Young Meets Old as Caron Acquires Hanley Treatment Center

By Dirk Hanson 05/12/11

Two of the nation’s best-known addiction treatment organizations announced on Thursday that they plan to merge.

Caron Treatment Centers expands.
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We don’t know if this signals a trend, but both the economy and the changing nature of addiction treatment may be sparking some sort of reshuffling of the players. Caron Treatment Centers, an addiction rehab organization known for its programs aimed at adolescents and young adults, announced that it will acquire the Hanley Center of West Palm Beach, Florida--an equally well-known treatment facility specializing in programs for baby boomers and older adults. Caron Treatment Centers has been operating for more than 50 years, and is known for  gender-specific treatment programs. The Hanley Center’s treatment is tailored around the “Hanley Model of Care,” which is based upon age-specific rehabilitation programs.

Caron Treatment Centers is a leading, non-profit provider of addiction treatment services in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Hanley Center will operate as a Caron affiliate starting this July, according to Doug Tieman, president and chief executive officer of Caron. Both Caron and the Hanley Center are non-profit operations. Details of the acquisition were not disclosed. “By combining our collective experience, we will now be able to provide even stronger evidence-based treatment,” said Tieman. Tieman has spent more than 25 years in the addiction treatment field, and began his career with the Hazelden Foundation. Caron is involved in research efforts with the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, Brown University, and the Treatment Research Institute. It conducts on-campus training for physicians and other health care professionals, and does alcohol and drug prevention in 250 school districts along the east coast.

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Dirk Hanson, MA, is a freelance science writer and the author of The Chemical Carousel: What Science Tells Us About Beating Addiction. He is also the author of The New Alchemists: Silicon Valley and the Microelectronics Revolution. He has worked as a business and science reporter for numerous magazines and trade publications including Wired, Scientific American, The Dana Foundation and more. He currently edits the Addiction Inbox blog. Email: [email protected]