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Who We Treat at Muir Wood

The boys at Muir Wood are full of promise and potential. They are bright, smart, funny, articulate, creative, sensitive boys. Most have been high achievers in school, sports, and social endeavors, but are struggling and have turned to drugs and alcohol as a means of coping. Some of our boys have recently been through trauma or loss, such as divorce or death of a loved one. Their parents care deeply about their well being, and are scared and confused by changes in mood, behavior and motivation.

As a program that offers a high level of engagement with both our residents and their families, we only treat a small number of boys at a time. We are selective in admitting each client, making sure that he is a good fit for the current group, and that his family is willing to be highly engaged in his therapeutic process. Boys must be 12 to 17 years old at the time of admission, with substance abuse or process addiction (such as internet and gaming addiction) as a primary issue.

Parents typically call us out of concern for known substance abuse and recent changes in their son, such as:

  • Extreme personality changes
  • Intense mood swings
  • Difficulties in personal relationships
  • Academic difficulties
  • Erratic or antisocial behavior
  • Defiance at home or school
  • Low motivation
  • Unresolved grief from loss of a family member or friend
  • Anger and threats of violence
  • Isolation
  • Drastic change in peer group

Common Diagnoses and Treatment Specialties

As a treatment center that specializes in treating co-occurring disorders, we are able to treat a wide range of mental health issues, mood and personality disorders, learning difficulties, and behavior issues.  Some of our boys have already been diagnosed when they arrive at treatment. We commonly see diagnoses of ADHD, internet/gaming dependence, depression, anxiety, impulsivity, oppositional defiant disorder, reactive attachment disorder, substance induced panic disorder, auditory processing disorder, school avoidance, executive function learning disorder, dyslexia, and dysgraphia. Many of our residents are struggling with signs of mental health or learning issues, but have not undergone psychological testing and evaluation to receive a proper diagnosis.

Drug and Alcohol Use

While some of our boys have been using substances for an extended period of time, many are just beginning to experiment. Some parents call us at the point when their son is facing legal or academic consequences from their substance use; many call us when they are just beginning to see the signs of trouble and want to get their son back on track.

We treat boys who are abusing alcohol and all types of drugs. Most commonly, our boys are abusing:

  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription drugs and cough syrup
  • Hallucinogens (such as LSD or mushrooms)
  • Stimulants (such as cocaine and methamphetamines)
  • “Club” drugs (such as ecstasy or ”Molly”, ketamine, PCP)
  • Opiates (such as heroin, vicodin, oxycontin)
  • Household inhalants (such as white out, glue, aerosol sprays)

Before we accept your son into treatment, we will work through an extensive assessment to make sure that Muir Wood is the best and most appropriate treatment environment for your son. If we determine that we are not a good fit, we will help you find the treatment that is best suited to his needs.

We are happy to connect you with other parents who have made the challenging decision to seek treatment for their son. Through our Parent-to-Parent Network, we can put you in touch with a parent who has had their child in our program. Parents are happy to tell you more about their Muir Wood experience and the typical boys we treat here. Call us for more information.