SageWalk Introduces Recovery-Specific Camps for Adolescents

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Intensive 30-Day Intervention Focuses on Addiction

SageWalk Recovery will provide a more intensive focus on our clients' addiction issues

SageWalk, the Wilderness School, today announced that it will begin open enrollment on June 1 for SageWalk Recovery, a 30-day intervention featuring wilderness-based camps that specialize in adolescent addictions. The wilderness school is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with this expansion of services, enhancing their already existing chemical dependency treatment program.

"SageWalk Recovery will provide a more intensive focus on our clients' addiction issues," said Larry Solie, executive director of SageWalk. "The 30-day program is designed to confront adolescents on their addiction and jumpstart their motivation to change."

A multi-modality approach will be utilized to ensure the best treatment for teens that may be resistant to any one method. Motivational Interviewing along with Dialectical Behavioral Therapies (DBT) and other cognitive behavioral therapies will be used. Additionally, students will be educated in the utility of the Stages of Change and the 12-Steps.

"Many of the students enrolling in SageWalk have co-occurring issues, and many of these teens would benefit from addressing their addictions issues before entering the core program," explains Laurie Wilmot, recovery clinician for SageWalk. "The SageWalk Recovery program will allow us to provide specialized options for families whose initial needs are concentrated on substance abuse. This intervention will better inform families of the appropriate next steps for their child."

Addictions education and relapse prevention planning are central to SageWalk Recovery's mission. Students will participate in daily experiential education as well as traditional group-based learning. Treatment planning will be individualized to each child's presenting issues. Adequate time for introspection and daily journaling will be critical elements of the program. Students will participate in weekly Narcotics Anonymous groups, group initiative challenges, and hiking expeditions.

In addition to a mental health evaluation, each SageWalk Recovery student will receive a comprehensive assessment evaluating their level of risk for addiction. Additional psychological testing will be available if necessary. Families will receive support and consultation towards their child's transition, whether it is into SageWalk's core program, a long-term boarding school, residential treatment program or outpatient treatment in their home communities.

SageWalk Recovery for adolescent boys begins open enrollment on June 1, 2007. SageWalk Recovery for girls will open at a later date to-be-determined.

SageWalk, the Wilderness School was founded in 1997 and was acquired by Aspen Education Group in 2005. SageWalk is located in the high desert of Central Oregon. It operates year-round and maintains an open enrollment policy for admissions. Professional services include: licensed clinical professionals, certified chemical dependency counselors, master's level educators, on-site registered nurse, and a fleet of highly trained wilderness-based instructors. SageWalk is licensed by the State of Oregon as a Chemical Dependency Treatment program and boasts a long-standing history of excellent risk management and family success stories.

SageWalk is a proud member of Aspen Education Group, the nation's largest and most comprehensive network of therapeutic schools and programs. Aspen Education Group offers professionals and families the opportunity to choose from a variety of therapeutic settings in order to best meet a student's unique academic and emotional needs. Aspen Education Group has been profiled by major news and television organizations around the world, including U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and People magazine, as well as on CNN, ABC's 20/20 and Good Morning America, NBC's The Today Show and Dateline NBC, National Public Radio and the syndicated television show Dr. Phil. Aspen is a division of CRC Health Group, the nation's largest chemical dependency and related behavioral health organization. For more information about Aspen Education Group, visit or call (888) 972-7736. For more information about SageWalk Recovery please visit or call (800) 877 1922.

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