Beartooth Mt. Ascent Frequently Asked Questions About Our Catholic Christian Rehab
1. What is the cost?
Admissions Fee of $2,500
Monthly Program Fee: $5,300 per month. Initial Costs are non-refundable
2. What is included in the monthly tuition cost?
- Room and Board
- Weekly one-on-one, and group therapeutic counseling.
- Daily supervision and program support from Beartooth Mt. Ascent staff.
- Monitoring of academic and job performance.
- Virtue-Based Curriculum
- Access to year-round sports center
- Introduction to Natural Horsemanship
- Daily devotionals
- Individual family life coaching for the participant’s family members
3. What is NOT included?
- Un-approved phone use charges
- Individual educational plan related costs
- Health insurance and medical needs
- Family members stay at more than one multi-day visit per each 90 days
4. What kind of counseling is available?
Individual counseling is offered for behavioral health and drug/alcohol addiction. Also included are pornography and internet gaming addictions. Sessions are scheduled once a week or as needed.
We also provide guided group therapy up to 5 times a week.
5. Can he finish his high school? What will the rehab program do to help him learn the skills to succeed when he leaves?
If the young man has not completed high school, we will work with him to get the credits he needs to complete his high school education and get his diploma. Parents must cover the cost of his curriculum and credits. All other educational materials that are part of our virtue/character formation and are included in the enrollment costs.
Skills he will learn are:
- Job skills
- being prepared for job interviews, work ethic, ranch work, creating a resume
- relationship skills
We offer a wide variety of job skills at our Catholic Rehab Program as well as the relationship skills needed to be successful in the workplace. If the young man completes the recommended programs he should have the work ethic and skills needed to succeed.
6. Can he earn any money?
After completing the initial 120 program a young man can earn $25 a week and up to $75 a week depending on his overall weekly score on his passport to manhood evaluation. He must earn an 8.5 or above on his passport to earn money for that week. If he breaks the rules of the program, he may have part or all of his banked income taken away to make restitution for his actions.
The money he earns will be in the form of a weekly stipend that is “banked” until he is ready to leave the program. Some of his “banked” money can be used for outings such as going to a movie, eating at restaurants, or going skiing. (Note: Students who are on reduced tuition do not get participate in this “earning” program)
7. What are they doing each day in your Catholic rehab program for drugs and addiction?
8. Will the young men be supervised?
They will be under the guidance and direction of an adult staff member, 24/7. They may have moments during work that they are left to work on assigned projects, while the staff member gathers materials etc. but they are never left alone for long periods of time.
9. Where will he be staying?
Rustic frontier cabin style facilities.
10. What is the length of the average stay?
We have a required minimum of 120 days, we have found that 8-12 months stay in our Christian rehab is much more effective and gives longer lasting behavioral changes.
11. Can we make him stay?
We can’t force anything on any of our participants as they are young adults, but we are often effective in encouraging them to stay and work through our addiction program for their own personal benefit and goal achievement. Our very remote location discourages running away, thus the surrounding environment creates a natural boundary that few have tried to go beyond.
12. What do you do if a young man comes to your Catholic rehab and then becomes unhappy and wants to leave the program?
We work with him intensively through dialogue, and understanding his feelings. This, in turn, helps him to understand the opportunity being offered to him for a real change in his life.
The parental role in setting clear consequences to their son is vital in making sure he stays to complete the rehab program, such as communicating that you will no longer support him financially if he chooses to leave before completion.
13. How do we get him to go to Christian Rehab at Beartooth Mt. Ascent if he does not desire to?
That is an issue that needs to be worked through by the parents or guardian. We encourage parents to make it very clear that they will no longer support the young man in any way unless he goes through the program and breaks his habits of addiction and problematic behavior. This firm but loving approach is usually very effective in convincing the young man to get the help he needs.
14. What should he bring with him? 2 packages of over the calf socks, Regular plain tee shirts ( with short sleeves, not sleeveless with no print or anything on them) and brief underwear (not boxer-shorts, they do not give the support needed for men during ranch activities), gym shorts, and tennis or gym shoes, swim trunks (not brief type) plain hooded sweatshirt, canvas Carhartt style winter work coat, hat and gloves. Wrangler cowboy bootcut jeans at least 5-7 pairs, Western-style snappy shirts 5-7, Cowboy boots the pull on type with riding heal, sturdy work-boots and dress pants for mass and going to town in. All other equipment will be issued once he arrives here.
15. Are cell phones or iPods allowed? Cell phones, iPods, laptops or any type of portable media devices are not allowed. This is important to let your son know that there will be no electronic media devices allowed at BTMA. If they are brought with them, they will be removed from the young man’s possession and locked away until he finishes the program, they will then be returned at the time of discharge.
16. My sons smokes is there smoking allowed at BTMA? We do not allow any cigarettes use at BTMA or anywhere on our ranch. cigarettes use is considered a gateway addiction and we find we are more effective at helping young men learn a healthy lifestyle and make better choices if we keep cigarettes out of their daily environment. If your son smokes a pack or more of cigarettes a day upon request he will be provided nicotine patches or gum to step him down from his cravings for 4 weeks. After that he should be over his withdrawals from the nicotine.
17. Will my son attend Church services? Yes. All the young men at BTMA attend the weekly Catholic Mass at Our Lady Of The Valley Parish, a few miles from the ranch. We all attend as a family community. If your son is not Catholic he will still attend mass so as to grow spiritually from the reading of scripture and the words of encouragement from the priest.
18. Will my son get to ride a horse everyday? No, we do not ride horses every day, we use horses for ranch work and sometimes for leisure. Also, we need time to get to know each young man’s abilities and develop a level of trust and responsibility within him before he is given the opportunity to learn to work with and ride a horse, (this usually takes a month).
19. Will my son get to pick and choose which activities or “jobs” he will take part in while at the ranch? Not until he has completed the first 120 days of the program and has learned to do the work assigned to him with a positive attitude. When the young man has demonstrated that he is responsible and trustworthy in completing the task given to him, he may get to choose which work project that is presently happening on the ranch that he would prefer to work on.
Please note: The programs and therapy listed on our website are aspects of our daily life on a working cattle ranch, and are integrated within our main BTMA program. Students participate in the daily ranch activities that are an organic part of real ranch life and work. Students do not get to pick and choose what activities they want to do each day. This teaches a young man to go beyond himself, become part of something bigger than himself, and learn to do what is required and needed, not what he finds pleasing to himself. Also note that not every activity listed is offered every day, and many are available only when the season or weather permits.
Our program is located on a remote rural ranch in a back to basics, frontier-style buildings without any frills. If you are looking for luxurious accommodations for your son in a resort-like setting this is not the place to send him.
If you want your son to appreciate and not take for granted what has been provided for him by you, then our Ranch is the place to help him grow in appreciation and thanksgiving for all that he has received in his life. Young men that engage in our program leave here with a deeper respect for authority, self-discipline, and a new work ethic that will help them be successful in holding down a job or going to college.