Alcohol and Drug Rehab Success Stories
Treatment Enables Victory over Drug Abuse
"Partying" was getting the best of Everett G., who had been abusing alcohol and crack cocaine for about 20 years. Over those years, he repeatedly let down his father, sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews and damaged his relationships with his children and their mother. By the time his second child was born, the toll his abuse was taking became obvious to him. Read more of Everett's Story...
"Treatment is definitely possible. I felt like I was one of the impossible cases. I have a bad record and wasn't ideal. I was probably the statistic of someone who was going to die. There is a way out and it is possible if you give this an honest shot. It's not impossible; it's one day at a time and it's a good life. It beats what everybody's doing. It's a big epidemic right now and it's a lot better on the other side."
Nick - November 2017
"[Gateway] showed me that there is a different way and a better way which I didn't really believe. I thought that if I'm going to quit drinking that I was not going have any enjoyment in life from here on out but figured it's got to be better than what I'm doing. They helped and they cared and they listened and they gave me tools that I still use to this day. It's still not easy all the time, I still use some of the things I learned and have relationships with people I met there to lean on."
Blinn - November 2017
"Gateway saved my life some 20 years ago. This is a long overdue thank you to all the staff at Gateway Lake Villa! They helped me when I could not and would not help myself. I would not be here today, much less clean and sober for 18 years if it were not for their love, honesty and willingness to care. Gateway truly saved my life."
Jeff- December 2015
"Since I was at Gateway I've maintained steady communication with my parents and other friends in my support group and literally every relationship has immensely improved. I want to thank you for giving me the tools to change and saving my life so all of these things can be possible today."
Dustin - April 2015
"I have been completely sober for a year and eight months - and I owe it all to Gateway. The experience I had at Gateway is one I will cherish for the rest of my life."
Michael – March 2015
"Gateway is a great place full of sincere people who take joy in helping others. My counselor's clear and unwavering commitment to me, my health, family, job, and general well-being went above and beyond anything I could have expected, or even wished."
Damon – March 2015
"Seven years ago today my life changed and I became drug free! I couldn't have done it without the support of those at Gateway, my parents and family. It wasn't easy, but I had a strong support group who believed in me."
Daren - September 2014
"Gateway's alumni program allows me to give back what was once given to me. I am here to help others see they have a whole new exciting and mysterious life waiting for them. I want to assure them it's not overwhelming. Even though I used to sit in their seat...I do the unimaginable today and have fun without drugs and alcohol."
Brandon – September 2014
"I want to thank all who share in participating in our Alumni meetings, especially Mr. Jason Ford in the Caseyville treatment center. It has been very positive for me, Alumni meetings are an extension of my treatment program that helps me grow and offers positive reinforcement."
Jack - September 2014
"I received the most inspirational and honest respect from every counselor, cook, nurse, maintenance person, everyone involved in my care. I would recommend this center to anyone I know who has an addiction problem."
Doug – July 2014
"I cannot thank each of you for all your patience, love and work… You helped me face my own emotions and feelings and I feel so free. A big weight has been lifted off my shoulders, I leave with such a positive outlook on my future."
Kelly – July 2014
"I have been to many treatment centers, including Gateway. Upon coming in I was so unsure, but I still kept trying with uncertainty. Today I have 3 months sober from all I have learned. Thank you so much to the Gateway staff."
Ivana – July 2014
"I have had a wonderful experience at Gateway, I have learned so much in the time I have spent in treatment. The program has offered me a lot of support outside the groups. I would recommend Gateway to anyone seeking help."
Zach - December 2013
"I am truly thankful to have found my way to Gateway. The ENTIRE staff treated me with dignity and like a family member...they all have helped save my life! I sincerely hope that anybody who needs help with substance abuse finds their way to Gateway. Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment is the family helping to save me and my family."
Terry - December 2013
"Five years ago today, I had 11 days clean and was uncertain of what the future held. Today, I'm still clean and my life is insanely better than I ever dreamed it could be. I know without a doubt that Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment saved my life. So thank you and all the staff for helping me when I couldn't help myself."
Jim - August 2013
"I wish to extend our heartfelt appreciation to you and the staff at Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment for everything you did for our daughter. (Really for our whole family) Someone we didn't know entered your facility nearly three months ago. Our daughter emerged today, armed with more knowledge, coping skills and real life tools than we thought she would ever have. She is a new and improved daughter - a more mature and grown up daughter.
Gateway is an outstanding facility, with an outstanding program and outstanding staff. Once again, THANK YOU!"
Brian - March 2012
"The program and your wonderful staff have given me hope and the chance to be a mother to my son. Thank you for making my dreams become a reality."
Michele - January 2012
"I arrived feeling isolated and fragile. This was my first time in treatment and I simply didn't know what to expect. Almost immediately, I felt as if I were part of a family. Every Gateway Treatment staff
member treated me with the utmost care and respect. As the days progressed, I began to feel life's fire begin to burn within me once again. As if I was experiencing life for the first time.
Gateway was an absolute Godsend for me. Life will always be filled with challenges and difficulties. Thanks to Gateway, I now carry a vast toolbox that has given me the ability to live my life drug-free!"
John - December 2011
"When I came to Gateway I did not know that it was the best day of my life, the staff at Gateway was great, and I want to sincerely thank everyone. I have now found myself and my dreams are coming true. Thanks for the best experience of a lifetime."
Ashley - July 2011
"3.5 years ago, I walked into a Gateway Treatment Center and walked out a changed man! Still living clean and sober, with no desires of ever returning to my old ways. I am enjoying my new found life with great enthusiasm! Thank You Gateway!!!"
Daren - June 2011
"Had it not been for Gateway, I strongly doubt I'd be where I am today or even alive and healthy. The Gateway program gave me structure and taught me responsibility. Thank you for the support and guidance."
Zina - January 2011
"I want to thank everyone at Gateway for helping my wife and me. For the first time in over a year, I feel like my wife truly wants to quit drinking and faced the demons she repressed for many years. I also appreciate the assistance Gateway provides to families during this trying time. As a family member, I need the proper education to support my wife through her sobriety journey."
Mike - December 2010
"I would recommend Gateway to anyone that wants to be free from their addiction, turn their life around and live again."
Sharon - August 2010
"Gateway helped me open my eyes to a new drug-free lifestyle and gave me the tools to help me accomplish sobriety. The people at Gateway gave me the motivation and inspiration I need to live my life without drugs. Gateway truly changed my life for the better."
Kent - June 2010
"Gateway made a profound effect on my life!"
Barb - 2010
"My time at Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment was educational every day I use the tools I learned. Thanks to Gateway and some motivation from within my days are much happier."
Jacob - October 2009
"Did I hit my bottom? I had been drinking and doing drugs for nearly 20 years. During the last three years I lost my house, car, license, career, reputation, family and relationship with my daughter.
Now, thanks to my counselor and the staff at Gateway Caseyville, I have my life back.
Those at Gateway that helped me through treatment will never know, nor will I ever be able to explain, the impact they made on my life. I've been able to re-establish a wonderful relationship with my
daughter and the rest of my family. I'm also getting my own small business off the ground and running.
Thank you to my counselors, doctors and everyone at Gateway Caseyville"
Clint - December 2010
"I graduated from Gateway in 1987 and I am still clean and sober. I was 28 at that time and am a very grateful recovering addict-alcoholic. I love Gateway and what it gave me."
Kim - December 2009
"Coming to Gateway saved my life. I knew I was going to die without Gateway's help."