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Pain Management Treatment – Then and Now

By Robert Matylewicz, DO, ABAM, Medical Director at Clarity WayPain management treatment has come a long way over the last couple decades. When I first started practicing medicine in the late 1990s, if a patient had a back injury, you’d write them a prescription for 30-40 tabs of Vicodin or Percocet and have them...

Demystifying Hypnotherapy

By Jack Gilbert, LCSW, Certified Hypnotherapist, Director of Clinical Services at Clarity WayHypnosis is a state of human consciousness involving heightened, focused attention, reduced peripheral awareness and an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestion. (more…)...

Is Dissociation Healthy for People With Addiction?

People who experience unbearable trauma as children often dissociate from the experience―both in the moment and as they grow―because the pain of the experience runs deep. Unless they have therapeutic help or a supportive caregiver who can guide them through it, they tend to store trauma away and may even pretend it...

Why It’s Important to Have 12-Step Alternatives

By Robert Matylewicz, DO, ABAM, Medical Director at Clarity WayTwelve-step alternatives are just as effective as the 12 Steps, according to a recent study by the Alcohol Research Group. As the first of its kind, the study looked at over 600 participants’ self-reported outcomes of support group involvement and sub...

What Is Hypnoanalgesia?

The use of hypnoanalgesia (the use of hypnotic suggestion to alleviate pain) can be traced back to the 15th century, although the first clinically detailed literature on hypnosis for pain is attributed to the famous Spanish physician, Santiago Ramón y Cajal.(more…)...

Coping with Social Anxiety at Work

From all outer appearances, one would never guess one of the world’s top supermodels struggles with social anxiety. Bella Hadid, who graced five Vogue covers, two Elle covers and one Harper’s Bazaar cover in September 2017 alone, is one of an estimated 17 million adults in the U.S. affected by social anxiety disord...

Drug and Alcohol Rehab: Designing the Right Plan for You

For many people, admitting they have an addiction is a significant first step on the path to recovery. It’s important to do research, just like you would with any other major investment. But surprisingly, many people don’t. A good starting point is a treatment directory, a source of information for people seeking a...

Will My Addicted Loved One Ever Change?  

 By Jack Gilbert, LCSW, Clinical Director at Clarity WayIt’s difficult loving someone with an addiction, especially once you’ve accepted that you have no control over their behaviors. You can bargain with them to stop using drugs or alcohol, even coerce them into treatment, but until they’re intrinsi...

10 Things to Do When You Love an Addict

By Jack Gilbert, LCSW, Clinical Director at Clarity WayIt’s very common for your life and needs to be off balance when you love someone with an addiction. This can lead to high levels of emotional and physical stress and put you at risk for developing your own physical, mental, emotional and spiritual problems. N...

Pennsylvania Alcohol Statistics: DUIs and Drunk Driving

Drunk driving too often results in life-ending or life-altering tragedy. In 2016, Pennsylvania State Police arrested 19,518 drivers for DUI, a 3.8% increase from the prior year. The good news is in 2016, the number of people killed in alcohol-related crashes in the state dropped to its lowest level in 20 years.(mo...

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