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Life-changing Results

At Caron Treatment Centers, our outcomes show the difference we make in patients' lives. With 60 years in the field of behavioral health and addiction treatment, we've helped over a hundred thousand patients and their families develop the tools they need to lead fulfilling lives. By providing accessible care; delivering evidence-based treatment; and emphasizing ongoing support, we consistently achieve positive, measurable results.

By The Numbers
Four years of data collected from participants who completed the My First Year of Recovery program shows extraordinary results.
76.4%
76.4% of alumni were abstinent at completion of the one-year program.1 When there was a relapse, the program’s high reengagement rate helped the alumni to get back on track with their recovery plan.
93%
Of Caron patients report that their quality of life is good to very good.2
81%
Of participants who completed the program continue to attend on-going outpatient addiction treatment and are working on a recovery program.1
93.7%
Of participants attend 12-step meetings and 86.7% had secured a sponsor following the completion of the program.1
About My First Year of Recovery

Caron’s My First Year of Recovery program uses technology and biological data to hold recovering addicts accountable and measure their progress. In the My First Year of Recovery program, data is collected via urine drug screens, monthly calls with the participant and family, engagement outpatient care providers and others in the participant’s circle of support.

Our Timeline
Caron’s commitment to outcomes spans many years.
2016

Caron staff members Cheryl Knepper, MA, Erin Deneke, Ph.D. and Christopher O’Reilly, MA, in conjunction with Dr. James McKay and Dr. Robert DuPont publish An Initial Evaluation of a Comprehensive Continuing Care Intervention for Patients with Substance Use Disorders: My First Year of Recovery in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

Caron embarked on a My First Year of Recovery pilot curriculum specific for adolescents/teens in collaboration with Dr. Robert DuPont. The pilot is meant to support teens and their families upon discharge from inpatient treatment, while also connecting with and providing education to pediatricians as part of a teen’s circle of support.

2015

Caron collaborates with Dr. Robert DuPont to incorporate outcomes data from My First Year of Recovery into Pediatric Addiction Training. Caron’s Pediatric Addiction Training program equips pediatricians to spot alcohol and drug abuse, intervene when necessary, and prevent the cycle of youth addiction. It is free and available to pediatric residents, fellows and physicians. The training is overseen by Nicholas Pace, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Harris Stratyner, Ph.D., Regional Clinical Vice President of Caron Treatment Center’s New York Recovery Services and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Individuals’ health care providers and other concerned parties (i.e. lawyers, employers) were added to My First Year of Recovery participants’ circle of support.  This gives a participant’s home health care provider the opportunity to become familiar with the recovery program before their patient transitions back into their care.  And, it gives Caron the opportunity to help educate primary doctors about substance use disorders and recovery management.

2014

Caron introduces My First Year of Recovery to young adults. A special curriculum was developed to meet the unique needs of the young addicts.

Caron completes the curriculum for a second year in the program.  Alumni and their families are now able to stay engaged with My First Year of Recovery for 24 months after treatment. The curriculum was tailored to the needs of alumni and their families as they transitioned into a second year of recovery.

2013

Caron implements a higher standard of credentialing requirements for all My First Year of Recovery Care Clinical Specialists. Each clinical recovery specialist must hold a master’s degree or be working toward a master’s degree. This new requirement is unprecedented in the industry and allows Caron to provide a higher level of support to alumni and their families.

2012

Caron’s My First Year of Recovery program was introduced to adult alumni. It is the first in the industry to combine care management, a recovery library, online networking with peers, random urine drug screenings and an interactive circle of support, which includes the family, outpatient providers, and third party representatives such as employers, probation officers and professional monitoring boards.

My First Year of Recovery also launches a curriculum to help families continue the recovery process and improve overall wellness.  Alumni and families accessed a daily dashboard, which showed their progress throughout the program.

2011

Caron broke the mold again when it challenged the industry to improve alcohol and drug rehab outcomes by collecting data that was not self-reported. Although we had gained some valuable insights, we were no longer satisfied with self-reported outcomes. We felt an obligation to our patients and their families to do better.

Caron collaborated with Robert DuPont, MD, founder of the Institute for Behavioral Health in Washington D.C. Dr. DuPont’s research (conducted with a physician monitoring program) adheres to a highly respected model, achieving 78% continuous sobriety rates.1 Along with Jim McKay, Dr. DuPont helped Caron adapt the model into one that could be used by non-licensed individuals.

To develop this new platform, Caron made a significant investment in new technology, developing a unique curriculum, and hiring clinically-based Recovery Care Specialists to facilitate the program. Philanthropic efforts were put in place to help underwrite the cost of this investment.

2008

Caron partnered with Jim McKay, PhD, a leader in the measurement of outcomes in the field of addiction treatment from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. McKay assisted Caron in developing a new survey tool that allowed for improved data collection and reporting.

2005

Caron’s Recovery Care Services are introduced and made available to all alumni. The program entails monthly outreach calls to all Caron alumni to measure abstinence rates and provide ongoing recovery support. The calls include both alumni and family members for one year. Approximately 15,000 alumni per year were called by Caron.

2004

Caron invests in staff and software to develop a program that will monitor abstinence rates in the first year following treatment at Caron.

80's/90's

In the late 1980’s through the early 1990’s Caron was part of a consortium of drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers that pioneered outcome studies with alumni. The group implemented an outcomes tool as a standard measure of collection. The study was conducted by an outside agency and utilized a random sampling of patients. Data was collected through regular phone calls to alumni with a particular focus on abstinence rates and attendance at 12-step support groups. The outcomes were self-reported.

2016

Caron staff members Cheryl Knepper, MA, Erin Deneke, Ph.D. and Christopher O’Reilly, MA, in conjunction with Dr. James McKay and Dr. Robert DuPont publish An Initial Evaluation of a Comprehensive Continuing Care Intervention for Patients with Substance Use Disorders: My First Year of Recovery in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

Caron embarked on a My First Year of Recovery pilot curriculum specific for adolescents/teens in collaboration with Dr. Robert DuPont. The pilot is meant to support teens and their families upon discharge from inpatient treatment, while also connecting with and providing education to pediatricians as part of a teen’s circle of support.

2015

Caron collaborates with Dr. Robert DuPont to incorporate outcomes data from My First Year of Recovery into Pediatric Addiction Training. Caron’s Pediatric Addiction Training program equips pediatricians to spot alcohol and drug abuse, intervene when necessary, and prevent the cycle of youth addiction. It is free and available to pediatric residents, fellows and physicians. The training is overseen by Nicholas Pace, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Harris Stratyner, Ph.D., Regional Clinical Vice President of Caron Treatment Center’s New York Recovery Services and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Individuals’ health care providers and other concerned parties (i.e. lawyers, employers) were added to My First Year of Recovery participants’ circle of support.  This gives a participant’s home health care provider the opportunity to become familiar with the recovery program before their patient transitions back into their care.  And, it gives Caron the opportunity to help educate primary doctors about substance use disorders and recovery management.

2014

Caron introduces My First Year of Recovery to young adults. A special curriculum was developed to meet the unique needs of the young addicts.

Caron completes the curriculum for a second year in the program.  Alumni and their families are now able to stay engaged with My First Year of Recovery for 24 months after treatment. The curriculum was tailored to the needs of alumni and their families as they transitioned into a second year of recovery.

2013

Caron implements a higher standard of credentialing requirements for all My First Year of Recovery Care Clinical Specialists. Each clinical recovery specialist must hold a master’s degree or be working toward a master’s degree. This new requirement is unprecedented in the industry and allows Caron to provide a higher level of support to alumni and their families.

2012

Caron’s My First Year of Recovery program was introduced to adult alumni. It is the first in the industry to combine care management, a recovery library, online networking with peers, random urine drug screenings and an interactive circle of support, which includes the family, outpatient providers, and third party representatives such as employers, probation officers and professional monitoring boards.

My First Year of Recovery also launches a curriculum to help families continue the recovery process and improve overall wellness.  Alumni and families accessed a daily dashboard, which showed their progress throughout the program.

2011

Caron broke the mold again when it challenged the industry to improve alcohol and drug rehab outcomes by collecting data that was not self-reported. Although we had gained some valuable insights, we were no longer satisfied with self-reported outcomes. We felt an obligation to our patients and their families to do better.

Caron collaborated with Robert DuPont, MD, founder of the Institute for Behavioral Health in Washington D.C. Dr. DuPont’s research (conducted with a physician monitoring program) adheres to a highly respected model, achieving 78% continuous sobriety rates.1 Along with Jim McKay, Dr. DuPont helped Caron adapt the model into one that could be used by non-licensed individuals.

To develop this new platform, Caron made a significant investment in new technology, developing a unique curriculum, and hiring clinically-based Recovery Care Specialists to facilitate the program. Philanthropic efforts were put in place to help underwrite the cost of this investment.

2008

Caron partnered with Jim McKay, PhD, a leader in the measurement of outcomes in the field of addiction treatment from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. McKay assisted Caron in developing a new survey tool that allowed for improved data collection and reporting.

2005

Caron’s Recovery Care Services are introduced and made available to all alumni. The program entails monthly outreach calls to all Caron alumni to measure abstinence rates and provide ongoing recovery support. The calls include both alumni and family members for one year. Approximately 15,000 alumni per year were called by Caron.

2004

Caron invests in staff and software to develop a program that will monitor abstinence rates in the first year following treatment at Caron.

80's/90's

In the late 1980’s through the early 1990’s Caron was part of a consortium of drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers that pioneered outcome studies with alumni. The group implemented an outcomes tool as a standard measure of collection. The study was conducted by an outside agency and utilized a random sampling of patients. Data was collected through regular phone calls to alumni with a particular focus on abstinence rates and attendance at 12-step support groups. The outcomes were self-reported.

Our Future

Caron is developing the next generation of recovery care, which will utilize even more technology and evidence-based practices via a My First Year of Recovery App. The App will allow My First Year of Recovery participants to engage more effectively with their personalized curriculum and provide additional and sophisticated resources for the participant and therapeutic staff. The app will connect more people to our program and allow Caron to raise the bar as it relates to engagement among participants.

From Our Alumni
"Sobriety is a wonderful, beautiful thing. Life is such a gift to me today. Caron taught me how to take care of myself and how to love and be loved free from drugs and alcohol."
- Julia K,
Footnotes

1Self-report by My First Year of Recovery participants, November 2012 - April 2017.

2World Health Organization, Quality of Life Scale BREF, 2004, adapted for Caron’s My First Year of Recovery Program, participant data as of April 2017.