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Gateway CEU Webinars Explore the Relationship Between Substance Use Disorders and Suicide

CHICAGO, September 3, 2015

Free CEU webinar, CEU training, suicide and addictionIn recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month this September, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers will host two expert-led webinars during the month to provide medical professionals with information about the high correlation between substance use disorders and suicide. Among those with untreated drug or alcohol problems, nearly 45% commit suicide.

Healthcare professionals may earn 1 free continuing education credit, compliments of Gateway, for LPC, LCPC, LCSW, LSW, Nursing or Psychology. Webinars will be offered online on Thursday September 17 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday September 23, 2015 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Taught by Dr. Greg Tierney, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Gateway Program Director, training will provide skills to help decrease the risk of suicide and to manage an individual's chronic suicidal thoughts. Attendees will gain an understanding of the psychological constructs related to suicidality, learn assessment and intervention strategies, and learn legal and ethical considerations for working with those who may be suicidal.

"Substance use disorders are highly correlated with increased risk of suicide," explained Dr. Tierney. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol and drug abuse are second only to depression and other mood disorders as the most frequent risk factors for suicidal behavior. "One of the goals of this webinar is to teach healthcare professionals how to reduce the stigma associated with accessing treatment for suicidality and addiction. Eliminating or significantly reducing the shame and guilt associated with these conditions, and helping people to be more open about discussing these issues, will ultimately facilitate the effectiveness of treatment," Dr. Tierney added.

To learn more about the webinar or to register, please visit RecoverGateway.org/Training. For resources about heroin abuse, please visit RecoverGateway.org/Heroin.

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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