Clarity Way in Hanover, PA

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(3.9 of 5)
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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

Located in the scenic countryside in Hanover, Pa. 54 miles northwest of Baltimore, Clarity Way is a luxury residential treatment program designed for adults struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health difficulties, with specialized services available for professionals. If necessary, the facility provides medically monitored detoxification services on-site.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Before beginning treatment, clients participate in an initial assessment to help clinicians develop an individualized treatment plan. To treat its residents, Clarity Way combines evidence-based treatment approaches, self-help fellowships (both 12-Step and alternatives), and a range of holistic and experiential treatment approaches.

As indicated, the facility provides medication-assisted treatment (MAT), such as Vivitrol and Suboxone, to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Clarity Way offers comprehensive 30-,60-, and 90-day programs, as well as an abbreviated 14-day residential program. The length of the residential program may be determined by the unique needs of the client.

Utilizes evidence-back therapeutic modalities, such as motivational interviewing (MI) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Clarity Way facilitates regular individual counseling sessions to identify the link between irrational thinking and destructive behavior. Couples and family counseling sessions may also be encouraged, and loves ones are invited to attend educational Family Days on the third Saturday each month.

In addition to counseling, clients participate in either a 12-Step program or an alternative recovery model, such as SMART Recovery and Stages of Change model. Participation in these treatment approaches may be incorporated into core programming.

Dually diagnosed clients may meet with a consulting psychiatrist for ongoing psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Along with traditional treatment approaches, Clarity Way incorporates a range of alternative and holistic treatments, including art and music therapy, fitness classes, yoga and Pilates, mindful meditation, and animal-assisted treatment. In addition, the facility offers a number of ancillary treatments for an additional fee. These services include chiropractic and physical therapy for pain management, hypnotherapy, massage therapy, and acupuncture.

Before a client completes residential treatment, clinicians develop customized aftercare plans, which may include locating outpatient-based programs, sober living arrangements, and other community-based resources.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

Clarity Way employs a multidisciplinary staff comprised of licensed professional counselors, licensed social workers, a board-certified addiction medicine physician, and 24-hour nursing staff.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

The Clarity Way’s 15-acre campus includes two residences. The main facility features well-appointed private and semi-private bedrooms, gourmet kitchen, a fully-equipped fitness center, four lounge areas, and business center with Wi-Fi access. The second residence, known as the Cottage, can accommodate up to 11 clients. Residents enjoy private rooms with ensuite bathrooms, a fitness center, Wi-Fi access, and gourmet kitchen.

On the grounds, residents also have access to an advanced music studio, art studio, tennis and basketball courts, massage room, a recreation room with pool tables, sunroom, and outdoor heated pool. As a facility that accommodates the needs of professionals, residents are allowed to bring personal laptops and cell phones to use as clinically appropriate.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

To date, Rehabs.com has polled over well over a dozen alumni, and many praised the facility, citing the facility’s staff and accommodations as strengths. Out of five stars, the nine alumni polled on the criteria gave average ratings of 4.67 stars for the facility’s overall cleanliness and upkeep, as well as 4.56 stars for its holistic offerings. “They don't force you into the 12 steps. Music and art therapy were great,” alum A.K.L. wrote.

The nine alumni also offered an average rating of 4.33 stars for the staff’s level of training and experience and 4.11 stars for the facility’s counseling options. “The clinical team is excellent and is providing excellent services,” alum M.P. wrote. However, alumni did offer some critiques. Two reviewers noted that the pain management program was lacking, and multiple clients felt the nutrition and quality of food could improve. Some survey respondents also felt the facility was expensive.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

The eight loved ones polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing also generally approved of the facility, including the amount of family involvement in treatment. Offering perfect five-star ratings for the level of family participation and the facility’s counseling options, one anonymous loved one wrote: “They offered better counseling I think than other facilities. They included the family in some of the sessions also.”

Parent Gina felt the facility was highly effective “based not only on their compassion but their various treatment modalities.” Jay, also a parent, highlighted the rehab’s attention to aftercare. “Staff went above and beyond in their attention even after discharge.”

Similar to some criticism from alumni, an anonymous loved one indicated that the center could be prohibitively expensive. “When the money runs out - so do they. No compassion once you've spent everything you have,” they wrote.

FINANCING

According to the facility’s website, Clarity Way works with many insurance providers and provides a complimentary cost assessment and benefits evaluation. Collectively, the 12 individuals polled on the matter gave an average rating of 3.08 stars for the facility’s affordability.

Published on December 2017

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Clarity way was a disappointment to our family. From non functioning breathalyzer’s to inexperienced therapists and frankly therapists that did not strengthen the bond between addict and family.... They told our addicted family member with the info that if they did not participate in the groups and support meetings that we would take them out of the program. How is that therapy? An experienced therapist would never have used that tactic. This was no reasonable follow - up. This was a poorly run facility, with many communication issues and a lack of follow through. Our family would never recommend this facility to anyone and we are in the health care business.

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The facility is great, but not all the promises are kept and they are extremely money hungry. They seem to ridiculously inflate costs and their billing process is horrible. They charged one person there over ten grand, twice when they had previously agreed on a set amount. Be prepared to receive phone call after phone call about your bill where they continually ask for more and more.

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One of the very few rehabs that you can trust when you look at their website and talk to their staff . You actually get what you were seeing and being told . They treat you like an adult who just wants help . Of course people will always find complaints in rehab because it’s not the real world but they don’t lie or try to sell you something that isn’t true . They offer a trues True holistic program that offers many alternatives to AA. AA has its place but I question it’s success rates and this place offers alternatives . Highly recommended especially for adults who are serious about getting sober

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I won't give any opinions. The facts speak clearly. My son was discharged from Clarity Way on October 11, 2018 after 20 days of rehabilitation for alcoholism. Two days later, Friday Oct 13 he disappeared. The next day, Oct 14, I found his wrecked car in a nearby parking lot. It had been totaled. I found my son a few hours later in the county jail where he had been taken by the state police on a dui charge. I recommend that the Forbes magazine article by, "Inside The $35 Billion Addiction Treatment Industry" be read, and a related documentary film "The Business Of Recovery", be viewed by anyone considering drug or alcohol rehabilitation. These contain facts and expert opinions that I wish I had been aware of before I desperately committed to six of these rehab programs without success. My son is even more sick than he was before the first program and my retirement savings have ben devastated.

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I spent 6 weeks here in 2014 and I'm still sober. The individual and group therapies really helped me figure out why I was drinking. The music and art therapies were fun. I ate way too much comfort food and hardly ever used the gym. The staff was friendly and the rooms were very nice. The weekend outings were great - Target and the outlet mall. I do know of a couple people from my stay that have relapsed but if you're serious about getting sober this place can definitely help you get there. It was pretty expensive though.

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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.

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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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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