ABOUT RITES OF PASSAGE WILDERNESS PROGRAMS
Rites of Passage (ROP) offers long-term, adventure-based treatment for young adults and adolescents (ages 16 to 30) on the Olympic Peninsula in northwest Washington State. The program combines the natural beauty of northwestern forests with adventure education and clinically driven treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, co-occurring mental health disorders, and trauma.
ROP also offers wilderness therapy trek programs for children, adolescents, and adults, all of which are designed to treat emotional, behavioral, and psychological issues through immersive wilderness treks. Programs run year-long except from Christmas through February.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Rites of Passage runs two unique programs: wilderness therapy trek programs and The Ranch, a long-term residential program. All clients begin with an initial assessment and physical examination before embarking on their wilderness therapy program.
Though clients must commit to a minimum of six weeks, ROP programs can last as long as four months, making ROP one of just 33 (8.3 percent) facilities statewide that offers more than 30 days of care. The center is also one of just 253 (63.9 percent) with trauma-informed counseling and one of 255 (64.4 percent) that facilities working the 12 Steps.
After an orientation period, wilderness therapy trek programs involve wilderness expeditions through national parks. The program teaches clients responsibility through low-impact camping, cooking, navigating, hiking, and other adventure-based activities. Along with wilderness therapy, clients participate in daily counseling with licensed therapists and trust-building and problem-solving exercises with peers.
At the Ranch, residential care involves the use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in individual and group counseling as well as 12-step involvement, and wilderness therapy through hiking, learning survival skills, camping, and treks. In addition to these, participants can expect equine therapy, vocational training, and, where applicable, school. Clients are also expected to complete daily chores and seek out employment or volunteer opportunities in the immediate vicinity.
Rites of Passage NW employs a sizable team that includes 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, including both double occupancy and private bedrooms, spacious communal areas, a hot tub, and outdoor porches. The campus also boasts its own vegetable garden and working alpaca farm.
Eight Rehabs.com survey respondents, both alumni and family and friends, approved of the facility’s offerings:
Accommodations & Amenities: 4.87/5
Meals & Nutrition: 4.75/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The two alumni polled by Rehabs.com 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. One alum, Isabella, mentioned the program’s “stunning backdrop” for treatment and described the owners as “two of the warmest hearted, and inspirational people I have ever known.”
On secondary sources, ROP has average ratings of 4.7 out of five stars from 36 Facebook users, in addition to 3.8 out of five stars from four Google reviewers. Rites of Passage can manage its Facebook page. “I just graduated after 8 weeks at this program and it absolutely changed my life. I couldn't have asked for a better group of caring and amazing people, I am truly thankful for this program and everything they do,” wrote C.B. in one representative five-star review.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Loved ones polled by Rehabs.com also had positive experiences with ROP. When asked how likely they’d recommend the program, the six loved ones polled on the matter all gave five out of five stars. The same six approved on a variety of other metrics as well, including:
Staff's Level of Training and Experience: 5/5
Family Participation: 4.8/5
Visitation Policy: 4.8/5
“The staff they hire is exceptional," Whitney, mother to a client, wrote. “They gave my son a second chance at life.” M.S., another parent, felt that “communication with parents” was a program strength, adding: “He came home a new person with a positive self image.”
“Not everyone goes for the same reasons & it's not the typical program,” added S.M.H. on Facebook. “It gives kids confidence where they are lacking it. It gives people second chances. Thanks ROP family!!”
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.
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