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“My Child is an Addict: A Parent-to-Parent Podcast”

Addiction Treatment Not-for-profit Launches Ground-Breaking Digital Parent Support Group

NEW YORK, NY, 2018 — Caron Treatment Centers, a leading not-for-profit provider of addiction and behavioral healthcare treatment, has launched its first-ever podcast, with parents sharing their experiences of coping with an addicted child. The opioid epidemic and other addictions are threatening families throughout America at an unprecedented rate. Courageous parents have come together to offer support for others like them, conveying the powerful message to listeners that they are not alone.

“The podcast is a way for parents to privately address their feelings, gather information, and sort out strategies for dealing with a child in trouble. The episodes will move you to laughter and to tears," said David Rotenberg, Caron’s Chief Clinical Officer.

“My Child is an Addict: A Parent-to-Parent Podcast,” was developed by three fathers, Steve, Stephen and Jay who have become known as "The Three Papas," and have benefited from the incredible value of participating in a parent support group. Each hour-long podcast candidly introduces the listener to real experiences that are at the heart of each group meeting – with parents sharing the ways they have attempted to cope, with varying results, to the "family disease" of addiction to drugs and alcohol.
“It’s an ideal format for parents who aren’t ready to reach out for in-person support, or who aren’t prepared to discuss their struggles,” says Steve. “This is a safe place for listeners, offering honest support from fellow travelers on the toughest journey of our lives. We seek to offer hope, just as others did for us."

The rotating volunteer group includes mothers and fathers, some in recovery themselves, married and not, with teenage to adult children. The podcast is recorded at Caron’s New York Regional Recovery Center in Manhattan and a treatment professional joins the meeting each episode to share a clinical perspective on the issues addressed.

"Hope is an essential part of the equation,” said Caron CEO Doug Tieman. “We must end the shame and blame and raise awareness that addiction is a family disease and that families need their own support and treatment to truly recover.”

“My Child is an Addict: A Parent-to-Parent Podcast” is offered for free on Caron’s website along with other resources for families struggling with addiction or you can download the podcast via iTunes or Google Play.

About Caron Treatment Centers
With 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, mid-life adults, older adults, chronic pain, executives, healthcare professionals and legal professionals. 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 @CaronTreatment.

CONTACT: Karen Pasternack, Corporate Director of Media Relations: 610-413-6938; kpasternack@caron.org
Megan Kelly, HB&M on Behalf of Caron; 484-347-0224; megan@hbmadv.com