Chemical dependency is a chronic, progressive and treatable disease that often, particularly in its early stages, is not easily identifiable. Caron offers residential, age-specific assessments for:
- Adolescents and teens (13-18 years of age)
- Young adults (19-25 years of age)
- Adults (26 and older)
- Healthcare professionals
The Assessment Programs explore and assess the condition of each patient to determine whether or not a diagnosis of chemical dependency exists. Typically five days in length (however, co-occurring medical and/or psychological issues may require an increased length of stay), these residential assessment programs enable Caron professionals to work with an individual in one location on Caron’s Pennsylvania campus, free from outside influences such as peers or family conflict.
Caron experts consider an individual’s history, physical and psychological conditions, as well as address the issue of chemical dependency. A variety of assessments and tests are employed to help determine an individual’s condition, and whether any co-occurring disorders are present. At the end of the testing period, Caron’s professional staff meets with the patient and family members to review the findings and recommend an appropriate level of care. If a chemical dependency diagnosis is established, the team will assist in developing a customized treatment plan. Caron professionals will also be available to assist with referrals as appropriate, based on the level of care recommendation.
Caron recognizes that assessments can be done in an outpatient setting; however, residential assessments are more thorough and efficient – a benefit for both the prospective patient and their families.