Catholic Addiction Recovery for Young Men

young men vocational training

Beartooth Mt. Ascent helps young men embark on a journey of genuine and authentic personal experience. At our behavioral treatment center, the heart and mind are unfolded on a path of self-discovery that foundationally changes the way that a young man thinks about God, family, self, and the world around him. Our program is based on being a holistic, safe, and positive environment. Young men are able to actualize successes, utilizing our experiential therapy program, while avoiding the cold, sterile environment found in clinical or institutional settings. 

All of this is set against the beautiful mountains of Wyoming, where he can see the effects of God’s creation all around him. On our working cattle ranch, young men will be given the chance to experience therapy and rehab in a unique and enlightening way. At Beartooth Mt. Ascent, many young men experience lifetime firsts that can help young men focus on what they’re truly here for. It’s a chance to visualize themselves as the men they’d like to be in the future.

Our Irreplicable Program

Our program and the teachings these young men receive on the ranch can help build character and help them recognize the virtuous nature that exists within themselves. We believe that change comes from within, and through our unique therapy, training, and vocational motivation, they’ll begin to see that change firsthand. Through our program, teens transform for the better, enduring invaluable lessons that will teach them how to be a righteous, honest, and caring human being. Beartooth Mt. Ascent is unique for a variety of reasons, and we take pride in helping young men with the following aspects:

  • Vocational job skills training
  • Life skills training
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Various therapeutic modalities, including:
    • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
    • Rational emotive behavior therapy
    • Reality therapy
    • Equine therapy
    • Family therapy
    • And experiential therapy
  • Life planning and coaching
  • Communication skills training

Building a Better Way of Life

We believe that you can’t expect someone to say no to drugs, alcohol, porn, and the many vices of the world until you show them that there is something better they can say yes to. Our program is designed to override the negative brain effects of bad habits and create a foundation for positive behavior that is rooted in virtue. In this way, we are able to break self-destructive behavioral patterns.

We start with the gift of nature and the gift of work. This starts with working with your hands, which we believe has a healing effect on the brain. When a person learns to do something new, for example, work with a horse and learn to speak the horse’s language, new neurological pathways are created in the brain. This helps break the person out of the “ruts” in their mind, the negative thought patterns that keep them trapped in the lies they believe and live out. Our goal is to help the young man experience the truth about who he is.

Here at the Ranch, we also know that to build a better way of life, we have to live by a positive and helpful moral code or: The Code of the West. This code may not be written in stone, but it can be embodied in each of us. The way we choose to live and the values we choose to live by will help us become better men for ourselves, family, friends, and our community. From accepting personal responsibility and living each day courageously to understanding fairness and the power of our actions, we embrace the code and what it stands for in our personal lives. 

Why Our Addiction Treatment Program is Different

To understand that addiction is a dependency of choice is not to say that a drug or alcohol abuser properly weighed the pros and cons and made an objective decision to be an addict or alcoholic. The truth is, people, learn behaviors that make them feel comfortable and choose to use those behaviors because they are easy and familiar. Drugs and alcohol create an artificial sense of normalcy and functionality that is perceived as positive and essential. When someone begins to recognize this and incorporates substance use or video gaming/porn into their everyday life as a coping tool or to feel “normal”, the cycle of dependency begins.

At Beartooth Mt. Ascent we use a unique combination of evidence-based therapeutic approaches to break this cycle and find a new normal. We understand that therapy is a highly important part of a young man’s journey to health and happiness, but it isn’t the only part of our program that matters. Therapy can only help so much. The authentic and healthy relationships these teens will build with their Beartooth Mt. Ascent family will change their lives forever. Our approach to care and therapy is loving but firm. We all tough, but always fair. We’ll never force a lesson, but with time, the walls that these boys put up will eventually come down. Here, they’ll find an environment that is caring, healthy but expectant of difficult emotional and physical labor.

We’re here to teach each young man that the tough work is worth the mental reward, that self-esteem is important to the makeup of a man, and that their choices do have significant consequences. Other programs might only fix the surface problems of poor choices that have lead to their afflictions and addictions. We understand that addictions began because of a choice and that better choices can’t be made without the teachings of what’s right and what’s wrong. Repairing damage is not enough to completely heal a person, although that is what other programs tend to focus on. Instead, we focus on building a new foundation for these young men. Through their experiences here, they’ll learn to handle and confront life’s problems with patience, humility, and courage.

Call to Learn More

(308) 645-3381

Once your body and mind are on their way to a restored state, we can begin the work of helping you to transform your life. People normally learn to cope with problems and social situations in a way that creates positive outcomes. This process happens in a non-clinical setting, through a naturally healthy way of life while living and working on the ranch at Beartooth MT Ascent. If you have any questions about our philosophy or life on our working ranch, don’t hesitate to contact us today.