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Men's 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.

Clinical excellence and uncompromising patient-centric care mark every component of the Men’s Program. Our focus incorporates overall mental behavioral health, including treatment of co-occurring disorders.

With more than 60 years of history treating substance use disorder and process addictions, Caron emphasizes Recovery for Life, providing you and every patient we treat with lifetime support. We view substance use disorder as a chronic treatable brain disease that requires a long-term management plan. That’s why all of our programs are fully integrated with the 12-step approach.

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With expert treatment that builds authentic strength, you can create a new life in recovery.

Insurance Options for Affordable, Effective Treatment

As an in-network partner with several nationally known insurance companies as well as regional insurance providers, Caron is making life-saving addiction treatment available to more men who need it and starting them on the road to Recovery for Life. These agreements cover the initial four weeks of treatment (subject to one’s deductible, co-insurance and/or copays) so that men, regardless of where they live in the United States, have access to the care they need.

For more than 60 years Caron has provided innovative, specialized, and effective addiction treatment and behavioral healthcare. Caron’s patient-centric programming focuses on overall behavioral health, addressing co-occurring disorders with the substance use disorder, and utilizes evidence-based medical interventions combined with family education and support to help patients and families begin the process of recovery.

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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
  • Behavioral health therapists
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Family therapists
  • Registered dietitians
  • Health and wellness experts
  • Spiritual leaders
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Senior Clinical Director, Men’s Treatment Services
Clinical Director of Men’s Phase I
Clinical Supervisor of the Men’s Phase II Program

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: In a confidential safe space with other men who are dealing with the same challenges, you learn how to process dynamics associated with addiction and recovery. Groups address trauma, depression, anxiety, 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.

  • Trauma programming designed specifically for men: Caron uses evidence-based treatment modalities, including cognitive processing therapy (CPT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat trauma and its symptoms, such as depression and anxiety. In addition, a trauma-sensitive yoga group helps participants release stress and reduce fear.

  • 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.

  • Education on addiction and recovery: Through educational sessions, you learn how addiction works, the symptoms of relapse and how to prevent it, the role that mental health disorders, like depression and anxiety, for example, play in addiction, and how to build a life in recovery.

  • Continuing care planning: The treatment team collaborates to develop a continuing care plan for you that includes tools and recommendations for recovery when you return home. Caron Pennsylvania provides support and guidance to patients for a full year after they are discharged through free services like our alumni support activities and the Caron Recovery Network.

  • Specialized optional continuing care programs: My First Year of Recovery and Breakthrough workshops are also available.

  • Outpatient support: Caron offers outpatient programs at our recovery centers in Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, Atlanta, New York, and New England.
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Family Programming

At Caron, we believe it is critical for the family to be part of their loved one’s treatment process. That’s why we include family members in our multi-day family program. It is designed to provide them 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. The multi-day family program enables the whole family to recover and move forward in ways that lead to optimal emotional health for everyone.

As part of family engagement, we provide a children’s program that offers education and counseling geared to their needs and concerns. Two programs offer age-specific information for children ages 7 to 11 and 12 to 15. Our staff is experienced at talking to children in language they understand, and we offer their adult caregivers tips for how to do that as well. Our goal is to ensure that the kids understand what Dad is doing in treatment and why he needs to be away from them. Family members will also learn the best ways to ensure that Dad’s return to the home goes smoothly.

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Relapse Treatment

Caron views substance use disorder as a chronic, treatable brain disease, which requires additional treatment when relapse occurs. The Journal of the American Medical Association noted in a 2000 study that between 40 to 60 percent of people addicted to drugs/alcohol relapse. Those rates are roughly the same as other chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and asthma.

If you find that you require relapse treatment, our Relapse Program will help you uncover the core issues and destructive patterns of thinking that can lead to relapse and develop strategies to change them. Our relapse treatment team will work with you and your family to design an integrated treatment plan based on your specific circumstances and history.

The core components of Caron’s relapse treatment program are:

  • Individual and group therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy that can help you to change distorted thinking patterns. Our experienced counselors will work with you to identify the core beliefs and barriers that are blocking your recovery.
  • Mindfulness meditation, which research shows can significantly reduce relapse and give people an effective way to manage stress, sleep better, and reduce chronic pain. It has also been shown to create awareness of thought patterns that can lead to relapse, giving you a means of short-circuiting those patterns before you relapse.
  • Treatment for addiction interaction disorders, which can result in relapse when not identified and treated. Almost half of our patients have struggled with compulsive behaviors like work, gambling, and eating, for example.
  • Family programming that helps your family members understand how the relapse cycle works and how relapse affects the family.
  • An aftercare plan tailored to your needs and the level of support you require to sustain long-term recovery. Whether it includes monitoring services, more intensive 12 Step attendance, medication-assisted treatment, extended therapy, or a combination of services, we make sure you have the support and services you need to maintain your recovery.
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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

In Phase II, you may also decide to participate in Caron’s Breakthrough program for individuals, a five-day retreat-style workshop designed to address patterns and issues, including self-esteem, that often get in the way of being able to meet interpersonal and relationship goals.

Imbedded into the structure of Phase II is a goal for you to work with your team to develop a continuing care plan that fits your individual needs and life situation. This plan will ensure you have the support and tools needed to sustain recovery when you leave Caron.

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