Caron Foundation - 243 North Galen Hall Road, Wernersville, PA
: 30 days
: Large instituion
The Caron Organization is a non-profit group of three residential treatment centers for alcoholics and drug addicts. Caron also offers counseling, outpatient services, relapse programs, and extensive opportunities for family involvement in their loved one’s care. The main campus of Caron, founded in 1958 and located in Wernersville, PA, is affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and the Drug Research Institute.
All Caron’s programs are single-sex and divided into age groups. This means there are specific residential programs for female or male adolescents ages 13-19, young adult men or women ages 20 to 25 years old, and adult men or women 26 years of age and older. Caron is known for treating people who have psychological/psychiatric problems that accompany addictions, such as anger issues, depression, attention deficit disorder, eating disorders, and anxiety.
Caron is also a leader in involving family members in treatment. In fact, when young people enroll in Caron programs, their parents or guardians must commit to taking part in a mandatory program to understand chemical dependency and its impact on family members, and to learn how to help their loved ones avoid relapses when they return home.
The main campus in Pennsylvania is one of the largest treatment centers in the United States, and offers services for 862 adults, 397 young adults, and 250 adolescents. The Caron center in Bermuda is a small program for 51 adults. There are also Caron residential centers in Boca Raton, FL, and the greater Dallas, TX, area. Non-residential centers that provide counseling, relapse training, and other services are located in New York, Philadelphia, Bermuda, Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania.
The first step in any Caron residential treatment program is an extensive five to ten day assessment at one location. The Caron medical staff carefully evaluates each individual in a neutral environment free of outside influences, such as family, peer group, and school. After assessment, Caron psychologists meet with family members and the client to make recommendations and develop an individual treatment plan.
The next step is moving into residential treatment. The Caron staff emphasizes the “whole person,” considering that person spiritually, emotionally and intellectually, as well as physically. Each client works through an individualized program staffed by a psychologist, addiction counselor, medical professional, and pastoral care counselor familiar with that client’s situation. Family members participate every step of the way.
Once the person returns home, he or she remains in counseling and participates in a 12-step program to remain free of drugs or alcohol. Caron’s philosophy is that the family can be the first line of support through all stages of recovery, so family involvement remains an important element of aftercare.
- A 110-acre campus in Wernersville, PA
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