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Opioid Program
(Pennsylvania Campus)

Caron has what you need to battle this disease: Sophisticated, evidence-based treatment, a specialty-trained medical team, and a unit dedicated to opioiod use disorder.

If you are someone who needs treatment or a family member hoping to get your loved one into treatment, you understand just how tenacious opioid addiction is. At Caron, we have the experience, expertise, and resources needed to weaken that hold.

Based on scientifically sound evidence of effectiveness, our medically driven, multi-pronged approach to opioid addiction treatment gives you the means and support to free yourself from addiction’s grip. A specialty-trained, certified medical team manages your treatment plan to ensure that it meets your specific needs, including those related to mental health. Compassion and care for you as a whole person drive our treatment model.

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Well-Researched, Solution-Driven Program

Caron’s Opioid Program incorporates proven methods for treating opioid addiction with a focus on individualized, solution-driven care. Individual and group therapy allows you to address mental health and emotional issues that stand in the way of your long-term recovery. Through modalities like dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and cognitive processing therapy, you can build a foundation to sustain your recovery.

Caron’s Opioid Program includes:

  • Comprehensive medical screenings and psychological assessments
  • Medical detoxification services in our state-of-the-art medical center
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to provide relief from symptoms
  • Specialty groups that offer a space to work on mental health issues or co-occurring disorders, as well as life skills to form a solid foundation for recovery
  • Holistic therapies, ranging from mindfulness meditation and yoga to fitness activities and nutritional consultation
  • Spiritual support
  • A Phase II component to treatment that builds on your initial treatment (whether at Caron or another program)
  • The use of technology to assess, measure, monitor and identify common physical and mental opioid relapse indicators so we can intervene immediately
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Medically-Driven Treatment

Opioids disrupt normal brain functioning, leading to withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, sleeplessness, cramping, and sweating. With opioid-based medication-assisted treatment (MAT), you get relief from overwhelming withdrawal symptoms and with all forms of MAT, you get relief from the intense cravings that come with opioid addiction.

Caron uses sublingual buprenorphine and extended release depot naltrexone or extended release depot buprenorphine in its program. Your medical needs and history will be used to determine which medication will be most helpful to you.

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Family Treatment

Our program encompasses and emphasizes family treatment because we believe that treatment cannot succeed without it. A full-time, family therapist is dedicated to the Opioid Program, offering one-on-one counseling for you and counseling for your family in person and/or over the phone. In addition, family members take part in an education program that provides information they need to better understand substance use disorder, mental health disorders, and how best to support you in your recovery.

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Expert Staff Team

The multidisciplinary staff has the depth and breadth of experience and expertise needed to provide a comprehensive, holistic treatment plan. Team members include:

  • Caron’s associate medical director and a staff physician, both certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine
  • Licensed psychologists and psychiatrists
  • Certified and master’s-level addiction counselors
  • Family therapist
  • Spiritual counselor
  • Health and wellness experts, including a registered dietitian
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Associate Medical Director and Director of Chronic Pain
Dr. Drosnes’ practice focuses on the treatment of co-existing substance use and chronic pain disorders.
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Phase II Opioid Program

Caron’s Opioid Phase II Program is available for those who would benefit from expanded, more in-depth treatment of their opioid use disorder, including individuals who have participated in a primary treatment program outside of Caron .

Phase II takes a deeper dive into understanding the disease of addiction, building a stronger foundation for recovery. Together with your treatment team, you will address underlying issues that could be a barrier to long-term recovery, learn life and coping skills, and develop a continuing care plan that can support you in getting past cravings or a desire to relapse.

Phase II opioid treatment includes:

  • Intensive family work with the program’s dedicated family therapist, including application of concepts learned in Phase I, such as setting and keeping boundaries, communication, and roles in recovery
  • Expanded understanding and work around MAT
  • Intensive specialty work focused on life, coping, and occupational skills
  • 12-Step work, with daily off-campus meeting attendance
  • Spirituality workshops
  • Site visits and therapeutic passes for aftercare placement, as well as home passes to help transition back into the home environment
  • Sober fun activities involving off-campus recreation trips
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Post-Treatment Support, Monitoring, and Care

Throughout your treatment stay your treatment team will work to establish a long-term, multi-dimensional continuing care plan that incorporates MAT. Caron also offers an opioid-specific continuing care program to monitor and supervise you for one year after leaving treatment and help you and your family navigate long-term treatment and recovery.

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