Wilderness Treatment Center

Wilderness Treatment Center Marion Montana

Wilderness Treatment Center offers residential addiction treatment for teen and adolescent males between the ages of 14 and 24. Treatment includes experiential adventure therapy, 12-Step services, family programming, individualized planning, medical supervision, and more. Clients are provided the opportunity to earn high school credits while participating in treatment. Courses provided include physical education, english, social studies, and psychology.


Nestled along the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains in Marion, Mont. on a 5,900-acre working cattle ranch, the Wilderness Treatment Center (WTC) is a residential substance rehab for teens and young men ages 14 to 24. The program combines a conventional 30-day rehab stay with a 16 to 21-day therapeutic wilderness excursion. Co-occurring disorders are also addressed, but there are no detox services on-site. Clients must be medically cleared prior to beginning treatment.


Wilderness Treatment Center is a part of the 35% of facilities in the country that is family-owned and operated. The treatment methods are based on the 12-Steps. During the first 30 days, clients live on the ranch and participate in therapeutic interventions such as group therapy, individual counseling, psychoeducational lectures, and 12-Step meetings both on and off-site.

In addition to traditional methods, clients also participate in activities such as hiking, equine-assisted therapy, rock climbing, and ropes courses. All residents are assigned chores, with tasks ranging from tending the land and feeding animals, to woodworking and helping in the kitchen.

After the first month, clients head-out into the mountains for a 21-day wilderness retreat, escorted by one of the addiction counselors and a wilderness instructor. There they are faced with the challenges of living without personal comforts and are taught how to camp and make their own food. Clients continue to participate in group and individual therapy while camping. When the three weeks are up, the group returns to the ranch and spends the remainder of their stay processing their wilderness experience and preparing for discharge.

Loved ones may participate in a specialized family week program. It lasts 4.5 days and focuses on showing family members what the treatment process is like. They participate in therapy sessions as well as the daily activities on the ranch. Clients still in high school can earn up to 2.5 school credits via educational courses.


The facility has a staff-to-client ratio of 1:5, and the clinical team includes a medical director, a consulting psychologist, and licensed addiction counselors. All wilderness instructors are certified wilderness first responders. The facility and program are ranked in the Top 100 Best Treatment Centers for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. The program is also Licensed by the State of Montana.


Originally built in 1924, the 35-bed ranch houses residents in rustic, single-level log cabins. Of the three alumni surveyed by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing, two gave the facility five out of five stars for its accommodations and amenities, and one gave the facility four out of five stars.


The three former clients surveyed by Best-rehabs.com gave Wilderness Retreat Center positive feedback. All noted that the program was serious and takes hard work. “They will make you work for your sobriety,” J.M.J. wrote. “This is ONLY for people SERIOUS about recovery,”, and an anonymous reviewer described the program as “strict but fair.”

The third Best-rehabs.com reviewer noted having a rough time staying sober since leaving WTC. However they did not fault the program–if anything, they credited WTC with helping them later in life through harder times. In general, all of the alumni indicated that the program was worth the cost.

On Google, Wilderness Treatment Center earned an average of 3.9 out of five stars from seven reviews. Two of the reviews were negative. Four of the reviews specifically mentioned the staff and how they were caring and quality. However, two alumni complained about the staff, whom they indicate were unprofessional and allowed drug use within the facility. Alum Riley went through the program twice and described how the program had changed from an “amazing experience” in 2012 to being “highly disappointed” in 2018.

On Facebook, which the facility can manage, Wilderness Treatment Center has a 4.5 out of five stars to date. Forty-nine reviewers gave five out of five star reviews. A lot of the feedback came from parents who were happy with the “trained, kind and loving” staff members.


Of the six loved ones surveyed by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing, most gave the facility positive reviews. The exception was D.G.D, who gave the facility just one star for its treatment effectiveness and described it as “the most unprofessional program that exists.”

However, overall, loved ones provided extremely positive feedback about the level of staff experience, giving this category some of the highest ratings. Loved ones were relatively satisfied with the available counseling options, but preferred the wilderness program in particular.

Staff Experience and Training: 4.75/5
Counseling Options: 3.5/5

Five of the reviewers praised the program for its skill-building activities, its straightforward treatment, and the effectiveness of its wilderness program.

Loved ones were neither satisfied or dissatisfied with the level of family participation offered at the facility, but concurred that they’d highly recommend the facility to others.

Likelihood to Recommend: 4.75/5
Family Participation: 3/5


The one current staffer polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave WTC mostly high ratings, including five out of five stars for its honesty, its patient loyalty, its staff’s level of training and experience, and its willingness to put patients’ interests first. The staff member would recommend the program to others who need it.


Currently, the cost of treatment at the Wilderness Treatment Center is $525 per day. Private insurance is accepted, and the program is in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield. Self-pay options are available through major credit cards, checks, and wire transfers. Financial assistance and healthcare loans can be acquired through the facility’s lending partner, Prosper Healthcare Lending.


Wilderness Treatment Center has a strong reputation and connection with the community since it has been providing treatments for community members for 30 years. Many people in the area have worked with or been affected by the services at the WTC. Local articles detail what the experience there is like from the perspective of the clients. The treatments focus on using nature to simplify clients’ lives, which continues to have an impact on the surrounding community.

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.facebook.com/pg/wildernesstreatmentcenter/reviews

Wilderness Treatment Center Reviews

wow, this place really helped me. Im 25 years old now, i was 19 when i showed up shaking from detoxing. Looking back, this place absolutely saved & pivoted my entire life. I was ready to get sober, i really was... i got a early start at 12 and by 19 i was on a pretty dark road. I remember the 1st day in the woods, i wanted to quit the first few miles in... Truly difficult and i bitched the entire way, those woods were rough for a spoiled, no perspective, never worked for a damn thing in my life 19 year old drug addict like myself. It was everything i needed for my transition, because after that long time in the bob marshal, after whipping my ass with leaves, after peaking mountains, after living in the woods for 30 days carrying 60lb packs i had actually accomplished something that i really didnt think i could.. I mean it was rough for me out there haha but when i came back i think that was the moment of momentum in my life because i had a level of accomplishment and confidence after that experience. The staff, the environment, the cabins... the woods.... No phones, no escape... I mean really, this place is what a sick person like myself needed. God, from beginning to end this place has the formula down. An experience that literally save & jumpstarted my life into a new one. 6 years sober last month.
It was aful do not send your kid there
My son was in a very dark place when he arrived in Montana. He went kicking and screaming and only agreed to go because he ran out of options. In the end, it turned out to be the experience of a lifetime. Today, two and a half years later, he still talks about his 21 day wilderness trip. It was truly life altering. He's working and taking online courses. I can't say enough about the staff and the program in general. Wilderness Treatment Center gave me my son back and for that I'll be forever grateful.
this place is a scam. The only reason they have a high success rate is because it is measured on a low timeframe of sobriety while patients are still in another sober living. The cabins you live in are very old, small, and you share them with 8 people. Then you spend 2 weeks out in the wilderness. That part can be fun, however, the gear you are using is all very old and has been used my multiple people before you (Even the 2 pairs of socks you get for your 14 -21 day adventure in the wilderness with no showers or bathrooms). I support people getting sober but they should go to AA instead of going here. Also you spend the weekends doing chores around the farm. So it's like you are paying them a ton of money and in return you get to do work for them which is obviously messed up. You can seriously recover from this disease for free. Since completing this rehab. I have seen people who were in it with me. However none of them are sober. You have to be ready to actually quit, you can't just send them here. Also You only get two monitored calls with your family per week. I think they have a lot to hide from families that they don't want them to see as far as how they run their program. Overall seems like a very dishonest business.
This place It is completely toxic it’s truly disgusting I’m not one of those ppl who think normal manly things are toxic. no!!! I absolutely love the outdoors and think this place is horrendous my number is 734 497 1299 I lost all the toe nails on feet during a “trip” and the pack was too heavy for me I was 135 lbs at the time of the “trip“ My pack was too heavy for me and I could barely move already on top of my feet being sour because I lost my toe nails and was then bullied for not being able to keep up awhile I was injured the staff said absolutely nothing they said well we are stuck out here there’s nothing we can do they actually made bets with each other if my foot would turin green and fall off!!!