Gateway’s Behavioral Health Team provides outpatient treatment for people with substance use and low-severity mental health disorders. Our team is here to support you and your loved ones. All of our servics are confidential, client-centered, and convenient.


Substance Use Disorder

Just like with any chronic illness, finding the right treatment for you is the first step toward recovery and living a drug-free life. At Gateway to Prevention and Recovery, we offer several proven methods for substance use disorder treatment in a safe and supportive environment. Our goal is your total health and lifelong recovery so that you can take back control over your life and live independently.

Substance Use Disorder Services

Peer Recovery

Peer Recovery Support Specialists are staff members that have been successful in their own recovery process and offer support to others who may be experiencing similar situations.

Our Support  Specialists play an important role in the recovery process with our patients and help reduce the risk of relapse. Patients can meet one-on-one for encouragement, motivation, and support to help strengthen their recovery process and keep them engaged in treatment.

Individual and Group Therapy

Our licensed therapists familiarize themselves with patients by gaining an understanding of their characteristics and their sphere of influence. Sessions can be on a one-on-one basis as well as in a group setting. During the session, patients and therapists work together towards building a strong relationship that fosters trust and understanding. Our therapists focus on achieving the following objectives with our patients: 

  • Establishing goals
  • Recognizing healthy vs unhealthy behaviors
  • Developing basic life skills
  • Developing positive social skills
  • Rebuilding family bonds
  • Learning accountability for our actions

Throughout the recovery process, we ask our patients to be completely honest with themselves and their therapist. If a patient has a relapse, or near relapse, we encourage them to notify their therapist so they can help identify triggers and social settings that may have influenced their behavior.

Our therapy sessions also include education and information about substance use disorder and mental health illness. By gaining an understanding of the root issue, our patients can learn new ways of coping with their illnesses.

Family Therapy

We understand the repercussions addiction has on our patients and how those extend to their friends and family. Loved ones often suffer through their own fear, pain, stress, and turmoul caused by the symptoms of addiction. We believe family and friends must be involved in our patients' healing process. Therefore, we offer family therapy, parenting and child therapy, children and youth therapy, and more to help heal the relationships in our patients' lives.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a new form of psychotherapy which allows the mind to fully process events and sort out negative emotions and behaviors that resulted from trauma. During an EMDR session, our therapists focus less on the traumatic event and more on the emotions and behaviors that developed as a result. In this way, negative emotions and behaviors that are no longer needed as a coping mechanism will be replaced with positive thoughts and feelings to encourage better reactions in social environments.

In the early phases of treatment, the EMDR therapist assesses any problems, symptoms, and triggers from the patient. They will then determine which feelings and thoughts are healthy and which are negative and should be replaced. This will begin a guided process of desensitization between the therapist and patient. The later phases of treatment are devoted to strengthening these new positive thoughts and emotions.

If you know someone who may be suffering from addiction or substance use disorder, symptoms to look for can include:

Behavioral Changes:
  • Unexplained changes in personality or attitude
    • Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts
    • Appearing fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason
  • Drop in attendance and performance at work or school
  • Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities)
  • Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors
Physical Changes:
  • Bloodshot eyes and abnormally sized pupils
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Deterioration of physical appearance
  • Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing
  • Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination
Social Changes:
  • Sudden changes in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies
  • Legal problems related to substance use
  • Unexplained need for money or financial problems
  • Using substances even though it causes problems in relationships
"Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances, or engage in behaviors, that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences. - American Society of Addiction Medicine
Is It Time to Make an Appointment?

To make an appointment, please contact one of our clinics:

  • Pottawatomie County Clinical Office: 405-273-1170
  • Lincoln County Clinical Office: 405-240-5333
  • Seminole County Clinical Office: 405-395-4357

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Clinic

Gateway believes each person’s life matters and with the appropriate medication, treatment, and community support, a life free from the obsession of opioids is possible.

In November 2014, we started our Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) clinic in response to the growing number of individuals who were battling opioid use disorder. Medication assistance is used to alleviate physical withdrawal symptoms and aid with the obsession to use while partially blocking the effects of other opiates like prescription medication or heroin. Studies have shown that people taking buprenorphine medication for treatment for opioid disorder tend to be more successful in comparison to other outpatient therapy programs.

Our MAT clinic is staffed twice a week with Medical Director, Dr. Paul Johnson, and Therapist, Kellie Steele. Patients in the program have the opportunity to engage in one-on-one, group, and family therapy. Our patients are strongly encouraged to participate in outside twelve-step group meetings, faith-based organizations, and community activities.

If you or someone you know could benefit from participating in our Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) clinic, please contact Mindee Todd, MAT Clinic Director at 273-1170 x151 to talk through the next steps together.


MAT has been proven to help individuals modify their behavior and encourage positive lifestyle changes for long-term success.