Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is an active process of making choices toward a healthy and purpose filled life. Our Wellness program is rooted in fostering healthy connections, increasing education, breaking down barriers to resources, and giving support to help improve wellness.
Gateway connects with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) and local community partners to integrate wellness into the recovery process, remove barriers to resources that impact health, and create opportunities that foster connection and purpose.
On average, the lifespan of individuals with serious mental illness and substance use disorders is thirty years less than the general population. The most common reasons for this come from preventable conditions related to tobacco-use and obesity. In addition, individuals with behavioral health disorders are more likely to have elevated Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) scores, which suggest a much greater likelihood for poor health outcomes in adulthood.
Gateway’s Wellness interventions within the treatment setting focus on nutrition, fitness, and tobacco cessation, utilizing SAMHSA's 8 Dimensions of Wellness as a guideline for total wellness. Patients work individually, and in group settings, with Wellness Coaches who help them identify their personal strengths and goals.