New Directions

Our History

Tracing Our Steps

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New Directions began in 1980 as a "Demonstration Program" commissioned by the Ohio Department of Health. The Department had determined that drug and alcohol treatment for youth was Ohio’s most significant health priority. The state wanted this program to demonstrate a model for the successful treatment of chemically dependent adolescents after they returned from out-of-state hospital care.

Today, the W. Hayden Thompson Center at New Directions is located on three wooded acres on Cleveland’s east side. It provides pleasant living space, for both male and female residential, and accommodates our outpatient treatment services as well.

New Directions’ clinical staff, applies a holistic approach to recovery, addressing the emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of each person.

New Directions does not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical handicap, or national origin.