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Wilderness Treatment Center

Residential Treatment Center and Wilderness Program

Wilderness Treatment Center Program Information

Gender: Boys Only
Ages: 14 to 24
Grades: n/a
Estimated Enrollment: 35
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 1983
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Wilderness Treatment Center Contact Information

200 Hubbart Dam Rd
Marion, MT 59925
Phone: (406) 854-2832
Fax: (406) 854-2835
School Contact: Mary Tollefson
Alternative Contact: John Brekke
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Wilderness Treatment Center believes that chemical dependency among adolescents and young adults can effectively be treated by providing a specialized program designed to treat both personal and social problem areas. Our program provides specific activities and a unique setting to allow for personal growth, self-confidence, better decision-making skills, and leadership growth.

Teaching the tools of Sober Living

Since it's inception in 1983, WTC has successfully treated young men/male teens from all over the world. Our treatment center's primary goal is to introduce male teens & young adult males to a new way of life free from drugs and alcohol with increased self-esteem and a feeling of empowerment. Rugged challenging activities such as backpacking, cross country skiing, rappelling, ranch work, and a wilderness expedition, offer adventure and in a disciplined setting that leads to effective change for these young men & male teens.

The First and The Finest

Wilderness Treatment Center is the first and only addiction treatment program to incorporate a traditional 30-day inpatient treatment with a wilderness expedition for young men and male teens. During the wilderness expedition, the same Licensed Addictions Counselor accompanies the young men and teens for the entire time. This combination of traditional inpatient and a wilderness approach is an extremely powerful and designed for maximum impact.

Living with a chemically dependent Teen or Young Adult Male is not easy.
Chemical use and associated addiction behaviors affect the whole family. Often, parents and siblings have lost all sense of trust and hope.

Wilderness Treatment Center for Young Men has an answer!
Our setting is the perfect place for young men who often have trouble in the confines of a more conventional setting. Referrals come from inpatient addiction treatment centers, outpatient addiction treatment centers, individual therapists, probation officers, educational consultants and families. Wilderness Treatment Center uses these resources to better assist the young men and teens.

The Wilderness Treatment Center is located on a 4,000 acre rustic ranch in the heart of Montana's Rocky Mountains. The ranch is located in Marion, Montana, just minutes from Kalispell. Surrounded by towering mountains, pristine lakes, and fertile valleys, Kalispell is the regional trade center for northwest Montana, a market of 150,000 people, and the Flathead County seat. Founded in 1891, Kalispell is now a bustling small city and home to much history, culture, commercial activity and outdoor recreation.

Situated 2,959 feet above sea level on the west slope of the Rocky Mountains, Kalispell and the surrounding 24 square mile Flathead Valley enjoy a relatively mild and pleasant climate year round. Four distinct seasons, each provide a new way of enjoying the area. There are very few places in the world where you can ski, swim, golf, and sail-occasionally on the same day!

Centrally located to the Flathead Valley's recreational hot spots:

-31 miles from Glacier National Park 22 miles from Hungry Horse Dam 17 miles from Whitefish and Big Mountain Ski Resort
-9 miles north of Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, with a length of over 27 miles and a maximum width of over 15 mile

The program is a 60-day, in-patient center for young men ages 14-24. Patients may be admitted either by self, by their physicians, family, clergy, or other treatment programs. Admissions are scheduled seven days a week.

For Admissions, contact Ben Dorrington at 406-854-2832 or email at

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