Family Treatment & Programs

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A Glance at Our Treatment Programs for Substance Use Disorder Treatment

  • Dedicated, experienced family therapists

    educate, guide, and support family members.

  • In-depth, multi-day programming

    is tailored to meet specific needs, such as family members of older adults.

Program Highlights

Statistics show that patients whose families participate in drug and alcohol rehab have lower relapse rates. That’s why Caron is committed to multi-day programming for family members. Our in-depth programs educate, guide, and support family members, so they understand the disease of addiction and what they need to do to achieve long-term recovery as a family.

By addressing the challenges within the family system and introducing family members to a community of support, Caron gives families a foundation they can build on to create a healthy and open family system, one that works for everyone.

Families meet and are embraced by a community of other families. They build connections with other families going through the same stage of treatment and others in long-term recovery.

With the expert support of our clinical team, families restructure relationships so that they are healthy and satisfying for each family member. We invite all loved ones—including immediate and extended family, friends, and colleagues—to participate. Our masters- and doctorate-level therapists help families to:

  • Identify the relational dynamics in the family system.
  • Identify generational themes and patterns in the family system that need to be interrupted.
  • Identify shifts that need to take place to achieve healthier dynamics.
  • Create and implement healthier boundaries.

Key Components of Caron’s Family Programming in Pennsylvania

Through multi-day family programming at Caron Pennsylvania, patients and families receive a solid understanding of substance use disorder and learn skills to create healthy changes to the family system. Our case management topics include:

  • Disease of Addiction: how substance use disorder progresses, transition from treatment to early recovery, effect of substance use disorder on families, and relapse behaviors
  • Healthy Recovery: enabling addiction vs. supporting recovery, setting effective boundaries, building personal support systems, healthy coping skills and communication, recovery process, and introduction to recovery programs

Satell Family Children and Teens Program

Caron Pennsylvania also offers a unique program for children and teens. This program educates children about the disease of addiction and helps them to understand that they are not responsible for the disease or for “fixing” it. Program leaders create a safe and caring environment that gives children space to talk about how they feel and learn that it is okay to trust others. The program also helps them to:

  • Process their feelings about how substance use disorder has impacted them, their family member, and their family unit as a whole

  • Understand treatment and recovery

  • Identify a support system

  • Develop healthy coping and problem-solving skills

  • Make healthy choices

  • Communicate effectively with their family members

Program leaders incorporate activities, including crafts, team-building exercises, recreation, and educational groups. At the end of the program, each family receives a list of resources that can provide ongoing support and education about substance use disorder for their child. Visit the Satell Family Children & Teens Program page to learn more and apply.

Key Components of Caron’s Family Programming in Florida

Like patient treatment plans, family treatment plans are built from the ground up. To craft a customized treatment plan, Caron Florida family therapists:

  • Collaborate with referents, therapists, and other treating professionals to gather information
  • Use a family psychosocial history and Concerned Person Questionnaires
  • Use the patient’s psychosocial information

While family programming looks different for everyone, all plans include the following core elements:

  • The Residential Family Program: This innovative program is designed to reset relationships and in turn strengthen family bonds. A family member, identified by the patient and family therapist, lives with the patient and is fully immersed in the treatment process so that they can work together to improve their relationship. The program provides the clinical team the opportunity to better understand the relationship, highlight concerns in real time, and address the issues fueling challenges in the relationship.
  • Counseling: A dedicated family therapist with extensive experience in family systems treatment provides counseling in person, by phone, or videoconference. The therapist facilitates the patient and family in recalibrating their family system so that it is healthy and functions well for everyone.
  • Family Workshop: Tailored specifically for the participating family member(s), the workshop takes place over the course of three days. Participants are exposed to groups and also engage in family/couples/individual sessions with the family and primary therapists. Family members and patients are also able to have social interactions (as clinically indicated) during shared meals.
  • Clinical impact visits: We set up visits as clinically appropriate with family members, professional colleagues, and friends so that they can participate in groups and/or family sessions with the patient.

Additionally, different facilities at Caron Florida offer unique programs:

  • Ocean Drive Counseling: A dedicated family therapist with extensive experience in family systems treatment provides counseling in person, by phone, or videoconference. The therapist facilitates the patient and family in recalibrating their family system so that it is healthy and functions well for everyone.
  • Renaissance Buddy Program: The start of treatment can be difficult and a complex time for families. To support new families and help them acclimate, Caron Renaissance offers each family member a family buddy - an alumnus who understands what they are going through and the kind of support they need. Family buddies provide guidance during and following treatment and offer a glimpse ahead to life in recovery.

Caron's doors are always open for you.

When you leave treatment, you join Caron’s community of alumni and family members. Our active and supportive network provides something for everyone. Stay connected through Caron's:

Make Caron part of your ongoing journey and draw on the inspiration, hope, and strength that the collective power of our community offers. Visit our Recovery Community page to learn more.

Our Dedication to Family Services

At Caron, we provide treatment services the whole family can count on. When someone is struggling with addiction and drug use such as opioids, we utilize our evidence-based treatments to help your loved ones begin the road to recovery. We have a toolkit of techniques that teach effective communication techniques, problem-solving, conflict resolution, parenting skills, behavioral contracts, and more. The well-being and mental health of your child is something we value. To learn more about our programs, contact us today.


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