Muir Wood Adolescent & Family Services

California (CA) > Rehab Centers in Petaluma, CA
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4.5
(22 Reviews)
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1733 Skillman Lane
Petaluma, California 94952

Financial & Insurance Details

  • Insurance
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Financing

Treatment Center Settings

  • Luxury

Facility Highlights

Mixed-Gender Outpatient Programs

Sunday Adventure Therapy Program Led by a Masters-Level Therapist

Weekly, Comprehensive Family Programming

Treatment Center Philosophy

Muir Wood Adolescent & Family Services provides residential treatment for adolescent boys with substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health issues and outpatient programming for both adolescent boys and girls. The residential treatment program is designed specifically for males ages 12-17 struggling with substance abuse and accompanying mental health issues. Located on six idyllic acres in Sonoma County, CA, this highly individualized and family-centric program serves a maximum of six adolescents and their families at any given time. Muir Wood’s treatment team includes board-certified addiction treatment physicians, board-certified psychiatrists, licensed therapists, certified counselors, masters-level adventure therapists and masters-level and multiple-subject State credentialed teachers. Key program components of the residential program include a weekly family intensive, comprehensive psychological testing, twice weekly individual therapy with a licensed therapist, weekly assessment by a board-certified addiction psychiatrist, twice weekly individual family therapy with a licensed therapist, and an all day adventure therapy program with masters-level therapists. The residential program also includes a 3-month Parent Support and Coaching Aftercare curriculum-based component led by a licensed therapist who remains in contact with parents for a weekly 75-minute phone call. Muir Wood’s mixed-gender outpatient program, located in Marin, offers both a 9-hour per week Intensive Outpatient Program and a 6-hour per week Outpatient Program for teens and their families. Key components of the outpatient programs include a highly credentialed clinical team, weekly individual therapy with a licensed therapist, weekly family therapy with a licensed therapist, and weekly randomized drug testing.

Facility Center Details

  • Residential Treatment
  • Detox Services
  • Behavioral Disorder Treatment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Outpatient Services
  • Intensive Outpatient Services
  • Sober Living Home
  • Day School
  • Private Rooms
  • Pet Friendly
  • Exceptionally LGBT Friendly
  • Men Only
  • Women Only

Accreditation/License

  • CARF
  • JCAHO
  • ADP
  • NAATP

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Meet The Staff

Michael Wachter, M.D.
Consulting Psychiatrist, Board-Certified Psychiatrist, Board-Certified in Addiction Medicine

Dr. Michael Wachter is a board-certified psychiatrist who has practiced psychiatry in his native San Francisco Bay Area for over 17 years and is board-certified in addiction medicine. Along with his position at Muir Wood, Dr. Wachter is also a staff psychiatrist at the University of California–San Francisco (UCSF). Prior to joining Muir Wood as the consulting psychiatrist, Dr. Wachter served as the medical director for the Thunder Road Adolescent Chemical Dependency Program in Oakland for 7 years. A recipient of the prestigious Laughlin Award of the National Psychiatric Endowment Foundation for Excellence in Therapeutic Skills and Dedication to the Welfare of Patients, Dr. Wachter is highly regarded for his work with adolescents with substance abuse and co-occurring behavioral health issues.

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Scott Sowle
Founder & Executive Director

For Scott, Muir Wood represents the culmination of many years experience developing nationally recognized adolescent and adult programs. Muir Wood is often referred to as the gold standard in the treatment of adolescent substance abuse and mental health treatment. It has been recognized as a “place of light and hope, where kindness, trust and respect are established as the keystones of life-long recovery” by Kathy Ketcham, best selling author of “Teens Under the Influence”.

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Tobocop
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Do not send your kids here! They make it look so nice on the website saying that you go horseback riding surfing and kayaking and all that but in reality the only thing they care about is the website. They hire actors as clients to say good things about it but it’s actually hell there. Every single person I know that’s been there including me just pretends that it’s helping them because they want to get out of that prison as soon as possible. The staff gang up on the clients and get mad at little things like farting or making a joke. As soon as any of the clients get out they go straight back to drug use because they lie and say they want to be sober and really this place just teaches you way more ways to get high and get around drug tests. Personally I just was sent there for weed and didn’t have any need to use any harder drugs but being around people always talking about how good they are just makes you want to try them so now it’s my first week out and I’ve already tried like 6 different drugs that I never even thought could get me high or never wanted to try only because they don’t show up on drug tests. In conclusion this place is so fake and if your child is only addicted to weed definitely don’t send them to rehab it will only make them worse.
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Jeff
5.0
Excellent
We're grateful to Muir Wood for having helped our family through a terrible crisis. While our son was there, the rest of the family slept easily knowing he was in the care of compassionate, expert staff. The doctors, therapists, and staff there are all excellent. They're experienced, and have seen it all. What a relief! The program my son participated in was comprehensive, from getting great nutrition from an on-site chef, to engaging in personal and group therapy, as well as attending outside meetings. Muir Wood returned him to improved physical and mental health, and he was able to take responsibility for and pride in his sobriety. The family program is excellent, including individual family therapy and multi-family group discussion. Through the expertise of the affiliated guest speakers at the group meetings, our whole family learned a lot about how to manage addiction of our roles. All of us, including our son, are stronger because of Muir Wood's program.
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Brooke
5.0
Excellent
Muirwood is a cadillac facility in every way! I was impressed with every facet of the program, the facilities, the staff, the family resources, discharge resources etc. If one has to go through this nightmare experience of substance abuse and all that entails, this is a safe landing place for our sons and an invaluable resource for us as families, not only while our son is there in treatment, but in terms of being set up to move forward after treatment as well. I am forever grateful to Muirwood and so thankful my son was able to be there at such a critical time in his life!
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SK
5.0
Excellent
It's no easy decision to admit your child into a residential treatment program but the Muir Wood team and staff were an excellent choice for my son and his care. Their professional and genuine approach put me at ease and left me knowing that he was safe.
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alexandre
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I personally think this place was beautiful but some clients and staff members were very disrespectful and I also felt like all the information was repeated many many times. Overall I thought it was not helpful because I did not learn anything and I also stayed there 2 months and I worked hard but nothing came out of it. Im not blaming you guys
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Mom
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As was mentioned in another post, the facility has overall good intentions, but the personal issues the director suffers from adds the potential of manipulation and unprofessional treatment. She orchestrated a bad situation so the client would be removed, using her expertise to sabatoge instead of heal. Be careful.
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Emily
4.7
Excellent
Our 15 year old son spent 36 days at Muir Wood in 2017. We had a very positive experience. Amazing staff and very caring. The environment is perfect to take a step back and reflect about life challenges. Actually a place you would consider to spend a family summer vacation. Our son got out of his first treatment with much improvement in understanding his addiction disease and coping skills. The family support program is very helpful. After a relapse, he would only go back into treatment if it was at Muir Wood, he doesn't want to even consider any other place. The only pain point was the constant health insurance negotiations, with only a few days approved at a time, so we never knew when we should be prepared to have him out of treatment and back home.
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E.R.
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I visit a family member while he was in treatment. I was very disappointed just in the short period of time I spent at the facility. I sat in on a group recovery meeting on a Saturday afternoon, listening to the speaker share his story of addiction. Basically my general feeling is that my family member learned new ways of bad behavior, such as breaking into locked cabinets/(picking locks), sharing other addictive behavior with other adolescent residents. He was punished for bad behavior, and was not allowed to go on any outings, this only added to feelings of failure, instead of teaching adolescents better guidance and structure and different ways to behave to increase positive results, not with punishment, he could have stayed in his own home to receive punishment.I genuinely feel it was a waste of insurance money, a poor choice of treatment plan, the outcome was unsuccessful, and wasted time at this facility.
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CM
4.7
Excellent
An excellent program and environment. Healthy food, supportive staff, nurturing, engaging programs. Our whole family benefited and continue to experience the benefits of the Muir Wood experience--a true light and answer in dark and challenging times.
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BP
5.0
Excellent
My son was at Muir Wood for two and a half months. He already had been through wilderness programs twice. Returning home only to relapse. He is now over year sober. Excelling in school and happy. I think what made the difference this time was our involvement as parents in his treatment. I found staff at Muir Wood to be extremely knowledgeable, kind and compassionate. I would recommend to any parent that they consider Muir Wood. I have given our families contact information to the staff at Muir Wood to give to any parents thinking about placing their child in treatment.
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JL
5.0
Excellent
Our son was well taken care of at Muir Wood. Staff brought him back to physical health, gave him tools to begin to understand himself better emotionally, and provided a safe and serene environment for him to recover and begin a more enriching life. For our family, Muir Wood was a positive life-affirming experience.
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Mike
5.0
Excellent
Two staff members in particular, and the rest of the staff at Muir Wood were wonderful with my son. They were all very professional, caring, and could not have done a better job at helping my son. His time at Muir Wood was a life changing experience for our entire family. I\'ve recommended them to a close friend, and would highly do so for anyone reading this review.
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Jeanne
5.0
Excellent
How do you thank someone for saving your son and your family? Muir Wood did that for us through their amazing clinical work, genuine dedication to troubled kids, and their good heart. Our 15 year old son was dead set on not going but almost magically upon arrival embraced this beautiful place and the regimen there. We loved that he was among his peers and that he\'d have the open spaces and time to turn himself around... with a lot of help of course! It\'s been a little over a year and things are good. And that is enough for us right now. Just being able to say that again is a blessing. Thank you Muir Wood. – A Muir Wood Mom
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Amy
5.0
Excellent
Muir Wood Adolescent & Family Service not only saved my son, who is now three years sober after being there, but also saved my family. We have a beautiful relationship between siblings, mother and father and extended family because of what we learned from the counselors, team and group therapies and educational sessions we attended while our son was there. He is devoted to helping others as well as himself and we are eternally grateful to Muir Wood.
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Jonetha
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Our son Damien (not his real name) spent 90 days at Muir Wood Teen in the spring of 2016. First of all, he is doing fine. Thank God for that. But thank Muir Wood as well. One particular staff member and the treatment team there were beyond accommodating, the facility is a teenager\'s dream home and apparently, Damien was well fed because he was returned to us about 5 pounds the better. We could not say enough good things about Muir Wood and the staff there and encourage concerned moms and dads like us to do as we did.
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C.F.
5.0
Excellent
Our son got excellent care in this program. The mandatory family therapy and education programs are informative and worthwhile. They were upfront and transparent about costs. Good model for the treatment of adolescent substance abuse.
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Anonymous
1.0
Muir Wood was the second residential program that my son attended. Overall, it was a very disappointing experience. The other kids wanted to fight with the staff and each other, brag about using drugs, etc. My kid just wanted to stop being depressed. It was really traumatizing for him. In retrospect, it would have been better if he had no treatment rather than being exposed to what he was exposed to at this place.
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DK
2.3
One medical staff member... in the program is fantastic but hus help is least to be desired. Ability to follow thru with treatment from beginning to success. When the road gets rough they push you off the road and out into the field alone. I do not feel that this treatment program has the patients best interest at heart. Basically...get a reason to get them out and move onto the next.
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Anonymous
4.0
Great
workers are easy to talk do not judge and very understanding. no judging by employees,good listeners.
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John
4.7
Excellent
Our son went through the Muir Wood program with flying colors. The psychological testing gave us a real diagnosis and the weekly neurofeedback we think helped tremendously. Thank you Drs. for your support and guidance and constant communication. And thank you to another staff member for the incredible aftercare support. -- Grateful.
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jp
4.7
Excellent
I am so grateful for Muir Wood. My son had had been struggling for years and had been at both a wilderness program and another treatment center before we found Muir Wood. The staff at Muir Wood were compassionate and they truly treated my son\'s underlying issues. They really did save my son and help heal our family. We\'re grateful
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LL
3.7
Very Good
Mis-diagnossed my son. I would not recommend. This place has a lot of potential if the Owner had a better understanding of good clinical practice. The family therapist has little insight into her own issues and how they play out in her work with families.
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