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Caron Treatment Centers Announces New Leadership and Innovative Enhancements at its Florida-Based Signature Program, Caron Renaissance

Initiative Supports Caron’s mission of Recovery for Life

Palm Beach County, Fl. (October 10, 2019) - Caron Treatment Centers, an internationally recognized not-for-profit dedicated to addiction and behavioral healthcare treatment, research, prevention and addiction medicine education, is excited to announce new leadership and enhanced services at its South Florida facilities, including its signature program, Caron Renaissance.

“We’ve always prided ourselves on our cutting-edge, quality and ethical treatment for individuals and families,” said Ariella Jonas, Vice President of the Florida Continuum, who now oversees clinical and medical services for Caron Renaissance and Caron Ocean Drive. “This is reflected in the evolution of our world-class programming.”

Caron Florida is launching a new treatment program for internet and video game disorder. The clinical team decided to develop the program after observing an increasing need to address it therapeutically.

“In this age of 24-7 connectivity, we realized there is an urgency for a program specific to treating digital addiction,” continues Jonas. “Our experts are specially trained to identify if an individual has an internet and video game disorder as well as any other co-occurring disorders.”

The program was spearheaded by Caron Renaissance Executive Director Ryan Hanson, and developed in collaboration with technology use disorders expert, Dr. Clifford Sussman. It offers specialized housing to facilitate digital detox, core counseling that employs therapeutic modalities to address the disorder’s key features and specialty group therapy with an emphasis on patients working together to develop safe strategies for living in the real vs. online world. It also emphasizes family therapy and education to support emotional intimacy. As needed, the program also provides for an extended length of stay to support patients phasing-in the use of technology with the support and guidance of clinical staff.

Leadership updates include:

Ariella Jonas, LCSW, Vice President of the Florida Continuum
Ariella Jonas is vice president of the Florida continuum. In this role, she oversees quality, compliance, risk, human resources, finance, facilities, and billing, collaborating with clinical and medical staff to ensure that operations run smoothly. She has worked in administration at Caron since 2015. Her personal background and work experience as a therapist and in an acute psychiatric environment contribute to the store of knowledge, she puts to use every day in her goal to ensure a safe and productive treatment environment.

Dr. Anthony Campo, M.D., Medical Director at Caron Renaissance and Ocean Drive
Dr. Campo is the Medical Director at Caron Renaissance and Ocean Drive. In this position, he is responsible for oversight of the medical department which consists of psychiatrists, an addiction medicine physician, nurse practitioner, neuropsychologist and the Florida Neurofeedback Therapy team. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is board certified by both the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is a member of the Florida Psychiatric Society, Palm Beach Psychiatric Society, and American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.

Ryan Hanson, MA, CAP, Executive Director of Caron Renaissance
Ryan supervises staff, oversees daily operations, and provides clinical oversight. He also talks with patients and family members about their treatment and speaks to referents about Caron Renaissance’s approach. Prior to this role, Ryan was the director of family services, overseeing programming for the family department and providing clinical care for patients and their families.

Dawn DiCicco, LCSW, BCD, Caron Renaissance Senior Clinical Director
Dawn DiCicco is the Senior Clinical Director at Caron Renaissance, a role in which she gets to marry her experience as a clinician with her administrative experience. She enjoys being able to support the work her staff does while also ensuring ethical, quality care in her department.

Lydia Moore Allen, LCSW, CAP, CPI, QS, Caron Renaissance Program Director
Lydia Moore Allen is the program director at Caron, a role she took on in September 2019. Previously, she was a family therapist at Caron Renaissance for six and a half years. She is responsible for providing oversight and supervision for a team of primary and family therapists within the overall management structure of Caron Renaissance, consistent with the clinical philosophy. Lydia is a certified addiction professional and a certified parenting instructor. She also has training in co-occurring disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy, aggression replacement therapy, and motivational interviewing.

About Caron Treatment Centers
Caron Treatment Centers is an internationally recognized not-for-profit dedicated to addiction and behavioral healthcare treatment, research, prevention and addiction medicine education. Headquartered in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, our mission is Recovery for Life. For more than 60 years, we have 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 teens, young adults, women, men and older adults. Caron’s signature programming provides concierge treatment for executives, healthcare professionals, older adults and first responders. In addition to the Pennsylvania campus, Caron provides services in Palm Beach County, Florida, New England, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and New York City. Caron accepts several major insurance plans and provides financial assistance for those who qualify. For more information on Caron, please visit Caron at www.caron.org or follow us on Twitter @CaronTreatment.

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