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The College Success Program
at Caron

Receiving treatment for a substance use disorder and mental health issues should not derail a patient’s opportunity to further their education or career.

1 Your Role
I want to learn about treatment options for:

2 Basic Information
The Person is:
years old

graduated high school

3 Condition Information
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.

At Caron, we are committed to providing a continuum of care that includes addressing the educational and academic goals of each individual we treat. Our College Success Program provides opportunities for patients to begin or continue in a college program during treatment and recovery.

About the College Success Program

Education is an important piece of the puzzle for the many young adults we treat at Caron. In our work to prepare you, or your loved one, for a life of recovery, we recognize the significance of starting, re-starting, or maintaining a strong connection with your education. The College Success team provides the expertise and resources needed for students to begin, continue or complete their academic goals at a high school, community college, public and private university, vocational school, or graduate school.

Our Services:

During Treatment
Patients have the opportunity to integrate educational support services (i.e., 12-Step meetings, support groups, and liaison services) into their weekly treatment plan. The clinical treatment and College Success teams work together to help academically driven patient 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

The College Success team works closely with students to reinforce skills and support their transition back into an educational environment. A variety of programs are offered to students who are enrolled in a structured educational program while participating in extended care treatment, living in college house or living at home (additional fee applies). Dependent on the program selected, recovery coaching and academic case management services may include:

  • Collaborating with the clinical team to identify the best fit programs based on each individual’s educational needs, career goals, and unique interests--all of which complement their recovery and integrate a sober foundation
  • Providing a “step down” approach to the transition between treatment and college life with gradual steps away from treatment and toward interdependence
  • Assistance in transferring credits for courses taken while in treatment to their home college or university
  • Guidance in developing a budget for the school year and Identifying potential scholarships to offset academic costs
  • Enrollment in the innovative My First Year of Recovery (MyFYR), a private and interactive online platform
  • Added accountability of drug testing and urine screens

    These services can be arranged as part of aftercare, consistent with Caron’s commitment to “Recovery for Life.”

    Clinically Driven Program Involvement: Because our top priority is sustainable recovery from drug and alcohol addiction as well as the co-occurring issues, we make sure that patients participate in the College Success Program when it’s right for them. Each person’s treatment team and primary counselor will collaborate to make a determination about when this is appropriate.

    Therapeutic Alliances : Staff of the College Success Program have developed strong partnerships and therapeutic alliances with colleges, universities, and vocational schools around the country. We work directly with administrators and admissions staff on both ends:

    • Direct communication and interaction when a student is leaving the educational environment to enter treatment, including ongoing communication with the institution while the student is in treatment.
    • Academic planning and collaboration when a student is ready to return to an educational institution after treatment, including assistance with admissions

    Academic Advisors : Our expert academic advisors serve as educational advocates and help students to clarify, define, and reach their academic goals. The program is administered by staff with a clinical background, including the Executive Director who holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Business School. Together, they offer students recovery oriented college admission and education guidance and support.

    Collegiate Recovery Housing Options
    Every day, more colleges and universities are recognizing the need for on-campus housing designed specifically for students in recovery who would like to live together in a sober and supportive environment. In Pennsylvania, the treatment team has developed relationships with several local institutions that offer these services. Additionally, at Caron Renaissance in Florida, recovery housing is available in the Sober Dorm Program on our campus to support a transitional living program.

    The Sober Dorm Program at Caron Renaissance

    Sometimes, it can be difficult or unwise for a person who has just finished treatment to shift immediately back into “real world” environments, especially a setting such as on-campus college living. Caron Renaissance offers a sober dorm program which provides transitional living to support students who are attending college and desire the structure and support of off-campus recovery housing.

    The program helps foster a safe collegiate recovery environment of like-minded individuals working together on a daily basis to practice the principles of recovery and abstain from using drugs and alcohol.

    An academic liaison is available and serves as an advocate to help students clarify, define and reach their academic goals and will work with the student and the school to achieve everyone’s needs.

    Clinical Services are provided and include:

    • Weekly one-on-one meetings with the program counselors
    • Family calls with the program counselors
    • Weekly sober dorm meeting
    • On-Site Resident Advisor
    • Clinical services and oversight

    "Working together with the collegiate recovery services we were able to establish a therapeutic alliance with the clinical team at Caron and support my student’s transition to treatment and then eventually his return to campus."

    Lani Bacharach, MSW, LCSW
    Department of Social Work
    Field Liaison, Adjunct Faculty
    George Mason University

    "I feel these types of programs are lacking out there as I have not heard of anything like this before. Programs like these help students to transition back to college smoothly and successfully when they are ready. Students entering back into college without programs like this to assist and prepare them may find it more difficult to enter back and ultimately succeed."

    Justin Duval
    Florida Atlantic University
    Former Assistant Director of Admissions

    "Working collaboratively with Caron's Collegiate Recovery Services has given many of our clients the opportunity to obtain an additional layer of support in accomplishing their academic and recovery goals. Specifically, Caron's comprehensive collegiate services help students to come into our program with an effective academic plan and clinically driven action steps to accomplish their goals."

    Dino Campitelli
    Serenity Lodge, Recovery House for Men

    "Caron's collegiate recovery team kept me on track with starting an online course over the summer before the fall semester and helping me stay on top of my assignments. With my weekly counseling sessions and the amazing community we have within the sober dorm, I have been able to enjoy my college experience and surpassed my expectations on how my first semester would go."

    Evan D.

    "The collegiate recovery services turned my ill-defined ambitions and shadowy ideas into specific goals, and then into tangible assignments, and then into a physical reality – to a place, to one college, where I believe I will be able to flourish. I know I could not have made this journey alone."

    Sally – 1st collegiate services participant

    "It has helped me to maintain my recovery in college, and to flourish here- in grades, athletics, extra-curricular research, employment, romantic relationships, and all of the other things I felt my life before recovery so desperately lacked- happiness and purpose, most of all."

    Michael – collegiate services participant

    "Working with the team and having the support of the Caron staff, allows us to create an environment where typical challenges of being on a college campus while recovery are minimized and opportunities for success are maximized."

    Karolina Dreher
    Associate Dean of Students & Director of Residence Life
    Alvernia University

    College Success Program Staff

    Jonathan Salzburg

    Jonathan Saltzburg

    Executive Director of Collegiate Recovery Services
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    Evan Emery

    Evan Emery

    College Recovery Coordinator at Caron Renaissance
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    Cory Halpern

    Cory Halpern

    Director of Support Services at Caron Renaissance
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    Ben Steefel

    Ben Steefel

    Coordinator of College Success Service
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    Luke Stopper

    Luke Stopper

    Clinical Director of Young Adult Male Services
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