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About New Start Clinics

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide quality and compassionate care to people struggling with addiction. Through our research-based program, we instill hope that long-term recovery is possible. Our purpose and passion is to empower the patient, the family, and community by helping the patient achieve recovery and optimal wellness of the mind, body, and spirit.

Under the direction of Dr. Eric Haeger and Hugh Thomas, ARNP, New Start Clinics brings over 18 years of experience in treating people with substance abuse disorders. Much like a specialist, New Start Clinics manages the patients’ addiction needs, while the primary care provider continues to provide for the primary care needs.

New Start Clinics uses the Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) approach to treat patients with substance abuse disorders. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat these disorders, and for some people struggling with addiction, MAT can help sustain recovery.

MAT is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates. The prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the abused drug. MAT programs are clinically driven and tailored to meet each patient’s needs

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How We’re Different

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What you can do now to help yourself or a family member?

Treating opiate addiction requires support by a professionally trained medical provider as well as family member support.  Often, family is the key.  It’s an uncomfortable first step, but we will help you along the way.  If you or a loved one are addicted to opiates and have struggled to find a solution, the first thing to do is call (509) 316-2357 and begin a free conversation with a knowledgeable staff member.

Eric Haeger, MD, Medical Director

Dr. Eric Haeger is a physician and the Medical Director of New Start Clinics. He obtained his BS in Biology at College Place, WA. He graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine with an MD. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY. Dr. Haeger is also the Medical Director of Central Washington Sleep Diagnostic Center, where he is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Sleep Medicine.  In his spare time, Dr. Haeger enjoys water skiing, mountain biking, playing ice hockey and spending time with his family.
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