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Mens Program

By breaking down norms that often block the road to recovery, Caron’s medical, addiction, and mental health experts guide you on your road to recovery.

Societal expectations and stereotypes can make it difficult for men to live authentic lives and ask for help when they are in need of support. Living up to societal or internal expectations can easily lead to substance use, mental health problems, or other addictive behaviors.

Caron’s program for men, in Pennsylvania, not only offers treatment for substance use, we provide the expert support, therapies, and education that will enable you to build true strength through vulnerability and relationships. Our goal is to give you healthier, more open ways to live your life.

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Multidisciplinary Team of Addiction and Mental Health Specialists

Caron’s team of dedicated professionals focused on the treatment of men includes:

  • Licensed psychologists and psychiatrists
  • Certified and master-level addiction counselors
  • American Board of Addiction Medicine–certified medical doctors
  • Family therapists
  • Registered dietitians
  • Health and wellness experts
  • Spiritual leaders
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Gender-Specific Treatment

The four-to-six-week program for men is designed to create an atmosphere of trust and vulnerability. We support you in really questioning what it means to be “successful” and “happy” and to practice transparency and genuineness. With support and guidance, you will gain insight and tools to accurately assess your life and find answers for questions like:

  • How have substance use, mental health concerns, and other behaviors impacted my life?
  • What are my goals?
  • What do I need/want to do differently?
  • What is/is not working in my life?

Specialty groups offer a confidential safe space with other men who are dealing with the same challenges so that you can learn how to process dynamics associated with addiction and recovery. Groups address trauma, anxiety, body image, parenting, chronic pain, relapse, and grief and loss, among others. A specialized group is devoted to men who are dealing with process addictions like gambling, sex, work, internet, and eating.

With the support of experienced addiction experts and your fellow patients, you can begin to conceptualize a whole and healthy life without substance use.

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Foundational Treatment Elements

Your treatment plan will include:

  • Thorough assessments: A range of assessments for substance use disorder and mental health, psychological testing, and a complete medical history provide information about your needs, including if there are any co-occurring disorders or other issues.

  • Detoxification services: If needed, detox is available under the supervision of an experienced and caring medical team in our state-of-the art medical building.

  • Core counseling: Using evidence-based techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based stress reduction, and motivational interviewing, therapist-led groups enable you to address underlying issues so you can begin to implement healthy lifestyle changes.

  • Specialty groups: These groups address trauma, anxiety, body image, parenting, chronic pain, relapse, and grief and loss, among others. A specialized group is devoted to men who are dealing with process addictions like gambling, sex, work, internet, and eating. The groups provide confidential safe space with other men dealing with the same issues so that you can learn how to process dynamics associated with addiction and recovery.

  • Holistic therapies: Good nutrition, attention to spiritual needs, and fitness activities, including adventure-based counseling, that renew and refresh body and soul are all a part of Caron’s treatment plans. Our staff will also work with you to help you create plans for keeping up with these therapies long term.

  • A focus on building relationships: With support and guidance, you can develop your spiritual understanding and build skills and techniques that will enable better relationships with your family and a community of support for your post-treatment life.

  • Continuing care planning: Your treatment team creates a continuing care plan that provides specific tools and recommendations for recovery when you return home. In addition, you and your family can opt for the support provided by the My First Year of Recovery program to help you navigate the ups and downs of that first pivotal year following treatment.

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Family Engagement

At Caron, we believe that the family is critical to treatment success. That’s why we offer family members supportive treatment and critical education. Family services include education that provides information about substance use disorder, mental health disorders, and how best to support you in your recovery. Family counseling enables the whole family to recover and move forward in ways that lead to optimal emotional health.

Two programs for children, one for those ages 7 to 10 and another for those ages 12 to 15, offer education and counseling geared to their needs and concerns. Our goal is to ensure that the kids understand what Dad is doing in treatment and why he needs to be away from them. Caron staff talks to children in language they understand, offers adult caregivers tips for how to do that as well, and discusses the best ways to ensure that Dad’s return to the home goes smoothly.

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Phase II Treatment for Men

Caron’s Phase II Program for men is designed for patients who need more intensive treatment before returning home or transitioning into a lower level of care. The program was developed to assist men in seeing the reality of their world as it currently is; to hold space to talk about the past and plan for the future; and to build awareness and acceptance of the present.

The program is rooted in a belief and message that addiction and mental health issues are not a weakness or moral failing; that courage and strength are about allowing others to see you; that vulnerability is an exchange of intimacy that happens when you allow the reality of who you are to be seen; that when you expose who you are and who you are not, you can be affirmed.

The program is set up for a six-to-10-week length of stay to provide the time for that work to take place. In Phase II, you will:

  • Spend less time on education and more time focused on assessing and processing what is working and what is not
  • Focus on reducing barriers and stuck points in recovery, which may include:
    • Looking at anger and resentments
    • Exposing shame-centered core beliefs
    • Processing counterproductive relationship patterns

By working intensively on your emotional, spiritual, and mental health with Caron’s team of therapists, counselors, psychologists, and medical professionals, you begin to build a healthy and strong foundation for your life after treatment.

Depending on your needs, these programming components will be part of your Phase II treatment:

  • Continued support for withdrawal and post-acute withdrawal symptoms that are present in early recovery
  • Starting or continuing work on therapeutic interventions recommended for you by Caron staff, which may include psychological testing, psychiatric care, continued work on symptoms of mood disorders, neurofeedback, cognitive processing therapy, and an addiction interaction disorder intensive
  • Extended family work, including application of concepts learned in primary treatment, such as setting and keeping boundaries, communication, and roles in recovery
  • 12-Step work, including a temporary sponsor and increased off-campus meeting attendance
  • Participation in a 4th Step Group or individual work to process the key areas of the fourth step, including harm to others, resentments, fears, sexual inventory, and assets and liabilities
  • Therapeutic passes, whether a day pass, home pass, pass to a sober dorm, or another sober living situation, to identify high-risk situations and relapse risk and get acquainted with recovery support in the next step of your journey

Caron’s Breakthrough program is also available to you in Phase II. The five-day retreat-style workshop is designed to address patterns and issues, including self-esteem, that often get in the way of being able to meet interpersonal and relationship goals. Grounded in attachment theory, Breakthrough focuses on helping participants find balance in loving relationships to establish mature and healthy connections.

The treatment team will put together a continuing care plan to ensure that you have the support and tools needed to sustain recovery when you return home.

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