When patients enter treatment at Caron, they are often grieving – a loss of relationships with family and/or friends, the death of someone from an addiction, or even the loss of who they truly are. In addition, patients come from diverse spiritual and religious backgrounds.
The Pastoral Services Department is a vital component of all of Caron’s treatment programs. Integrated spiritual care allows the recovering person to regain their dignity and form creative, life-giving, intimate relationships with self, others, the universe and a Higher Power.
Pastoral Services are especially significant at Caron in relation to six areas of service:
- Faith and Spirituality, including the Twelve Steps
- Grief and Loss
- Guilt and Shame
- Anxiety and Tension
- Patient Secrets
A patient’s clinical team works with the pastoral staff to customize spiritual care as an integrated aspect of a patient’s treatment plan. Patients are frequently encouraged to undertake spiritual tasks as part of treatment, including:
- Attendance at Caron’s Sunday chapel service – a non-denominational service open to patients and their families
- Sabbath services on Fridays
- Meditation and yoga
- Journal exercises
- Spiritual consultations by credentialed clergy
- Step work
- Other experiential techniques