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544 Iron Ridge Road
Hanover PA 17331

Clarity Way Philosophy

Clarity Way takes a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to addiction treatment. The residential drug and alcohol rehab center, which is located in Hanover, Pennsylvania, uses a variety of treatment modalities to heal the mind, body, and spirit. With a small number of clients admitted at a time, Clarity Way creates a personal, comfortable environment for people to address the issues that contribute to their substance abuse. Luxury accommodations allow each individual to recover in comfort as they build a foundation for a life of sobriety.

Areas of Specialization

  • Expert Medical Care
    Clarity Way’s treatment team is able to handle complex medical cases. The onsite physician and medical team are specially trained to detox and treat people with a variety of issues such as methadone addiction, painkiller addiction, diabetes, PICC lines, infections, disabilities, polypharmacy addictions, and co-occurring mental health disorders.

  • Individualized Treatment
    With a small client population, a wide variety of traditional and alternative therapies, and regular individual therapy, clients receive highly personalized treatment. Clarity Way’s clinicians work with each client to tailor treatment to their particular needs.

Facility Highlights

Psychodrama

Trauma-Focused

Fitness

Meet the Staff

Robert Matylewicz, DO, ABAM

Medical Director

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Dr. Matylewicz is a board-certified addiction medicine physician, Diplomate to the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) and Diplomate of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOSP). He is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Society (POMA) and American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Certified in healthcare management, Dr. Matylewicz is also an Associate Professor at two medical colleges in the United States. He received his Doctor in Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1996. After serving in the U.S. Army, Dr. Matylewicz opened a medical practice in southern Pennsylvania. He treats all aspects of addiction medicine with an interest in prescription opiate dependence. His past roles have also including national speaking tours providing education about pharmaceuticals and serving on several medical advisory boards. Dr. Matylewicz has a tremendous passion for helping those struggling with addiction and he is exceptional in his caring and compassionate interactions with Clarity Way clients.

David Poleno, MSW, TEP

Therapist

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David has over 35 years of hands-on experience as a Psychotherapist, providing both individual and group therapy sessions. His field of expertise lies in Psychodrama, which he utilizes in both individual and group settings. Through Psychodrama, David is able to expose clients to a new way of viewing themselves and their decisions through a very specialized medium. Psychodrama assists in effectively addressing the underlying issues of those clients struggling with dual diagnosis and process addictions, as well as clients who have experienced trauma. David has his Masters of Social Work (MSW) and is also a Certified Trainer, Educator, and Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy (TEP).

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ABOUT CLARITY WAY

Clarity Way is a residential treatment center located on 15 acres of scenic countryside in Hanover, Pa. The facility offers luxury treatment for adult men and women struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. On-site, medically monitored detox services are available for clients who need medical care before starting treatment.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Clarity Way uses an individualized approach to treatment, offering both 12-step and non-12-step treatment options, such as the BRENDA Model, SMART Recovery, and Stages of Change. Most clients opt for 30-, 60-, or 90-day programs, though Clarity Way also offers an abbreviated 14-day option.

Residents engage in individual therapy sessions each week. Modalities vary and include motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Holistic practices include yoga, Pilates, massage therapy, fitness, and hypnotherapy. Offerings like acupuncture, are offered for an additional fee, and Clarity Way offers an interdiscipinary pain management program.

Those who complete treatment develop an individualized aftercare plan and are allowed to participate in alumni groups and online forums provided by the facility. Additionally, there is a family program for those who are interested in learning more about the disease of addiction and working with their loved one to improve communication.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

Clarity Way employs a large staff that includes therapists, fied addiction physician, psychiatrists, and a 24-hour nursing staff.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Residents live in a small, community-oriented environment that fosters close relationships. Private rooms are available, and there is a gourmet kitchen that can be accessed for personal use in the evenings. Other amenities include a heated pool, a music studio, a fitness center, a business center, and full-size tennis and basketball courts.

A separate facility referred to as “The Cottage” houses up to six “high-profile” clients. The Cottage offers large rooms with en suite bathrooms and provides additional privacy and amenities.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com to date provided high ratings for Clarity Way’s offerings. Treatment effectiveness received an average rating of 3.9 out of five stars from 14 alumni polled, and accommodations received an average rating of 4.1 out of five from 13 survey respondents.

Out of five stars, the nine alumni polled on the following criteria gave average ratings of 4.7 for cleanliness, 4.6 for opportunities for exercise and leisure and holistic offerings, 4.3 for the staff’s level of training and experience, 4.1 for counseling options, four for family participation, 3.4 for connectivity/visitor policy, and just 2.9 for the affordability of treatment. When asked, on a scale from one to five, whether they would recommend treatment at Clarity Way, the nine respondents gave an average 4.6-star rating.

Multiple respondents appreciated the “upscale,” “luxury” treatment, while opinions of the staff varied. One anonymous alum described the staff as “wonderful,” while another anonymous reviewer wrote: “…but when the money runs out so do you. They for me need to be more understanding.”

Alum A.K.L. appreciated the facility’s emphasis on holistic therapies, writing: “Music and art therapy were great,” but two reviewers noted that the pain management program was lacking. Others noted discrepancies between what was advertised online and how they were actually treated and felt the focus on 12-Steps and AA were too much.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

Loved ones polled by Rehabs.com were mostly impressed with the care provided by Clarity Way. Eight friends and family members gave treatment effectiveness an average rating of 3.38 out of five stars. Gina told Rehabs.com that Clarity Way was the best of the 10 facilities her son had attended, “based not only on their compassion but their various treatment modalities.” And Jay, also a parent, highlighted the rehab’s attention to aftercare. “I credit them with turning my child's life around and putting him on the road to recovery… Staff went above and beyond in their attention even after discharge.”

Similar to feedback from alumni, an anonymous loved one indicated that the center was expensive and offered no financial support. They wrote: “When the money runs out - so do they. No compassion once you've spent everything you have.”

FINANCING

Clarity Way does not publish its fees, though multiple alumni and loved ones noted the high cost of treatment in their reviews. According to the facility’s website, it works with many insurance providers and provides a complimentary cost assessment and benefits check.

Updated March 2017

Published on April 2017

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My husband spent 30 days there and emerged a new man with many of his issues under control. As much as it was hard work and difficult to be away from family, he almost enjoyed it due to the luxurious campus and great food (we've heard it has gone downhill since). The various counseling methods and overall approach they take works well. This allowed him to make great strides in his recovery and mental state. He did have a bit too much down time and could have used more one on one counseling sessions and did not get the advertised 4 per week. I'd give them more than a 4 if they hadn't totally dropped the ball when it came to aftercare. The discharge plan and coordination with other providers was almost non-existent. For the extraordinary cost it would have been nice to get the year of follow up and we were promised.

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The center was looks and seems great. However they leave the patients with no real after care plan. My wife suffers from extreme anxiety. They stripped her of all her meds and when she left the center she went to her psych and was told that she didn't deal with addiction. The waiting list to find an addiction psych is a long wait. My wife fought it for a few weeks before she started self meditcating again. come the find out everyone she stayed in contact with from clarity way has relapsed (5 people in total) this place is not effective and a total waste of 35K lucky for me my insurance covered all but 5k.

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The clinical team is excellent and is providing excellent services. BUT, the meals and nutrition at the facility misses every mark. Nutrition is the foundation for a sound recovery and it is overlooked at Clarity Way. I was served greasy, carb loaded food along with prepared frozen foods that were just heated up. Rarely were we served vegetables at lunch or dinner and the salad bar was hit or miss, they no longer serve breakfast as advertised and the kitchen staff had no oversight or direction. This made my stay tough to endure. Several complaints were filed by me and others, and no response was acknowledged and no changes were made.If you are looking for great clinicians, this is the place, but if food and nutrition are important factors, go elsewhere!!

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Great Doctor

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This facility to the naked eye seems like it would change someone's life around for the good. This is not the case. My fiancé of 11 years went to change his life around for our children. That did not happen. He meant another woman there... The high class atmosphere is very misleading.

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CW literally saved my life. I had "tried" LVGRN, a 12-Step "factory rehab" several years ago. 12 steps down your throat…."you are powerless, powerless, powerless". Not for me. And with 3 guys snoring in your "barracks", well, try getting better when you have no sleep!! So I spent the money for CW. Thank God! With good sleep, great nutrition & exercise, you build the strength you need to fix your brain. Excellent talk, music, exercise therapy from 7am - 9pm for 28 days was perfect for me. I still work with an excellent therapist since my program and avoid 12 step meetings like the plague. I realize that 12 stepping works for some but CW gives you many tools and 12 steps are only an option there. This week I celebrate one year sobriety and wanted to say "Thank You" to CW by writing this review.

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I stayed at Clarity Way for 17 days. It was a total waste of $30,000. It was understaffed, the lone doctor was not on site. I developed the worst insomnia of my life. They keep telling you that it's going to get better. For me, it kept getting worse, much worse. I recommend using a doctor that is licensed to deal with detox issues and medications rather than waste your time and money at Clarity Way. I was told by other patients that after 30 days, the staff votes that you should stay longer. Stay away from Clarity Way!

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Great support for clients, one on one sessions were very good, but the food wasn't the best. They offered better counseling I think than other facilities. They included the family in some of the sessions also. They limited the contact via cell phones.

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that it was close to home but when the money runs out so do you. They for me need to be more understanding.

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Caring. It has helped us a lot.

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Very high quality, luxury treatment.

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Strengths: Holistic. Weaknesses: Not much to do on down time. I can be slightly boring at times. Should do some team building excersizes. I felt the detox portion was done very well. I also felt the counseling sessions were very helpful in my recovery. All in all I felt I got a lot from clarity way.

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We have an amazing Utilization Review team for those clients utilizing their out-of-network benefits for substance abuse treatment.

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Strengths: upscale, safe Weaknesses: offerings promised verbally and listed on the website are not the case. once you are there you are stuck and have to deal with the discrepancies. chronic pain treatment/counseling/meds were promoted/promised but nothing was available when I was there. I was asked to go to AA meetings. NO, I wasn't an alcoholic. I became dependent on my prescription meds for chronic pain. i don't regret going. my focus was being free from narcotic dependency. the other issues were disappointing but my goal was achieved.

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Great place. I credit them with turning my child's life around and putting him on the road to recovery. Really like their approach of getting the individual healthy through good nutrition and the occassional massage. Liked the group family session. Learned a lot. Liked the abilty to have a life coach after leaving. Staff went above and beyond in their attention even after discharge. I would highly recommend Clarity Way to anyone that needs services like theirs.

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Very bad experience

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Treatment was very effective; it was a good facility.

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The staff was wonderful. It is very relaxed but a little pricey. I was displeased with the aftercare in my area.

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I WENT 3 YEARS AGO FOR PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION ADDICTION DUE TO CHRONIC PAIN. I RECOVERED FROM SURGERY THERE. THERE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE CHRONIC PAIN TREATMENT. THERE WAS NOT AT THE TIME. THEY WERE AWARE AND WORKING TO DO BETTER. ... CLARITY WAY WAS THE ONLY REHAB I'VE GONE TO. OTHERS AT THE FACILITY SAID IT WAS THE BEST REHAB THEY'VE EVER BEEN TO AND THEY'VE BEEN TO A LOT. THERE WERE DISCREPANCIES BUT. ... THE CLARITY WAY REP WORKED ON MY BEHALF W/MY INSURANCE CO. FOR MONTHS AND THEN TOLD ME THEY DO NOT PARTICIPATE ... WHICH WAS VERY ODD. I HAD TO PAY 40K THAT I DIDN'T HAVE.

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The facility was nice and provided many therapy options. However, I disliked a lot of the nursing staff.

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This place is a joke.

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A loved one of mine was sent to Clarity Way about eight months ago and I have to say how a hard experience and a dreaded trip became so pleasant by visiting Clarity Way. It's such a great facility and when I would visit I almost didn't want to go home. It's a beautiful place, pool, tennis courts, beautiful view where you can watch the sun go down. My loved one has been clean for eight months thanks to Clarity Way. I usually wouldn't bother to write reviews, but this place has saved my loved one's life and I couldn't thank Clarity Way enough for all their hard wok and dedication.

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They don't force you into the 12 steps. Music and art therapy were great. There's a swimming pool. It's been almost a year since I spent 6 weeks there. I haven't had a drink and I don't even feel the desire anymore. Strengths include: comfortable atmosphere, engaging therapists, friendly support staff, 24 hour nursing staff and off campus trips. Weaknesses are that they are becoming more corporate and their fattening dining options

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Of the more than 10 rehabs that my son went to, this was by far the best, based not only on their compassion but their various treatment modalities.

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When the money runs out - so do they. No compassion once you've spent everything you have. They had a great level of care but were very expensive. They could provide no assistance. So we drained my 401k which they were all too happy to take. $30000 for 20 days of treatment.

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