Why Choose Us

The decision to seek help for a troubled young adult is a difficult one. The choices are daunting. The promises are vague. There is often a sense of urgency that accompanies the realization you need help now. Our website is loaded with information to help you answer just one question, “Is Medicine Wheel at RedCliff right for my family?”

Recent outcome studies report wilderness therapy programs to be the most effective treatment modality ever measured by the Youth Outcome Questionnaire (YOQ) – a standardized outcome instrument developed by professors at Brigham Young University. However, of the hundreds of wilderness programs in the country, only eight of the most reputable programs were chosen for this study. Our sister program – RedCliff Ascent –  was one of them.

The study showed the troubled teenage participants were diagnosed with behavioral disorders – ADHD, ODD, and Conduct Disorder – substance abuse, alcohol, cannabis, tobacco, depression and mood disorders, and a variety of other social and behavioral problems. RedCliff’s wilderness program effectively addressed all of those diagnoses.

How does that relate to young adults and Medicine Wheel? Medicine Wheel uses the same treatment modality pioneered by RedCliff Ascent, only with a curriculum specifically designed for young adults.

With the rapid growth of the wilderness therapy industry, here are seven reasons why Medicine Wheel at RedCliff Ascent is the best wilderness therapy choice for most troubled young adults:

  • Developmental Model
  • Substance Abuse
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Curriculum
  • Operational Maturity
  • Safety & Risk Management
  • Staff
  • Cost/Value

Please explore our website or call an admissions counselor at (800) 898-1244 for additional information about how Medicine Wheel at RedCliff can help.