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Teen Drug & Alcohol Therapy

SageWalk Wilderness School has provided students and families with intervention, assessment, and long range rehab treatment for over 10 years. SageWalk is a year round therapeutic program, licensed by the State of Oregon as an Outpatient Chemical Dependency Program for troubled teens.

SageWalk provides a unique safe, secure, and sober environment for students to discover the harm of using drugs and alcohol. The wilderness and absence of external distractions along with a DBT approach to therapy, provides the environment and support needed for a student to identify the changes they need to make in order to enjoy a normal healthy lifestyle.

Laurie Wilmot, LCSW, and Joshua LaCross CADCI are our Primary CD Counselors, with over 12 years combined experience as a Chemical Dependency Counselors working with at-risk youth and their families. Laurie and Joshua provide a dynamic therapeutic counseling team, utilizing a holistic approach, with the overall goal of increasing the student's motivation and commitment to life changes.

All students receive an ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) Assessment and then placed in one of three levels of treatment. Narcotics Anonymous (NA) groups are also held in the field and each student works through a 12 step workbook with support from Laurie and Joshua. If a student is resisting the components of the 12 step model, Laurie and Joshua will then work with the student to compose additional and alternative treatment modalities to lead them forward to a sober healthy life style.

All students who graduate from SageWalk will leave with an assessment of their current risk for further drug use/abuse, and a home plan for continued success. Their Relapse Prevention Plan is team effort, constructed by the student, the parents, the SageWalk Therapist, and the student's CD Counselor.

Teenage Drug & Alcohol Abuse Treatment

  • ASAM PPC 2R (Adolescent Placement Criteria Assessment) and Placement in Level .5 Level I or II.I Treatment at SageWalk.
  • Substance dependency and mental health assessment (dual diagnosis)
  • Weekly process and psycho educational groups
  • Full psychological testing available
  • Individual counseling with primary therapist and CADC I
  • NA meetings held in field
  • We use the 12-step workbook "My Personal Journal" with additional Recovery Passage Work
  • Students that do not work well with 12 steps get ADDITIONAL & COMPLIMENTARY treatment modalities
  • DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) techniques including mindfulness, distress tolerance, and skills groups
  • All students will be educated of their current risk factors for relapse
  • We are licensed by State of Oregon office of Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • All of our therapists have extensive experience working with dual diagnosis students
  • Formulate individual relapse prevention and transition plans
  • Creation of individual treatment plans
  • Completion of daily recovery log
  • Recommendations for discharge planning and possible residential treatment

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