Drug Addiction: Science, Medicine, and Hope Roundtable and QA

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers - Chicago Independence

The Chicagoland area faces one of the largest drug abuse crises in the country. But like many public health issues, drug addiction puts minorities and those with fewer means at a disadvantage. Chicago’s West Side, in particular, bears the brunt of it.

Fortunately, the people of Chicago are fighting back.  The city and surrounding areas are home to several research laboratories, hospitals, and drug and alcohol treatment centers that have given individuals who struggle with substance addiction hope for a brighter future.  These intellectual centers employ an army of scientists, doctors, psychologists and social workers who have dedicated their lives to researching and treating this terrible disease.

Dr. Jonathan Adelstein, M.D. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University
Gilbert Lichstein, LCPC Clinical Director, Gateway Foundation
Dr. Celeste Napier, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction, Rush Medical College

This fall, the Illinois Science Council, in collaboration with Gateway Foundation, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, is bringing together three experts for a free roundtable discussion about the science and treatment of addiction right in the North Lawndale neighborhood. This is your chance to learn about one of the most damaging issues facing the neighborhood, straight from those who work every day to understand and treat it on Chicago’s West Side.

We at ISC believe a little scientific knowledge can go a long way in empowering the people of Chicago to solve the issues in our city. We hope you can join us!

This panel will be moderated by Teresa Garate, Ph.D., Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement, Gateway Foundation.

Do you have any questions for our panelists? Send us your suggestions here.

About Teresa:

Dr. Teresa Garate has spent the last 25 years working throughout Illinois and the U.S. as an expert in social and human services, public health and education. She has led large complex systems through innovation and change and is a respected speaker and subject matter expert in the areas of mental health, disability, public health and education. Teresa holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Disability and Human Development at University of Illinois at Chicago and serves on statewide and local boards and committees promoting access to healthcare and services for people of all backgrounds. She has been a strong advocate for community inclusion and access for all, and this passion has fueled her career. In addition to her leadership roles in public service, both at the Illinois Department of Public Health and Chicago Public Schools, she is also an experienced administrator who served as CEO to two nonprofit organizations serving people with disabilities in integrated settings.

Teresa holds two bachelor’s degrees from Loyola University Chicago, and master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

About Celeste:

T. Celeste Napier, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Director for the Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Napier’s background includes a PhD in pharmacology from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, post-doctoral fellowships in neurobiology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and research sabbaticals at Yale University School of Medicine and the University of Washington Health Sciences Center. Her scientific interests include the neuroscience of motivational behaviors, including those that are associated with drug and behavioral addiction. She has over 200 publications that span molecular biology, biochemistry, neurophysiology, behavior and medication development. Her extensive academic service includes President of the Chicago Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, membership in NIH scientific review committees, organizer of numerous international conferences, and editor or reviewer for over 30 scientific journals and books. She has provided expert testimony to the US Congress Committee on Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology, and Illinois House of Representatives Heroin and Youth Task Force Hearing.

About Gilbert:

Gilbert Lichstein, LCPC, is the Clinical Director for Gateway’s Chicago Independence and River North locations.  During his time at Gateway he has served in, developed, and managed a variety of outpatient and residential programs specializing in the treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions.  Gilbert’s clinical interests include evaluating and implementing evidence-based practices, and he is optimistic that the next 10 years will represent a significant elevation in the quality of services that are offered to those experiencing substance use disorders.  Gilbert is a MINT-trained Motivational Interviewing trainer, and has Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology and Aerospace Engineering.

About Jonathan:

Jonathan Adelstein is a consulting psychiatrist at Gateway Foundation and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Northwestern Medical Center.  He received his MD at New York University, where he also completed his general adult psychiatry residency training.  He then moved to Seattle to complete fellowship training in addiction psychiatry, and returned home to the midwest to be closer to family and suboptimal climates.  Besides substance use disorders, he is interested in psychodynamic and group psychotherapy, novel therapeutics for mood disorders, and mental healthcare for health professionals.  In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and wishes he played the guitar half as well as Gilbert.