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The Caron Foundation has a rich history of hope and healing since 1957. As one of the first facilities to admit female alcoholics, they pioneered using psychological treatments with the 12-step approach. Accredited by CARF means that Caron is continually improving their model for treatment and holding themselves to the highest level of standards. As Caron also consults with leaders in addiction and behavioral health treatment and has a research department, they work to continually improve and implement new evidence-based practices.

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The Good

  • Unique programs
  • Not-for-profit
  • Clear evidence
  • Professional website

Unique Programs

Caron is focused on family involvement, so they offer programs for all members of the family, including teens, young adults, adults, seniors, chronic pain sufferers, relapse individuals, healthcare professionals, the grand view program, legal professionals, residential assessment. With more unique programs like programs for executive professionals, healthcare professionals, and legal professionals, they target those who have uncommon stresses in their lives that may contribute or cause a drug or alcohol problem.

Each of these programs have specialized treatments, which makes them ideal to help any number of people. With outpatient programs, family support treatments, and student assistance programs, Caron is a good option for almost anyone with a drug or alcohol problem.

Not-for-Profit

Because Caron is a non-profit organization, they are dedicated to returning people to their lives before alcohol or drugs. By providing accessible care, delivering evidence-based treatment and emphasizing ongoing support, Caron strives to help people and leave a lasting legacy for the Caron family and for the people that are helped throughout the program.

Clear Evidence

Caron makes it easy to decide whether or not their services are worth the time and money. With a clear "Outcomes" section, they have four years of data collected from participants:

  • 81.2% of alumni were abstinent at completion of the one-year program.
  • 100% of Caron patients report that their quality of life is good to very good.
  • 81% of participants who completed the program continue to attend on-going outpatient addiction treatment.
  • 89.4% of participants attend 12-step meetings.
  • 76.6% had secured a sponsor following the completion of the program.

Professional Website

Not only is the design of the website extremely professional and easy to navigate, but more importantly, the information is designed to help those that have questions about treatment and what they can do to help themselves or their loved ones. With lots of information about addiction, about the outcomes of their program, and the different services they provide with each program, Caron makes it extremely easy to find what you need on their website.

The Bad

  • Limited Treatment Options

Though there's very little that's bad about this non-profit and the program that it offers, they do not offer anything for eating disorders, and do not say whether or not they treat for co-occuring disorders. Because of this, it limits they types of clients they accept and limits the people that they are able to help in their program.

The Bottom Line

In the end, Caron seems like one of the best options for addicts that want to solve their addiction. Because of Caron's intense outpatient program, the First Year of Recovery program, and Caron's varied in-patient programs designed for different ages and professions, it has an appropriate program for anyone needing help. Because it is a non-profit organization, Caron's is committed to helping its patients and striving to learn more about addiction and recovery. Though Caron do not have programs for eating disorders or co-occuring disorders, they are able to help addicts from all ages. And with an extremely professional and easy to use website, Caron's makes it easy to start on the road to recovery.

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