Treatment Programs

Relapse Program

This one-of-a-kind program helps you understand what led you back to substance use so you can make necessary changes to achieve long-term recovery.

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At a Glance

  • Targeted therapies get to the core issues

    that can lead to relapse and develop strategies to address them.

  • Attention to overall mental behavioral health

    incorporates treatment of co-occurring disorders, trauma, and addiction interaction disorders.

  • Core treatment components explore how

    family messages, chronic pain, anger, fear, resentment, and trauma can contribute to relapse.


Highlights of the Relapse Program

Caron’s Relapse Program is a one-of-a-kind program dedicated to those who have participated in numerous treatments, are on the path to relapse, or have experienced a chemical relapse. As one of the few treatment centers in the country to offer specialized relapse programs, Caron focuses on your successes as well as the path that led to the relapse. Rather than repeating a primary treatment program, the program is designed specifically for relapse, uncovering the thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that inhibit long-term wellness.

Located at Caron Pennsylvania, the Relapse Unit is unlike any other substance use treatment you have experienced. Core components of treatment include exploring the way life circumstances, family messages, chronic pain, anger, fear, resentment and trauma can contribute to relapse. Our relapse treatment team of experts design an integrated and personalized treatment plan to meet patients’ needs and to help their family recover.

Clinical excellence and uncompromising patient-centric care mark every component of the Relapse Program. Our focus incorporates overall mental behavioral health, including treatment of co-occurring disorders.

With more than 60 years of treating substance use disorder and process addictions, Caron emphasizes Recovery for Life, providing every patient we treat with lifetime support.


Why Multiple Treatment Attempts Aren't Working

Core Elements of our Relapse Treatment

  • Thorough assessments for substance use disorder and mental health, psychological testing, and a complete medical history provide information about your needs, including what has and has not worked for you in the past.
  • Variable length of stay to provide treatment that enables you to build the tools and support you need to return to your life in recovery.
  • Individual and group therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) that can help you change distorted thinking patterns. Our experienced counselors will work with you to identify the core beliefs and barriers that are blocking your recovery.
  • Mindfulness meditation, which as research shows, can significantly reduce relapse and give people an effective way to manage stress, sleep better, and reduce chronic pain. Mindful meditation has also been shown to create awareness of thought patterns that can lead to relapse, giving you a means of short-circuiting those patterns before you relapse.
  • Treatment for addiction interaction disorders, which can result in relapse when not identified and treated. Almost half of our patients have struggled with a codependence on compulsive behaviors like work, gambling, sex, love, relationships and eating, for example.
  • Gender-specific treatment that allows men and women to be vulnerable within their own gender-separate treatment units.

Family Programming to Navigate Relapse and Recover as a Family

At Caron, we appreciate that many family members of relapse patients have been through multiple family education programs or family days. Just as these were necessary to understand the disease of addiction, Caron’s Relapse Program has a multi-day family program that educates families specifically about relapse. It is designed to provide family members with the information they need to better understand relapse, how it affects relationships, and what they can do to take care of themselves and their loved one.

On the Relapse Unit, you will be invited into a small therapy group for in-depth family work and to understand your loved one’s relapse process. Family members are provided resources to support their ongoing wellness so patients can focus on their recovery.

The Satell Family Children and Teens Program offers education and counseling geared specifically to the concerns they have. The program provides age-specific information for children ages 7-11 and teens ages 12-15. Our staff is experienced in talking to children in language they understand, and we offer their adult caregivers tips for how to do that as well. Our goal is to ensure that the kids understand what their parents are doing in treatment and why they need to be away from them. Family members will also learn the best ways to ensure that the parent's return to the home goes smoothly.

Caron's support doesn't end when your treatment does. We'll be there as you build a life in recovery.

Before you leave treatment, your treatment team puts together an aftercare plan tailored to your needs and the level of support you require to sustain long-term recovery. Whether it includes monitoring services, more intensive 12-Step attendance, medication-assisted treatment, extended therapy, or a combination of services, we make sure you have the support and services you need to maintain your recovery.

Our alumni support activities offer support and guidance for a full year after discharge.


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