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Governor Chris Christie and Leaders at Caron Treatment Centers Discuss Solutions to America’s Addiction Epidemic

Chris Christie at Caron

Christie and the Leadership Team at Caron Renaissance and Ocean Drive Discussed the Need to Reduce Stigma, Increase Access to Care and the Critical Importance of Family Treatment

Boca Raton, Fla. (December 8, 2015) – Caron Treatment Centers, a leading and nationally recognized not-for-profit provider of addiction and behavioral healthcare treatment, hosted a roundtable yesterday with members of its leadership team and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to elevate a solution-oriented dialogue around the road to recovery for addiction and behavioral health issues. The roundtable took place at Caron Renaissance in Boca Raton, Florida, on Monday, December 7.

"Addiction is a disease that does not discriminate, it can happen to anyone, anywhere," said Governor Christie. "Addressing addiction has been a cornerstone issue for me since my first days in office and continues to be a big part of my conversations along the campaign trail. One of the most important roles for a leader on an issue like drug addiction is using the bully pulpit to help people look at the issue differently and treat it as a disease rather than a moral failing. The people at Caron Treatment Centers are working hard to address this epidemic, remove the stigma around addiction and give people the tools they need to beat this disease and save their own lives."

“It was a privilege to welcome Governor Christie into our treatment center to discuss the epidemic of addiction, how to erase stigma and make treatment more accessible for families,” said Bradley F. Sorte, Executive Director of Caron Renaissance and Ocean Drive (Caron Treatment Centers). “Addiction is a public health crisis that has reached pandemic proportions. We have all been impacted either directly or indirectly and the time has come for us to take action.”

Topics discussed between members of Caron Treatment Centers’ leadership team and Governor Christie included a call for collaboration between individuals and organizations as well as the need for reform in how non-violent drug cases are handled and increasing access to treatment. The conversation also centered on family and the need to shift the negative and problem centric view of addiction to sharing messages of hope. Governor Christie also met with patients, alumni and family members during his visit to Caron Renaissance.

For more information and to learn more about substance abuse and treatment options, visit www.caron.org or follow us on Twitter: @CaronTreatment.

About Caron Treatment Centers

With nearly 60 years in the field, Caron Treatment Centers operates lifesaving addiction and behavioral healthcare treatment. Caron is headquartered in Wernersville, Pennsylvania with Ocean Drive and Caron Renaissance located in Palm Beach County, Florida. Caron has Recovery Centers in New England, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., which offer community and recovery support. Caron’s Recovery Centers in Atlanta and New York City also offer pre- and post-treatment services. Caron has the most extensive continuum of care including adolescents, young adults, adults and seniors. Caron’s treatment is customized to meet the needs of individuals and families – with highly trained teams prepared to address co-occurring disorders. Caron offers an innovative approach to ongoing recovery care support for its former patients and their families with online peer groups and other resources during the first year of transition following discharge. For more information on Caron, please visit Caron at www.caron.org or follow us on Twitter.