In 2017, nearly 2 million people over the age of 12 struggled with a painkiller addiction.

Substance addiction varies greatly from person to person. The type of substance, mental health history, and lifestyle of the individual all play roles in determining the severity of one’s addiction. Many substances, such as opioids, are difficult addictions to overcome due to the severity of their withdrawal symptoms. Luckily, Gateway Foundation Pekin offers Medication-Assisted Treatment to help clients overcome substance cravings without compromising their well-being.

Does Medication-Assisted Treatment Work?

Medication-Assisted Treatment is an evidence-based method of using controlled medications to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. In fact, MAT increases treatment retention and social functioning.


The first step of any addiction treatment journey is detoxification. During this phase, clients stop using an addictive substance in order to flush it from their bodies. However, they will often face uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and cravings that tempt them towards substance abuse. These cravings and symptoms can also persist long after the initial detox phase depending on the substance.

At Gateway Foundation Pekin, our Medication-Assisted Treatment program gives our clients a chance to wean off of the substances and keep cravings at bay. In this program, our addiction treatment specialists give clients specific substances that reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Then, they slowly wean them off these substances as cravings subside.

All of the substances we use are FDA-approved when used in a closely-monitored environment. Some of the most common substances we use include:

  • Buprenorphine
  • Naltrexone
  • Vivitrol
  • Campral
  • Librium

When clients enter our Medication-Assisted Treatment program, our addiction treatment specialists will work with them to determine which medications will work best for their circumstances.

Individuals with mental health disorders have a significantly higher risk for addiction than other populations.


While undergoing a Medication-Assisted Treatment program at our outpatient treatment facility, clients will also work through our outpatient treatment programs and addiction therapy services. These services help our clients learn healthy coping mechanisms so they don’t return to substance abuse. Additionally, it helps them understand their triggers for substance abuse so they can learn to avoid or cope with them in the future.

Some of our treatment modalities at Gateway Foundation Pekin include:

After undergoing Medication-Assisted Treatment and a range of addiction treatment services, our clients return to their daily lives with a greater understanding of how to manage stress and mental health symptoms without relying on addictive substances.

Substance Abuse Treatment Options at Gateway Foundation Pekin

1 Depression

2 Heroin

3 Opiates

4 Prescription drugs

5 Alcohol

Types of Opioids

  • Morphine
  • Heroin
  • Opium
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone


Gateway Foundation Pekin is an outpatient facility in Pekin, Illinois that offers a range of outpatient addiction treatment services. Among those, our Medication-Assisted Treatment Program can help individuals reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. However, outpatient care is still a fairly independent form of addiction treatment. For individuals who need more extensive care and supervision, a residential facility or recovery home may be the better option.

Luckily, Gateway Foundation also offers locations nearby in Springfield and Jacksonville. Both of these facilities offer residential programs, with Gateway Foundation Jacksonville offering a recovery home. Both of these locations offer more intensive options for addiction treatment and may be a more suitable place for clients to begin their recovery journeys. Once they complete a residential program, then they may feel ready to step down to an outpatient program at Gateway Foundation Pekin.


Gateway Foundation is a not-for-profit network of addiction treatment facilities that has helped over 1 million patients recover from addiction. Our Pekin location, located just outside of Peoria, Illinois, offers comprehensive outpatient treatment services for working adults.

When you’re ready to begin your journey to a happier and more fulfilling life, call us today at 309.319.6959.

Begin the journey that will change your life forever. Contact Gateway Foundation Pekin today.