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Gateway Foundation Offers Free CE Workshops to Address "Opi-demic"

CHICAGO, October 3, 2013

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment a leading provider of substance abuse treatment, is proud to offer free continuing education, professional development webinars during the month of October 2013. Ideal for healthcare professionals, participants may log onto the 1-hour interactive webinar to learn more about opioid dependency and/or treatment options for heroin addiction while earning up to 2 continuing education (CE) credits, for free.

According to The Illinois State Crime Commission, heroin use in Illinois is an epidemic. Furthermore, Illinois is one of 16 states where more people die of drug overdoses than car accidents. To address these concerning drug trends, Gateway Foundation is taking action by increasing awareness about opioid and heroin abuse. Unaware of The Good Samaritan Law or never heard of naloxone "the overdose drug," then this is an opportunity to get informed about the most serious drug issue facing Illinois today.

Webinar participants will hear directly from Gateway Foundation experts about advanced treatment options for opioid abuse and gain insight into the heroin epidemic in Illinois.

On October 10 and October 24 from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Gateway Foundation Medical Director Dr. John Larson will cover best practices in integrated treatment for opioid and heroin dependence, which includes the use of medication to address withdrawal symptoms.

On October 22 and October 30 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Gateway Foundation Swansea Clinical Supervisor Amy Warren will present on opioid usage trends, signs and symptoms of heroin abuse and how concerned families and friends can save lives.

Each participant must individually log into his or her respective webinar for the duration of the 1-hour session to be eligible for 1 CE.

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 or call 877-505-HOPE (4673).

Reporters and Editors, for more information, please call Jason Stutz at 312-663-1130.