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Family Programming at Caron Pennsylvania

Substance use disorder is a family issue. Caron extends expert care to family members to empower them to create healthy lives in recovery.

We believe it is critical that family members are part of the treatment process. Family participation gives everybody the support they need to maintain long-term recovery. Statistics show that patients whose families participate in drug and alcohol rehab have lower relapse rates than those whose families are not involved. Our multi-day family programming helps family members begin to build a foundation for recovery.

Most families lack the knowledge, information, and support they need to better understand substance use disorder and achieve long-term recovery. Our in-depth programs, tailored for specific groups, enable families to get that knowledge and support.

They also find a community of support when they come to Caron and meet other family members who face the same challenges as well as family members in long-term recovery with their loved one.

By addressing challenges within the family system as well as the patient’s behavior, we help families find their way to a balance that enables healthy relationships and open communication.

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If you have a loved one who is not currently a patient at Caron and continues to struggle with substance use disorder, your family is still eligible to participate in Caron’s family programming. Please contact us for more information.

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Key Components of Caron’s Family Programming

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. Family programming is made up of two components: psychoeducation and group work. Topics include:

  • How substance use disorder progresses
  • The effect of substance use disorder on families
  • Enabling addiction vs. supporting recovery
  • Setting effective boundaries
  • Building personal support systems
  • Healthy coping skills
  • Healthy communication
  • Transition from treatment to early recovery
  • Recovery process
  • Relapse behaviors
  • Introduction to 12-step programs

A department of dedicated, experienced family therapists, some of whom specialize in working with certain groups, like teens and young adults or those patients who are in our relapse program, lead the programs and work with families.

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Family Programming for Signature Programs

Caron’s signature programs focus heavily on addressing the unique clinical, medical, and psychological needs of certain groups that require specialized care. Our Signature programs include the Older Adults Program, Healthcare Professionals Program, and the Grand View Program (for those who require privacy, flexibility, and an elevated level of care).

Family programming for these programs takes place with smaller groups of participants and is led by a family therapist assigned to the program. The therapist establishes a therapeutic bond with the patient and family members in order to support them as they work toward healthy relationships and open, effective communication. The therapist also works with family members to create recommendations to support the patient’s recovery process.

Family programming for family members whose loved ones are in the Older Adult Program receive specialized education about how to care for older adults and supports for caregivers.

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Family Programming for Core Programs

Family programming for Caron’s core programs, which include those for men, women, teens, young adults, and legal professionals as well as the Opioid, Chronic Pain, and Relapse programs, are designed to provide family members with the information they need to better understand substance use disorder, mental health disorders, and how best to support their loved one in their recovery. Multi-day family programming enables the whole family to recover and move forward in ways that lead to optimal emotional health for everyone.

Family programming for teens and young adults offers parents information specific to their role, including how to set boundaries, parenting a young person with a substance use disorder, and holding teens and young adults accountable.

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The Satell Family Children and Teens Program at Caron

Growing up in a family with someone who has a substance use disorder puts children at greater risk of developing a substance use disorder and/or other behavioral health issues, including:

  • Aggressiveness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low-self esteem
  • Poor academic performance
  • Relationship problems

Caron Pennsylvania offers children the education and support they need to understand that they are not alone and that there is hope for them and their loved one. In a safe and caring environment, children begin to learn that they can trust others and that it is okay to talk about how they feel. Program leaders encourage children to understand that they didn’t cause their loved one’s substance use disorder and they aren’t responsible for curing it either.

The program also helps them to:

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

Activities like crafts, team-building exercises, and recreation offer ways to learn and interact with other children in the program and program staff.

Each child’s family receives a list of resources in their hometown that can provide ongoing support and education about substance use disorder for their child.

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