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Online CEU Training: How to Screen for Substance Abuse Issues to Enhance Patient Care Outcomes

CHICAGO, January 15, 2015

Screening for Substance Abuse IssuesGateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment will kick off a new year with two expert-led online training courses in January 2015, which offer healthcare professionals the tools needed for productive patient exchanges about alcohol and drug use. Led by Gateway's Medical Director John Larson M.D., healthcare professionals are invited to register on two different dates for a free Lunchtime Learning CEU Webinar—Thursday, January 22 and Tuesday, January 27, 2015, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.—and earn 1 CEU compliments of Gateway.

Since healthcare professionals are in a unique position to alleviate the stigma associated with substance abuse issues, Gateway's webinar will cover important topics, like the steps of a brief intervention and how to distinguish the various levels of substance use issues likely to be encountered in a healthcare setting.

"Discussing substance abuse issues with patients can be tricky. Whether real or perceived, there are challenges when it comes to talking with patients about substance abuse, including time constraints and our innate aversion to awkwardness," says Dr. John Larson, Corporate Medical Director, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment. "Yet, skipping the topic entirely is a huge disservice to patients who depend on healthcare professionals to help keep them healthy."

To sign up for a webinar, please visit RecoverGateway.org/Training.

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. As the largest, non-profit treatment provider in the country, we currently operate drug and alcohol treatment programs 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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