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wellness service at Gateway


Gateway to Prevention and Recovery, a certified Blue Zones worksite, is passionate about creating a strong culture of health and wellness among staff, patients, and the surrounding community. Gateway’s employees practice wellness by participating in monthly wellness challenges, sharing self- care rituals, and joining together for healthy potluck lunches. One staff member states, “Gateway’s commitment to wellness has given me a network of support, which has fueled my motivation to try new things and has helped me find a way to incorporate wellness at home with my own family.”

Gateway’s patients also demonstrate a strong commitment to integrating wellness into their recovery. Through Gateway’s Wellness Program, patients can lead and serve on the Community Service Team, connect to a healthy support system through the Mentoring Program, experience healthy competition and physical activity through the Recovery Softball Teams and YMCA memberships, learn about and prepare nutritious meals through Gateway’s partnership with OSU Extension’s Fresh Start Program, and continue aftercare support through the Alumni Program. One patient describes her experience on the Community Service Team by stating, “It made me feel like I was a part of a team. It made me feel like I was needed, and acceptance is one of the things that has kept me sober.”

Finally, Gateway finds great value in connecting to the surrounding community. Alicja Carter, Gateway’s Wellness Director, offers community wellness team members a “Happy Wellness Wednesday” email each week that communicates self-care testimonies, resources, and strategies. In addition, Gateway holds a monthly Wellness in Recovery lunch at the Shawnee Senior Center for the purpose of joining together People in Recovery and supportive community members to share experiences, strength, and hope and break the stigma of addiction. Finally, community members can apply to be mentors in Gateway’s Mentoring Program to help People in Recovery build healthy relationships and foster sustainable friendships. One community mentor states, “I absolutely love my Mentee. We really enjoy our time together and try new things every week. I love getting to be her friend and help her build trust again.”

We are working together to support wellness in recovery and rebuild lives worth living. Join us!


Do it

Maya Angelou once said, “Ain’t nothin’ to it, but to do it.” This raw statement smacked me in my face three days ago. I had been pretty sluggish after getting back from Nashville and was having a hard time finding my groove. I ran through the checklist of coping skills I could use to get going (both healthy and unhealthy) and knew what I had to do…I had to MOVE MY BODY! No, I did not FEEL like it…remember, I didn’t have any energy…but experience has taught me that if I would just commit to doing SOMETHING…EACH DAY…I could gain momentum and maybe even some MOTIVATION. As you will see from the texting thread below…I always do better when I have a partner in crime. This week, take a moment to really consider what you need to stop putting off and just do already. Any other actions you take are just detours and you won’t feel satisfied. You’ve got this!

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