Wilderness Treatment Center is a 60 day inpatient
chemical dependency treatment facility for adolescents / young men
between the ages of 14 and 24. It combines a conventional 30 day
inpatient stay with a 16-21 day wilderness expedition. As always, each
of the expeditions is staffed by one of the counselors and a wilderness
instructor for the duration of the trip. The two components and length
of stay allow Wilderness Treatment Center graduates to be farther in
the recovery process than those leaving a 28 day program. Since its
inception in 1983, Wilderness Treatment Center has successfully treated
young men from the world over. The Treatment Center’s primary goal is
to introduce the adolescents to a way of life free from drugs and
alcohol with an increased self-esteem and a feeling of empowerment.
Rugged and challenging activities such as backpacking, cross country
skiing, rappelling, ranch work, and a wilderness expedition, offer an
adventuresome and disciplined setting that can lead to effective
change. Living with a chemical dependent adolescent or young adult, is
not easy. His chemical use and behavior affects the whole family.
Often, parents have lost all sense of trust and hope.