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(Pennsylvania Campus)

When substance use or mental health issues are taking away what you value the most, we can provide care centered on your needs as a woman.

Women wear many hats, from mother and mentor to professional and volunteer, aunt, daughter, friend, and more. The vital roles you play in your family, your profession, your community, and other places may make it hard to get help when you need it. For many women, an elevated level of shame and secrecy about substance use stands in the way of needed care.

With Caron’s support, you can let that shame and secrecy go. Caron has developed treatment components to address women’s specific emotional and spiritual needs. You and a multidisciplinary treatment team will work together to determine the most effective therapies and the time needed to accomplish the goals for your treatment.

Regain the life you love with the support of Caron’s expertise and experience.

Multidisciplinary Team of Addiction and Mental Health Specialists

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

  • Licensed psychologists and psychiatrists with experience in treating issues specific to women, such as recognizing they are not responsible for fixing others’ problems, reducing shame and guilt, and building positive relationships
  • 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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Sr. Clinical Director of Women's Services
Clinical Supervisor of Women’s Services

Gender-Specific Treatment

Your treatment takes place in a women-only unit that allows you to let your guard down and be vulnerable. Female-only groups provide the privacy and sharing that enables you to process issues specific to your life, from the guilt and shame that can accompany being a woman with a substance use disorder and the stress and anxiety of being the family caretaker to trauma and body image issues.

Specialty groups provide a safe space to build relationships and trust and a supportive circle where you can take risks and do the therapeutic work that leads to recovery. Several of the specialty programs address co-occurring disorders and the substances used with them. For example, women who are dealing with body image issues may use stimulants. Women who have experienced trauma may rely on opiates to numb their pain.

For women who have experienced trauma, Caron provides treatment designed specifically for their needs. Evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive processing therapy (CPT), prolonged exposure therapy (PE), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), form the core of the treatment. Trauma specialty groups offer ways to manage symptoms of anxiety and depression. Trauma-sensitive yoga and art therapy groups are also available to help patients release stress and reduce fear.

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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.

  • 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 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 you in your recovery. In addition, family services include counseling that enables the whole family to recover and move forward in ways that lead to optimal emotional health for everyone.

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. Caron 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 Mom is doing in treatment and why she needs to be away from them. Family members will also learn the best ways to ensure that Mom’s return to the home goes smoothly.

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Phase II Treatment for Women

If the issues that underlie substance use disorder are not thoroughly dealt with, they can block the path to long-term recovery. Women face an additional obstacle due to their physiology, which, according to research, makes them more susceptible to craving and relapse.

Caron created Phase II to provide extended treatment beyond your initial primary treatment stay. In Phase II, you are able to explore deeper issues and learn additional coping skills to address underlying issues and develop a continuing care plan that can support you in getting past cravings and effectively managing triggers.

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

  • 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 along with increased off-campus meeting attendance

  • Spiritual practices, including morning and evening meditation and/or prayer, reading, journaling, study, and spiritual direction

  • Therapeutic passes home to identify high-risk situations and relapse risk

  • Specialized therapies that require more time to be effective, such as trauma therapy and integrative neurofeedback:

    • Trauma treatment requires establishing safety and trust first, which can take weeks, before moving onto specialized therapies to process the trauma.
    • Integrative neurofeedback reinforces healthy brain function by teaching patients how to regulate their own brain activity. Because everyone learns at different rates, it can also take time to be effective.

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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