Caron Treatment Centers History

Caron is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide an enlightened and caring treatment community in which all those affected by alcoholism or other drug addiction may begin a new life.

Now in its sixth decade of providing quality services, Caron offers a full spectrum of gender-specific chemical dependency treatment programs to meet the needs of everyone from adolescents to seniors. Caron's proven expertise includes early intervention, medical evaluation and detoxification, residential primary, relapse and extended care, outpatient treatment for adults and adolescents, continuing care, family counseling and codependency treatment - and it all began with Chit Chat Farms.

Richard J. Caron, a Reading, Pennsylvania industrialist and recovering alcoholic, and his wife Catherine, spent hours in their home chit chatting with people who came to them for help. Dick published a newsletter, which he called "Chit Chat", to reach out to others who needed support and an encouraging word. In 1957, after years of opening their home to those needing a guiding hand in recovery, they established a halfway house. Before long, this too proved to be inadequate to accommodate the many individuals who sought their counsel.

In 1959, the Carons purchased a historic resort hotel on South Mountain in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, and opened Chit Chat Farms - a facility that has gained an international reputation for excellence as one of the first and foremost chemical dependency treatment centers in the United States.

Today Caron, rooted in the "Chit Chat" tradition, stands as a beacon of hope to individuals and families whose lives have become unmanageable because of chemical dependency.

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