Rites of Passage Wilderness Programs

4.6 (13 reviews) ADD YOUR REVIEW
142 East Strong Road
Shelton, WA 98584
8007940980 Visit Website

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  • 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.

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Saved my daughter\'s life


I went through this program in October of 2019. Not only did I learn survival skills but I learned that when people work as a team. I did go through 8 days of nothing but rain which was not all that f...

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
Holistic Therapy

Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

Family Program

Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.

Key Staff Members
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    Emma Welch - Director of Admissions, Co-Owner, WFR, Psy. BA

    I have a background in Psychology and I am currently working towards my Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology at Grand Canyon University. Born in London, England, I started traveling the world extensively from a young age, from Africa to India, South America and throughout South-East Asia. Later I became involved in multiple humanitarian missions abroad, promoting education and building schools in Central America alongside Raleigh International. I have resided in the beautiful Pacific Northwest since 2006 where I met my huge-hearted Captain. I have previously worked in the fields of Family Advocacy, grief work in the school system and Hospice. My job had me helping women and children through crisis situations and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to make a positive difference in their lives. These experiences have shown me that I have a gift for helping others. I particularly enjoy the family dynamic and being a huge part of the family re-connection and healing process. I am grateful to have created our company: Rites of Passage NW wilderness therapy programs, with my husband and to live out our mutual passion through our work in the wilderness. In my free time, I volunteer with HOSPICE and am very passionate about the work I do with these families. I am also WFR certified.

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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.