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​Marijuana: Proceed with Caution
In a perfect world, harmful, mind altering drugs would not be available at all. However, this is not the world we live in today. Next to heroin and opioids, marijuana is the most talked about drug in recent years. And, it has received a significant amount of attention on the legislative scene. As of...
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United by compassion for every person who comes to us for help, we advocate for every individual and their family through personalized treatment and financial accessibility. Above all, we strive to ease the pain of individuals and families by restoring health, hope, spirituality and relationships, ultimately preparing them for lifelong recovery.
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Caron's Life-changing Results
At Caron Treatment Centers, our outcomes show the difference we make in patients' lives. We've helped over a hundred thousand patients and their families develop the tools they need to lead fulfilling lives. By providing accessible care; delivering evidence-based treatment; and emphasizing ongoing support, we consistently achieve positive, measurable results. 
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Caron CEO Doug Tieman Advocates for Patient Bill of Rights before Congress
Caron Treatment Centers CEO, Doug Tieman, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in a hearing entitled, “Examining Concerns of Patient Brokering and Addiction Treatment Fraud.”
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Caron Presents Testimony at PA Senate Joint Hearing
Joint Hearing: Examining the Proposed Consolidation of the Departments of Aging, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services
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Urging Senate Confirmation of Director for Office of National Drug Control Policy
Caron signed a coalition letter from Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) urging the Senate to approve the nomination of Jim Carroll as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). ONDCP has a unique mission to coordinate all federal departments and agencies across both the supply and demand aspects of drug control in order to best ensure a comprehensive response to all the drug issues facing our nation and its citizens. ONDCP needs strong...
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Office of National Drug Control Policy Deputy Director Jim Carroll Visits Caron
Nov 21, 2018 | Wernersville, PA
Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Deputy Director Jim Carroll visited Caron Treatment Centers, a leading, nationally recognized not-for-profit provider of addiction and behavioral healthcare treatment and prevention education, earlier this week. While at Caron, Carroll outlined ONDCP’s s priorities for combating the nation’s drug crisis – specifically the importance of addressing stigma, improving the overall quality of treatment for...
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Coalition Letter 2018 Addiction Funding Request
Caron Treatment Centers signed and supported a coalition letter that was sent to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on Monday, March 5, 2018, regarding the best use of the $3 billion in FY18 to address the drug crisis. Signed by 127 organizations from the prevention, treatment, recovery, and law enforcement fields, it calls for the additional FY18 addiction monies to be invested in current federal programs that make up the comprehensive response to the...
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Support ONDCP Programs - Appropriations
Caron added its support to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging Congress to keep DFC and HIDTA programs within the purview of ONDCP. As you can see, more than 140 organizations signed the letter on March 15, 2018.
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#SubOversight Reviews Patient Brokering and Treatment Fraud Intensified by Opioid Crisis
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) today held a hearing examining concerns of patient brokering and addiction treatment fraud in the wake of the opioid crisis.
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The Promote Prevent Commission

“Promote Prevent” is a special legislative commission on behavioral health promotion and upstream prevention. The commission is tasked with investigating “evidence-based practices, programs and systems to prevent behavioral health disorders and promote behavioral health across the commonwealth.”

An open hearing, was held on November 4, 2017 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The commission, chaired by State Representative Jim Cantwell,...

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Trump declares Opioid ‘National Emergency’
Aug 30, 2017 | Managed Healthcare Executive
On August 10, President Trump announced that he is drafting paperwork to declare the country’s opioid crisis a national emergency. His statement was made on the heels of a report by the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, which urged Trump to do so. “With approximately 142 Americans dying every day, America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks,” the report states.
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Trump launches opioid commission amid mixed reviews
The White House has not officially announced the commission’s membership, and advocates hope those chosen represent the breadth of the prevention, treatment and recovery spectrum.
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Caron, private program, advocates for public sector
Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly included a feature story on page 5 about Caron advocating for the public sector. Doug Tieman, President & CEO speaks at length about Caron’s initiatives and why it’s critically important to address issues such as ongoing patient engagement and a comprehensive approach to treatment.
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Beyond the Affordable Care Act: Looking at the Bigger Picture
Health care policy impacts addiction treatment. However, we also need to look at the bigger picture of the many other areas that need to be addressed. To truly create lasting change, we must ensure best practices in addiction education, prevention, research and treatment.
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Beyond the Affordable Care Act: Looking at the Bigger Picture
Feb 15, 2017 | Douglas Tieman

On Saturday, February 10, 2017, the New York Times ran a front-page article weighing how the repeal of the Affordable Care Act may affect those now getting treatment for substance abuse disorder under the law’s Medicaid expansion. The title and crux of the article asked the question – Now What? ...

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4 things governors can do to help combat the opioid epidemic
Ninety percent of individuals who suffer from opioid addiction will not get help. In 2015, the U.S. lost 20,101 lives nationwide to prescription painkiller overdoses and 12,290 to heroin overdoses. There is no simple solution to the epidemic; it will require cooperation and coordination among policymakers, health care professionals, and communities.
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Addiction Policy Forum’s Congressional Briefing
“It's important for Congress to hear directly from treatment centers because we understand what is necessary for effective prevention, treatment, and recovery.” – Doug Tieman, Caron President & CEO
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Caron signed a coalition letter expressing strong support of ONDCP

Amid stories that the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is considering doing away with the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Caron signed a coalition letter expressing strong support of ONDCP. The letter was sent to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney on February 23, 2017.

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The Time is Now: Caron Addresses the First-Ever Surgeon General Report on Addiction
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The Path Towards True Progress
Addiction remains the country’s #1 public health crisis. Yet, until recently, efforts to combat it seemed to move in fits and starts. The momentum gained through the Affordable Care Act, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and 21st Century Cures, all of which expanded resources for addiction treatment, was almost halted last week by the attempt of some in Congress to defund addiction treatment as part of health care reform.
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An Important Call to Action for the President-Elect
Nov 09, 2016 |
Addiction is one of the leading public health issues today -- continuing to devastate families and communities throughout America. Prescription drug abuse, increased heroin availability, and the startling rise in overdose deaths across the nation have brought us to the precipice of a great national awakening.
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​Caron’s Position on Medication Assisted Treatment
March 09, 2018 | Dr. Joseph Garbely

At Caron, we are committed to removing obstacles that obstruct access to one’s sustainable and progressive recovery journey. To that end, Caron utilizes evidence-based principles to guide addiction treatment.

Given the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic we are currently facing as a society, Caron understands and endorses the utilization of Medication-Assisted Treatment as another important tool in treating the chronic, progressive and...

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Defining a Center of Excellence: An Addiction Treatment Model
Apr 26, 2016 | Caron Treatment Centers and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
From a medical model perspective, a Center of Excellence (COE) is defined as an organization that demonstrates leadership and the highest clinical quality in a field of specialized treatment. This definition by nature includes not only leadership but also demonstrated best practices, progressive treatment modalities, a solid infrastructure, utilization of a personalized team approach that includes both the patient and family, staff development, and academic...
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What Every Presidential Candidate and Legislator Must Know About Addiction Treatment
Mar 30, 2016 | Douglas Tieman
The process of finding a treatment center can seem daunting, but it’s important for everyone – including our country’s leaders – to be empowered with the knowledge of what excellent treatment looks like. We need to continue to work together to help families access meaningful care. We are currently a “nation in crisis.” Instead, let us take the necessary steps to become a “nation in recovery”.
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Holding doctors accountable for ending the opioid epidemic
Mar 10, 2016 | The Hill
In his Op-Ed piece in The Hill’s Congress Blog, Caron’s Medical Director Dr. Joseph Garbely calls on fellow physicians to take action against the opioid epidemic.
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Understand the mindset of the recovering health professional
Jun 14, 2016 | Addiction Professional
Dr. Joseph Garbely, Caron’s Medical Director, and Dr. Greg Gable, Executive Director of Caron’s Professionals Program, addresses the specific treatment needs of healthcare professionals in an Addiction Professional byline piece.
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Prescription Drug Abuse Among Older Adults Is Harder to Detect
Jun 10, 2016 | The New York Times
Signs of addiction among seniors can often be mistaken for signs of aging. Caron’s Medical Director Dr. Joseph Garbely and a Caron alum discuss substance abuse among older adults in The New York Times.
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Prince, Fentanyl And The Opioid Epidemic
Jun 02, 2016 | Forbes
In the wake of Prince’s tragic death, Caron’s Medical Director Dr. Joseph Garbely stresses prevention and education in an article in Forbes.
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Silent Epidemic: Seniors and Addiction
Dec 02, 2015 | US News & World Report
The epidemic of addiction continues to grow among the senior population. Caron’s Medical Director Dr. Garbely discusses more in US News & World Report.
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Seniors: The New Face of Addiction
Dec 02, 2015 | WebMD
Caron’s Medical Director Dr. Joseph Garbely, along with a Caron alum, addresses the rising issue of seniors and addiction, the dangers of mixing alcohol and prescription treatments, and thoughts on why seniors and addiction has become a “hidden epidemic.”
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