Caron facility aims to better serve those with addictions

SOUTH HEIDELBERG TWP., Pa. - The fight against addiction is being taken to another level in Berks County. The Caron Treatment Center unveiled a new facility geared toward helping people get their lives back on track.

Starting Monday, the new center, named after Carole and Roy Neag, will start accepting patients.

For 60 years, the goal at Caron has been to help people. and that goal continues. By cutting the ribbon at the new center, Caron can help even more people.

"We are continuing that legacy of leading the way now. We have 10 physicians in it, 47 nurses doing research with University of Pennsylvania and Penn State Hershey," said Caron CEO Douglas Tieman.

The development of the new Carole and Ray Neag Medical Center has been 20 years in the making. Supporters got a chance to tour the facility, but center representatives said the founders would also be amazed and proud.

"This is really a dream come true for me," Tieman said.

The building will become the center point. It allows Caron to double the beds available for medical supervision and detoxification, which can be difficult for patients. Officials said they are better able to serve older adults and support research to create better treatments. On top of that, there's space for therapy programs, psychological services and much more.

"We want to have a place where it is as welcoming as possible," said medical director Joseph Garbely.

Garbely said the beginning stages of treatment are hard and having comfort is often the thing that helps people through the process.

"It just plants their feet in treatment and that's key," he said.

Addiction can impact anyone, which makes centers like Caron even more important.

"It's an illness. It's not about morality. It's not about who. This is a brain chemical disease and we can get medical help," said Tieman.

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