How We’re Different
WE ARE A 90-DAY ADDICTION TREATMENT PROGRAM!
New Adventure Treatment Center (NATC) is a fully Licensed behavioral health facility specializing in addiction treatment and in helping boys with serious behavioral issues. The drug and alcohol addiction treatment program is based on science, evidence and our experience of what works best in helping teenager get sober and stay sober. We have pioneered the field’s leading approach to addiction treatment and we continue to evolve and advance the use of evidence-based treatments in order to provide our patients with the best opportunity for lifelong recovery from substance use disorder.
The 90-Day Addiction Treatment Program Integrates Behavioral Treatment
New Adventure Treatment Center admits boys ages 14-17 1/2 who have serious substance abuse issues or addictions. Addiction and co-occurring behavioral issues or mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression are addressed at the same time, providing an integrated treatment approach that offers our patients the best opportunity for lasting recovery.
Programs and services include screening and brief intervention, comprehensive assessment and evaluation, and inpatient addiction treatment, and family/parent education and support.
Many boys who come to us also have defiance and anger issues. It is understood that troubled boys may not be overly excited about coming to New Adventure Treatment Center. However, we require that prospective clients be informed in advance and choose to come here. Success is in part dependent on a patient’s willingness to get help. We will help you with strategies to get your boy to willingly come to our program.
Our center is a Dual diagnosis facility and works with both mental health and behavioral health issues. (examples: Depression, Anxiety, etc.). We incorporate trauma therapy, counseling for depression and anxiety, and other mental health services into the process for recovery and life change. To make the program more fulfilling and exciting for the boys, we incorporate adventure-based learning activities, equine-assisted therapy, play therapy, and other creative interventions.
We provide medication management and contracts with a local psychiatrist who also serves as the administrative medical director. We have nurses on staff as well as licensed therapists and counselors.
Effective Addiction Treatment and Therapy
NATC provides highly effective addiction treatment as well as individual, group, and family therapies.
NATC is a Christ-centered program and offers intervention that scientifically-based, but consistent with biblical, Christian values.
As the name implies, NATC provides adventure-based therapy and other non-traditional (non-office) forms of treatment.
Fitness and Recreation
Our program is very active. We have a certified CrossFit gym, basketball court, a 15-element ropes course with dual zip lines, a fishing pond, and many other on-campus activities. We take advantage of the outdoors and regularly go camping, hiking, rappelling, rock climbing, etc.
Our residents learn to integrate fitness and activity into their recovery and life management plan. They practice alternative/positive behaviors which support recovery.
NATC has one of the most intensive aftercare programs in the nation. Families will be partnered with an aftercare specialist who will assist them with their son’s transition back into the home.
Boarding School Add-On Option
After completion of the 90-day New Adventure Treatment Center program, we offer an optional therapeutic Boarding School program wherein clients can continue receiving treatment while also working toward their high school diploma or GED.
Students receive individual, group, and/or family therapy as well as access to psychiatric/medical services and assistance with medication management. Therapy, skill-building, educational assessment, experiential activities, social/recreational activities, spirituality, etc. are part of the recovery-focused interventions offered at this level of care.
Moreover, our ultimate goal is to create life change in the boys in our care. Without life change, they will go right back to their addiction after a few days, weeks or months. Anyone can go through detox and get off alcohol or drugs for a short while, especially in a highly monitored environment. Our goal is to provide long-term recovery and lifetime avoidance of addictive substances once the boy leaves our program, even when hard knocks hit.
Addicts typically start “using” or drinking out of a personal need to fit in, or to cover up some internal issues such as a need for love, success, forgiveness, belonging, acceptance, a spiritual void, or a lack of life purpose. The boy who gets into drugs, huffing, gaming, pornography or alcohol often cannot break the addiction on his own. The chemicals have taken hold, building physical dependency, making it too painful or even dangerous for him to stop. The dependency becomes too powerful, and any attempt to get off of the chemicals can lead to painful and sometimes life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.
Once invited in, these highly addictive chemical substances can entirely take over the individual, mentally and physically, preventing them from stopping on their own.
Without a totally new mindset and life focus to fill the void, the boy will return to their addiction, again and again, ravaging their future relationships, trustworthiness, career, finances and their physical and mental health. The addiction will utterly destroy their future.
To unwrap the layers of addition, we take several steps, and these steps cannot be rushed. Once understood, it is clear why this entire process takes months to accomplish.
We focus our efforts on permanent recovery. While the level of medical care provided in our addiction recovery program can be expensive, we work with insurance companies to help parents keep the out of pocket cost for that part of the program to a minimum.
We work on the underlying person, rebuilding them up from the inside out. Boys learn to “own” their mistakes, solve them, and not repeat them. Along with our staff, peers in the program are a critical force in showing the way, because these individuals who have been in the program longer and naturally mentor and want to lift up the newer residents.
If there is one thing that is common to all addicts it is that they have become the best of liars — to friends, employers, family and even to themselves. Moreover, they are blame-shifters, never taking responsibility for their own actions. Introducing Christ into their life also means introducing truth, where truth had become lost to them. Truth and transparency become a pivotal focus from this point forward, often taught with tough love, but always approached with acceptance, understanding and care. Eventually, the boy realizes that the only way to live is to put away their constant lies and approach life from the truth, with the help of Christ.
Boys come to New Adventure Treatment Center with life-controlling issues, destructive habits, dysfunctional behaviors, and/or mental health challenges. We endeavor to help boys manage their own behaviors. The focus is not on controlling them, which invites power struggles, but on empowering them to themselves deal with life-controlling problems, form new habits, develop healthy functioning, and manage emotional issues.
We believe that boys can and should take responsibility for their actions and lives. They are not merely powerless victims of circumstances or disease. They can make positive choices even in difficult situations and despite traumatic histories. Boys can, however, become stuck in destructive habits and dysfunctional patterns. It is our job to help the boys break free of these unproductive patterns, develop new life skills, and learn to manage their own lives in a way that is healthy and productive.
It should be noted that our emphasis on empowerment does not negate the need for structure, rules, or even consequences to actions. These things are necessary and help provide a stable environment for clients. Ultimately, they are in place for the purpose/goal of empowering clients to manage their own lives, behaviors, and emotions. We endeavor to help boys acquire the skills necessary to lead healthy, fulfilled, productive lives.
Adventure-Based Learning and Therapy
Boys here experience therapy-based, indoor and outdoor activities, and physical training. Outdoors, we go camping, backpacking, rappelling, canoeing, swimming, hiking, and spelunking (rock climbing and cave exploration). We also have a certified ROPES COURSE on our property. Students learn the importance of teamwork, goals, and perseverance. They develop better communication skills and improve their ability to work cooperatively with others. Our staff are professionally trained and equipped to offer this effective tool.
The ropes course allows the boy to meet a number of goals by focusing on positive achievements and confronting personal fears and anxieties. Some of the therapeutic achievements they will experience while participating in our ropes course include positive risk-taking, improved self-confidence, expanding comfort zones, improved leadership skills, overcoming fears, and an overall increase of personal and team development.
The course is designed, built, maintained, and operated by our own ropes course experts using state of the art safety equipment. Everyone can participate in the ropes course, no matter how physically fit or athletic they are.
An Active Recreational and Physical Activity Program is Important for Recovery
Students who opt for continuing here in our sober living boarding school, take part in many different kinds of recreational activities. Students participate in many off-campus activities. They go to concerts and conferences, visit theme parks, go rock climbing, bowl, ice skate, and do many other activities.
A variety of activities are offered on campus as well. Students regularly play basketball in our gymnasium, use our weight lifting equipment, play Frisbee golf, play flag football, or use our low ropes/adventure-based training course, etc. We are also an official affiliate of CrossFit Training.
We also offer equine therapy to help the boys develop needed skills and attributes, such as accountability, responsibility, self-confidence, problem-solving skills, and self-control.
Equine therapy provides an innovative milieu in which the therapist and the patient can identify and address a range of emotional and behavioral challenges. Both during the activity and after the patient has finished working with the horse, the equine therapist can observe and interact with the client in order to identify behavior patterns and process thoughts and emotions.
Studies have indicated that equine therapy has been successful in helping clients show marked improvements in the following areas:
• Emotional awareness • Empathy • Stress tolerance • Flexibility • Impulse control • Problem-solving skills • Self-actualization • Independence • Self-regard • Social responsibility • Interpersonal relationships
Many of the benefits of equine therapy are likely due to the nature of the animals with which the patient and equine therapist are interacting. Horses are typically non-judgmental, have no preconceived expectations or motives, and are highly effective at mirroring attitudes and behaviors of the humans with whom they are working.
While working with horses under the guidance and supervision of an equine therapist, equine therapy patients have a unique and effective opportunity to note their tendency to engage in self-defeating and otherwise negative thoughts and actions. These realizations provide excellent bases for discussion and processing both during and after the equine therapy experience.
Equine therapy has been successfully integrated into treatment programs for teens who are being treated for substance abuse, addiction, behavior disorders, mood disorders, learning differences, ADD/ADHD, grief/loss, trauma, sex addiction, compulsive gambling, bipolar, depression and related conditions.
New Adventure Treatment Center is the Addiction Treatment Program of Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch
Change Doesn’t Really Sink in Unless it is Lived
Residents in our program get clean from addictions, get straight with God, and curb their lying to themselves and others. But they still need a new path forward and a plan or they could fall right back into their old ways. The therapeutic boarding school part of our program helps the boys learn new ways to think and act, without addictive substances.
- Heart Change
Our program helps boys recover from addiction by changing their hearts and minds. We accept individuals from all backgrounds and ethnicities.
- Personal Growth
We help the addict grow as a person and build a new life, free of addiction. Our team helps mentor boys in their actions and future decisions.
We teach humility, care, and trustworthiness. We help build character and prepare kids for a solid educational and vocational future.