Nation's Leading Treatment Center Praises New Rx Addiction Treatments But Cautions Against 'Magic Bullet' Mystique
Caron Foundation Changes Name to Reflect Treatment Emphasis
WERNERSVILLE, Pa., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Caron Treatment Centers, formerly Caron Foundation, one of the nation's oldest and most respected addiction treatment centers, praised the pharmaceutical industry today for offering Vivitrol --a new, powerful medication to help patients in recovery -- but emphasized such agents should be part of a complete treatment approach. While Vivitrol, a new once-a-month injection to treat alcoholism, will help patients deal with their cravings, authorities say addicts still have to seek counseling and support to be successful in their recovery. "These medications reach the neurotransmitters in the brain to stop physical cravings, but addicts can still think about drugs most of the time if they don't deal with the issues that drive their addiction. Studies show that we must help people understand their behaviors in addition to treating their brain chemistry if there is to be hope for long-term sobriety and recovery," said Dr. Joseph Troncale, M.D., medical director for Caron, a not-for-profit organization. Troncale said he was pleased that Alkermes, of Cambridge, Mass., and Cephalon, of Frazer, Pa., the companies making and marketing Vivitrol, plan to emphasize that the drug must be used in conjunction with counseling or group therapy to achieve the best results. With other addiction fighting medications in various phases of review at the FDA, however, the treatment community fears public confusion might result without repeated emphasis on the importance of psychological and social support for addiction. Experts agree the key is to realize that addiction is a chronic disease like diabetes or hypertension, requiring lifelong attention. Impacted by the growth of addiction and alcoholism as America's top health problems, Caron recently changed its name from the Caron Foundation to Caron Treatment Centers to better describe its evolution and expansion over the past 50 years as an organization offering the most extensive continuum of addiction care in the United States. "Caron Treatment Centers more accurately describes our mission of treating patients and their families, while continuing to conduct clinical research to find and validate better methods of substance abuse treatment," said Doug Tieman, Caron president and CEO. Many studies have documented that the U.S. is experiencing an epidemic in addiction to alcohol and various legal and illegal drugs. Alcoholism's economic impact alone in the U.S. is estimated at more than $166.5 billion annually, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. An estimated two million American adolescents 12-17 years old needed treatment for an alcohol or illicit drug problem in 2002, but only 186,000 received it, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Caron Treatment Centers treats more than 4,000 patients each year at its 225 bed residential facility in Wernersville. It also has a recovery center in New York City, a regional office in Philadelphia and its Renaissance Institute in Boca Raton, Fla. "As one of the leaders in addiction treatment, we look forward to continuing our mission of helping people seeking recovery with our current campuses and the new facilities we are planning in the eastern United States," said Tieman. The organization was founded by Richard Caron, a Reading, Pa., industrialist and recovering alcoholic, in 1957. Originally called Chit Chat Farms, it functioned as a place where people with substance abuse problems could come for helpful conversation and counseling. The name was changed to Caron Foundation in the mid 1980s, but this caused confusion, as people assumed it was dispensing funds rather than functioning as a non-profit institution providing treatment services for a fee. Caron's mission is to provide an enlightened and caring treatment community in which all those affected by alcoholism or other drug addiction may begin a new life. Contacts: Missy Orlando, Caron Beth Mallard, Edelman (610) 743-6101 (212) 704-4545 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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