Muir Wood Adolescent & Family Services

4.5 (22 reviews) ADD YOUR REVIEW
1733 Skillman Lane
Petaluma, CA 94952
8663427459 Visit Website

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Treatment Insights

Muir Wood Adolescent & Family Services provides residential treatment for adolescent boys with substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health issues and outpatient programming for both adolescent boys and girls. The residential treatment program is designed specifically for males ages 12-17 struggling with substance abuse and accompanying mental health issues. Located on six idyllic acres in Sonoma County, CA, this highly individualized and family-centric program serves a maximum of six adolescents and their families at any given time. Muir Wood’s treatment team includes board-certified addiction treatment physicians, board-certified psychiatrists, licensed therapists, certified counselors, masters-level adventure therapists and masters-level and multiple-subject State credentialed teachers. Key program components of the residential program include a weekly family intensive, comprehensive psychological testing, twice weekly individual therapy with a licensed therapist, weekly assessment by a board-certified addiction psychiatrist, twice weekly individual family therapy with a licensed therapist, and an all day adventure therapy program with masters-level therapists. The residential program also includes a 3-month Parent Support and Coaching Aftercare curriculum-based component led by a licensed therapist who remains in contact with parents for a weekly 75-minute phone call. Muir Wood’s mixed-gender outpatient program, located in Marin, offers both a 9-hour per week Intensive Outpatient Program and a 6-hour per week Outpatient Program for teens and their families. Key components of the outpatient programs include a highly credentialed clinical team, weekly individual therapy with a licensed therapist, weekly family therapy with a licensed therapist, and weekly randomized drug testing.

Muir Wood Adolescent & Family Services Reviews and Ratings Details

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Do not send your kids here! They make it look so nice on the website saying that you go horseback riding surfing and kayaking and all that but in reality the only thing they care about is the website....


We're grateful to Muir Wood for having helped our family through a terrible crisis. While our son was there, the rest of the family slept easily knowing he was in the care of compassionate, expert sta...


Muirwood is a cadillac facility in every way! I was impressed with every facet of the program, the facilities, the staff, the family resources, discharge resources etc. If one has to go through this n...


It's no easy decision to admit your child into a residential treatment program but the Muir Wood team and staff were an excellent choice for my son and his care. Their professional and genuine approac...


I personally think this place was beautiful but some clients and staff members were very disrespectful and I also felt like all the information was repeated many many times. Overall I thought it was n...


As was mentioned in another post, the facility has overall good intentions, but the personal issues the director suffers from adds the potential of manipulation and unprofessional treatment. She orche...


Our 15 year old son spent 36 days at Muir Wood in 2017. We had a very positive experience. Amazing staff and very caring. The environment is perfect to take a step back and reflect about life challeng...


I visit a family member while he was in treatment. I was very disappointed just in the short period of time I spent at the facility. I sat in on a group recovery meeting on a Saturday afternoon, liste...


An excellent program and environment. Healthy food, supportive staff, nurturing, engaging programs. Our whole family benefited and continue to experience the benefits of the Muir Wood experience--a tr...


My son was at Muir Wood for two and a half months. He already had been through wilderness programs twice. Returning home only to relapse. He is now over year sober. Excelling in school and happy. I th...


Our son was well taken care of at Muir Wood. Staff brought him back to physical health, gave him tools to begin to understand himself better emotionally, and provided a safe and serene environment fo...


Two staff members in particular, and the rest of the staff at Muir Wood were wonderful with my son. They were all very professional, caring, and could not have done a better job at helping my son. His...


How do you thank someone for saving your son and your family? Muir Wood did that for us through their amazing clinical work, genuine dedication to troubled kids, and their good heart. Our 15 year old ...


Muir Wood Adolescent & Family Service not only saved my son, who is now three years sober after being there, but also saved my family. We have a beautiful relationship between siblings, mother and fa...


Our son Damien (not his real name) spent 90 days at Muir Wood Teen in the spring of 2016. First of all, he is doing fine. Thank God for that. But thank Muir Wood as well. One particular staff member...


Our son got excellent care in this program. The mandatory family therapy and education programs are informative and worthwhile. They were upfront and transparent about costs. Good model for the treatm...


Muir Wood was the second residential program that my son attended. Overall, it was a very disappointing experience. The other kids wanted to fight with the staff and each other, brag about using drugs...


One medical staff member... in the program is fantastic but hus help is least to be desired. Ability to follow thru with treatment from beginning to success. When the road gets rough they push you of...


workers are easy to talk do not judge and very understanding. no judging by employees,good listeners.


Our son went through the Muir Wood program with flying colors. The psychological testing gave us a real diagnosis and the weekly neurofeedback we think helped tremendously. Thank you Drs. for your su...


I am so grateful for Muir Wood. My son had had been struggling for years and had been at both a wilderness program and another treatment center before we found Muir Wood. The staff at Muir Wood were c...


Mis-diagnossed my son. I would not recommend. This place has a lot of potential if the Owner had a better understanding of good clinical practice. The family therapist has little insight into her own ...

Areas of Focus
An Engaging Program Designed Specifically for Adolescent Boys with a Number of Experiential Therapies

Experiential therapies at Muir Wood include 3X weekly personal training with a certified personal trainer at a community gym, weekly equine assisted psychotherapy on a 1000 acre ranch, weekly yoga, weekly-guided meditation, and weekly mixed martial arts training. These experiential therapies help keep teens engaged in treatment and illustrate healthy ways they can have fun living a life free of drugs and alcohol, while reducing anxiety and depression without drugs and alcohol.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.

Key Staff Members
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    David Smith, M.D., FASAM, FAACT - Chair, Addiction Medicine

    Dr. Smith is recognized as a national leader in addiction medicine, the psychopharmacology of drugs, new research strategies in the management of drug abuse problems, and the treatment of adolescent substance abuse. He is the founder of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics of San Francisco and has been honored as one of the “Best Doctors in America.” Dr. Smith is a fellow and past President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, past president of the California Society of Addiction Medicine, past medical director for the California State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, and past medical director for the California Collaborative Center for Substance Abuse Policy Research. Current appointments include chair of addiction medicine for Alta Mira Treatment Centers and medical director for Center Point. Dr. Smith is also an adjunct professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Smith is the founder and publisher of the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs and co-editor of the International Addiction Infoline newsletter. In addition, he has authored or co-authored twenty-six books, written over 340 journal articles, edited twenty-eight journals, and been the technical consultant for twenty-eight drug abuse-related films.

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    Michael Wachter, M.D. - Consulting Psychiatrist, Board-Certified Psychiatrist, Board-Certified in Addiction Medicine

    Dr. Michael Wachter is a board-certified psychiatrist who has practiced psychiatry in his native San Francisco Bay Area for over 17 years and is board-certified in addiction medicine. Along with his position at Muir Wood, Dr. Wachter is also a staff psychiatrist at the University of California–San Francisco (UCSF). Prior to joining Muir Wood as the consulting psychiatrist, Dr. Wachter served as the medical director for the Thunder Road Adolescent Chemical Dependency Program in Oakland for 7 years. A recipient of the prestigious Laughlin Award of the National Psychiatric Endowment Foundation for Excellence in Therapeutic Skills and Dedication to the Welfare of Patients, Dr. Wachter is highly regarded for his work with adolescents with substance abuse and co-occurring behavioral health issues.