Animals Assistance on the Road to Recovery

Animals have long been used as part of therapeutic techniques, from everything to helping veterans recover from a serious injury, to helping inmates reintegrate back into society, such as “Pit Bulls and Parolees.” The bond that is shared between human and animal is unmistakable. As we are a working ranch, Rites of Passage NW has a handful of animals that live on the ranch.   Animals Assistance on the Road to Recovery Using animals as part of addiction treatment and therapy is two-fold; while caring for an animal does facilitate a deep emotional bond, the caretaker also learns a sense of autonomy and responsible. Many of our teens have never had the experience of taking care of an animal or life before. Being the sole provider and caretaker for an animal helps teach troubled teens responsibility.

We have several different types of animals living here at Rites of Passage NW, including dogs, chickens, and alpacas. While many people are not very familiar with alpacas, these wonderful creatures are the heart of our ranch.

An alpaca is a member of the camel family, and the first thing that comes to mind when the breed is mentioned is typically spiting. Yes, an alpaca does naturally spit, but a wise and patient caretaker can teach an alpaca not to spit. Similarly to how a teen can be taught not to use alcohol ad drugs, spitting is a habit that can be broken when taking care of an alpaca. Nurturing and kind, alpacas are also good companions, and we have found them to be very therapeutic while our teens are on the road to recovery.  
Rites of Passage NW Wilderness Therapy provides expedition-based wilderness therapy programs for troubled adults, youth, teens and children who are struggling with a wide array of disorders and behavioral concerns. These wilderness therapy and long term care programs are designed to treat children, young adults and adults over 30 with issues such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder - ODD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADHD, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, mood disorders, substance abuse, drug abuse, obesity health and wellness, etc. Rites of Passage offers camps for troubled youth, programs for troubled young adults, long term drug treatment programs, long term drug addiction programs, long term alcohol rehab treatment center, summer weight loss camp for teens, weight loss camp for teens, weight loss programs for kids, wilderness therapy, wilderness therapy programs, and more. We are proud to have helped people from all over the United States and internationally including California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Europe and Canada.