About Caron

Richard and Catherine Caron’s legacy launched the passionate dedication and spirit of innovation that continues to permeate our work today.

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Why Caron?

For nearly 70 years, Caron has helped thousands of individuals struggling with substance use disorder and their families begin to manage this chronic, treatable disease.

  • Caron provides a continuum of care for young adults, women, men, and older adults. Caron’s signature programming provides concierge treatment for executives and older adults.
  • Our approach works. Results from independent insurance data shows Caron's rate of recovery is higher than all providers in the studies and its rate of readmission is lower.
  • Our treatment is accessible. Through relationships with health insurance providers and financial assistance, Caron makes its evidence-based quality treatment available to individuals and families.
  • Caron provides services in Wernersville, Pennsylvania; Palm Beach County, Florida; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C. metro; Atlanta; and New York City.

Our Mission: Recovery For Life

Caron transforms lives impacted by addiction and substance use through proven, comprehensive, and patient-centric treatment plans. We are dedicated to delivering evidence-based, gender-specific behavioral health and addiction programming, all while treating patients and families with the respect they deserve. United by compassion for every person who comes to us for help, we advocate for patients and families through personalized treatment and financial accessibility. Above all, we strive to ease the pain of addiction by restoring health, hope, spirituality, and relationships, ultimately preparing individuals and families for lifelong recovery.

Our Vision

Recovery is not only possible, it's probable.

Leading the Way

  • 1950 Richard J. (Dick) Caron takes his last drink.
  • 1952 Dick Caron begins his Chit Chat weekly newsletter, work he will carry on for 23 years.
  • 1953 Dick and his wife, Catherine, and their family move to Wyomissing Hills, Pennsylvania, and open their home to men and women addicted to alcohol.
  • 1957 Chit Chat Foundation is incorporated as a nonprofit treatment facility for alcoholics.
  • 1959 Chit Chat Farms opens for treatment.
  • 1969 Chit Chat Farms expands to treat drug addiction.
  • 1981 Chit Chat Farms opens its Residential Family Program, one of the first in the United States. That commitment to "the patient is the family and the family is the patient" remains steadfast today.
  • 1982 Chit Chat Farms becomes the Richard J. Caron Foundation.
  • 1988 Caron establishes a stand-alone Relapse Program, the first in the country to treat relapse on its own.
  • 1990 Caron opens a 36-bed center to treat adolescents.
  • 1991 Caron introduces its Student Assistance Program, which provides prevention education and services to students, educators, professionals, and parents.
  • 1996 Caron institutes a physician’s training program to further educate medical professionals about the disease.
  • 2003 Caron expands to Florida with the addition of Caron Renaissance.
  • 2006 The Caron Foundation becomes Caron Treatment Centers, a name change that reflects the organization's tremendous expansion of services to ensure that those who need treatment can find evidence-based, innovative programs that meet their specific needs.
  • 2008 Caron opens regional recovery centers in Atlanta, New England, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. Today, both Atlanta and Philadelphia are licensed outpatient treatment centers and Caron also has a licensed outpatient treatment center in Wyomissing, Pa.
  • 2011 Caron Florida opens, expanding treatment in Florida to affluent adults and their families.
  • 2013 Caron Pennsylvania introduces specialized programs for legal professionals, older adults, chronic pain and substance use disorder, and integrative neurofeedback therapy.
  • 2015 Caron becomes the first stand-alone treatment provider to host a fellowship certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
  • 2017 Caron Pennsylvania opens the state-of-the-art Carole and Ray Neag Medical Center, an onsite medical center with a detox unit, medical stabilization unit, Caron’s Chronic Pain and Addiction Program, and a neurofeedback treatment suite.
  • 2021 The Fran and Doug Tieman Research Center opens, to conduct cutting-edge research related to the understanding, prevention, and treatment of addiction.
  • 2022 Caron Pennsylvania launches its LGBTQIA+ track and becomes the first treatment center in the nation to have clinicians certified as LGBTQIA+ affirmative and informed Rainbow Advocate & Educators by the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP).
  • 2022 Caron Florida opens a stand-alone Mental Health Program that doesn't require a patient to have a substance use disorder.
  • 2023 Caron Florida expanded with the opening of The Keele Center, a new 40-bed, 100,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art medical facility in Delray Beach, Florida, encompassing a medical detox unit; elevated level of care for new Older Adult and Ocean Drive residential programs; neurocognitive services; research, and medical education.
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