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"I Was Shocked When My Husband Told Me He Had an Addiction:" Coping With a Loved One's Substance Use Disorder

by Amy Brunson | Oct 8, 2018

The effects of addiction ripple out widely, to parents, children, spouses, other relatives, friends and colleagues. Facing the addiction of someone you care about can be terrifying, confusing, and fraught with emotion, making it tough to figure out  the best steps to help your loved one. 

At CleanSlate, some of our staff came to work in the field of addiction medicine because of their personal experience with addiction, whether through their own substance use disorder or that of a loved one. We asked several of these employees to share their journeys of coping and recovery for a Pocket Guide directed towards families and friends of people suffering from addiction. 

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Can I Afford Addiction Treatment?

by Anthony Belott | Sep 27, 2018

Opioid addiction currently affects 6 million people in the U.S., according to a recent report, far more than previously estimated. Last year, more than 72,000 people died from drug overdoses, a great many of these from opioids. Alcohol addiction affects and kills even more people every year than drugs.

But even when people want help for their addiction to opioids or alcohol, many wonder if they can afford treatment. Sometimes, the belief that treatment is beyond their financial means stops people from seeking any help at all.

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Recognizing the Signs of Opioid and Alcohol Addictions

by Nasser Hajaig, M.D. | Sep 26, 2018

The disease of addiction does not discriminate. Drug and alcohol addiction crosses every boundary of gender, age, race, geography and socio-economic status. People suffering from addiction can appear perfectly normal, with jobs, families and other responsibilities that convey a life which is humming along smoothly.

Facing the truth can be painful when you or someone you care about show signs of addiction. It’s natural to cling to denial, especially since most people who suffer from addiction are skillful at masking their reality.

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A Focus on Hope for National Recovery Month

by Amy Brunson | Sep 4, 2018

The daily headlines about the opioid epidemic are tragic and overwhelming. And the numbing news onslaught rarely even includes the other epidemic, alcoholism, which accounts for more than double the deaths each year than those from opioids. 

But the disease of addiction doesn't claim everyone it touches. Millions of Americans who once suffered from substance use disorder (SUD) have achieved recovery and gone on to completely transform their lives. These inspiring stories are common, and they don't get nearly the attention they deserve.

National Recovery Month aims to change that balance. Every September, Recovery Month provides a platform to celebrate those who have achieved recovery and to offer awareness and hope around SUD and mental health.  

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In Alexandria, Indiana, CleanSlate's New Medication Treatment Center Creates One-Stop Location for Health Care Beyond Addiction

by Amy Brunson | Sep 3, 2018

Alexandria, IN  - CleanSlate Centers, a national leader in outpatient medication treatment for opioid and alcohol addiction, is now seeing patients by appointment or walk-in at its new center in Alexandria, Indiana. The office-based center, located at 101 Harrison St., Alexandria, serves as an extension of CleanSlate's busy center in nearby Anderson, and is the company's ninth center across the state. Less than a month after opening its doors, CleanSlate's Alexandria center is already seeing 50 patients.

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Looking Beyond Overdose on International Overdose Awareness Day

by Amy Brunson | Aug 31, 2018

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event to commemorate the thousands of lives lost every year to overdose.

The annual observation is also designed to reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths and raise support for effective, evidence-based drug policies that save lives.

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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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