Gateway Foundation - Lake Villa

3.4 (26 reviews) ADD YOUR REVIEW
25480 W. Cedarcrest Lane
Lake Villa, IL 60046
8559443789 Visit Website
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  • Medicare is not Accepted
  • Medicaid is not Accepted
Treatment Insights

Since 1968 our goal has been straightforward: help clients get their life back on track and achieve a life of sobriety, free from drug use and symptoms of mental illness. A life that is productive, socially responsible, and healthy. Gateway Foundation is the largest nonprofit treatment provider in the U.S. specializing in substance use disorders for men, women, adolescents, and clients diagnosed with co-occurring mental health disorders. Gateway's professional clinicians support over 6000 people a day to successfully complete treatment by developing a personalized plan to treat the underlying causes of substance use disorder —not just their addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Gateway Foundation - Lake Villa Reviews and Ratings Details

The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.

Reviews at a Glance

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Don't go here! Horrible. Feels like a court ordered boot was horrible. Staff was not friendly at all. After three days detoxing in bed, vomiting, shakes..ECT. no staff checked on me. Once I...


Do not go there if you are serious about your recovery. There is one women's house and the ages range from 18-80. I am 52. It was like summer camp. Fighting and arguing and crying every day I was ther...


Sadly We were very disappointed. This establishment is in NO WAY prepared to handle anyone with substance abuse issues- addictions - or mental health problems. They are not patient centric/ only insur...


Excellent treatment. Good nutrition


The absolute best experience I’ve ever had. My life is on track because everything I’ve been taught by gateway is exactly how it is now.


I am a former employee who left there in good standards. GATEWAY is a very good residential program ONE MUST WANT AMD BE SERIOUS ABOUT ONES TREATMENT, POINT BLANK AND VERY SIMPLE.....


The Gateway program does have college educations. I worked at Gateway Lake Villa and I would recommend this program to any and everyone that are serious about getting help with all addictions. Gateway...


It was a good treatment center.


Good counseling also for the parents. Can't think of any weaknesses Well staffed, good program to help parents understand what their kids are going through. Clean and bright and you can bring older si...


Good counseling for the parents. Bright and clean. Good and caring staff I really can't think of any, they worked well with my son They made you feel comfortable at a very scary time. Very informative...


Positive experience


The facility is very pleasant and the scenery is beautiful so it provides a serene and relaxing environment for the people. It is very willing to work with you when it comes to finances, making it v...


I attended the youth program at this location, I have to say the food is below average for the price it is to stay here per night. the staff at this location is very friendly, they do lack in supervis...


Good place but to strick on phone calls and personal belongings. People who pay good money to go here should not be placed with people who are made to come here from the court system or probation or t...


I was able to meet new people with similar problems. There is not enough exercise offered.


I understand that there has to be rules in rehab but sometimes I did not make it to call home, I could not get extra clothes, I could not walk outside without 2 other people and if I did not wanna pa...


It was an overall good program. However, they need more supervision.


I loved this place. Have been in others and this is the one that had the right combination of AA and therapy and groups. It just worked for me from day one and the first time in about 6 treatments tha...


They do after care plan for everyone. They are awesome


Went due to location.

Areas of Focus
Dual Diagnosis Program

Co-occurring disorders can be difficult to diagnose because of the complexity of symptoms. There are many possible combinations of dual diagnoses, which means there are many possible symptoms. Today, addiction and psychiatric health are viewed more as part of a continuum, and clinicians are specially trained to deal with patients who have a co-occurring disorder. We are certified as one of the only dual diagnosis rehab centers in the Midwest.

Medical Assisted Treatment

To help an individual overcome mild to moderate physical dependency from alcohol, opiates and benzodiazepines, Gateway Foundation recognizes the benefits of medication assisted treatment to address withdrawal symptoms, cravings and detoxification.

Key Staff Members
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    Dr. Thomas Britton - President & CEO

    Dr. Thomas Britton began his career in behavioral health as a counselor where he developed a passion for effectively treating individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. For more than twenty years, Dr. Britton has been dedicated to helping others through various roles as a therapist, crisis worker, educator, clinical supervisor, executive director and most recently president for a division of Acadia Health Care. Dr. Britton believes strongly in the power of recovery, so much that in 2006, he founded a North Carolina organization that advocates for treatment for those without resources. His devotion to the field and a commitment to learning led him to earn a Master's Degree in both Addiction and Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Understanding the importance of strong leadership skills, Dr. Britton went on to earn a Doctorate in Public Health, Executive Management from Gillings School of Global Health at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Britton has aligned his personal mission to help others with his life's work. From his early days as a clinician, to his present leadership role, his focus remains on helping individuals and their families get their lives back on track.

  • Photo of Karen Wolownik Albert, LCSW
    Karen Wolownik Albert, LCSW - Executive Director

    Karen Wolownik Albert is the Executive Director of Gateway Foundation's Lake County Treatment Services including a residential program in Lake Villa, and an outpatient program in Gurnee, Illinois. Ms. Wolownik Albert has over 20 years of behavioral health experience, and has worked in a variety of outpatient and residential settings throughout her career. She earned her Bachelors of Science, and Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan, and is a licensed clinical social worker in Illinois. Ms. Wolownik Albert is an experienced trainer locally, and also presented at national conferences on a wide array of topics. She is on the Board of Directors of the Lake County Opioid Initiative, as well as a co-chair of the Treatment, Recovery and Harm Reduction Committee, and a core team member in the development of the A Way Out Program, a law assisted diversion program in Lake County.