Rites of Passage Wilderness Programs

4.5 (9 reviews) ADD YOUR REVIEW
142 East Strong Road
Shelton, WA 98584
8007940980 Visit Website

Paying for Treatment

  • Insurance is not Accepted
  • Financing is Available
  • Medicare is not Accepted
  • Medicaid is not Accepted

Treatment Insights

Beyond the Trek This program offers longer-term treatment for young adults coming out of the trek programs, or who need continuing care. Our Ranch program is designed specifically for young adults who want to get clean and healthy. Our structured daily schedule involves ranch chores, volunteering in the local community, attending school, holistic meals and trek expeditions. Increasing the Odds Rites of Passage Ranch is a therapeutic treatment center in Washington. With three- and six-month extended-stay continuing care programs, the Ranch provides students with a safe, stable and supportive environment for recovery. The Ranch is “home base,” and students have a daily routine that clears away distractions and challenges them to confront their issues in a healthy way. An integral component of the therapeutic process is our solid wilderness adventure trek program, which guides students toward self-reliance, self-respect, patience and maturity. In addition to wilderness expeditions, we integrate equine therapy, holistic nutrition and transitional work programs that focus on long-term sobriety and spiritual wellness. Students develop and strengthen the physical, emotional, and social muscles they need to recover and chart a new course for their lives. We believe that we live and work on recovery as a community, and, while ultimately the journey toward sobriety is a personal one, it is best undertaken in the company of friends. The value of support systems cannot be underestimated.

Rites of Passage Wilderness Programs Reviews and Ratings Details

The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.

Reviews at a Glance

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Ron G

Poor where was the staff when my son decided to hike out of olimpic national forest on his own with no food or water ?


It was not helpful. Although my son learned a lot, the staff quality was inconsistent. They pushed every button I had identified instead of addressing the issues in positive or supportive ways. Some o...


Genuine caring! In my experience, I didn't see a weakness. My teenage (13yr) daughter was self harming and very depressed. Putting her in the wilderness program guided by these loving, caring, capabl...


Alternative way to overcome addiction. Open minded and well trained staff. Well educated owners. This program is so unique and if someone has tried over and over at a typical rehab facility- then it's...


Experience, Location, Personal understanding of issues, Carefully selected employees; were all strengths. I reached out to ROP in a state of desperation, and they expertly and yet very generously faci...


Genuine caring! My teenage (13yr) daughter was self harming and very depressed. Putting her in the wilderness program guided by these loving, caring, capable people empowered her and was a huge succes...


The way they connected with our son was a strength. The cost was high. It was a GREAT opportunity for our son to be completely away from his environment and to take a deep look at where he was going i...


The owners are totally invested in the success and wellbeing of their clients. The staff they hire is exceptional. They gave my son a second chance at life. I have been fundraising for ROP's scholars...


Communication with parents, understanding of the individuals needs and goals. I found this facility to been very beneficial and helpful for my son's behavioral issues. He came home a new person with ...

Areas of Focus
Animal Therapy

Animal therapy (also called animal-assisted therapy and pet therapy) supports recovery and emotional wellbeing by helping people develop relationships with animals. Animal therapy can be a one-time or ongoing experience.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

Key Staff Members
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    Dr. Tanya M. Wilke, MD - Medical Director and Clinical Physician

    Dr. Tanya M. Wilke, MD is a board certified family physician specializing in Family Medicine. She is our Medical Director here at Rites of Passage NW Wilderness Therapy and Rites of Passage Ranch. She is currently licensed to practice medicine in Washington State. She is affiliated with St Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center. Her professional memberships include the American Medical Association (AMA), The American Academy of Family Physicians, Washington Academy of Family Physicians, King County Medical Society. Dr. Tanya M. Wilke graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine at New Orleans in 2006. She completed her residency at Family Medicine at Southwest Washington Medical Center (SWMC). She has been the clinical preceptor for both the University of Washington (UW) and Seattle University Nurse Practitioner programs and has been on the Medical Executive Committee for St Elizabeth Hospital since 2012. Her previous work was at Franciscan Medical Clinic in Enumclaw before going into private practice: Tanya Wilke Family Medicine LLC. Tanya loves the outdoors. By early spring, you will never see her white car without her red and yellow kayak attached to the top! Whenever she has a spare moment you will find her paddling in the ocean, on lakes or down rivers. This coming summer, Tanya has joined a team of us to summit Mt. Rainier.

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    Nathan Welch, MBA - Program Director & Co-Owner

    My wife and I created our life-changing wilderness therapy company in 2009 and have had the opportunity to help a growing number of families in the past few years. I received my MBA in 2012 from Grantham University and am currently working towards my PhD. As a Captain serving in the US Army guard since 2004 and working as a pioneer in the Wilderness Therapy industry, I have been blessed with leading people through a variety of challenging and unique experiences. After seeing the suffering in Afghanistan, the second poorest place on earth, I decided to make a difference when I came back home. The experience of serving with soldiers and teaching students in the States has given me a gift and purpose of impacting the lives of others. It is a true blessing to see our ROP students grow and become emotionally mature and self supportive. There is nothing more rewarding than helping people and there is nothing more healing than the wilderness. Our professionals are amazing life changing individuals that I am so proud of. Our wilderness therapy program brings broken families together and implements healthy changes in individuals and in the whole family dynamic. We run both your child’s program and the family program simultaneously and in doing so, we achieve excellent results fast. I could not have created this experience without the help from so many other people over the years. I look forward to meeting you and being a part of this special process with you.