What do you do when you’re struggling with an addiction but most high-quality, affordable treatment providers are 80 miles away?

Long distances create overwhelming barriers to recovery, making treatment all but impossible for most people. For people who live in a “treatment desert,” the lack of hope for recovery breeds more addiction and further despair.

Such has been the case in Richmond, Indiana, which offers few treatment options to residents. CleanSlate has tipped this grim equation with a new outpatient medication-assisted treatment (MAT) center in Richmond, located at 2302 Chester Blvd., Suite A.  

“Addiction doesn’t have a one-size fits all solution,” said Anthony Belott, Chief Development Officer of CleanSlate. “Patients deserve a range of affordable treatment options that are delivered with the most scrupulous quality of care. We’re anxious to bring CleanSlate’s proven model of life-saving treatment to Richmond and work closely with community partners to help patients reclaim their lives.”

“Only one week since opening our doors here, CleanSlate is already seeing 18 patients,” said Joan Erwin, Senior Vice President of Business Development at CleanSlate. “We’re grateful that CleanSlate is being well-received by Richmond, and we look forward to supporting this community’s battle against the disease of addiction.”

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Community leaders with innovative responses

Wayne County ranks 11th of the 92 Indiana counties in overdose deaths. The city of Richmond, Wayne’s county seat, continues to feel the effects of the high overdose death rate in Wayne County, currently standing at 67 deaths per 100,000 residents, which is more than three times the national average of 21.6.

While Richmond and Wayne County are somewhat rural, they are located along interstate 70 roughly halfway between Indianapolis (see Types of Addiction Treatment in Indianapolis) and Dayton, OH, two areas hard hit by the opioid epidemic.

In response to the increasing overdose rate in the county, Reid Health and other community agencies have come together and formed Drugfree Wayne County. The intention is to establish an environment which fosters a healthy, drug-free and substance-free lifestyle.

In addition, the County Prosecutor’s Office has initiated a Drug Diversion Program, which gives first-time offenders the opportunity to engage in substance use disorder treatment rather than going to prison.

Belden, a local manufacturer, designed the Belden’s Pathways Program to be primarily a second chance employer. Belden’s Pathways Program has received national accolades and attention from the Surgeon General and the White House.

“One of our core values at CleanSlate revolves around collaboration,” said Erwin. “We like to say that ‘Together, we succeed,’ and the stage is set for a lot of collaboration and success in Richmond. The local engagement here is inspiring, and will significantly help us treat patients along a path of recovery.”

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Evidence-based model of care

Over the past decade, CleanSlate has treated more than 41,000 patients, with more than 14,000 patients currently being treated in 11 states. The company continues to expand its services to increase desperately-needed access to outpatient medication treatment for addiction.

The Richmond center marks CleanSlate’s 18th center in Indiana and its 64th across the country. The company’s program of care includes appropriate medication treatment prescribed by licensed medical providers, as well as clear accountability, supportive counseling, and care coordination.

In Indiana alone, CleanSlate currently cares for more than 3,000 patients and has plans to open additional centers in the state during 2019. Aside from its center in Richmond, CleanSlate also has Indiana centers in New Albany, Alexandria, Anderson, Bloomington, Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Greencastle, Greenwood, Kokomo, E. Indianapolis, N. Indianapolis, Plainfield, Lafayette, Merrillville, Muncie, and Warsaw.

To make an appointment at CleanSlate’s Richmond addiction treatment center, please call 833-505-4673, or walk into our center at 2302 Chester Blvd., Suite A, in Richmond.

Learn more about CleanSlate at www.cleanslatecenters.com. To schedule an appointment at any CleanSlate center, please visit https://www.cleanslatecenters.com to find the center nearest you. All CleanSlate centers accept walk-ins.

For media inquiries, please contact Carol Fite-Lynn at cflynn@cleanslatecenters.com.


CleanSlate treats patients suffering from opioid or alcohol addiction with medications and a continuum of integrated care to support each individual’s journey to recovery. If you or someone you love needs help, contact us at 833-505-HOPE, or visit our website at www.cleanslatecenters.com to find the center nearest you.


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Cory McConnell

Cory McConnell is the Director of Business Development for CleanSlate, a leading national medical group that provides outpatient medication treatment for the chronic disease of addiction, primarily alcohol and opioid use disorders.