ABOUT CARON RENAISSANCE — BOCA RATON
Caron operates four residential rehab centers in Philadelphia and Florida as well as regional and outpatient centers up and down the east coast. Caron Renaissance, located in Boca Raton, Fla., offers medical detox and long-term residential treatment for young adults and adults struggling with substance abuse, process addictions such as gambling and eating disorders, and co-occurring disorders. It uses the Florida model, which separates living quarters from the treatment center.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the center’s website, the length of stay varies according to the client’s needs. Caron describes its programs as family-focused and holistic. The residential program is multidisciplinary, drawing from psychology, addiction counseling, medicine, nutrition, health and wellness, and spirituality. It also uses the 12-Steps and neurofeedback.
Programs are gender-specific. For men, there’s a focus on learning to avoid compartmentalizing feelings, processing anger, and effective coping skills. The women’s program addresses problems such as sexual trauma, eating disorders, body image issues, and shame and guilt.
During a two-week “family restructuring” program, families live with their loved ones at the facility and attend group programs with them. The “College Bound” program allows residents to begin or continue college studies, or set and achieve other academic goals.
A variety of continuing care services are offered, including individual counseling, aftercare groups, alumni recharge weekends, and a buddy program.
According to the facility’s website, the treatment team includes a psychiatrist, and two master’s level therapists, one with special qualifications in trauma and sexual therapy. The eight reviewers polled on the staff’s level of training and experience at the time of this writing gave it an average rating of 3.38 out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Clients live in modern, gender-separate, apartment-style residences on a palm tree-lined street a few blocks from the beach. Photographs published on the facility’s website show a pool, lawn and patio areas, and fire pits. It is one of 76 centers across Florida that offer either short or long-term residential treatment options.
Caron describes its programs as family-focused and holistic. During a two-week “family restructuring” program, families live with their loved ones at the facility and attend group programs with them.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The 17 alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing are evenly split between positive and negative, with one neutral survey.
On the upside, a majority of the positive reviewers enjoyed the amenities offered high praise to the staff for helping turn their lives around.
Nearly half the reviewers described the program as very harsh. However, others suggest that the rigorous nature of the program is what makes it worthwhile. Unfortunately, some clients also noted a class component to treatment, feeling that it was aimed mainly at affluent clients, leaving them feeling alienated. Others felt the center was unreasonably priced.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The 10 loved ones polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing also provided mixed opinions, though in this case they skewed slightly more positive.
Reviewers repeatedly praised the family program, and one reviewer spoke highly of the vocational and college-bound programs. A few echoed the sentiments of alums in saying the tough love approach worked. One review said it helped “shake one out of old patterns.”
Still, several loved ones raised safety concerns about clients being released before they were ready either for violating the rules or because they could no longer pay. Numerous reviewers also echoed alumni by complaining about the facility’s treatment methods. “Very confrontational, demeaning, disrespectful of the client and family,” Brenn wrote.
Caron offers scholarships to qualifying individuals, and has relationships with financial loans companies to further increase the accessibility of treatment. The facility does not appear to accept insurance. The eight reviewers polled on the facility’s affordability at the time of this writing gave it a fairly low rating of 2.13 out of five stars.
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