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The History of Caron

A rich history of hope and healing since 1957.

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Our early history.

In 1957, Richard J. Caron, a recovering alcoholic, and his wife, Catherine, opened their home to people who needed guidance and support in recovery. Richard and his wife spent hours chit chatting with anyone who came to them for help.

Setting the standard for early addiction treatment.

Two years later, the Carons purchased a historic resort on South Mountain in Wernersville, Pennsylvania. There, they opened Chit Chat Farms, a facility that quickly became one of the first internationally recognized chemical dependency treatment centers in the United States. 

Chit Chat Farms, lovingly called Magic Mountain by the thousands of patients and families who experienced healing there, pioneered the addiction treatment industry in many ways. It was one of the first facilities to admit and treat female alcoholics and one of the first to incorporate psychological treatment components with the traditional 12-Step approach. After helping thousands of patients, Chit Chat was renamed Caron to honor its late founders in 1983.

Making history to this day.

Through industry highs and lows, Caron has stood fast in its mission to transform lives impacted by addiction and substance use through comprehensive, personalized, proven treatment. With Dick and Catherine’s vision constantly in our sites, we have brought lasting hope, healing and recovery to all who need it for nearly 60 years and counting.