Beyond the Trek This program offers longer-term treatment for young adults coming out of the trek programs, or who need continuing care. Our Ranch program is designed specifically for young adults who want to get clean and healthy. Our structured daily schedule involves ranch chores, volunteering in the local community, attending school, holistic meals and trek expeditions. Increasing the Odds Rites of Passage Ranch is a therapeutic treatment center in Washington. With three- and six-month extended-stay continuing care programs, the Ranch provides students with a safe, stable and supportive environment for recovery. The Ranch is “home base,” and students have a daily routine that clears away distractions and challenges them to confront their issues in a healthy way. An integral component of the therapeutic process is our solid wilderness adventure trek program, which guides students toward self-reliance, self-respect, patience and maturity. In addition to wilderness expeditions, we integrate equine therapy, holistic nutrition and transitional work programs that focus on long-term sobriety and spiritual wellness. Students develop and strengthen the physical, emotional, and social muscles they need to recover and chart a new course for their lives. We believe that we live and work on recovery as a community, and, while ultimately the journey toward sobriety is a personal one, it is best undertaken in the company of friends. The value of support systems cannot be underestimated.
ABOUT RITES OF PASSAGE WILDERNESS PROGRAMS
Located on the Olympic Peninsula in northwest Washington state, Rites of Passage NW offers a long-term, residential program designed for young adults and adolescents (ages 16 to 30) who are struggling with substance abuse and/or co-occurring disorders. Rites of Passage NW also facilitates wilderness therapy trek programs for children, adolescents, and adults, which are designed to treat a range of emotional, behavioral, and psychological issues through immersive wilderness treks.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Rites of Passage NW offers two types of treatment programs: wilderness therapy trek programs and The Ranch, a long-term residential program. Before beginning a wilderness therapy program, clients undergo an initial assessment and physical examination.
After an orientation period, wilderness therapy trek programs involve wilderness expeditions through national parks. During these trips, patients learn responsibility through low-impact camping, cooking, navigating, hiking, and a range of adventure-based activities. Along with wilderness therapy, clients also participate in daily counseling sessions with a licensed therapist and perform various trust-building and problem-solving exercises with peers. While the duration of Wilderness Therapy Trek Programs vary, clients must commit to a minimum of six weeks.
Typically lasting between three and six months, The Ranch residential program utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), as well as 12-step involvement. Clients participate in individual therapy, group counseling sessions, and wilderness therapy through hiking, learning survival skills, camping, and treks.
Residents also can engage in equine therapy, vocational training, and school. They must perform daily chores, and are required to gain employment or volunteer within the community.
Rites of Passage NW employs a sizable team, including a resident physician, wilderness instructors, logistic coordinators, licensed mental health counselors, family therapists, and clinical social workers.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Overlooking the South Puget Sound, The Ranch offers upscale accommodations, which include both double occupancy and private bedrooms, spacious communal areas, a hot tub, and outdoor porches. The campus also features an on-site vegetable garden and working alpaca farm.
Across eight Best-rehabs.com surveys, individuals gave the facility’s accommodations an average rating of 4.87 out of five stars. Four loved ones and two alumni also provided a perfect five-star average rating for the quality of exercise and leisure activities.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
While alumni feedback to Best-rehabs.com is limited, the one survey respondent to date praised the program emphatically in nearly all areas, providing five-star ratings for the staff’s level of training and experience and the inclusion of holistic treatment methods. The alum, Isabella, wrote that the program offered a “stunning backdrop” for treatment and described the owners as “two of the warmest hearted, and inspirational people I have ever known.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Loved ones also gave positive ratings for almost all areas of the program. When asked if they would recommend the program all five loved ones polled offered a perfect five out of five-star rating. At the time of this writing, the five loved ones polled by Best-rehabs.com all provided perfect five out of five star ratings for the level of the staff’s experience. “The staff they hire is exceptional. They gave my son a second chance at life,” Whitney, a mother of a client, wrote.
Reviewers also gave an average 4.8 stars for family participation. M.S., another parent, cited “communication with parents” as a program strength, and added: “He came home a new person with a positive self image.”
Rites Of Passage charges $445 per day for a minimum 90-day intensive wilderness therapy program. There is also an additional $1,200 fee for enrollment and a $125 admission fee. The Ranch residential program costs $320 per day.