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Opioid Program

Our evidence-based, research-driven treatment program for those dealing with an opioid addiction is backed by our deep expertise and experience in treating addiction.

In 2016, more than 2.1 million people had an opioid use disorder, and 116 people died every day from opioid-related overdoses.

To help battle this epidemic, Caron has brought its 60+ years of experience and deep expertise together to create an evidence-based, research-driven opioid treatment program. Through a multi-pronged, comprehensive treatment experience, patients and their families have the support they need to free themselves from opioid addiction.

Sophistication and specialization are key components to Caron’s Opioid Program. The program is medically-driven with a dedicated and specialty trained and certified medical team managing each patient’s treatment plan. Family therapy and education are core to the program with a dedicated family therapist caring for the health and wellbeing of the entire family system.

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Our Programs

Caron’s Opioid Program incorporates the latest research-driven, evidence-based methods for treating opioid addiction with a focus on science and solution-driven care. Key elements of the program include:

  • Integrating a medical component
  • Offering critical family education and therapy
  • Using technology to monitor progress
  • Ensuring ongoing support, monitoring and care are in place after in-patient treatment
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Medically-Driven Treatment

Because the withdrawal symptoms from opioids are so intense and pose a strong threat to recovery, our program is medically driven to ensure the greatest possibility of success. A dedicated medical team that includes 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, oversee and manage each patient’s treatment plan and educate the family as part of the treatment experience. This level of involvement will provide for a very medically-driven, sophisticated treatment experience for the patient and their family.

Opioids disrupt normal brain functioning, leading to withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, sleeplessness, cramping, and sweating. The intensity of those symptoms leads to relapse for many people. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) provides patients the relief from withdrawal symptoms they need to work through their recovery program. Caron understands and endorses the utilization of medication-assisted treatment as an important tool in addressing and treating the chronic and progressive disease of opioid addiction. It is important to stress that medication alone is not a panacea.

Medication must be used as a supportive tool and managed by qualified healthcare professionals in collaboration with a patient’s treatment specialists as part of a comprehensive therapeutic program. Based on patient criteria like medications they have taken previously, affordability, and what they are willing to take on an ongoing basis, the medical team will select the medication that will work best for each patient while in treatment at Caron and once they leave.

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Family Therapy & Education

Family therapy and education is integral to the program and critical for recovery. The opioid program is structured to care for the health of the entire family system. Our treatment approach is collaborative, meaning we involve the patient and the family, as well as continuing care providers in the treatment process.

A full-time family therapist with a master’s degree is dedicated to the patients and their families and is a member of the treatment team. In addition to one-on-one counseling with patients, the therapist provides counseling for families in person and/or by phone.

The family therapist, on-site staff, and the continuing care team all work collaboratively with the patient and family members to tailor education and counseling to meet their needs.

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Dr. Drosnes’ practice focuses on the treatment of co-existing substance use and chronic pain disorders.
Clinical Supervisor of Caron's Opioid Treatment Program

Technology-Supported Care

The opioid program leverages various forms of technology to assess, measure, monitor and identify common opioid relapse indicators (both physical and mental) such as cravings, anxiety, depression, stress, quality and quantity of sleep, and pain levels. By monitoring these indicators, we can intervene immediately to change or adjust the patient’s treatment program.

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Setting Goals

There is a common bond that opioid addicted individuals share. Having a specific program for this population lends itself to a purpose-driven life starting by understanding someone with a similar struggle and then introducing them to former patients who share their struggle with addiction and their success in finding purpose and creating a rewarding and meaningful life after treatment.

This structure allows our staff to work with each patient to develop or rediscover life goals, including educational, vocational, and professional goals, and create a plan for reaching them.

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Continued Care

Ongoing treatment is key for those suffering from a chronic disease like opioid addiction. Prior to discharge, each patient’s treatment team will establish a long-term, multi-dimensional continuing care plan, that continues to incorporate MAT (medication-assisted treatment). A patient and their family will leave Caron with a roadmap for their next level of care.

In addition, Caron provides an opioid-specific continuing care program that’s available to both patients and their families to help them navigate long-term treatment and recovery, as well as supervise and monitor patients for one year after they leave treatment. This structured program ensures that evidence-based treatment continues to be delivered to the patient, and ongoing support is being provided to achieve positive, measurable results. Staff members are available to provide information and resources for continuing care needs, such as how to deal with issues related to dental care and surgery that include the use of opiates and other mood-altering substances.

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