Letter from Our Founder

In Muir Wood, my hope was to create a place of hope and healing where teens and their parents could find a common voice. A uniquely special place where boys can rediscover their passions free from drugs and alcohol and reunite with their families. I have spent my entire professional career, spanning some 25+ years, working specifically with teens and families suffering with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues. I’ve been blessed in my career to work alongside thought leaders and pioneers who’ve provided me with the insight, humility and wherewithal to develop a program that is unmatched in its pursuit of excellence.

scott-sowle-founderMuir Wood is an exceptional program. It is considered by many as the gold standard in the treatment of adolescent substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health issues. The clinical program and treatment team at Muir Wood is without compromise. Key elements identified by the American Medical Association, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine were all considered in the development of the clinical program at Muir Wood. These include a gender-specific treatment setting, a comprehensive weekly family program, a highly credentialed and board-certified staff, a comprehensive and integrated treatment approach, a developmentally appropriate program specifically designed for teens, an engaging program that retains teens in treatment, comprehensive psychological testing, a highly individualized program with a limited enrollment of 10 boys at any given time, and a uniquely beautiful treatment setting emphasizing kindness and respect over confrontation and control.

Muir Wood can interrupt the cycle of addiction in families. I want to assure you there is hope. Teens and families do heal and we see it every day. Kathy Ketcham, the best-selling author of Teens Under the Influence, a mother, and an expert on adolescent substance abuse treatment, described Muir Wood as “a place of light and hope where kindness, trust and respect are established as the keystones of life-long recovery. I only wish every boy had the opportunity to go to Muir Wood, knowing how much love and compassion your staff has for youth and their families, and watching the miracle of broken lives become whole again”.

I would agree with Kathy and hope you take a few moments to look through our informative website. Muir Wood is truly set apart from other adolescent programs and our staff is committed to helping your family. Please feel free to contact me at 310-903-1155 or ssowle@muirwoodteen.com if I can help your family.


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Scott Sowle
Founder & Executive Director
Muir Wood Adolescent & Family Services

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