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Young Adult Addiction Rehab
(Pennsylvania Campus)

When mental health and substance use issues are robbing a young adult of their potential, getting professional help as soon as possible can open a bright new future.

Caron’s programs to treat mental health issues and substance use are specifically designed to help young adults build a foundation for long-term recovery. Whether this is a patient’s first time in treatment or they’ve tried another program, we’re here to support them and their family until they’re whole again.

With more than 60 years of experience, Caron is a well-known expert in treating young adults and their families for addiction. Our staff couples compassion and empathy with a breadth and depth of experience and expertise to give young adults a supportive environment for recovery and healing. Our treatment plans include families and are designed to uncover the root causes of behaviors and the best approach for treating them.

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Know the Signs

It can be tough to tell if troubling behavior in a young adult is just part of learning to navigate life independently or a problem that should be discussed with a healthcare professional. If the following signs and symptoms last for an extended period of time and interfere with daily life, you should contact a healthcare professional. Your loved one might need help if he or she:

  • Often feels anxious or worried
  • Has frequent bursts of anger or is intensely irritable much of the time
  • Has frequent stomachaches or headaches with no physical explanation
  • Has trouble sleeping, including frequent nightmares
  • Loses interest in things they used to enjoy
  • Avoids spending time with friends
  • Has trouble maintaining their usual academic performance — skipping classes or failing them
  • Quits participating in extracurricular activities or sports, especially after an injury
  • Fears gaining weight; exercises, diets obsessively
  • Has low or no energy
  • Engages in self-harm like cutting or burning
  • Engages in risky, destructive behavior
  • Has thoughts of suicide
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Foundational Treatment Elements

All of the treatment programs at Caron are founded on the same critical elements:

  • Thorough assessments of a patient’s physical and mental health and medical history to develop an individualized treatment plan
  • Detoxification at an on-site, state-of-the-art medical facility under the supervision of medical professionals
  • Age- and gender-specific treatment unique to each patient’s level of emotional and personal development and under the care of an experienced team who understands the significant life changes and challenges their patients face
  • Dedicated, expert professionals who are a part of the patient’s multidisciplinary treatment team, including licensed psychologists and psychiatrists, certified and master-level addiction counselors, American Board of Addiction Medicine–certified medical doctors, registered dietitians, health and wellness experts, and spiritual leaders
  • Core counseling via a variety of formats including group, individual, and family sessions
  • Family engagement that acknowledges that the family is critical to one’s treatment success and provides education, information, and counseling that enables the whole family to recover and move forward in ways that lead to optimal emotional health for everyone
  • Screening, specialized counseling, and education for addiction interaction disorders, such as gambling, sex, or eating disorders, which can become chronic and progressive if left unidentified and untreated
  • Understanding the disease component of substance use disorder
  • Attention to physical activity, including access to Caron’s on-site, state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Nutrition education provided by registered dietitians
  • Therapeutic activities, including physical activity and creative work
  • Introduction to the 12-Steps both on campus and off-site
  • Adventure-based counseling and off-campus activities, with recreation and clinical staff, designed to provide active challenges that stimulate feelings and reactions that can be processed and learned from and foster community
  • Relapse prevention skills
  • A continuing care plan developed by the treatment team includes tools and recommendations for recovery when the young person returns home. Caron’s My First Year of Recovery program provides additional support for both the young adult and their family in navigating the ups and downs of the pivotal year following treatment.

There is strong evidence that patients who discontinue all addictive substances at one time are significantly less likely to relapse in their recoveries. To that end, Caron’s young adult programs are smoke and tobacco free. Nicotine replacement programs are available for patients requiring assistance.

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We value and nurture the family's healing just as much as the patient's. Not only that, we believe that the family's active participation in treatment is necessary for everyone's long-term recovery.
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Specialized Programming for Young Adults

While the most common issues we deal with are substance use with anxiety, ADHD, trauma, or depression, our team of medical and mental health professionals can also help a young adult with these co-occurring conditions and behaviors:

  • Anger issues
  • Body image issues
  • Co-occurring psychiatric and mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, or attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Codependency
  • Family conflict/problems
  • Mood disorders
  • Self-esteem/self-loathing
  • Self-injurious behaviors, including cutting
  • Sexual issues

At Caron, young adults and teens are in treatment together because many of their core issues are similar. So that they can also deal with issues unique to their age group, Caron provides programs specifically designed for them. For young adults, that programming includes:

  • Peer counseling that allows young adults to support each other and hear from program alumni who provide them with encouragement and role models
  • A Trusted Servant Program that offers young adults an opportunity to become peer leaders
  • Healthy disconnect from technology
  • Optional wilderness therapy

Young adults are encouraged to develop their sense of responsibility as they progress through treatment through the use of “recovery stages.” Each of the three stages requires that the young adult meet established clinical and behavioral benchmarks. As patients progress through the stages, they receive incentives and are given additional responsibilities, such as taking on a leadership role or mentoring newer patients, which gives them a sense of pride and bolsters their self-esteem.

We combine proven evidence-based therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) with 12-Step principles to address all aspects of optimal wellness.

College Success Program
Current and prospective students can continue their college, vocational school, or graduate school education during and after treatment. An important component of the treatment experience for young people is gaining an understanding of what it means to be a recovering person in an academic environment. The College Success team works with young people to:

  • Develop an educational plan, tailored to their goals
  • Arrange for medical leave from educational institutions
  • Gain acceptance into a structured higher education program
  • Enroll in online education classes that may be completed during treatment
  • Develop a plan to complete a degree started before entering treatment
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Gender-Specific Programs

Our experience is that young men and women often face similar issues, but also have unique needs based on their gender. Gender-specific treatment provides the security and freedom young men and women need to explore who they are, their experience, and how to begin a life in recovery.

For Young Men: The need to establish their own identity creates both problems and opportunities. Caron’s specialized treatment teams are prepared to help young men as they seek to find ways to develop a healthy masculine image. Young men participate in gender-specific groups that offer them the safety to deal with issues related to:

  • Sexuality
  • Cross addictions
  • Entitlement and narcissism
  • Anger management

For Young Women: Many young women struggling with a substance use disorder have an elevated need for connection. Being in a gender-specific program allows relationships to grow, risks to be taken, and therapeutic work to take place. In having a safe and private space in which they can share their stories honestly and openly with their peers, young women can begin to create a way forward to long-term health and healing. These safe spaces provide an opportunity to address issues like:

  • Anger, depression, and anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Self-injurious behaviors
  • Body image
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Extended Treatment

Research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse has shown that treatment that extends beyond 90 days provides a deeper level of effectiveness. Caron offers two extended treatment programs for young people:

  • The Phase II Program offers extended treatment so that young adults can continue learning coping skills and using sober peer support in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Caron Renaissance’s long-term, clinically intensive model enables young adults to “practice” a sober life with adult responsibilities before they take up their lives outside of treatment.

Phase II Program
Patients work on skills for developing healthy relationships with siblings, peers, and parents, and participate in 12-Step meetings and Big Book studies. They are guided through levels of increasing self-sufficiency by setting goals and taking on treatment work and increased responsibilities.

Young adults in Phase II continue to participate in recovery stages, progressing as they did in Phase I to increasing levels of responsibility and receiving incentives, such as off-campus/overnight visits with family. Some patients in Phase II, for example, take on mentoring roles for patients in Phase I. This is not only valuable for those Phase I patients, it also allows the mentors to further master skills they began working on in Phase I.

Phase II presents an opportunity for patients who may need treatment for trauma, depression, another mental health issue, an addiction interaction disorder, or a process addiction to get beyond initial treatment into in-depth therapy that leads to deeper healing and mastery of the skills they need when they leave treatment.

Families also can take advantage of the Phase II program through a multi-family education program they attend with their young adult. This program enables patients and their families to delve more deeply into issues specific to their experience.

When their clinical team thinks they are ready, patients receive a therapeutic home pass to explore re-integration into family, home, and education/work. Staff members support patients throughout this challenge by mapping out plans, setting goals, and maintaining accountability. Patients are supported as they work toward:

  • Obtaining a recovery sponsor
  • Practicing coping skills and exploring issues such as grief/loss and seeking safety
  • Continued involvement with families and referral sources

Each patient’s treatment team works with the patient, their family, and their referral source (if applicable) to develop an individualized relapse prevention plan along with a continuing care plan to support them when they leave treatment.

Caron Renaissance
Patients in this long-term, clinically intensive program are able to continue their treatment while participating in programs like College Success, the Sober Dorm program, and a Therapeutic Vocational Program.

Patients in the Therapeutic Vocational Program receive an evaluation of their strengths and challenges, and support from coaches who assist with job-seeking skills, resume and cover letter guidance, interview training, and independent life skills. Through the process of obtaining employment, patients gain a clearer understanding of their strengths and competencies, learn to navigate the responsibilities of adult life as a sober individual, and experience the sense of accomplishment that finding and working at a job provides.

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