Regional Resource Director
7315 Wisconsin Avenue Suite 790 East
Bethesda, MD 20814
Shannon Harris is the Regional Resource Director for Caron Treatment Centers serving the Maryland and DC area. The Caron regional recovery center in Bethesda, MD is a key resource for professionals, the recovering community and Caron alumni. The recovery center provides information and referral services, and helps to ensure that patients who are leaving treatment and live in the Washington area are aware of the numerous services available to support their recovery.
Caron is a leader in non-profit behavioral health and addiction treatments. With nearly 60 years of experience, we’ve impacted the lives of thousands.
Caron's mission is to transform lives impacted by addiction and substance use through proven, comprehensive and personalized behavioral healthcare solutions. We are dedicated to delivering evidence-based, gender-specific behavioral health and addiction programming, all while treating patients and families with the respect and compassion they deserve. United by compassion for every person who comes to us for help, we advocate for every individual and their family through personalized treatment and financial accessibility. Above all, we strive to ease the pain of individuals and families by restoring health, hope, spirituality and relationships, ultimately preparing them for lifelong recovery.
In 1957, Richard J. Caron, a recovering alcoholic, and his wife, Catherine, opened their home to people who needed guidance and support in recovery. Richard and his wife spent hours chit chatting with anyone who came to them for help.
Two years later, the Carons purchased a historic resort on South Mountain in Wernersville, Pennsylvania and opened Chit Chat Farms – a facility that soon grew and gained an international reputation for excellence as one of the first and foremost chemical dependency treatment centers in the United States - an organization that set the standard for early addiction treatment. Chit Chat Farms, lovingly called Magic Mountain by the thousands of patients and families who have experienced healing there, pioneered the addiction treatment industry in many ways. It was one of the first facilities to admit and treat female alcoholics, and it was one of the first to incorporate psychological treatment components with the traditional 12-Step approach. After helping thousands of patients, Chit Chat was renamed Caron to honor its late founders in 1983.
Through industry highs and lows, Caron has stood fast in its mission to transform lives impacted by addiction and substance use through proven, comprehensive and personalized behavioral healthcare solutions. Dick Caron was a man of vision and hope, faithfully supported by his wife, Catherine.
We blend the latest evidence-based practices from medicine and psychology with historically proven addiction treatment methods like, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, 12-Step integration, motivational interviewing, addiction counseling, and positive peer culture. Our approach also includes health, fitness, and nutrition; education for patients and their families; and spirituality. Every patient has an integrated, multidisciplinary team of highly trained and credentialed staff members who are full-time and onsite. The team creates personalized treatment plans that are based on each patient’s individual needs.