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Journal Entries

The Clinical Value of Getting on Nature’s Schedule
By Maggie McCutchan

Central to our approach in working with young men is the experiential aspect. The ranch itself is a recovery tool—and time. Time to allow the treatment to have an impact. Living and working on a ranch, and learning how to cope with the challenges of everyday life has a healing effect. Ranch life requires hard work and commitment, problem-solving and accountability. And it yields psychological rewards.

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THE LESSONS OF THE WILDERNESS TREK
By Ben DeMarco

We get these guys into situations they did not anticipate and realize they can overcome these challenges. It represents the core of our treatment approach. Here’s how it played out day by day in our Trek Diary.

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Planning a wilderness trekTHE HEALING POWER OF WILDERNESS
By Jeff Berens

An important part of our unique life-affirming program is the wilderness experience. On our recent December trek, the team had to brave the harsh winter conditions of the Rocky Mountains.

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SPIRITUALITY AND THE 12 STEPS
by Patrick Hawkins

Many addiction experts and people in recovery believe that reconnecting with a sense of spirituality is crucial to maintaining long-term recovery. But what kind of spirituality are we talking about and how do we reconnect with it? 

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Hope. Grit.

Healing.