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What is ClearPath Clinic?
This medically assisted treatment and recovery program is another tool in the toolbox of CADT, a highly respected nonprofit community organization. Our Mission Statement is to improve personal, family and community health through addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services. Our vision is a community in which people’s potential and quality of life are not limited by addiction and its consequences.
Who do we serve?
ClearPath Clinic is for anyone using heroin and opiates like prescription pain pills who seeks help or is mandated to receive it. In addition to serving individuals dealing with addiction, we provide support for loved ones of people abusing substances, as well as resources for healthcare providers and others in the community.
Why get help now?
Getting help right away is crucial for anyone dealing with drug addiction. That’s especially true of heroin and opiate pill addiction, which too commonly cause tragic problems, including death from overdose. It harms the person using and the people around them and in the community. The good news: there’s help.
What is medication-assisted treatment (MAT)?

It’s the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Research shows that when treating such disorders, or disease, the most successful approach for many people includes both medication and behavioral therapies.

It’s a clinically driven approach with a focus on individualized patient care.

--Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (SAMHSA CSAT) Division of Pharmacologic Therapies

What is an opioid treatment program?
ClearPath is licensed and staffed as an opioid treatment program (OTP), or medication assisted treatment, but our vision is to also provide access to other medications through the clinic that are efficacious in the treatment of substance use disorders, medication management and care coordination with the broader healthcare system. If you are a physician or waivered healthcare provider, please contact us to learn more.
How do I get help for my loved one?
How do I refer a client for treatment?
What is harm reduction?

Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs.

Harm reduction incorporates a spectrum of strategies—from safer use to managed use to abstinence—to meet drug users “where they’re at” and address conditions of use, along with the use itself. Because harm reduction demands that interventions and policies designed to serve drug users reflect specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of or formula for implementing harm reduction.

What are opioids?

Opioid drugs include heroin, opium, morphine, codeine, oxycodone, Lortab, Vicodin, Percocet, methadone and buprenorphine and similar drugs. Opium is produced from the resin in poppy flower seed pods. Opiates are drugs manufactured from opium. “Opioids” includes opiates as well as synthetic painkilling drugs like Vicodin, Lortab and others. All opioid drugs are classed as depressants. They slow down activity in the brain and central nervous system. Alone, or combined with other depressants like alcohol or benzodiazapines (Valium, Librium, Xanax etc.) they can stop breathing and cause overdose death.

As with all illegal drugs, the purity and potency can be unpredictable, depending on the manufacturing process, ingredients and what additives the final product has been cut with. Opiates are usually used intravenously, though some forms of opiate drugs can be smoked (opium) or snorted (white heroin). Heroin is a highly addictive drug and there is significant risk of overdose. However, synthetic opioids are just as addictive and just as deadly when misused or combined with other depressants.

What is withdrawal?

When a person with an addiction stops using opioids (such as heroin or pain killers) on their own, they will most likely develop a range of serious physical symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, headaches, anxiety and sleeplessness.

What is methadone?
Methadone, a synthetic narcotic, is used to eliminate withdrawal symptoms when opioid use is discontinued. It also "blocks" the effects of heroin and other drugs containing opioids. Methadone has been used successfully for more than 40 years in the treatment of opioid dependence. Methadone treatment is only available at outpatient opioid treatment programs (OTP), which must meet rigorous federal and state standards and offer a full array of comprehensive services.

What is Suboxone?

Subutex and Suboxone® are medications approved for the treatment of opiate (including heroin and pain killers) dependence. Both medicines contain the active ingredient, buprenorphine hydrochloride, which works to reduce the symptoms of opiate dependence.

Suboxone acts as a medical intervention to alleviate the painful symptoms of prescription medication withdrawal, in order to allow successful recovery and encourage a smooth continuance of day-to-day life for the patient. Once Suboxone treatment begins, a patient will experience a dramatic reduction in withdrawal symptoms and also a suppression of harmful drug cravings.

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What is buprenorphine?

Buprenorphine is available in different generic and trade formulations from different manufacturers. Like methadone, it is used both to treat withdrawal symptoms and to block the cravings associated with opioid dependence. The blocking effect of these medications, when taken as prescribed, can help reduce the risk of relapse and therefore, overdose.

In order to prescribe this medication, physicians must be specially credentialed and receive a waiver granted by the DEA. Buprenorphine can be dispensed at an outpatient opioid treatment program, prescribed by physicians in OASAS licensed treatment programs or in properly credentialed physicians’ office settings.

What is naloxone?

Naltrexone (or naloxone) is a non-narcotic medication used to block opioid receptors so they cannot be activated. If a patient who has been administered naltrexone attempts to continue taking opioids, he or she is unable to feel any of the opioid’s effects due to naltrexone’s blocking action. Some research shows, and some patients report, that naltrexone can also relieve cravings.

Naltrexone is administered in an orally prescribed pill or in an injectable long-acting formulation (marketed under the brand name Vivitrol®), which is designed for once-monthly dosing. The FDA approved this medication for use in people with opioid use disorders to prevent relapse. Naltrexone should be used only in patients who have been detoxified from opioids and have been opioid free for 7-10 days. Naltrexone is available in outpatient opioid treatment programs, OASAS licensed treatment programs, and in many physicians’ offices.

What is recovery?
The health community defines recovery as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. Recovery is built on access to evidence-based clinical treatment and recovery support services for all populations. Learn more