Our Programs


How can being in the wilderness assist with recovery from substance abuse or chemical dependency?  There are many gifts that come from the adventure of being in a wilderness program, not the least of which is that the experience itself is an adventure. While more traditional recovery treatment programs allow you to have an adventure on an internal level, exploring parts of yourself you may not have been in touch with before, Four Circles’ wilderness program allows you to go on a transformational journey of self-discovery, a pilgrimage that is both internal and external.

As you explore the wild and fascinating natural world in which you find yourself, you also explore the wild and fascinating world that lies within you.

The following are among the key program components that will assist you in creating the foundation that will allow you to achieve long-term success:

  • Gardening Project
  • Underlying 12-Step philosophy integrated throughout the program allows you to develop the practices that will help you when you transition onward in your life
  • Assistance with both substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues
  • Help addressing the underlying emotional issues that led to your substance use disorders
  • An educational focus will allow you to understand substance disorders, including the disease of addiction
  • Family therapy that will help you and your family understand the impact addiction has on the family, the risks of enabling, and how the family can be part of your successful recovery
  • Daily AA/NA meetings
  • Detailed discharge and aftercare planning working closely with your referral source. This includes helping you develop a support system, introducing you to 12-step fellowships, and assistance locating and researching continuing care programs or support groups once you have graduated
  • Career/vocational/psychological testing
  • Wilderness-based, highly experiential active recovery experiences
  • Psycho-educational work that will help you improve communication skills and develop personal empowerment
  • Individualized treatment planning, with a focus on your goals and objectives
  • Gender-specific treatment focus
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Transfer of learning to the home environment
  • Emphasis on rapport, connection, courtesy, and respect. Research has consistently indicated that the most important component for a positive therapeutic outcome is rapport, not the specific counseling theory.
  • Significant attention on co-occurring mental health issues (including depression and anxiety)
  • Art therapy
  • Martial arts
  • Rites of Passage ceremonies
  • Journaling, reading, and expressive arts
  • Support for spiritual growth
  • Healthy, nutritionist-designed meals
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