Wilderness Therapy Utah

WinGate Wilderness Therapy - Adolescent enjoying therapeutic healing of outdoors at wilderness programWinGate Wilderness Therapy is one of the nation's leading Wilderness Therapy Programs providing teens from Utah proper treatment and substance abuse recovery. They believe in taking a different approach than other therapy programs in that they create an open and receptive environment that makes adolescents want to move forward, to address their issues, and work toward a solution for real change.

This self-directed approach to recovery affords troubled teens a more lasting recovery, as they are more invested and more likely to follow through with their treatment plan and indeed turn their life around.

While WinGate may be located outside of Utah, admission is open to adolescents across the country. There are many benefits to attending a Wilderness Therapy Program outside of Utah. The physical distance placed between struggling teens and the adverse situations that serve to encourage the perpetuation of their issues and unsupportive peers who also contribute to their problems helps adolescents to be more objective about their issues, to see how they and their families are being hurt by it, and then to choose to change and embrace recovery.

Wilderness Therapy is being adopted more by leading psychologists for the results that they bring. This is something that WinGate is intimately aware of and why they are one of the top three wilderness therapy programs in the nation. They have a unique approach that sets them apart and serves to help teens with their recovery, as well as for adulthood.

Through an innovative approach that values every participant as an individual, family participation, and a staff consisting of clinically trained and licensed psychologists, WinGate is committed to the success of every person who participates in their program.

To further offer assistance, WinGate Wilderness Therapy has consultants available by phone to answer any questions and to guide parents through the admissions process. They can be reached at (800) 560-1599.

Utah Wilderness Therapy for Teens

When troubled teens from Utah arrive at WinGate Wilderness Therapy, they might not be sure what to expect. While some wilderness therapy programs are nothing more than backpacking trips into the wilderness to camp, WinGate is founded on sound psychological treatment practices and incorporates leading psychological and behavioral science research into every aspect of its program. This is why they are proud to be a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs.

WinGate Wilderness Therapy - Young adult enjoying therapeutic wilderness at treatment facilityWilderness Therapy creates a unique environment where adolescents are unable to rely on escapist tactics they typically employ, such as hiding in their room playing video games or being on social media all day. Instead, they are placed in a situation that forces them to be receptive to the people about them.

Through a unique non-authoritarian approach, therapists avoid power struggles and telling teens what to do. What happens is amazing in that otherwise defiant or unresponsive teens choose to work toward their recovery and become an active participant in their treatment. This produces results that last a lifetime and prevents adolescents from falling into old patterns when they return home.

There are five distinct elements that set WinGate apart from other wilderness therapy programs and is why they are one of the top three wilderness therapy programs in the nation.

-wilderness-integrated assessment
-family participation
-experience and clinical expertise
-a new and different model
-preparation for the next step

These elements allow them to provide effective treatment for teens from Utah who struggle with substance abuse and addiction, behavioral problems, depression, low self-esteem, sexual promiscuity, and even academic failure. By putting struggling adolescents in a position where they want to recover and where they help to identify the route to do so, the success of that teen is greatly enhanced. With family involved in the healing process, this ensures the teen's success once they return home.

WinGate Wilderness Therapy for Troubled Teenagers

Part of what makes WinGate Wilderness Therapy so effective is how simple it is. Being in the wilderness provides a distraction-free zone that encourages teens to see their issues in a new light. There are no cell phones, no computers, just the participants in the program and their therapists. The effect that this has upon a person is remarkable.

WinGate Wilderness Therapy - Adolescent happy in recovery at therapeutic program for youthWhile it is empowering, as adolescents learn to push themselves outside of their comfort zones, the vastness of the wilderness and the system of natural consequences that confronts their every action and choice has the effect of being humbling. Teens learn to see themselves as part of the greater world, shifting them from a self-centered focus where they cannot see the more significant consequences to their choices, to a world-centered focus where they see the effect they have on others and how that affects them.

As teens work hand-in-hand with their therapists toward recovery, they also learn important life skills along the way that help to prepare them for adulthood. Often, in struggling with issues such as depression and substance abuse, adolescents miss out on critical lessons that are needed to be successful, functioning adults.

Being in the wilderness provides a safe place to heal while simultaneously teaching these necessary lessons in a quick and effective way. What happens is that teens leave the program having realized their inner strength and are better equipped to handle the difficulties that adulthood brings, while remaining true to themselves and holding to their treatment plan.

WinGate Wilderness Therapy is committed to the success and recovery of every participant in their program and offers free coaching and guidance to parents of struggling adolescents from Utah. By calling (800) 560-1599, they can assist with any questions about their program and how it differs from other Wilderness Therapy Programs, as well as coach parents through the admission process for their teen.

 

National Resources for Parents and Teens

Psychology Today - Psychology Today is all about one thing - you. They have several dedicated psychologists, psychiatrists, authors and academics who share what they believe makes a person 'tick'. In addition to that, they also share all that there is to know with articles about Child Development, Depression, Addiction, and Therapy.

 

Mental Health Resources for Parents in Utah:

Utah Department of Substance Abuse & Mental Health (DSAMH) - The Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) was instituted as the State of Utah’s mental health and substance abuse authority. The mission of DSAMH is simple: to cultivate health, hope and healing while overseeing the publicly subsidized treatment and prevention policies. If you, a friend, or a family member is struggling with a mental health problem, or an issue with alcohol, tobacco or substance abuse, there is assistant available to you.

Utah Recovery Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA) - USARA's mission is simple: to support, advocate, celebrate, and educate our citizens on behalf of alcohol and drug addiction recovery. As Utah's established addiction recovery community organization, USARA centers on the reality of long-term recovery from addiction and other substances for the both the abuser and their families. As a recovery community organization, USARA's goal is to increase the quality and capacity of support available to all those seeking long-term addiction recovery.

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