Gray Wolf Ranch

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Gray Wolf Ranch offers young men a supportive and structured environment in which to practice sobriety and gain the self-awareness and confidence to go out on their own. Gray Wolf Ranch is located in Port Townsend, Washington.

Gray Wolf Ranch Focus:

Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Treatment Centers focus on helping individuals recover from substance abuse, including alcohol and drug addiction (both illegal and prescription drugs). They often include the opportunity to engage in both individual as well as group therapy.

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.

Alcoholism

The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person’s mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Rehab Services:

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does Gray Wolf Ranch offer?

24 Hour Clinical Care

At certain points in the recovery process, it’s important to have support available 24/7. 24-hour clinical care offers a safe environment in which to recover from drug or alcohol addiction in peace, knowing medical detox and other treatment will happen with professionals on hand.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

Their Primary Care treatment program is a high intensity, residential, 24/7 structured care and supervision model that includes complete medical checkups, biopsychosocial assessments, psychological and psychiatric consultations, and individual and group therapy for each resident. This program is for residents who need stabilization and education on addiction and recovery before joining the extended care recovery program. Gray Wolf’s Extended Care program is ideal for individuals who have been through Primary Care at Gray Wolf Ranch or elsewhere and have been introduced to addiction treatment.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

Each resident is unique, and each path to recovery is, in most respects, a private journey. Gray Wolf provides the professional assistance to guide and facilitate that journey, and residents take an active part in establishing their own plan for recovery.

12-Step

They primarily use the 12 step model of recovery because it is proven to be effective, but no one at Gray Wolf is required to follow this model. 12-step programs are addiction recovery models based on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Beginning steps involve admitting powerlessness over the addiction and creating a spiritual basis for recovery. Middle steps including making direct amends to those who've been hurt by the addiction, and the final step is to assist others in addiction recovery in the same way.

Family Program

When someone we love abuses substances it affects the entire family system. The stress families feel when dealing with a loved one who is addicted to alcohol or other drugs often reaches a breaking point and throws the family system into a state of chaos with anger and confusion felt by everyone. At Gray Wolf, they offer wrap around care for families and their loved ones because they believe that supporting families is crucial. Participation in Gray Wolf’s family programming greatly increases success in recovery and overall family wellness. Every family is unique, so they develop individualized family wellness plans to support each family throughout treatment at Gray Wolf Ranch.

Aftercare Support

The recovery process doesn’t end with graduation from Gray Wolf — it’s a lifelong journey. To facilitate that journey, we prepare continuing care plans for our residents to ensure their success and wellbeing after leaving Gray Wolf. Continuing care plans include recommendations for sober living, providing referral resources for ongoing support, vocational and/or educational placement, and staff follow-ups. The recovery process doesn’t end with graduation from Gray Wolf — it’s a lifelong journey. To facilitate that journey, we prepare continuing care plans for our residents to ensure their success and wellbeing after leaving Gray Wolf. Continuing care plans include recommendations for sober living, providing referral resources for ongoing support, vocational and/or educational placement, and staff follow-ups.

Therapies Offered:

Holistic Therapy

Rather than focusing solely on addiction, holistic therapy facilities treat patients in terms of their whole being. Holistic therapy is about more than just addiction and sobriety – it addresses the person’s life in its entirety, including career, physical, familial, and spiritual aspects.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Experiential Therapy

Trek is an experience, not a concept. There is evidence-based research highlighting the therapeutic benefit of wilderness therapy, but something occurs out in nature that is beyond the standard therapeutic model. Challenge and self-discovery are key components of the Trek program as well as health and wellness. Trek teaches residents the value of their personal experiences, their connection to nature, and their relationships with others. They learn to hold themselves and others accountable and become interdependent rather than co-dependent.

Life Skills

Gray Wolf Academy offers several classes to help residents learn vital skills and manage the challenges of daily life, including Nutrition, Personal Finances, and Time and Health Management. These classes are optional but highly recommended, and over 75% of Gray Wolf residents take multiple classes. Instructors also offer individual support with resume creation, job searches, and interview preparation.

Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition on Trek features a variety of natural and organic ingredients, unlike many other wilderness based therapy programs, where highly processed foods of low nutritional value are the norm. This approach gives residents a better awareness of personal food choices and holistic health.

Creative Arts Therapy

Creativity is inherently healing, and can help those in recovery express thoughts or feelings they might not otherwise be able to. Creative arts therapy can include music, poetry/writing, painting, sculpting, dance, theater, sandplay, and more. Unlike traditional art, the final product matters far less than the experience of creation and expression itself.

Gray Wolf Ranch Highlights:

Port Townsend, WA is an active and eclectic community where Gray Wolf residents are welcomed and supported by the businesses and community members. The long-standing partnerships they have developed with this community over nearly 25 years provide opportunities for Gray Wolf residents to make valuable contributions through work, volunteering, internships and more.
Gray Wolf Ranch was founded over 20 years ago with one overarching goal in mind: That every adolescent or young man that comes to Gray Wolf has a life changing, transformative experience. Here is how it works: The Gray Wolf community at large envelops each individual so the relationships and connections he makes during his time at Gray Wolf empower him to live a healthy, happy, purposeful, and meaningful life.
Every member of the Gray Wolf team is wholeheartedly dedicated to the important, life changing work done at Gray Wolf Ranch. They care deeply about each of these young men, their families, and the outcomes of their lives. With passion for what they do and the education and training to back it, the Gray Wolf staff is proud to be a part of the pack.
Gray Wolf meets or exceeds all national standards in outdoor education programming and is accredited by the Association for Experiential Education. All residents receive a physical examination with a primary care physician prior to going on Trek in addition to receiving training on safety, equipment, and “leave no trace” principles. All staff on treks are wilderness first responder certified and are licensed in safe food handling practices.
The Trek program oversees the gardens at Gray Wolf Ranch. Research has proven the benefits of horticulture therapy, and their residents gain direct experience with cycles of nature and the tangible lessons learned through that relationship. Gray Wolf is dedicated to sustainability principles, and residents learn about permaculture and organic gardening methods.
Gray Wolf Ranch is nestled amongst the natural beauty of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula on over 20 acres of land. The setting is pristine. The campus encompasses multiple buildings including the Lodge, Yurts, and the Trek Center all connected with natural walking paths and beautiful landscape.
The Tree House is a separate living quarter on the Gray Wolf campus that can house four residents in its upper level. The game lounge is on its lower level. The Tree House is a quiet and private space dedicated to extended care residents.
Residents nearing graduation transition into the Cedar Tree living quarters, a separate cabin on the campus which houses eight extended care residents. This space is where their senior peers can prepare for their graduation and transition into work, school, and the community at large with a close-knit group of guys that have changed the trajectory of their lives.
Luxury Accomodations
Ocean Views
Private
Wildlife Centric
The Academy gives residents the opportunity to focus, set and achieve goals, build confidence, and discover new interests. It offers residents a clear educational path with the ability to enroll in courses, explore new hobbies and interests, and become part of the community. The Academy supports residents with a dedicated support staff and enables them to learn, grow, and discover their true passions in life.
Gray Wolf’s sober house, the Wolf Den, is a continuing-care option for graduates of their Extended Care program. Sober living offers the opportunity to continue the recovery process in a real-world setting with a strong network of continued support. It’s a safe, sober environment where residents can practice the life skills and strategies learned at Gray Wolf in an independent setting. Residents continue their engagement with staff, participate in local 12 step meetings, build their community, continue their education or vocational interests, and participate in Gray Wolf Ranch activities and trips.

Accreditation:

  • CARF

Payment:

  • Monthly Fee: $15,000.00
  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Cash payments accepted

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