New Directions Healthcare is a fully licensed state and federal substance abuse treatment clinic in Erie, Pennsylvania. New Directions Healthcare purpose is to provide a positive difference every day in the lives of people with an opioid addiction utilizing medication, counseling, and life skills development. Our philosophy is that every substance abuse addiction patient with an opiate addiction deserves the opportunity to take their life in a NEW DIRECTION. New Directions Healthcare is Council of Accreditation Certified (COA).
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction uses drugs to stabilize the brain chemistry, reduce or block the euphoric effects of opioids, relieve physiological craving, and normalize body functions. There are three drugs approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid addiction: buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone. All three of these treatments have been demonstrated to be safe and effective in combination with counseling and psychosocial support.
New Directions Healthcare provides all three forms of MAT. Methadone, is an extremely effective form of opiate addiction treatment. In addition, New Directions Healthcare offers Suboxone, which is a medication used to treat opioid dependency containing buprenorphine and naloxone. The third type of medication is Vivitrol, a monthly injectable non-opioid medication that helps patients who are opioid dependent in remission but at risk of relapse. Also used to treat alcohol dependency in remission. NDHC also specializes in the care of pregnant opioid dependent patients. All patients of New Directions Healthcare upon admission are given a prescription for intranasal naloxone, instructions for use and what to do in the event of finding someone who has overdosed.
We work closely with other medical and psychiatric providers in the community to arrange patient referrals and coordinate care. Our facility has full time Medical Providers on site daily. New Directions Healthcare offers methadone maintenance treatment to individuals 18 years of age or older, who are addicted to opiate drugs or synthetic narcotics for over one year or more. New Directions Healthcare strives to provide an individual-centered environment during treatment that is focused on delivering exceptional quality care and treating individuals with integrity and respect as they work toward their recovery from opiate addiction.
We have credentialing with most major insurance companies which may help cover all or most of addiction treatment costs. NDHC accepts PA Medical Assistance and Medicare.
Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the 2020 New Directions Healthcare Annual Report may send a written request to: New Directions Healthcare, 306 W. 11th Street, 2nd Floor, Erie, PA 16501.
We have a dedicated treatment staff including:
Dr. Mark Vandyke, Medical Director and Board Certified in Addiction Medication
Kara Bennett, CRNP, Project Director
Wendy McCullough, Counselor Supervisor
Carol Szczesny, Outpatient Counselor Supervisor
DeAnne Kaczmarek, Billing Supervisor
Kellie, Office Manager
Alex, Outpatient Coordinator