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Wilderness programs like Sage Walk, which was featured in ABC's "Brat Camp," provide a safe, secure, and sober environment for a student to discover the harm of using drugs and alcohol and provides the environment and support needed for a student to identify the changes required for an authentic and empowered life.

For over ten years Sage Walk, The Wilderness School has provided many students and families with intervention, assessment, and long range tools on how to live a clean and sober lifestyle. Sage Walk is a year round therapeutic program for families who need help for their troubled teens.

When considering a wilderness therapy program to help your teenager with substance abuse issues, ask about licenses, counselors' experience, and a relapse prevention plan. For example, Sage Walk is licensed by the State of Oregon as an Outpatient Chemical Dependency Program. Shawna Vail, BA, CADC II is their Primary Chemical Dependency (CD) Counselor and has over 11 years of experience as a Chemical Dependency Counselor working with at-risk youth and their families.

All students who attend an outdoor wilderness program like Sage Walk receive an ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) Assessment and placed in one of three levels of treatment. Narcotics Anonymous (NA) groups are held in the field and each student works through a 12 step workbook with support from Shawna. If a student is resisting the components of the 12 step model, Shawna will work with the student to compose additional and alternative treatment modalities to lead them forward to a sober healthy life style

All students who graduate from a licensed program such as Sage Walk will leave with an assessment of their current risk for further drug use/abuse, and a home plan for continued success. Their Relapse Prevention Plan is devised by the student, the parents, the Sage Walk Therapist, and the student's Chemical Dependency (CD) Counselor.

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