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Gateway Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director at Lake Villa Drug Treatment Center

CHICAGO, March 18, 2013

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment, the largest provider of substance abuse treatment in Illinois, recently welcomed Patricia Ryding, Psy.D., as the Executive Director for its Lake Villa substance abuse treatment center. With more than 30 years of experience in the fields of mental health and drug addiction treatment, Dr. Ryding comes to Gateway Foundation from CRC Health Group's Sierra Tucson where she was previously the Executive Director.

As Executive Director, Dr. Ryding works to ensure that the quality care and evidence-based programs at the Lake Villa center are continuously improving so adults, teens and young men have access to affordable, individualized substance abuse treatment and aftercare for lasting recovery. Along with managing a multi-million dollar renovation to the Lake Villa campus, Dr. Ryding is recruiting additional talented key staff. She welcomes Sara Kozak as an Admissions Supervisor, who comes to Gateway from Centegra Health Systems.

"I appreciate how Gateway Foundation uses an integrated approach, combining mental health care and substance abuse treatment to help individuals understand what caused their addiction and then develop coping skills to manage stress and triggers in a healthy way," says Dr. Ryding.

Dr. Ryding holds a BA from Boston University as well as a MA in Counseling Psychology from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. She also holds a Doctorate in Psychology from Carlos Albizu University in Miami, FL. Located approximately 50 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, IL, 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 Alcohol & Drug Treatment

Since 1968 our goal has been straightforward: to help clients get their life back on track and achieve a life of sobriety, free from drug use and symptoms of mental illness, that is productive, socially responsible, and healthy. Gateway Foundation is the largest nonprofit treatment provider in the country that specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders, providing treatment for men, women, adolescents, and clients diagnosed with co-occurring mental health disorders.

Gateway's Community Division has treatment centers located throughout Illinois, including Carbondale, Chicago, Lake County, Fox Valley, Springfield, and the St. Louis Metro East area. These centers offer residential and outpatient treatment services for adults, teens, and adolescents accessed through insurance, state funding, and self-pay.

Gateway's professional clinicians help thousands of individuals successfully complete treatment by developing a personalized plan that treats the underlying causes of substance abuse—not just addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Learn more about insurance coverage, treatment options, or Gateway's confidential consultation at RecoverGateway.org or call 877-505-HOPE (4673).

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