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For CleanSlate's "Top Addiction Medicine Doc" in Philadelphia, Expertise Came from Heartbreaking Family Trauma

by Greg Marotta | Aug 9, 2018

In Pennsylvania, the opioid epidemic has killed more people than any other health crisis in the state’s modern history, with fatal overdoses ranking the fourth highest in the country. The disaster is so acute that Governor Tom Wolf last year issued the first-ever Statewide Disaster Declaration for a public health crisis in Pennsylvania. Wolf and other state leaders are working harder than ever to increase access to treatment, including outpatient medication treatment.

Dr. Julie O'Hara is one medication treatment expert who has answered the call of this battle. Recently named for the second time a "Top Doc for Addiction Medicine" in Philadelphia, O'Hara brings her own harrowing experience to her role as Center Medical Director for CleanSlate's two outpatient addiction centers in Philadelphia as well as its center in Scranton. O'Hara's journey facing addiction personally has given her a remarkable ability to connect with patients in ways that have made her popular and beloved throughout her career in addiction medicine.

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CleanSlate Opens Medication Treatment Center in Louisville to Combat "#1 Threat to Kentucky"

by Shanna Belott | Aug 1, 2018

Louisville, KY – CleanSlate Centers, a national leader in outpatient medication-assisted treatment for opioid and alcohol addiction, is now seeing patients by appointment or walk-in at its new center in Louisville, Kentucky. The office-based center, located at 210 E. Gray St, Suite 803, Louisville, began seeing patients last month. 

“We’ve been able to see most patients within 24 hours, and it’s been truly rewarding to extend hope and relief for patients and their families struggling with the diseases of opioid and alcohol addiction," said Cory McConnell, Expansion Business Partner for CleanSlate.

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CleanSlate's New Medication Treatment Center in Racine, Wisconsin Increases Much-Needed Access to Addiction Treatment

by Shanna Belott | Jul 27, 2018

Racine, WI - CleanSlate, a national leader in medication treatment for addiction, is now seeing patients by appointment or walk-in at its new center in Racine, Wisconsin. The center, located at 5439 Durand Ave., Suite 103, marks CleanSlate's third outpatient addiction medicine center in Wisconsin, along with Glendale and Waukesha, and the company's 48th across eight states and Washington, D.C. The center can be reached for appointment scheduling at 262-833-9320. 

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"I Have Stepped Out of the Darkness, Into the Joy of Living Again": One Patient's Account of CleanSlate's Alcohol Treatment

by Heidi Alvarez-Wynn | Jul 26, 2018

This note is from a patient who wishes to remain anonymous:

"I am sharing my personal testimony today with the hope that it will help others who suffer with addiction.

I have been in and out of rehabilitation for alcohol in the last 4 years. The rehabilitation process may work well for many; however, not so much for me! In my personal experience, it is easy to abstain from alcohol in a contained environment. They provide counseling, which give tools to help restructure old behaviors and mindfulness thinking. These two elements are essential for recovery; however in isolation, do they work in the “real world?” 

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Just Out of Jail and Desperate to Avoid a Relapse: Jessica's Story

by Katie Strahowski | Jul 9, 2018

An account from CleanSlate's frontlines in Hartford, Connecticut:
 
I have an inspirational story to share about a special patient, Jessica (name changed to protect privacy).
 
Jessica is in her early 20's and was in jail for five months for drug-related charges. She desperately wanted to help herself and straighten her life out, so she filled out paperwork for a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program while in jail.

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Addiction Crisis in the Workforce: How Employers are Combating the Opioid Epidemic

by Greg Marotta | Jun 11, 2018

America’s workforce is being hollowed out by the opioid epidemic. And amidst the skyrocketing rates of addiction, businesses across every industry are reckoning with the best approach to protect, retain and hire employees. 

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Co-Occurring Disorders: The Link Between Addiction and Mental Health

by Dr. Maria Russo-Appel | May 25, 2018

Those of us who work in the field of addiction, or suffer from addiction ourselves, know the stigma that surrounds this illness.

There's another disorder so laden with stigma that treatment is often roadblocked: mental illness. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in 5 Americans (43.8 million) experiences mental illness, and nearly 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in America live with a serious mental illness that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. As with addiction, the barrier of shame, fear and silence prevent far too many people from seeking help.

And often, addiction and mental illness are connected. This only compounds the stigma that makes treatment for both disorders difficult to access.

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Lilian's Story: Pregnant and Addicted to Opioids

by Katie Roberts | May 24, 2018

(As told to Katie Roberts. Names have been changed to protect patient confidentiality.)

My Journey to Recovery

I started dabbling in drugs when I was 15 or 16. I was drinking a lot and smoking marijuana.

Then I met my boyfriend when I was 18. He was taking pills and influenced me to take them, too. The pills made me sick, but because my boyfriend was taking them, I continued. Pretty soon I got dependent on them.

As the years went on, my addiction got worse and worse. From the ages of 18 through 25, I was taking pills. And then when I was 25, it became much harder to get my hands on them. The next best thing was cheaper and gave me a better high: heroin.

I started snorting heroin in July, 2012, and then injecting it in November of that same year. Things got bad really fast.

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In Fitchburg, MA, CleanSlate Opens a Medication Treatment Center Led by Compassion

by Shanna Belott | May 23, 2018

Fitchburg, MA - CleanSlate, a national leader in outpatient addiction medicine, is now seeing patients by appointment or walk-in at its new Massachusetts center in Fitchburg. The center, located at 275 Nichols Road, was opened in response to a request by UMass Memorial HealthAlliance, which sought more resources for patients needing medication treatment. Fitchburg marks CleanSlate's 15th center in Massachusetts and its 45th across eight states and Washington, D.C.

"CleanSlate operates like an extended family, and patients tell us how much they love coming to us," says Dr. Flora Sadri, Center Medical Director for Fitchburg.

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A Mother's Day Wish for Pregnant Women Suffering from Opioid Use Disorder

by Dr. Maria Russo-Appel | May 11, 2018

This Mother's Day, far too many pregnant women will be struggling, not celebrating.

That's because they're battling an addiction to opioids, which is classified as Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). At any moment, this battle could end in tragedy for mother and baby.

Stigma makes it difficult for people with substance use disorder to obtain life-saving treatment. The obstacles multiply when that person is pregnant.

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