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Addiction Treatment

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years old

graduated high school

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Caron Treatment Centers accepts patients aged 13 years or older. For more information on services available to those 12 and under, please learn more about Caron's Student Assistance Program.
With professional treatment, recovery is possible.

Drug and alcohol addiction treatment can take on many forms, occur in a variety of settings, and last for various lengths of time. Since addiction is a chronic disorder and addicts are prone to relapse, effective treatment is a long-term process.

Drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs differ greatly depending on the type of drug or drugs being abused; any existing conditions (other addictions, dependencies, or mental illnesses—collectively referred to as comorbidities); the severity and duration of the addiction; and any previous attempts to recover from the addiction.

Addiction treatment is most successful when it focuses on the multiple and individualized needs of the addict—not just the addiction. Any social, occupational, familial, legal or financial problems should be addressed concurrently with treatment for the addiction. Treatment should also take into account the addict’s age, gender, and culture. Finally, the treatment plan should be consistently monitored throughout the duration of treatment and altered whenever necessary to meet the addict’s changing needs. In short, substance addiction treatment must address all aspects of the addict’s life in order to be effective.

Since relapse is possible, most treatment plans are followed by a period of monitoring, during which the individual is tracked or supervised as they attempt to return to a productive level of functioning in their life. Effective treatment should also include a continuing care plan following primary or extended care treatment.

How we can help.

At Caron, we have the expertise, research and tools to help you or your loved one with a substance abuse problem. For patients in treatment, we first address the primary chemical dependency, including any withdrawal symptoms and co-occurring mental health conditions. Each patient’s individualized treatment and rehab plan consists of individual, group and family therapy along with cognitive and behavioral therapy to help a person recover and return to their life as quickly as possible, armed with addiction education and other tools to promote recovery after treatment.

Treating addiction at every age

Treating addiction is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. To determine the best, most effective approach, the patient’s age, gender and circumstances must be taken into account. If you or a loved one are exploring care options, choosing age-appropriate treatment will improve outcomes and promote recovery. At Caron, we offer programs tailored to teens (ages 13 to 19), young adults (ages 18 to 25), adults and older adults.

Treatment Methods

The following treatment methods, when applied in combination with each other and when tailored to the individual’s needs, may lead to successful recovery:

Detox: In most cases, addiction treatment starts with medically assisted drug detoxification (when necessary), but detox alone does not change long-term drug and alcohol abuse patterns. Usually, detoxification must be followed by some form of behavioral therapy.

Behavioral Therapy: An important part of any recovery program, behavioral therapy includes group or individual counseling, psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, or contingency management. Counseling should deal not only with the individual’s chemical dependency, but also with the roots of his or her addiction. Behavioral therapy is essential for teaching patients to use coping mechanisms. Beyond the treatment itself, many addicts also find help in the encouragement of a support group, such as a 12-Step group.

Pharmacotherapy: Some treatment plans also involve the use of pharmacotherapies, like methadone and buprenorphine, which stabilize the patient and prevent relapse. Pharmacotherapies prevent withdrawal, reduce cravings, and often block the effects of illicit drug use. Medications are not yet available for all types of drug addiction. Currently, pharmacotherapies exist for heroin, nicotine and morphine addiction. Some replacement drugs work by reducing cravings, while others produce unpleasant effects when the illicit addictive drug is consumed. Pharmacotherapies should be medically monitored in an outpatient setting, and are most effective when combined with some sort of sustained behavioral therapy.

Residential treatment programs: An effective option for addicts, residential treatment programs typically have multiple resources for treating all the aspects of the addiction, and they can also play a vital role in healing the family of the addict. After the residential program is completed, many treatment facilities offer an extended care program, halfway house, or outpatient therapy options.

Other therapeutic options: Support groups (12-Step support groups are often helpful), family counseling, and mindfulness training, are available for the treatment of addiction. Above all, an effective treatment program will address the individual as a whole, teach coping mechanisms to prevent relapse, and help the individual to once again become a productive member of his family and of society.

Young Adult Addiction and Treatment

The needs and circumstances of young adults vary from those of adolescents, adults and seniors, meaning that a different type of treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol is valuable and necessary for this age group.

Young adult men and women between the ages of 18 and 25 can be challenging to treat. While some young adults initially succumb to drug or alcohol use as a result of peer pressure, underlying psychological issues often accompany addiction to drugs or alcohol. Typically, young men and women may suffer from anger issues, sexual concerns, narcissism, a sense of entitlement, trouble managing emotions and other conditions. They may also experience issues such as shame, negative body image, eating disorders or dependency on the opposite sex.

These and other conditions must be treated in addition to the primary diagnosis of drug or alcohol addiction. Also, because young adults respond differently to treatment than adolescents, adults and seniors, it’s important that programs take their specific needs into account. Clinicians should be specially trained to work with this patient population, and patients should be held accountable to one another, staff and themselves.

Longer-term care often is necessary for this age group. Family members’ participation in treatment also promotes recovery, as family issues and dynamics must be addressed and resolved in order for healing to begin.

Adult Addiction and Treatment

Treatment for adults, generally considered to be those 25 years or older, varies according to the needs and circumstances of each patient. Some patients will require medical detoxification, while others will not.

Some adult men and women, in addition to addiction to drugs or alcohol, suffer from co-occurring emotional, behavioral, psychological or psychiatric disorders, making treatment more challenging. Men and women tend to battle different psychological issues.


  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger problems
  • Career issues
  • Intimacy issues
  • Mid-life crisis


  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Trauma
  • Shame

Men and women benefit from individual and group counseling, lectures, therapeutic activities, family groups, recreation and other activities. Research has shown that adult men and women are more successful with treatment that is gender-separate and gender-specific, as their issues differ. Furthermore, most patients participate more fully in discussions when they are conducted in single-sex groups.

The length of treatment for adults varies depending on circumstances. Longer-term care may be necessary for adult patients who have significant co-occurring disorders; have experienced relapse; work in certain professions or experience chronic pain or other health problems.