Caron Renaissance

Caron Renaissance

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.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

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 Best-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 Best-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.

FINANCING

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.

Reviews about Caron Renaissance

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One of the few treatment centers that are willing to focus on parents of addicts. Excellent job addressing enabling and codependency. Their family weekends were very powerful
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My ex-fiance went to Caron and is still there in their transitions program. He seemed very positive when I talked to him and really seems to enjoy it there. Good extracurricular activities Staff interaction and communication among each other.
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  • Very intensive behavior based treatment. Not for everyone, but it's unique and effective. The transition out could have been a lot smoother. Putting people in a position to effectively address all their problems and deal with underlying issues that one wouldn't know contributes to their addiction. Staff are almost telepathic in their ability to read their patients. There is no help with the transition from a closed environment to the real word. It makes sense since people have to deal with the real world right away, however it feels like a very cold business transaction. Your done paying so you can go now. Even non-profits have a bottom-line I guess.
    I credit my life being saved to AA, but the therapists at renaissance definitely played a major role. Yes, the treatment is no joke and I don't agree with everything they do. But the alternative (death) is much worse. The clinical director is the most genuine, generous, and caring person I have ever met. I am now in school full time with a 4.0. I have an amazing life. I have my family back and real friends. The therapists at renaissance don't just leave their work at the door... my current therapists still reach out to be on a daily basis just to see how I'm doing. They care. I recommend this place for late-stage addicts and alcoholics. It's definitely a last resort type treatment center. For the right patient, it works.
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  • To briefly qualify, I was a patient at CR the Summer of 2015. I rarely ever waste my time reaching out to review anything online, so please understand that I'm going far out of my norm to implore you to not send your loved ones here. Your daughter/son/brother etc. deserves a chance to get sober with dignity and respect. This place will do ANYTHING to get your money. ANYTHING. They will lie to families. I do not come from wealth. My parents were swindled into paying for this out of fear. I was lucky enough to find a sober house to accept me within 24 hours as they gave me 24 hour notice to leave cause they didn't get their money. Effectively, I stood up for what I believe and know to be true; dignity. Moral of the story is that I went to a facility in NH focused upon the 12 steps of AA that does not advertise. They didn't baby me, but they treated me human. No more, no less. And I got sober. An alcoholic of the hopeless variety as it is said in the book. I'm an engineer with a great job, dog and a family that got their son back. Please I beg of you, if you are considering this institution, heed my warning. Your loved one might not be as lucky as me. You must concede to the notion that this could be the last decision you make on behalf of your loved one...
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  • Stay away !!! They place women in the mens wing when they don't have enough beds !!!! It's all about the money !!!! You can't have a real cup of coffee because caffeine is a drug, but they have smoking breaks and if you don't do out and "socialize" with the smokers, it is seen as a negative !!! The staff is also rude... having a staff member walk through the dinning hall and stop at your table with a large cup of Dunkin Donuts and clients are stuck with bad decaf!!!!
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  • Family therapists were good. Primary therapists were bad. They need to incorporate compassion in their treatment philosophy. If a client breaks a rule or doesn't follow program directions, they are put out on the street. Our primary therapist was incompetent and was the downfall of our potential success.
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  • I didn't go. He seemed to be happy with it.
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  • 2 members of my family attended Caron Renaissance and both are living productive and sober lives to this day. The program's focus on family recovery was essential to helping change the conflict and resentment between my parents and siblings. Recovering from addiction is hard but there is no program that is better at helping families deal with the complex issues of addiction.
    CR caters to upper class. I was there on a scholarship, so my job search was only a week long. But my roommate was on job search for close to three months.. They completely screwed my relationship with my family and even now my mom says she wishes she NEVER allowed herself to be manipulated by the staff, who are absolutely CRAZY!! Nothing you do is right...and are totally brutal in their approach to "recovery" --if that's what u wanna even call it. It's basically them screaming at you. Don't even get me started on the restructuring program. My mother came and it was an absolute mess. The "Ca" took pics of my room that was completely clean.. They took pics of a glass of water .. I repeat A GLASS OF WATER. and at my next group threw.. THREW the pics at me in front of my mom and screamed in my face for an hour about how disrespectful I was for leaving my area that way...it's hard to take anything they say seriously cause they're always yelling and being outrageous!! Like I said they cater to a rich crowd.. If ur there on scholarship don't expect the same treatment as the Rich folks who can keep shoveling money into their rediculus program. I wouldn't send my worst enemy there. To add salt to the wound I completed treatment only to be asked to leave the property two days before Xmas when all I knew where the people there. STAY AWAY
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  • I am a alumni from Renaissance from 2014. This place gave me a opportunity of a life time offering me a scholarship to their treatment center which saved my life. The care and that you get at Renaissance is like no other. They know how to get to the root of the problem and give you all the tools to be able to get through it. I was a hopeless addict for a long time and now my life has completely changed. I am just very grateful and blessed to be given the opportunity to be able to go to Renaissance. I believe that if you want to get better or have a loved on that you want to get better there is no better place to get them the help they need!
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  • This is a center basically designed for young spoiled brats who have gotten into some trouble and their parents are sick of them. But if they don't clean their rooms or have jobs, you can sure count on the institute to whip em into shape. As for myself having supported myself for most of my adult life, and it truly an alcoholic, this place is a waste of time and money. A therapist telling me im a narcissistic person has no type of impact on me whatsoever. They say its about my behaviors. Sure. It took me a long time to realize that the only way for me to stay sober it have a spiritual experience through the 12 steps of AA. Pretty sure its been around since 1935 and saved millions of REAL ALCOHOLICS LIVES......But if your a parent with a pain in the butt spoiled child, this would be the place for them.
    I was a guest at Ocean Drive for 56 days. The staff is amazing, if you are willing, they will help you achieve success.
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  • Two of our children were treated at Caron Renaissance. Although it was difficult, at times, for them both, they continue to maintain their sobriety and to give back to the community from which they received so much. The Family Restructuring is an essential part of the program at Renaissance and it was a good way to deal with issues that were contributing to the illness of our children. I do highly recommend Caron Renaissance!
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    If you want an ACCURATE conceptualization of what Caron Renaissance is and WHY they do what they do please take a minute to read my personal testimony. I am a recovered alcoholic, a graduate student, a loving daughter, sister, aunt, and friend and most importantly I have self-esteem and I am proud of the woman I am today. Caron did more then save my life...it gave me a whole new one that I could never have dreamed of. Whether you are the addict or a concerned family member I guarantee you will be enlightened. Two years ago I went to Caron Renaissance for my addiction and mental health issues and stayed for 6 months. Being far from home and in another country it was a difficult transition. What separates Caron from the average treatment center is that the philosophy treats the entire person as well as their family and NOT just the addiction. The problem with simply focusing on the addiction is the FACT that drugs and alcohol are just a symptom of the "living problem." Every single addict and alcoholic walking the earth has a LIFE PROBLEM. The reason why Caron does what they do is because the therapeutic team treats the real problem that CAUSES the addiction. Caron is the top of the food chain when it comes to quality of care, trained experts, and long-term results. In order to remain sober an individual must experience a personality change and fix the living problem. Without tough love, direct feedback, appropriate guidance, and expert insight it is unfortunately not possible. This is why so many people who complete the program do not relapse, with me included. Working in the addictions field myself it breaks my heart to see the high rate of relapse that comes out of the majority of other treatment programs. There is a solution. At Caron I learned to face my demons in EVERY possible aspect, to grow up and be a woman of integrity, to gain self-esteem, to tackle my mental health issues, to own up to my mistakes, to recognize how my behavior and addiction has harmed my family, to realize that I am capable of success, and to be an independent woman. When I first got to treatment I knew it was my last chance and without Caron I firmly believe I would not be here today. I apologize for all the poor reviews of this outstanding facility. My family is forever in gratitude to Caron Renaissance and I am so grateful to have them back today. In life they say real friends tell you what you NEED to hear rather than what you WANT to hear. As far as I'm concerned the staff members at Caron Renaissance are among the best friends I have ever had.
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  • This place is designed for young men ages 18-25 though there are female patients (less than 25%) and some people over 25 (about 15%). This is a break you down and build you back up treatment model. Google search "Attack Therapy" before you consider this place. No patient will like being there. Of course almost everybody that completes this program will either have no money to leave (their parents are paying) or they have big legal problems and need a letter of completion to show a judge. Almost nobody that had the means to leave stayed during my time there. Forget about 84 days. Unless you are there on scholarship a patient can expect to stay at least 6 months. The ultimate goal of treatment is to have the patient get a job in south Florida and then move to a half-way house where they will live for the foreseeable future. In a nutshell, a large part of Renaissance’s treatment philosophy is based on relocation (almost always involuntary). Google search “Florida Recovery Model”. While there, patients will be expected to keep their living areas extremely clean, will have regular manufactured fights with staff, designed to break the patient down and they will be prohibited from making any phone calls or internet use. In short, they aim to stress the patient to the point of breaking them in an environment where they will not have drugs and alcohol as coping mechanisms. The thinking being that if a patient can handle a situation as emotionally stressful as Renaissance without their go to crutch, then real life will be manageable too upon completion. This facility is targeted towards young patients with family, behavioral and substance abuse issues. For the right person it could work. For the wrong person it is a waste of time (and lots of money) at best and very destructive at worst.
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  • I spent 9 months at Caron Renaissance. It was an absolutely terrifying experience. Let me say: the reps here will say practically anything to get you in the door and under their thumb and will keep you there for as long as possible for maximum profit. My 9 month stay was not atypical. I didn't see a single person complete the program in under 6 months(!!!).They will say whatever they can to keep your loved one here as long as possible. It is an extremely toxic environment. These are just a couple things; I could practically write a book about why you should not send someone here. One more example: when patients break a serious rule they put them on a kind of "leave" for a few days or even weeks depending on the severity. The residences are in a very bad neighborhood.
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  • My expectations were not met. Unprofessional treatment of broken relationships and judgmental behavior is not acceptable. Also very expensive. I would not recommend.
    CR is for those who want to look honestly at themselves and begin to take responsibility while appreciating the nature of the disease. An absolutely phenomenal place with therapist who work extremely hard with every individual and family.
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  • Don't make the same mistake I made! DON'T GET CLOSE TO THAT PLACE!!!
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  • Way too expensive. The staff was exceptionally professional, highly educated, intelligent and compassionate. The facility was clean, bussiness like.
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  • A-typical treatment style. Believes in preparing the patient for the real world and being able to handle emotional hardship and strew without seeking external solutions. Grueling and difficult, but develops ego strength and allows for the patient to navigate previous history and family dynamic. Does not take insurance. Is not "cushy" or for the faint of heart. Does not provide detox. I completed their program 2 years ago. I walked in a fearful, shamed, and sick little boy. I walked out a man who had an understanding of his weaknesses but was u afraid to address them. Their clinical staff and philosophy is unlike anything I had researched. Very difficult 84 day (minimum) program, but it taught me not only how to live a sober life, but also be a productive and responsible man of integrity.
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    I am the parent of a patient and as such I have attended therapy, family, and group therapy here. This is a phenomenal, long-term individualized program that teaches family members and the patient how to change in ways that are healthy and forward-thinking. Their vocational, alumni, group and college bound programs are unparalleled for any treatment center anywhere. After all, what's a young person in recovery going to do when they leave? How are they going to support themselves while integrating sobriety into their young lives? Without the Caron Renaissance style of empowering patients to plan and organize for their future after leaving, recovery would be far more compromised. Caron Renaissance is not a program just to get off drugs or alcohol. It's a program about living a life with integrity, in which addressing one's sobriety is factored into one's daily living. If families and patients stop and think that what they have been doing until they arrived at this place has not been getting anywhere, then listening with an open mind and heart to what they are saying brings hope and change, even if it is not the kind of change one hoped for. This is a tough, demanding program which is why I highly recommend Caron Renaissance.
    The discharge procedures are dangerous and life-threatening. When a patient violates the rules, the patient can be thrown out immediately without sufficient precautions.
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  • Don't even consider Caron as an option! Confrontational therapy is proven not to work! ... If I could I would buy it and shut it down. Again, DON'T EVEN CONSIDER IT. There are tons of great treatment options out there that can actually help!
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  • I greatly enjoyed most the aspects about the facility. however, they could have used more holistic offerings and exercise opportunities.
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  • Consistency was a great attribute of the program. However, I did not enjoy the weekend programs.
    Make sure you have enough money to allow your loved one to finish the program. As soon as the money stops coming in they will put them out on the streets. I do not recommend this facility.
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  • Although they deny this on all levels, this facility is a business and it is all about money/profit. As long as you do exactly what they tell you to do (does not matter is you agree with the intervention or not), you will have a good relationship with the counselors. If you disagree, you may find yourself on the curb. Once they know you disagree, you become a problem family and they will dump you without a thought or explanation. If you disagree with a treatment, you become more trouble than you are worth. If you do not go for the visits, clinical days, restructuring when they ask, you are no longer a money source and no longer fit under the Caron Renaissance philosophy of profit above all, you are nothing to them. Their treatment is driven by fear and dependence. Most parents willing to use Caron Renaissance have good incomes and are willing to do anything to help their addicts. Counselors encourage dependence and instill fear in families so they are afraid to question the sometimes-ridiculous methods of the counselors. Some counselors are truly talented but some are cold, critical, and incompetent and can be dangerous to vulnerable addicts. Confrontational therapy is no longer looked at as appropriate treatment of addicted individuals. Addicts and their families deserve evidence-based and compassionate care. Addicts can stress a family beyond description and in my opinion, Caron Renaissance does nothing except contribute to that stress and more. Please look carefully at rehabs for your loved ones. There are many facilities out there that will care for your family member with good, evidenced-base treatment and the dignity to provide treatment that helps rebuild their lives versus tearing down the entire family structure. The entire family can be damaged by this toxic treatment.
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  • I think the treatment and care provided, while at times challenging, was extremely helpful and worthy in the long run. Strengths were the treatment options, long term care, after care, work programs. Downfalls were harshness, family support, living situations.
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  • This is a tough program that brings the family into treatment along with the patient. Addiction can be a death sentence or jail sentence, and the therapists have very little time to help everyone take active strides to change. Sometimes it involves allowing a patient to rebuild their life with support of the Caron therapists and alumni - free from the family patterns that have hit a wall. Yes, they do shake people out of their complacency. We were willing to listen and follow instructions. We told our daughter her life was between her and them; not us. We'd be there for her if and when she began living an honest, productive life. She needed time to figure out what that meant to her. Caron gave her that time. No, it wasn't easy, it is tough and often confrontational, just to shake one out of old patterns. I highly recommend Caron Renaissance to people who realize that what they have been doing so far, isn't working - people who will be open to change. Knowing our daughter was in excellent hands, we did not mind the months apart. In the end, everyone grew by leaps and bounds. Having seen the insides of five other treatment centers, the level of expertise, experience, professionalism at Caron Renaissance is lightyears ahead. Their methods are unique for good reason. The quality of clinical care is outstanding. But family members have to be ready and willing to listen and learn.
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  • Please, if you are considering sending your loved one here, think about it. They do not disclose much on their website for a reason. ... They do not allow their clients to speak to family members for the first month and if you are lucky you may have one supervised 30 minute call a week after the first month. ... I could go on forever. All I know is that I have been out for over a year and I going through therapy now just to deal with the emotional damage I received from being screamed at "therapists" for 5 months straight and not being allowed to speak to my mom the whole time. Their method of "rehabilitating" is very unorthodox and inhuman- many leave worse and more insecure and broken then when they arrived.
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  • ... It's been five (5) years since my experiences at Caron Renaissance and I have nightmares to this day. I was encouraged to enter Caron Renaissance because of addiction to pain killers and PTSD, but the experience at this facility has only intensified the PTSD...I have remained clean and sober only because I choose to do so...There is no justification for being treated like an animal because you are an addict. None.
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  • I don't agree with the facility's philosophy whatsoever. I felt as thought they made the patients feel poorly about themselves, when they are vulnerable already. They lacked communication with families. I felt as though they were disrespectful towards the patient's and their family members. I would not recommend Caron Renaissance. However, a positive attribute about the facility could be that the housing allowed my son to stay clean and sober.
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  • From the 1st day my son arrived at Caron Renaissance our whole family changed. Granted the Elephant was out of the room which was a big relief. My sons therapist and our family therapist were updating us weekly w/good and bad news. Our family therapist helped us all change. Our focus changed to us and not the patient. We were all convinced the family is the patient. We were introduced to other families that have completed Caron and they helped us see our families distortions that have been collected along the years of my sons addiction. My son focused on himself and we focused on our individual needs. Our family workshop was a 3-day intense groups which included 4 or 5 other families. During these 3 days we all found out we were not alone and that my family was not unique, That many others are going through the same terror of a family member who is addicted.
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  • Although they deny this on all levels, this facility is a business and it is all about money/profit. As long as you do exactly what they tell you to do (does not matter if you agree with the intervention or not), you will have a good relationship with the counselors. If you disagree, you may find yourself on the curb. Once they know you disagree, you become a problem family and they will dump you without a thought or explanation. If you disagree with a treatment, you become more trouble than you are worth. If you do not go for the visits, clinical days, restructuring when they ask, you are no longer a money source and no longer fit under the Caron Renaissance philosophy of profit above all, you are nothing to them... Most parents willing to use Caron Renaissance have good incomes and are willing to do anything to help their addicts. ...Some counselors are truly talented but some are cold, critical, and incompetent and can be dangerous to vulnerable addicts. Confrontational therapy is no longer looked at as appropriate treatment of addicted individuals. Addicts and their families deserve evidence-based and compassionate care. Addicts can stress a family beyond description and in my opinion, Caron Renaissance does nothing except contribute to that stress and more. Please look carefully at rehabs for your loved ones. There are many facilities out there that will care for your family member with good, evidenced-base treatment and the dignity to provide treatment that helps rebuild their lives versus tearing down the entire family structure. The entire family can be damaged by this toxic treatment.
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  • Only interested in the addict as long as you can pay. Very confrontational, demeaning, disrespectful of the client and family...There are so many rehab facilities that are caring and compassionate...Do your homework and choose a humane treatment center for your loved one.
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  • We were assigned a family therapist who worked with us throughout our sons in patient part of treatment. Family week. My son received amazing treatment worth every penny. My problem is with Insurance carriers who refuse to pay for treatment.
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  • Don't send you loved ones here.
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