About our Addiction Treatment Program for Young Men

Three Strands is a 90-day, wilderness-based addiction treatment program for young adult males (18-27 years old). Located on a 1,378-acre working ranch in Steamboat Springs, CO, Three Strands uses a trauma-informed treatment approach and cutting-edge clinical modalities to address the unique challenges of addiction and mental health disorders.

Living and working on the ranch, clients learn to cope with the challenges of everyday life and thrive in a lifestyle of recovery and purpose. Ranch life requires hard work and commitment, problem-solving and creativity, care and thoughtfulness. It requires accountability, integrity, honesty, and courage—all principles at the core of Three Strands’ mission.

The ranch experience provides the foundation needed for clients to get the most out of the next step—the 30-day wilderness expedition. Led by trained wilderness recovery specialists, this immersive outdoor experience is designed to both challenge and inspire. From the mountaintops of Colorado, clients gain confidence and find out how strong they really are.

Every step of the way, Three Strands’ hands-on, experiential model of care is supported by in-house comprehensive clinical services. From the moment you set foot on the ranch, you are part of the Three Strands family and we welcome you—and your loved ones—to the journey of recovery.


At Three Strands, safety is a top priority. We implement best practices, as defined below, to ensure our clients and staff are operating safely on the ranch and in the wilderness.

  • Required and ongoing professional safety, risk management, first aid training, and wilderness medicine training for all staff members
  • High-quality communication resources (satellite phone, SPOT Systems, radios, and cell phones) for consistent and immediate communication with on-call staff
  • 24-hour on-call support for emergency needs and client support
  • Robust risk management and safety protocols and procedures
  • Top-shelf client equipment and state-of-the-art medical equipment and procedures

Safety Support Teams

Three Strands maintains and continues to build strong relationships with medical and emergency professionals in our areas of operation. We have emergency response teams within a short distance of all of our wilderness and ranch locations—ready and willing to handle any situation, 24/7/365.

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

WFR training provides our staff with the tools, knowledge, and protocols to effectively respond to any situation in the wilderness. Training includes:

  • Basic life support
  • Responding to results of physical trauma
  • Management of bone and joint injuries such as fractures, sprains, strains, and dislocations
  • Management of head and spinal injuries
  • Managing altitude-related illnesses
  • Treatment of infectious diseases

Why 3 Strands?

Three Strands is a privately-owned treatment program designed to provide world-class treatment in a nurturing, home-like environment. Our 1,378-acre ranch in the heart of the Rocky Mountains provides a safe, comfortable, and peaceful space for recovery to begin.

Treatment at Three Strands starts with a 60-day ranch-based stay and ends with a 30-day therapeutic wilderness expedition. Every client’s journey is personalized to meet their individual needs and is fully supported by our in-house clinical care team. We treat young adult males (18-27) struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders, treating the mind, body, and spirit as one.

Our team has a deep, personal connection to the services we provide and is dedicated to serving individuals and their families with the highest quality of care. Every client is treated with dignity and respect—and every family becomes part of ours. Our family and community systems model works hard to help individuals transition from our ranch to healthy environments where they can utilize the skills they learned and thrive in a purpose-driven life.

At Three Strands, we help our clients to find joy in recovery and to build a life driven by Hope. Grit. Healing.

Hope. Grit.