Caron Foundation Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Caron Foundation

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The Basics

Tradition is the name of the game at Caron, which prides itself on more than 50 years of leadership in the rehab world. An old-school, no-nonsense treatment program, Caron offers comprehensive professional care and reasonable comfort.

Accommodations and Food

Caron separates its 250 residents by age and gender, with separate facilities and specialized treatment programs for adolescents, young adults and adults over 25. In addition, Caron also provides a special program for addicts who are healthcare professionals themselves, and another specifically for those who have relapsed. The buildings are arranged on a 10-acre campus, and the interiors fittingly resemble college dorms, cafeterias and lecture halls.

Days at Caron unfold according to a structured schedule. Incoming residents should be aware of a few rules before beginning treatment. Interaction with the opposite sex is prohibited; women and men eat buffet-style on separate sides of the dining hall and also sit on separate sides of the chapel during the optional chapel Sunday services. Electronics are not allowed, and until recently, neither was caffeine. The young adult program involves mandatory attendance and constant supervision while adults over 25 are given more freedom.

Treatment and Staff

Treatment is firmly rooted in the traditional 12-step model. Despite it being a larger rehab, Caron’s clinicians do their best to make sure residents receive one-on-one attention and individual treatment programs that make sense for them. Everyone begins with a five-day residential assessment to help plan the rest of their treatment, which includes a combination of group and individual counseling, lectures and speaker meetings. Residents meet one-on-one with psychologists daily as well as with addiction counselors who assign writing tasks based on 12-step readings. Many alumni praise the staff’s knowledge, compassion, and level of investment in their clients’ treatment.

In keeping with its 12-step roots, Caron encourages participation in spiritual activities. The aforementioned Sunday chapel service featuring Father Bill is somewhat legendary. Shabbat service is available for Jewish patients. All faiths are respected and all spiritual activities are optional, though some spiritual involvement is strongly advised.

Extras

The daily schedule includes four hours of free time during which residents can go camping, hiking or rafting or use the large standalone gym. Family education is a part of every treatment program at Caron, including multi-family group sessions.  Yoga is available and each day begins with meditation. Trips to the movies are common in the adolescent unit, although teens must travel in groups of three and cannot get into non-Caron vehicles.

In Summary

Caron often refers patients to extended care at Caron Renaissance in Boca Raton, Florida. A smaller facility, Caron Texas, is located near Dallas. Caron boasts a larger financial aid allowance than any other rehab. The degree of aid can depend on an person’s specific insurance company but it’s reassuring to know there is flexibility with financing treatment.

Caron Pennsylvania
243 North Galen Hall Rd
Wernersville, PA 19565

Caron Foundation Cost: $36,000 (30 days). Reach Caron by phone at (800) 854-6023. Find Caron on Facebook and Twitter

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  1. 11 yrs ago I was in Caron I was on my 3rd divorce and getting ready to go to jail on my 5th DUI. Now my life is great I’m sober my kids an all star baseball player who in a large part to me being sober has been to Hawaii Florida Italy and the super bowl just this yr. Money that use to go to booze or the dealer now go to him and my great girlfriend who I also put through Caron and is sober many yrs. I have not missed a day of work or been late in so many yrs my co workers tell me I make them look bad. And I thank Caron for much of this, Most the people I know who did not make it, spent most of their time complaining or bragging but not serious about recovery.. I guess their just not beat up enough yet! 5 stars

  2. Caron is a great place for rich people with simple problems. Recovery is complicated and Caron’s psych folks could not find my real problem anymore than they could diagnosis an ocean if you dropped them into the middle of one. I found out what my real problem was and recovered from it without their massive finance investment. Avoid this if you can–unless you just like to spend money on AA/NA meetings that are FREE please don’t think that “recovery” is expensive. If good psych treatment is needed, it’s available almost everywhere for an income scale-adjusted price..

  3. Sadly the “cookie cutter” comments and “$36,000 big book” are not true. I have been to multiple treatment centers and feel that Caron changed my life. The family program is sensational. This is truly what made me realize how unmanageable my life was, and how I was hurting the ones I loved. Caron gives you the tools, however the patient has to be ready. It’s unfair to blame the facility if the patient does not have an open mind.

    • Caron Treatment Centers on

      Brian, thank you for sharing your positive experience about Caron and our professionals. It is our mission to transform lives impacted by drug and alcohol addiction through proven, evidence-based, comprehensive and personalized behavioral health care. If you have additional feedback that you would like to share, we welcome it. Please contact us at [email protected].

  4. We were so fortunate! The adolescent unit saved my son’s life. He learned lessons that influenced him throughout his youth and early adulthood. Proud to say he is married with a family. He appreciated his psychologist, the staff and their lived experience, the church service and the opportunity to express himself, and the healthy food. The family education was excellent. My understanding of addiction and the affect of my behavior on my son’s usage was life changing. It informs my practice as a psychologist. We were also fortunate that my insurance paid half of the bill.

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      Lori, federal and state privacy laws prevent Caron from commenting on any individual case, but the staff at Caron loves hearing that treatment —— has helped someone move from addiction to recovery. If you have additional feedback that you would like to share, we welcome it. Please contact us at [email protected].

  5. The Caron Foundation is cookie cutter treatment at it’s worst. Everyone had the same treatment plan regardless of why they were there. The kids were generally managed like a herd of cattle. My son was there for 45 days. When he got home, we had a one week honeymoon from his habits and then it was back to business as usual. A complete waste of time and money.

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      Please understand that federal and state laws on patient confidentiality and privacy prohibit Caron from confirming or denying that any specific person is or has been a patient at any of our facilities, so we cannot directly address your comments here. But we do take all feedback on our treatment and facilities extremely seriously, and with proper consents in place would be happy to address specific feedback directly. Caron strives to provide a world-class environment for all who enter our doors. In fact, for more than 60 years, Caron has provided patients and families with the care, dedication, and proven addiction rehab programs that help restore lives. Please contact us at [email protected] if you wish to continue the conversation.

  6. I turned the therapists/psychologists into their state licensing board for blatant disregard for their professional code of ethics. Black and white… code section X, paragraph Y. There is no personal treatment. It is a detox center, and the fellow inmates are responsible for therapy at group meetings. And it’s 12 step (free at AA), and claims that you don’t have to believe in “their God”, but I was run off the premises for having a different spiritual view. Also, was expected to take up smoking (I’m allergic to smoke) to hang with the other women during breaks, because it is against the rules to take a walk without a partner. I was run out of there like a bad Sorority rush experience, with no emotional support. They expect your family to be your support system, so if lack of family is part of your issue, you’re not going to make it. Also, the short evening phone calls to loved ones are not private. Personal phone conversations to my significant other were used against me in group therapy. This place should be shut down. The food is really good…. That’s what I have to say… The food is really good.

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      JHW, please understand that federal and state laws on confidentiality and privacy prohibit Caron from confirming or denying that any specific person is or has been a patient at any of our facilities, so we cannot directly respond to your comments here. It is our mission to provide all patients with the best atmosphere for recovery, including a place where they feel safe, secure and supported. We strive to provide life-changing experiences for all of our patients and their families. As a not-for-profit leader in behavioral health and addiction treatment, Caron helped restored the lives of thousands. If you — or anyone you know— would like to talk to discuss our treatment philosophy, please contact us at [email protected].

  7. Caron would like to think that they are the best in “high end” care. Sadly, it’s a $36,000 Big Book–(you can get one for free at most AA meetings). They are great at selling you an extended stay, but their program is as outdated as a 60’s rock concert. They present an AA program that boasts a 3% success rate 5 years out. But for heavens sake, don’t ask them for their success rate!. Old, tired counselors with a chip on their shoulders are provided to set the client up for a psychological assault with no predictable outcome. The medical staff is minimal, the psych staff is inadequate. The rich are coddled, those of us there on scholarship were treated with a lot less care. We seemed to be the example to the entitled class of what you didn’t want to be. I was referred here by a Louisville, Ky. couseling center that just insisted that this was the best place on earth to go for recovery. Apparently, they don’t get around much.

    • Caron Treatment Centers on

      Mike, while we are disappointed to read your negative treatment review, federal and state privacy laws prevent Caron from acknowledging in any way whether an individual received treatment from one of our facilities. This prevents us from responding to specifics, but we can say that Caron does our utmost to provide every person we serve with the support, treatment and therapeutic environment to begin a lasting recovery. If you — or anyone you know — would like to talk about the treatment we provide, please contact us at [email protected].

  8. They sell the adolescent program like its special. It’s only special because there are so few facilities treating adolescents. Guilt, fear and shame were the leading motivators used! I guess that’s what is meant by the “old school” approach. The whole thirty days my son was in treatment was nothing but a big sales pitch for the next phase of extended treatment that Caron could provide. Upon intake we were told that they would work w/ our insurance company. After our son was discharged, Caron let us know that our insurance would not cover the treatment and that this was fairly typical. So we were responsible to pay the +$40,000 bill. Not what we were told during admissions. The psychological testing was minimal and intended for a mature adult brain, not the brain of a developing teenager. Just because they have a dorm for people under 18 does not mean they have a good program for adolescents. After Caron we sent our son to a wilderness program. It was worth every penny. The testing done at the camp was appropriate for my sons age and gave real insight into what his real challenges were. I wish I could get my $40,000 back from Caron… What a waste!

    • Caron Treatment Centers on

      Michelle, please understand that federal and state laws on patient confidentiality and privacy prohibit Caron from confirming or denying that any specific person is or has been a patient at any of our facilities, so we cannot directly address your comments here. But we do take all feedback on our treatment and facilities extremely seriously, and with proper consents in place would be happy to address specific feedback directly. Caron strives to provide a world-class environment for all who enter our doors. In fact, for more than 60 years, Caron has provided patients and families with the care, dedication, and proven addiction rehab programs that help restore lives. Please contact us at [email protected] if you wish to continue the conversation.

    • Caron Treatment Centers on

      Niki, thank you for sharing your positive experience about Caron and our professionals. It is our mission to transform lives impacted by drug and alcohol addiction through proven, evidence-based, comprehensive and personalized behavioral health care. If you have additional feedback that you would like to share, we welcome it. Please contact us at [email protected].

  9. Wow, it is so sad to read these non sense “reviews” from people who most likely didn’t stay at Caron…. If you stayed at Caron and were treated for your addition(s) at Caron then you know hat this place is THE place you need to be. Their care and compassion is second to none and saved my wives life… I was able to afford sending my wife here and it was not cheap but after seeing how it helped my wife i would have gladly paid double. Please do not listen to these haters who supposedly attended Caron 30 years ago, or most likely couldn’t afford it so therefore they spew total nonsense. I have nothing negativity to say about this place nor do the 1000’s of people who go through the program and come out well prepared to deal with a new sober life. It has consistently been rated as one of the top “rehab” facilities and that is for good reason – their treatment strategy around recovery works… now does it work for everyone, of course not a lot of that is dependent on the addict themselves however if you attended the program, believe in the program and practice what you learn with the tool they provide, there is nothing stopping you from a full happy sober life! PLEASE take these negative “reviews” with a grain of salt and do your own research and visit the campus. I again, can not say one bad thing about this place and if your loved one is in need for true professional help – Caron is for you (them).

  10. I went to this place back in the mid eighties The “detox ” was brutal !!! they didn’t have coffee with caffeine in back then either The food was horrible I don’t know about you but stakem I wouldn’t serve them my dog I couldn’t wait to get out of there

    • Caron Treatment Centers on

      Hi John, while we are disappointed to read your negative treatment review, federal and state privacy laws prevent Caron from acknowledging in any way whether an individual received treatment from one of our facilities. This prevents us from responding to specifics, but we can say that Caron does our utmost to provide every person we serve with the support, treatment and therapeutic environment to begin a lasting recovery. If you — or anyone you know — would like to talk about the treatment we provide, please contact us at [email protected].

  11. I was a patient in the relapse unit. It was a while ago, but this site’s review reflects my experience. Definitely “old school”. In addition, my primary counselor did a nice job providing me with insight into the roots of my :issues.

  12. Caron treatment centers is well over rated they are a deversified money hungry facility, half the staff try to make you think you are so messed up and they practically force you into more treatment and dont even give you the proper treatment so you come back and give them more funds.. There camphagnn funds are a down right lies, they say there fund is going to patients, but its really going to the CEO and his crony’s under him for there big bonuses, Now they have patients using tablets and did away with the confidential filing that there info can be stolen easier, who thought of that idea. If the goverment can’t keep documents safe surely this place can’t, This place is not a safe place to go to treatment and had heard so much horror stuff about this place, I beleive I will keep telling others to stay away from this costly but yet very low treatment practices. Rather go to old school rehab that I know I will get the best care there is.

    • Caron Treatment Centers on

      Hi J, please understand that federal and state laws on confidentiality and privacy prohibit Caron from confirming or denying that any specific person is or has been a patient at any of our facilities, so we cannot directly respond to your comments here. It is our mission to provide all patients with the best atmosphere for recovery, including a place where they feel safe, secure and supported. We strive to provide life-changing experiences for all of our patients and their families. As a not-for-profit leader in behavioral health and addiction treatment, Caron helped restored the lives of thousands. If you — or anyone you know— would like to talk to discuss our treatment philosophy, please contact us at [email protected].

  13. I agree with Elizabeth. Caron saved my son’s life too. It’s a wonderful place of caring professionals who are highly committed to helping addicts heal in mind, body and spirit. I don’t know where we would be if we didn’t take a leap of faith and bring our son to Caron a year ago. He is now sober, happy, healthy and moving forward with his life.

    • Caron Treatment Centers on

      Thanks Jo for sharing your positive experience about Caron and our professionals. It is our mission to transform lives impacted by drug and alcohol addiction through proven, evidence-based, comprehensive and personalized behavioral health care. If you have additional feedback that you would like to share, we welcome it. Please contact us at [email protected].

  14. I’ll say this: Caron saved my son’s life, and the lives of the teenage boys who were in his unit. For every person who reacts as negatively as these 2 people, there are thousands of addicts who were profoundly helped by Caron, who survived their addiction, and whose lives were changed for the better. Unfortunately, it’s not unheard-of for addicts to die in detox, even in the hospital–which is where Caron takes its patients who are in severe detox from heroin, alcohol, etc. As for the person complaining about how expensive Caron is–did she apply for Financial Aid? Caron gives away millions of dollars in Financial Aid to its patients, every year.

    • Caron Treatment Centers on

      Elizabeth, federal and state privacy laws prevent Caron from commenting on any individual case, but the staff at Caron loves hearing that treatment —— has helped someone move from addiction to recovery. If you have additional feedback that you would like to share, we welcome it. Please contact us at [email protected].

  15. There are many good rehabs but this is not one of them. My primary therapist seemed like she had her own personal problems and talked about her own dieting habits in group therapy (full of eating disordered patients). i also heard about her own baby and short marriage. Why? i was dealing with my own life and death problems. Very expensive mediocre care.

    • Caron Treatment Centers on

      Betty, please understand that federal and state laws on patient confidentiality and privacy prohibit Caron from confirming or denying that any specific person is or has been a patient at any of our facilities, so we cannot directly address your comments here. But we do take all feedback on our treatment and facilities extremely seriously, and with proper consents in place would be happy to address specific feedback directly. Caron strives to provide a world-class environment for all who enter our doors. In fact, for more than 60 years, Caron has provided patients and families with the care, dedication, and proven addiction rehab programs that help restore lives. Please contact us at [email protected] if you wish to continue the conversation.

  16. Very outdated comments on your sight people should know that someone died in detox today….a good friend was O&D on medication given to him by your staff this week … Caron is a lie … Patients were told today that this happens all t time in Caron … The patients are demeaned and promised many alternatives but because of meetings nobody does anything I wouldn’t let these people keep my cat t worst facility I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone

    • I certainly agree with this guy, and its not the first time they had patients die there under there care if you check other sites you will find more things out on this rehab and there care, they also use movie stars and big profitable organizations like Trumps banquet casino halls to bring in money. No wonder they don’t take insurance. They are also very prejudice towards disabled people. This place use to be number one for recovery but it has fallen since they continue to push marketing on the weak. Do look around before going to this place or just go to a 12 step mtg. and give only a dollar for real recovery not discovery.

      • I was there back in early 2000. It was small and caring. I believed they really cared back then. In 20 years I have gone 3 more times. Each time it was worse. They have gotten too large. It’s all about money. Addiction treatment in the US is a 10 billion dollar rip off.
        You to the website and go to: About Staff and look at the team. There are like 40 administrators. And all of them have meaningless letters after thier name to impress.
        The counselors are less than adequate. Same repackaged AA/NA stuff.
        And I am tired of the rehab shuffle. Going to meetings that offer no insight.
        AA always shaming you. It’s YOUR character defect. Just read how it works…and it’s demeaning. I am already good at that.

    • Sadly, this is true. I am close to someone who worked there at the time and it was a harrowing experience. While some people get something out of this program, it’s a sh*tshow. They let executive clients have their phones and get nice meals in their own house style lodgings. Admissions is told to make those patients work out at all costs to the exclusion of cases where rehab is needed much more. They launch programs with little to no notice to staff and expect them to fly the plane. HR does absolutely zero to protect the hardworking people there and favoritism is rampant. Most of the people working there are not qualified to do so- a lot of the old guard don’t even have degrees and their psych folks are not doctorates or even masters have the time.

    • Caron Treatment Centers on

      John, please understand that federal and state laws on confidentiality and privacy prohibit Caron from confirming or denying that any specific person is or has been a patient at any of our facilities, so we cannot directly respond to your comments here. It is our mission to provide all patients with the best atmosphere for recovery, including a place where they feel safe, secure and supported. We strive to provide life-changing experiences for all of our patients and their families. As a not-for-profit leader in behavioral health and addiction treatment, Caron helped restored the lives of thousands. If you — or anyone you know— would like to talk to discuss our treatment philosophy, please contact us at [email protected].

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