These activities are aimed at helping individuals identify emotions related to success, disappointment, responsibility and self-esteem. Participation helps those in recovery resolve past conflicts, trauma and repressed emotions.

Individualized addiction treatment programs

We’re ready to give you the tools you need to live the life you deserve and stay on the path of recovery. Here are our individualized programming options:

  • 18-34 years
    Our young adult residential addiction treatment program is personalized to the needs of those between the ages of 18 and 34. Our facilities are staffed with expert clinicians who understand the physical, emotional and behavioral issues of young adults and provide the tools necessary for creating a long, sober life.
  • 35-49 years
    Our adult residential addiction treatment program is personalized to the needs of those between the ages of 35 and 49. In this program, we assess a person’s withdrawal potential, health history, physical condition, behavioral and mental health as well as their readiness to change. From there, we design an individualized treatment program to help guide them toward lifelong recovery.
  • Over 50 years
    Our older adult residential addiction treatment program is personalized to the needs of those above 50. Alcohol and drugs present unique challenges for the older adult population and can lead to adverse affects on both mental and physical health. Substance abuse can also increase the risk of falling and breaking bones as well as exacerbate memory loss and co-occurring disorders. In this program, we focus on medical detox, residential treatment and/or outpatient treatment as necessary.

Addiction does not need to be a lifelong battle, let us help you with individualized addiction treatment programs designed to meet your unique needs. Call 866-861-5985 and get the help you need now.

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How to Celebrate Sober

Celebrate sober

How to Celebrate Sober

The holidays are almost here, and while you may not have a typical celebration with large crowds or extended family this year, you may still feel pressure to drink or use with your immediate family or social bubble. No matter how you celebrate this year, it’s important to have a plan so you can continue your recovery journey throughout this holiday season and long after.

Five tips to help you celebrate sober

The clinical team at Gateway Rehab has a number of tips to get through the holidays knowing there is greater pressure to drink or use. Here are five ways you can celebrate sober this year:

  1. Control your destiny
    If you visit with friends or family, it’s important to control your own destiny. Take your own car. Bring a sober friend for support. Watch for triggers.
  2. Practice self care
    Take care of yourself throughout the holidays so you can be your best self. Practice meditation or yoga, exercise daily, and make healthy food choices. Taking care of your mind, body and soul will help you feel stronger physically and emotionally so you can celebrate sober and with confidence.
  3. Surround yourself with support
    We understand in-person meetings may be on hold for the time being, but it’s important to plan ahead and attend daily video group meetings or phone calls with someone in recovery. Staying connected to other people in recovery can help you stay sober.
  4. Know your social limits
    The holidays can be a great time to catch up with extended family, but it’s important to recognize their behaviors may have a negative effect on your emotions. This is especially true if you’re spending time with someone with whom you have a strained relationship. Be sure to surround yourself with supportive loved ones who will help you follow the steps to staying sober.
  5. Make sobriety your top priority

Holiday parties are optional, even more so during a pandemic. If you don’t think the activity will be good for your recovery (or health), you can politely decline the party invite and make a lunch or coffee date with the host for another day instead.

Staying sober is possible during the holiday season, and it can even be fun. This year, focus on people and activities that will help strengthen your path toward recovery. We hope you enjoy the holiday season and celebrate sober with loved ones!

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How COVID-19 is Affecting Substance Use and Addiction Treatment

COVID-19 Substance Use, Addiction Treatment

How COVID-19 is Affecting Substance Use and Addiction Treatment

It’s been said before: This year hasn’t been easy. But the stress of social isolation and other COVID-19-related changes have left those struggling with substance use and alcohol addiction particularly vulnerable. This pandemic has created fear, anxiety and isolation, which are often triggers for relapse. In fact, more than 40 states have reported increases in opioid-related mortality as well as ongoing concerns for those with mental health or substance use disorders.

We understand how difficult it can be to seek addiction treatment under normal circumstances. Add in a pandemic, and the decision to enter an inpatient rehabilitation treatment program becomes that much more difficult.

We are here for you…
Inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment is available

While we’re accepting people who are in need of inpatient treatment—out of an abundance of caution for you and our staff—walk-in assessments have been temporarily suspended. Instead, we have made many of our services available via telemedicine.

Like with any other chronic illness or disease, you should not delay treatment, even during a pandemic. The team of specialists at Gateway Rehab is closely monitoring the evolving situation, carefully following all guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and taking specific measures to protect you, your family, our employees and the communities we serve.

Stay the course…
The importance of seeking treatment during a pandemic

Unfortunately, there has been a national increase in treatment abandonment during COVID-19. Due to a unique mix of circumstances related to COVID, many people are leaving treatment too soon and returning home without the necessary tools for managing addiction. It’s vital to have a strong support system during and after treatment to lower the risk of treatment abandonment and relapse.

But the impact of leaving treatment early extends past not being able to manage addiction. Once patients leave treatment and re-enter a level of isolation, they are at an increased risk of relapse and even overdosing, as tolerance levels go down during treatment.

We’re dedicated to your lifelong recovery and offer a variety of specialized programs tailored to your unique needs. We give you all the tools you need to stay on the path of recovery and enjoy your best possible life.

We are ready to help you on a path toward healing, self-acceptance, and a life free of substance use. Call Gateway Rehab at 866-861-6280 to find out how to get the help you need during this pandemic and long after.

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B2B Interview with Edie Brozanski

A Moment with Edie Brozanski:
A UPMC Social Worker and Gateway Rehab Advocate

 At Gateway Rehab, we believe that collaboration builds strong community among us. Working together to solve problems and save lives is our goal day in and day out. With innovative, industry-led initiatives, extensive personal development programs and group sessions that foster healing, our community is the framework that allows us to pave the path to long-term recovery for thousands of patients each year.

Edie Brozanski, a Licensed Social Worker with UPMC Health System, is a valued Gateway partner, referring patients who are struggling with substance use disorder to find the help they desperately seek at Gateway Rehab. 

About Edie

Edie has been working with UPMC Community Medicine as a Licensed Social Worker for 4 years. She works collaboratively with about 80 doctors in her network, across numerous medical offices. Her work with patients is on a medical and psychological level where she provides short term medical care, counseling, resources, tools and techniques to overcome life’s obstacles. 

What’s most important when considering a rehab center for patients? 

For Edie, it starts with patients feeling comfortable enough to build a rapport with the doctors and staff members. “If a person has never been to rehab before, they can be scared. Gateway makes patients feel at ease right away. I felt it during my first visit there. The patients were comfortable and doing well,” Edie said. “Patients need to know that they have someone who is there for them. This is going to be their home for a while. It could be their home for as long as 120 days, so, it’s important for them to feel acclimated to their new environment.” Another aspect that’s important to Edie is consistent and available communication with loved ones. “It is important that patients feel safe and secure, and if a call home is what puts them at ease, Gateway supports that.” 

How did you learn about Gateway Rehab?

Edie first heard about Gateway’s positive patient outcomes long before her tenure with UPMC. She connected with Gateway on a more professional level when she met with Lily Brindle, a representative for Gateway. After visiting Gateway for a tour and understanding the trusted inpatient and outpatient centers, Edie left with an overwhelming positive feeling about all that she had experienced. She simply stated, “Gateway is a remarkable place for people to heal and recover.” From that point forward, Edie knew that she would be referring patients to Gateway.

How is Gateway Rehab different than other facilities?

In her own words, Edie noted, “The way the patients are treated, with respect and dignity, is above and beyond. The rate of relapse is lower with Gateway which is remarkable. They really care about the patient’s aftercare. They also use some of the most innovative medical assisted treatments. Sometimes people can’t make it to full recovery in 30 days. They need a longer period to heal and recover. They’ve been through a lot. Gateway is just so comprehensive in all parts of their care; I can’t say that enough.”

What else makes Gateway special?

“Age differential can play a pivotal role in recovery. At Gateway there is age-specific lodging for inpatient care and different forms of communication between doctor and patient. They truly care about each patient’s road to recovery.” Another thing that stands out to Edie is Gateway’s overall level of care. “If a patient shows up sick, while suffering from their substance use disorder, Gateway cares about all aspects of their physical and mental wellbeing. It's extraordinary how they will treat patients for their illness, making that the most important in-the-moment duty, then moving forward with their recovery treatment plan once the patient is healed.”

It is often said that there is no better gift than that of a referral. We appreciate the level of trust Edie and all of our referring professionals have in Gateway Rehab. Together we can change lives and help those struggling with substance use disorder.

Tell us about your experience referring patients to Gateway.

“The process is easy. I call them and they are on it and excited to help right away,” Edie shared. “Instead of a stack of paperwork to complete, Gateway staff speaks one-on-one with the referring party to understand the needs of the patient, another element of personal touch.” When patients begin “change talk,” Edie goes through her motivational interviewing process and knows that it is time for their referral to Gateway.

Patients are collaboratively part of the referral process. This is a life milestone for the patient, so they need to know that they are being cared for every step of the way. Knowing what Gateway has to offer, Edie confidently talks her patients through the different options and, together, choose what’s best for their specific situation.

If you know patients or colleagues who are struggling with addiction, reach out to us today. We are ready to help them turn over a new leaf on their journey to long-term recovery.

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Inpatient Versus Outpatient Care: How Gateway Clinicians Determine Which One Is Right for You

Inpatient vs. Outpatient Care: Which One Is Right for You?

Inpatient Versus Outpatient Care: How Gateway Clinicians Determine Which One Is Right for You

Are you ready to transform your life? Gateway Rehab offers comprehensive and highly personalized inpatient and outpatient services to help you overcome addiction, work toward restored health and renew your sense of self.

All it takes is a single phone call to begin your path toward recovery. After you speak with one of our highly skilled clinicians, he or she will make a confidential assessment and recommend the most appropriate treatment.

Inpatient versus outpatient care: Which one is right for you?

Drug and alcohol treatment programs generally fall into two categories: inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. Inpatient rehab services are intensive, residential treatment programs designed to treat more serious addictions. Outpatient rehab services are part-time programs that allow those in recovery to continue working or attending school. Depending on your unique circumstances, including the severity of your addiction, our Gateway clinicians will help you determine which is best for you and your unique circumstance. Here are the main differences between inpatient versus outpatient care:

Inpatient care

Outpatient care

  • Those in recovery stay in the facility
  • Higher success rates, especially with long-term rehabilitation
  • Disrupts daily life
  • 24-hour medical and emotional support
  • Programs last between 28 days to six months
  • Designed to treat those with serious addictions
  • Eliminates distractions of daily life
  • Those in recovery continue to live at home, but commute to the facility for daily treatments
  • Maintains normal daily routine.
  • Accessible to social circle for support
  • Programs last between three months to one year
  • Designed to treat those with mild addiction
  • 10 to 12 hours of recovery support per week

At Gateway Rehab we believe recovery from the disease of addiction involves healing all dimensions of a person: physical, emotional, social and spiritual. Our skilled clinicians know there are many pathways to recovery, and we strive to individualize treatment so each person has an opportunity for sustainable recovery. Call us at 866-862-7955 to learn more about inpatient versus outpatient care and to find out which one is right for you.

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Mind-Body-Spirit Therapy: The Three-Legged Stool of Addiction, Recovery and Better Mental Health

Addiction Recovery and Better Mental Health

Mind-Body-Spirit Therapy: The Three-Legged Stool of Addiction, Recovery and Better Mental Health

People become dependent on drugs or alcohol for many reasons, which are often the result of their own life experiences, family connections and friendships. That’s why everyone responds to treatment methods differently.

Gateway Rehab understands this and has developed holistic programs that not only support addiction recovery, but also support better mental health.

How does holistic therapy heal the mind, body and spirit?

Addiction recovery is so much more than just a dependence on drugs or alcohol. It’s a disease that must be treated from within. The clinical team at Gateway Rehab wants to help you locate and heal the root cause of your addiction. To do this, we use scientifically proven, evidence-based therapies and interventions for psychological, physical and spiritual recovery, including:

  • Mind
    To help guide people toward discovering their psychological pain points that may be triggering addictive behavior or preventing recovery, our therapists help you identify underlying pain or past trauma through individual therapy, group therapy sessions, exercise and yoga, art and music therapy or journaling. This is a crucial step in recovery because without identifying why you have an addiction, the urge to use will continue.
  • Body
    To help restore your health, overcome depression or anxiety and improve self-esteem and confidence, your body and brain need to be healthy. Diet, proper nutrition, exercise and exercise contribute to overall fitness and confidence. When appropriate in your recovery journey, our team of skilled professionals will create a body-focused treatment plan tailored to meet your needs. Gateway also supports the use of evidence-based medications (Medication Assisted Treatment) that counteract the effect of addictive substances as a component of treatment.
  • Spirit
    No matter your creed, the aspect of spirituality is an important part of who you are. Whether you find spiritual peace while meditating, hiking, doing yoga or praying, our counselors are here to help support you along your path toward spiritual healing.

Better mental health and addiction recovery are only a phone call away. Call Gateway Rehab at 866-861-6641 to begin your path toward healing. It’s time to have a renewed sense of purpose and a clear path forward in your addiction recovery.

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Recovery Support Services: A Key Element in Long-Term Recovery

Recovery Support Services Are Key in Long-Term Recovery

Recovery Support Services: A Key Element in Long-Term Recovery

Recovery from substance abuse or addiction is a lifelong process. Addiction, like cancer, is held in remission and rarely, if ever, cured for life. It’s important to surround yourself with a network of supportive individuals who understand your struggles, so they can help you through difficult days, events or even moments.

What are recovery support services?

Recovery is a process through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives and strive to reach their full potential. Because recovery is highly personal and occurs along many pathways, the clinical team at Gateway Rehab develops tailored recovery support services that include these four main areas:

  • Health
    Helping you overcome substance abuse or addiction, and then helping you make informed and healthy decisions that support your physical and emotional well-being.
  • Home
    Helping you secure a safe and stable place to live so you can continue on your path toward recovery with fewer distractions.
  • Purpose
    Helping you identify and conduct daily meaningful activities and build your independence so you can participate in society.
  • Community
    Providing much-needed relationships and social networks that provide the support, friendship, love and hope you need.

Why are recovery support services so important for long-term recovery?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), extended abstinence is predictive of long-term or sustained recovery. In fact, a person who remains sober for five years will probably remain sober throughout their lifetime.

Gateway Rehab has been providing proven and personalized addiction treatment services to Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia residents for almost 50 years. Reach out to us if you or a loved one is in need of safe, reliable and confidential recovery support services. Our team of specialists offer the encouragement and support you need to bring yourself back to the life you were meant to live—and help you stay there every step of the way.


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Alcohol and Methamphetamine Addiction Resurface as Prominent Substance Use Disorders

Alcohol & Methamphetamine Prominent Substance Use Disorders

Alcohol and Methamphetamine Addiction Resurface as Prominent Substance Use Disorders

According to U.S. News & World Report, methamphetamine use has skyrocketed over the last 7 years, from 1.4% of urine samples testing positive in 2013 to nearly 8.4% in 2019. That is a staggering statistic. Methamphetamine (meth) is a central nervous system stimulant that increases feel-good dopamine in the brain, which is one of the reasons people become addicted.  

Unfortunately, alcohol use is also trending up. In fact, a recent USA Today article reported global alcohol consumption has increased 70% just in the last 27 years—not only due to higher populations increases, but also increased individual consumption. Alcohol is a depressant that slows down the activity of the central nervous system and the messages that go between the brain and the body.

Alcohol and methamphetamine are two dangerous substances that, when combined, can have serious and potentially fatal consequences.

Treating alcohol and methamphetamine addiction

Most often, those who use these two drugs together find themselves feeling nauseous, depressed or even suicidal. If you or a loved one is caught in the unhealthy and dangerous cycle of an alcohol and methamphetamine addiction, there is a safe way out. 

The skilled clinical team at Gateway Rehab offers a variety of individualized treatment programs to restore your health and help you each step along your path toward recovery. Our progressive and innovative therapies are gender-specific, age-specific and tailored to the unique needs of each person and his or her family. We offer individualized programming for:

  • Adolescent patients between 13-18 years old
  • Gender and Age-specific programs for ages 19-34 and 35-49
  • Programming specifically structured for individuals over the age of 50

It’s time to get the help you need to break free from alcohol and methamphetamine addiction and start living the life you deserve. At Gateway Rehab, there is help, there is hope and there is lasting recovery—just for you. Call 724-218-3896 to get started.

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Inpatient Rehabilitation: Phase Two of a Lifetime Journey to Recovery

Inpatient Rehabilitation: Phase Two of a Lifetime Journey to Recovery

Inpatient Rehabilitation: Phase Two of a Lifetime Journey to Recovery

Inpatient rehabilitation is phase two of recovery. The first phase of addiction recovery is medically assisted detoxification, a closely monitored process that helps rid your body of harmful substances and manages your withdrawal symptoms. Once you’ve walked bravely through the symptoms of withdrawal, you are in active recovery. It’s a big moment to be celebrated and a chance to strengthen your resolve as you prepare for phase two of a lifetime journey to recovery: inpatient rehabilitation.  

What are inpatient rehabilitation recovery services?

Inpatient rehabilitation recovery services provide skilled therapy in a rehabilitation facility. It is typically used for those who have more complex rehabilitative needs, which include 24-hour medical care, emotional and psychological support and protection from outside triggers.

During inpatient rehabilitation, residents are able to completely focus on getting well without the distractions or pressures of everyday life. A typical day in residential treatment is carefully scheduled and accounted for to help those in active recovery establish a new routine and healthy habits. Psychologists, counselors and psychiatrists meet with patients individually and in group settings to guide inpatient recovery. A typical inpatient program runs anywhere from 28 days to 6 months and is tailored specifically to your unique needs. Here is what a day at Gateway Rehab might look like:

  • Breakfast
  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Lunch
  • Alternative therapies (Gateway offers Music Therapy!)
  • Fitness (Gateway offers an amazing outdoor ropes course and indoor basketball court!)
  • Dinner
  • Group discussion
  • Bedtime

Creating and following a daily or weekly schedule is often an important part of the recovery process for those in active recovery. Continuing to follow a daily routine beyond treatment has shown to encourage abstinence, minimize triggers and assist in the overall recovery process.

The Gateway Rehab inpatient rehabilitation recovery services provide a safe environment in which people can get the medical and emotional support they need around the clock to overcome drug or alcohol abuse. Call 724-218-3896 to learn more or request an assessment.

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Effective Evidence-Based Practices to Manage Symptoms of Withdrawal (Detox)

How to Manage Symptoms of Withdrawal

Gateway is an essential business and plans to continue treating addiction throughout the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Unprecedented changes—both in number and magnitude—have left many people feeling helpless, nervous, uncertain or anxious in the wake of the pandemic. Addictions are expected to rise in the United States as people turn to substances like drugs and alcohol to cope with job loss, social distancing, isolation, crisis schooling and financial concerns.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction during this time, the skilled team of specialists at Gateway Rehab can help. Call 724-218-3896 to get the help you need and find healthier, safer ways to cope in our new reality.

Effective Evidence-Based Practices to Manage Symptoms of Withdrawal (Detox)

When you take steps toward a path of recovery, you may have concerns, questions or anxiety—particularly about what happens when you stop using drugs or alcohol. Though the process of recovery may seem overwhelming, take comfort in knowing millions of Americans have walked along the path that lies before you and are now in active recovery. They did it, and so can you. There is always hope—and with Gateway Rehab, you don’t have to do it alone.

Evidence-based practices to help manage symptoms of withdrawal (detox)

Our skilled team of specialists offers effective evidence-based drug detox programs and treatment protocols in a safe environment to help rid your body of harmful substances and manage your symptoms every of withdrawal.

There are different treatment programs depending on the type of addiction, including:

  • Short-term inpatient care
    After an initial assessment, your clinical care team may recommend short-term inpatient care, which may include 4-5 days of withdrawal management, 28 days of acute management or 90 days of long-term rehabilitation that includes life skills and transition planning.
  • Long-term outpatient care
    Long-term outpatient care is recommended after your initial assessment, or, following your short-term inpatient care, your clinical care team will create an individualized treatment program to support your continued recovery success.
  • Extended Recovery Support
    As part of our extended care program, we also offer specialized support programs. Recovery Support Specialist link with patients entering the program for up a full year after admission to treatment. They assist with important recovery issues such as housing, transportation, employment, meeting attendance and other medical, psychological and social services. We want to help you stay the course—and these programs will help you achieve success one day at a time.


If you or a loved one would like to learn more about our recovery programs or have questions about possible symptoms of withdrawal (detox), please call Gateway Rehab at 724-218-3896. We offer life-changing support and safe, effective recovery services to anyone who needs our help.

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The Importance of Recognizing and Treating Co-Occurring Disorders

The Importance of Recognizing and Treating Co-Occurring Disorders

The Importance of Recognizing and Treating Co-Occurring Disorders

People who struggle with substance abuse disorders will typically have one or more co-occurring mood-related or anxiety-related health disorders. In fact, nearly eight million people in the United States struggle with both mental health disorders and substance abuse disorders.

Common co-occurring disorders include major depression, persistent mild depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder, social anxiety, generalized anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Treating co-occurring disorders

It may take time for mental health professionals and substance abuse counselors to properly diagnose each co-occurring disorder in someone with an addiction. For example, if someone is struggling with marijuana abuse and schizophrenia, the signs and symptoms of these disorders will be drastically different from someone struggling with a cocaine addiction and bipolar disorder.

Treating addictive disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders at the same time is important for many reasons, including:

  • Mental health disorders are often compounded, or made worse, by substance abuse.
  • Mental health disorders often contribute to excessive use or abuse of alcohol and illegal substances.
  • Chronic drug and alcohol abuse increases our chance of becoming a victim of physical or sexual assault, which can in turn create serious mental health issues.
  • Methamphetamines and alcohol exacerbate mild depression, causing it to worsen over time.
  • Poor-decision making is often linked to substance and alcohol abuse, which can lead to anxiety and/or panic attacks.

Our skilled team of specialists offers a variety of specialized inpatient and outpatient programs that are tailored to the unique needs of each patient and his or her family. Gateway’s residential programs offer access to behavioral health specialists to effectively manage many co-occurring mental health conditions. Likewise, coordination of care for individuals with more complex behavioral health issues is supported in the outpatient programs and as a part of recovery support services. For more information about how Gateway Rehab can help you along your path toward recovery from substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, call 800-472-1177.

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Important Notice About Coronaviris and COVID-19

Important Notice About Coronaviris and COVID-19

To Our Patients:

As your healthcare provider, we value—and are committed to—your health and the health of your family. We also understand that you have concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which has now been designated a global pandemic.

At all times, we prioritize optimal health, safety and infection control. During this outbreak we are continuing to do so with special vigilance and focus.

We are closely monitoring the evolving situation, carefully following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and taking specific measures to protect you, your family, our employees, and the communities we serve. These include special precautions, such as intensive cleaning of our office and monitoring patients and staff for potential signs of illness.

As things change, we will adjust our policies and practices to respond appropriately to new developments. At the same time, we will keep you informed about best infection-control practices and what you need to know to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

How can you limit your exposure to the virus?

The best way to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is to avoid being exposed to the virus, which at this time is thought to spread mainly person-to-person. How do you do that?

  • Wash your hands with soap and water – frequently and for at least 20 seconds each time
  • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Maintain “social distancing” between others (about six feet apart)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze (and immediately wash or sanitize your hands)

What should you do if you’re sick?

  • Stay home except to get medical care – avoid public areas, transportation, events, etc.
  • If you’re around or caring for others, wear a facemask (N95)
  • Cover coughs and sneezes, wash/sanitize hands, and clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces daily
  • Monitor symptoms – seek prompt medical care if symptoms worsen
  • Call your doctor before seeking care, including for appointments scheduled for other reasons
  • Call 911 if you have a medical emergency

Rest assured that we are taking this outbreak, and our responsibility as your trusted provider, seriously. We will continue evaluating developments and taking appropriate actions to reduce exposure and keep you up-to-date.

A Message from the CEO

In response to the ongoing developments of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, we have put a number of precautions in place to protect the safety of those we serve, as well as our staff and community at large. Please know all Gateway Rehab locations remain open, continue to accept patients, and have established the following guidelines until further notice.

Evaluations will only be conducted over the phone. Walk-in assessments have been suspended. We are screening patients over the phone regarding symptoms, recent travel and exposure. Family visitation has been suspended. We have been coordinating alternative options to still provide family interaction throughout treatment. Items permitted to be dropped off for an individual in a residential program will be limited to money, cigarettes and hygiene products. Drop offs must be scheduled between 12 – 8 p.m. daily. 12-Step meetings will only be provided on-site, no outside meetings will be permitted. Outpatient programs will be provided through telehealth, continuing to conduct morning, afternoon, and evening groups. Sessions will be held at a frequency consistent with every level of care. Individual sessions, case management and MAT management may also be provided through telehealth.

We understand how difficult and uncertain these times can be. At any stage of recovery, isolation has the potential to challenge one's sobriety. Gateway Rehab remains mission-focused in providing everyone we serve with the tools to be successful in their recovery, traditional or personalized. We will continue to monitor and communicate recommendations provided by the PA Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. We appreciate your help to take the appropriate steps to support everyone’s well-being, and allow us to continue to provide proven, quality addiction treatment in western Pennsylvania.

Paul Bacharach
President and Chief Executive Officer

Gateway Rehab

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Finding Employment After Recovery: The Truth About Returning to Work After Getting Sober

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Finding Employment After Recovery: The Truth About Returning to Work After Getting Sober

We understand a healthy return to work may be just the right structure someone in recovery needs to stabilize his or her new way of life. In fact, it can be a crucial part of recovery. We also understand it may put others face to face with unhealthy triggers, stressors and anxiety.

Returning to work after substance abuse treatment isn’t easy, but you don’t have to do it alone. The team of specialists at Gateway Rehab is skilled in providing the guidance and support you need to make your transition back to work as smooth as possible. Our Extended Care, Outpatient Programs and recovery support service (Opioid Use Disorder-Center of Excellence) can help you with personal challenges such as relationship conflicts, stress, anxiety, grief, substance abuse or finding quality services.

Returning to work after getting sober

If you took medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act and plan to return to your employer after getting sober, there are a few things you need to do to help make your transition a positive experience, such as:

  • Establish a return-to-work agreement (RTWA)
    Before returning to work, the U.S. Department of Labor recommends an RTWA be in place. This is an important accountability tool for the employee as it clearly outlines expectations from their employer.
  • You don’t need to explain your absence to everyone
    It’s up to you if you’d like to share details about your recovery. If not, your employer and fellow employees should respect your privacy.
  • Find a workplace confidant
    It may be helpful to have one or two workplace co-workers who understand and respect your situation. They can also help stop rumors or inappropriate water cooler talk.
  • Avoid workaholism
    While developing a strong work ethic isn’t a bad thing, it’s important to recognize when you may be using work as an excuse to avoid dealing with painful feelings and broken relationships post-rehab. Take time to reconnect with friends and loved ones, attend meetings and enjoy sober-related social activities.

Finding employment after recovery

Like returning to a previous employer, finding a new job after substance abuse treatment can also be a challenge. Understanding barriers in advance can help you prepare for any situation. Here are a few common issues that go along with finding employment after recovery:

  • Explaining a gap in employment history
  • Feeling uncertain about revealing past substance abuse
  • Worrying about discrimination from potential employers

Don’t let your recovery stand in the way of your professional goals. If you stay on top of your sobriety and take good care of yourself, the job or career you want will be well within reach.

To learn more about services offered by Gateway Rehab substance abuse treatment in Pittsburgh, contact us at 800-472-1177. We are eager to help you get started on the road to recovery and will be with you every step of the way, which includes finding employment after recovery.

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Treatment Options for Opioid Addiction, Western Pennsylvania


Treatment Options for Opioid Addiction in Pittsburgh, PA

Opioids are substances that produce morphine-like effects. Medical doctors often use them to treat moderate to severe pain that has not responded well to other pain relief medications. They are highly effective at treating pain symptoms because they trigger the release of endorphins—your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters.

Unfortunately, what makes them so effective also makes them extremely addictive. Endorphins muffle your perception of pain and boost feelings of pleasure. This creates a temporary, but powerful sense of well-being.

Do I have an opioid addiction?

Unfortunately, the pain-relieving effects of opioids can diminish over time, causing increased pain and discomfort as well as increased dependence. This dependence may lead to increased use—both in amount and frequency—and therefore addiction. Opioid addiction is usually self-diagnosable and includes the following signs:

  • Uncontrollable cravings
  • Inability to control opioid use
  • Changes in sleep habits
  • Unplanned weight loss
  • Changes in personal hygiene
  • Frequent flu-like symptoms
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Low libido

What are treatment options for opioid addiction?

Every person is unique, which means their addiction and the way in which they’ll recover will also be unique. At Gateway Rehab we are listening to our residents needs and designing a tailored treatment program to help them break free from opioid dependence. Here are a few treatment options we offer:

  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
    We offer our residents buprenorphine or naltrexone to treat dependence and/or addiction to opioids in conjunction with psychosocial counseling from our skilled therapists. These medications help prevent withdrawal symptoms caused by stopping other opioids and reduce cravings for dangerous euphoria-producing opioid compounds such as heroin and fentanyl.
  • REST Extended Habilitation Program
    Our main treatment center offers a unique on-site three-month program in which people with addiction can completely remove themselves from their unhealthy situations and triggers. This program allows them to focus on overcoming their addiction and advancing life skills in order to make strides toward a healthier life.
  • Exploration therapy
    Our residents are encouraged to use any or all of our amenities to help keep their mind off the detox process. We offer lounges, snacks, television, and non-alcoholic beverages as well as plenty of opportunities to socialize with other residents. We believe a social atmosphere in which people can communicate and feel a sense of camaraderie is essential for recovery. Exercise, yoga, music therapy and other enrichment activities also support the patient’s ability to focus on long-term recovery.

If you’d like to learn more about our treatment options for opioid addiction, please call 800-472-1177 and speak to one of our skilled specialists. Gateway Rehab is dedicated to helping you or your loved along the path to recovery with compassion, skill and dignity.


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When You’re Ready to Stop Drinking: A 10-Step Guide During the Holidays


When You’re Ready to Stop Drinking: A 10-Step Guide During the Holidays

For most people, the holiday season is a fun time of year filled with parties, celebrations and social gatherings with family and friends. For others, however, it can lead to feelings of sadness, self-reflection, loneliness, and anxiety. Either way, the holidays can be a particularly challenging time for those who are ready to stop drinking.

How to get through the holidays sober
Here is a 10-step guide to stay sober this holiday season:

1.    Avoid the riskiest parties
If you’ve recently stopped drinking, it’s best to avoid events that center on alcohol. Instead, celebrate with friends and co-workers at potlucks, cookie exchanges or afternoon get-togethers.

2.    Drink something festive (and non-alcoholic)
There are plenty of fun, festive and alcohol-free drinks to choose from like fancy juices, flavored ice teas, non-alcoholic beer or ginger beer. If you’re going to a party, these are not only fun gifts for the hostess, but they ensure you have non-alcoholic choices while you’re there.

3.    Know your ‘no’
Get good at saying no and have a short response ready when friends and family pressure you to drink like, “No thanks, I’m trying to get healthy.” This not only gets your point across, but it doesn’t invite further conversation.

4.    Bring a sober buddy
Take a friend, loved one, mentor or sponsor to events. It will be easier to abstain from drinking if you have someone who is supportive by your side.

5.    Be aware and prepare
Be aware of your triggers (and try to avoid them as much as possible) and prepare a plan of action, especially if you are travelling. Find and attend local AA meetings or recovery groups to help keep you on track. 

6.    Forgive yourself
If you a have a glass of wine with dinner or a bartender accidentally put alcohol in your drink, practice self-love and understand this is not a relapse. Honor your progress and get back on track the next morning.

7.    Stay busy
Plan your fun and choose activities that you enjoy so your mind won’t be on alcohol. Try a new winter sport or volunteer to keep your mind off alcohol.

8.    Find new ways to have fun
If your holiday gatherings typically center on alcohol, suggest something new like ice skating or going to a holiday movie.

9.    Take care of yourself
Never let yourself get too hungry, too angry, too tired or too lonely. Eat well, stay hydrated and recognize possible triggers before they get out of control.

10.  Make a list and check it often
When you stop drinking, it’s important to take a moment and write down all the ways in which your life has improved—and keep it with you. Read through it as needed to remind yourself how much better your life is without alcohol.

If you or a loved one wants to stop drinking, there’s no better time than now. Gateway Rehab has helped thousand of people overcome alcohol addiction while instilling them with a new sense of self. Our highly trained experts provide gender and age-specific treatments in individual and small-group settings. In these treatments, patients are provided the tools they need to bring themselves back to life and to stay on the path to recovery. Call 724-218-3896 to learn more.

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Seven Tips for Supporting Your Loved One Through Addiction

Seven Tips for Supporting Your Loved One Through Addiction

Seven Tips for Supporting Your Loved One Through Addiction

Addiction can happen at any age. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) nearly one in four 18-20 year olds abuse illicit drugs. If your loved one is one of the millions of people struggling with drug addiction, you may feel sad, confused, worried, and alone. It’s okay to have each of these feelings, but we want to remind you that you’re not alone—and you and your loved one are loved.

Parent tips for helping those struggling with addiction

The caring, experienced team of clinical and support professionals at Gateway Rehab are eager to help your loved one along the recovery journey and prepare his or her mind, body, and spirit for a new, healthy, positive way of living. Here are seven tips to help you support your loved one at home:

1.    Communicate
Those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol will do or say anything in order to get access to more. These actions may often damage relationships— however, it’s important to maintain good communication with your loved one to help strengthen and rebuild the relationship.

2.    Listen without judgment
If your loved one decides to talk to you about their struggle, its important to listen without judging, interrupting, criticizing or offering advice. They want to be heard, understood and valued. Let them know they are important by giving them your full attention and focus.

3.    Encourage
Encouragement and optimism help build a sense of teamwork between you and your loved one while reducing conflict and negativity. This strategy helps him or her feel safe to try new healthy coping skills, try new activities, rebuild peer relationships and face challenges.

4.    Set expectations
The best guidelines are clear, leaving no room for interpretation. You can set them up like cause and effect statements: If (action) occurs (response) will be your consequence. Establishing guidelines for the most common events will reduce emotional reactions and improve positive outcomes.

5.    Set boundaries
People with drug addiction are very good at testing boundaries, especially with those they love. It’s important to build strong, clear boundaries with your loved one, so he or she understands what you will and will not do for them.

6.    Practice self-care
Caring for someone with an addiction can be emotionally and physically taxing. Take time for yourself so you can be the person they need as they journey toward recovery. Practicing self-care allows you to model desirable behaviors for your loved one.

7.    Avoid harsh responses
Harsh punishments, like changing the locks or refusing to answer the door when they come home drunk or high, will only make a bad situation worse. Those with drug addiction need love and compassion more than ever—as well as positive influence and values.

If your loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse and you’re not sure what to do, we can help bring hope and healing into their life. Gateway Rehab is the most comprehensive and experienced drug treatment center in the region and we are ready to help your loved one today. Call 412-500-9851 to speak to one of our skilled support specialists.

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Nine Hidden Benefits of Completing Your Drug Rehab Program


Nine Hidden Benefits of Completing Your Drug Rehab Program

Imagine your life, drug-free. Whether you’re thinking about beginning a drug rehab program or are already enrolled, you’re on your way to getting your life back on track­­—and we are so happy you’re here.

Once treatment begins, the challenge is usually staying in long enough to break free of your addiction and learn the tools needed to build a productive, joyful life.

Don’t worry, you can do it and we’ll be there to help each step along the way.

Nine hidden benefits of completing a drug rehab program
Drug rehab is so much more than breaking the addictive cycle, it can also help you to do the following:

1.    Erase temptation

Drugs and alcohol are simply not an option at drug rehab. This environment is essential at the start of treatment as it helps those with addiction find long-term success.

2.    Understand addiction
When you are free from drugs and alcohol you have the ability to think more clearly and learn why you became addicted.  

3.    Learn about underlying issues
There are many reasons people get addicted to drugs, and drug rehab is a good opportunity to understand the behavioral reasons behind your drug habit. Perhaps it is a coping mechanism, a way to avoid responsibility or belong to a group.

4.    Identify your triggers
During drug rehab you will learn how to handle triggers that result in an unwell mental state and drug use. Common triggers include: people, places, dates, holidays, medication and events.

5.    Overcome obstacles
Completing a drug rehab program will give you the confidence and pride necessary to overcome obstacles like new addictions, lifestyle changes or triggers after the program.

6.    Build new habits and practices
Throughout the program you’ll learn how to practice self-care and build habits that prioritize a healthy lifestyle.

7.    Set new goals
A drug rehab program will help you end the cycle of abandoned recovery goals. You will learn the tools necessary for the best way to achieve your goals in the near future.

8.    Understand and establish healthy boundaries
Learn how to build and navigate healthy relationships with friends and family.

9.    Establish lifelong relationships and mentors
Perhaps one of the best-kept secrets of completing a drug rehab program is the support you continue to receive at the end of the program. Having a lifelong sponsor or mentor is the best way to resist temptation when you re-enter the real world.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction it’s time to get help. Gateway Rehab has been providing proven and personalized services in and around the Pittsburgh area for decades.

We are ready to provide the life-changing opportunity of recovery to anyone who takes the first step through our doors. You can break-free from addiction. Your life can get better. We can do it together. Take the first step toward a healthier, happier you. Call 412-500-9851 today.

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