NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence counselor, Thomas Dwyer, founder of the Gateway Center for Counseling and Recovery was honored with the Spotlight of Service Excellence Award, by the Mental Health Association of New Jersey (MHANJ) at their annual Evening of Excellence gala, on June 21, 2016, at the Galloping Hill Caterers. The award is given to those service addiction providers who have demonstrated outstanding treatment to those affected by opiate addiction.

When asked to describe his response to the award and Gateway's treatment approach, Dwyer said, "As the only private practitioner among the recipients, it is truly an honor to be recognized for work that is done here," said Dwyer. "Gateway's treatment model not only incorporates the substance abuser but also looks at the social determinants, which includes family, career, and home life."

"Sadly, in the United States, approximately one hundred substance abusers lose the battle with opiate addiction every day, leaving the loved-ones behind to learn to cope with their loss," Dwyer added. "To serve this community's need, Gateway offers the Gateway Addiction Bereavement Group, which is specifically focused on members who lost a loved-one from substance abuse, regardless if it is drug or alcohol related."

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Dwyer explained that one of the unique treatment techniques he uses is one which he coined the term, Joy Stone Therapy. --- When possible, they keep the stone with them at all times, and hold onto it when negative thoughts begin to heighten. Dwyer further stated that Joy Stone Therapy, combined with Cognitive Behavior Therapy, appropriate medications, mindfulness and meditation have proven very effective.

Dwyer is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Clinical and Alcohol Counselor, as well as a certified Thanatologist (grief and bereavement counselor). The Gateway Center for Counseling and Recovery provides counseling for substance abuse, mental health, family conflicts, couples and grief.

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