Addiction Treatment Program for Medical Professionals
Private, stigma-free, and healthcare-specific treatment addresses the needs of those who care for the health of others.
At a Glance
A private, stand-alone, residential treatment program
designed by healthcare professionals for healthcare professionals
A residential assessment program
to assess for a substance use disorder diagnosis and/or other psychiatric or cognitive disorders
A treatment experience
that is private and stigma-free
A highly experienced and credentialed treatment team
that includes doctoral-level professionals
Specialized group therapy sessions
that address licensure and work issues and integration
Highlights of the Healthcare Professionals Program
Physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals are just as vulnerable to addiction and behavioral health issues as their patients. Not only do healthcare professionals work in extremely stressful conditions, but they also have easy access to prescription medications.
As healthcare professionals themselves, Caron’s interdisciplinary team assigned to the program understands the needs and experiences of those undergoing treatment.
Caron’s 18-bed Healthcare Professionals Program is located in a private building at Caron Pennsylvania where patients and their families can be assured of confidential clinical care. The program offers the opportunity for patients to learn from and provide support to their peers.
- Detox services, if needed, at Caron’s onsite, state-of-the-art medical building, which is staffed by a full-time medical team.
- A thorough assessment that may include medical and substance use history, mental health/psychiatric conditions, lab studies, psychometric testing, and family assessments, as well as neurocognitive assessments, if indicated.
- On-site programming for patients with chronic pain may include these treatments, based on individual needs: acupuncture, medical massage therapy, a weekly chronic pain group, yoga, and physical therapy.
- Family programming that invites all members to participate in the healing process.
Treatment and Therapies
Treatment of complex issues including trauma, dual diagnosis, addiction
interaction disorder (AID), other compulsive behaviors, and issues unique to
the LGBTQIA+ community.
- Treatment modalities that address trauma, such as cognitive processing therapy and EMDR, as well modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy, along with schema and 4th Step group work.
- One-on-one meetings with the addiction medicine team, which includes doctoral-level professionals.
- Specialized group therapy sessions that address licensure and work issues, the difficulty medical professionals have in seeking and accepting direction from others, and integration back into professional practice.
- A Caduceus Group to deal with professional persona, ease of access to drugs, and the impact addiction has on medical practice and patient care.
- An Enneagram group to help create self-awareness and recognize patterns of behavior.
- Access to the full range of on-site wellness amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center and wellness programs.
- Access to on-staff registered dietitians who provide medical nutrition therapy/education, information and guidance about well-balanced eating, and oversight of culinary staff to ensure that meal options in Caron’s dining facilities are nutritious as well as appealing.
Return to Work
- Coordination with a patient’s referent and, with the patient’s permission, colleagues and state advocacy programs to gather necessary information, provide updates during treatment, and plan for the patient’s return to work.
Residential Assessment Designed for Healthcare Professionals
For healthcare professionals unsure that substance use disorder is the right
diagnosis, we have a special residential assessment program to rule in or out a
substance use disorder diagnosis, as well as evaluate for other psychiatric or cognitive disorders. Doctoral-level addiction medicine professionals are part of the clinical team that conducts the assessment.
Typically three days in length, the assessment includes:
- Detoxification services, if needed.
- Psychological/psychiatric evaluation.
- Medical history and physical evaluation.
- Review of comprehensive collateral information.
- Lab studies, including comprehensive toxicology screenings.
- Family assessments.
- Psychometric testing and, if indicated, neurocognitive assessment.
Patients undergoing an assessment benefit from being able to participate in treatment and community activities and begin to build relationships with their peers within the Healthcare Professionals Program.
When the assessment is complete, the patient, with their family if the patient would like to include them, with the treatment team to review the findings and confirm if a substance use disorder does or does not exist. The team will make recommendations appropriate to the findings. In cases where substance use disorder or behavioral health conditions are indicated, the team works with the patient and family to develop a behavioral health treatment plan.
The executive leadership of Caron’s highly experienced and credentialed addiction medicine team oversees treatment..
These clinical leaders work with a team that includes several doctoral-level professionals as well as master’s level clinicians, each with expertise in creating customized care plans for every individual.
Dr. Joseph Garbely, D.O., DFASAM
Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Medical Research and Education
Continuing care options support your life in recovery.
Evidence-based research shows that long-term recovery is accomplished best with structured support that encourages accountability and builds self-esteem. Caron has developed robust continuing care options that meet your and your family’s needs.
As appropriate with patient consent, professional monitoring programs can be included in the continuing care plan.