About Muir Wood Teen

Muir Wood Adolescent & Family Services is a gender-specific, residential treatment program designed specifically for boys ages 12-17 suffering from substance abuse and co-occurring issues. Located on six acres in beautiful Sonoma County, California, our ten-bed campus provides adolescent boys a safe and structured environment to explore sensitive underlying issues within a highly credentialed clinical setting. The gender-specific environment invites teen boys to build strong peer support essential in early recovery.

In designing the most effective treatment program for adolescent boys, we understand that the treatment needs of boys and girls differ significantly. Our treatment approach combines an exceptional clinical team and treatment practices with other proven therapeutic and experiential modalities.

Muir Wood also offeres an Outpatient Program in nearby San Rafael that serves boys and girls ages 12-19 with substance use disorder and co-occurring behavioral health issues. Our highly credentialed team works closely with teens and families to develop an individualized treatment plan that may include group therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectal behavior therapy, and when needed, medication management.

Our philosophy emphasizes kindness and respect over confrontation or control. We create the conditions that allow teens to feel valued, engaged and willing to begin a productive lives in recovery.

Boys Residential Program Overview

  • Intensive, ten-bed gender-specific treatment setting
  • Activities and materials geared for teen males
  • Comprehensive, weekly family involvement
  • Highly credentialed and licensed clinical team
  • State-of-the-art psychological testing & assessment
  • State-credentialed teachers and on-site classroom
  • An integrated approach to treatment
  • Adventure-based therapeutic component
  • Programs based on trust, empowerment and caring

Program Details

Boys & Girls Outpatient Program Overview

The Muir Wood Outpatient Program has four levels of care:

  • Level One or the Outpatient Track
  • Level Two or the Intensive Outpatient Track
  • Level Three or the Day Treatment Track
  • UA or the Outpatient Monitoring Track

Program Details


John Muir

John MuirJohn Muir (1838-1914) is often referred to as the “Father of the National Parks.” He was an American naturalist, author, conservationist and founder of the Sierra Club. He has been described as one of the patron saints of 20th-century environmentalism. He was an inspiration for Muir Wood Adolescent & Family Services, and many of the landmarks that bear his name – like Muir Woods and Muir Beach – are only miles away from the Muir Wood campus.

John Muir’s passion for nature began in his teens, and although deeply spiritual, he found a higher power in the outdoors, calling nature the grandest of all temples. He was a rebellious teen with a wild imagination and an intellect to match. Often disobedient with his family and skipping school, Muir found solace and comfort in nature.

In his 20s, Muir was involved in an accident that would change the course of his life. He was blinded and confined to a darkened room for six weeks. A young man, with passion and vigor, Muir thought he’d never regain his sight. It is because of this incident that Muir “saw the world and his purpose in a new light.” Muir would write, “This affliction has driven me to the sweet fields. God has to nearly kill us sometimes, to teach us lessons.” From this point on, Muir had a spiritual awakening akin to what many teens experience when they begin their journey of recovery from the darkened room of drug and alcohol dependency.

Scott Sowle, Founder & Executive Director“Muir had a spiritual awakening akin to what many teens experience when they begin their journey of recovery from the darkened room of drug and alcohol dependency.”

Scott Sowle
Founder & Executive Director