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Exceptional Adolescent Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment

Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services is a northern California treatment center for teens with addiction, substance abuse, mental health and behavioral issues. The center offers two distinct treatment tracks; residential primary care for boys 12–17, and intensive outpatient counseling for boys and girls 12–17.

Residential Primary Care Program for Adolescent Boys

Our residential adolescent program, located in Sonoma County, CA, is designed for boys, ages 12–17, struggling with drug or alcohol addiction or abuse, behavioral problems, and mental health issues.


(Above: Our boys residential center in Petaluma, CA)

With a nationally renowned clinical program headed by a team of highly credentialed professionals, comprehensive diagnostic testing, year-round academics, and outdoor adventure therapy, Muir Wood is considered to be the gold standard in teen addiction treatment by parents, therapists, physicians, and teen substance abuse experts alike.

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Outpatient Counseling Programs for Adolescent Boys & Girls

Our Outpatient Program in San Rafael, CA, includes 12-week Day Treatment and 12-week Intensive Outpatient tracks for teen boys and girls struggling with substance abuse and behavioral or metal health issues.


(Above: Our boys & girls outpatient center in San Rafael, CA)

Along with all other groups, activities and family therapy, clients receive at minimum one individual therapy session per week with a licensed therapist and one individual family therapy session per week with a licensed therapist.

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“I can tell you from my personal experience that the staff at Muir Wood saved my family. My son was battling addiction and that battle was destroying him and us. It is my most sincere belief that only due to the extraordinary skill of the professional staff at Muir Wood is my family intact today.” — D.B., father of a Muir Wood Alumni

Watch a Video Overview of Our Treatment Center

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  • ASAM
  • Sierra Club
  • CDSS
  • DHCS

Muir Wood Founder and Executive Director Scott Sowle shares his inspiration for creating Muir Wood and the center's approach to treating adolescent boys for substance abuse in an idyllic residential setting.

Muir Wood Clinical Director Jennifer Golick explains why family therapy is essential to the success of adolescent addiction and substance abuse treatment at the Petaluma, California teen treatment center.

Internationally acclaimed physician and Muir Wood Chair of Addiction Medicine, Dr. David E. Smith, M.D., discusses adolescent substance abuse and the conceptualization of addiction as an adolescent disease.