Muir Wood is a world renowned northern California treatment center for teens struggling with mental health, behavioral, and substance abuse issues. We offer residential inpatient treatment for teen boys 12–17 in Sonoma County, and outpatient treatment for boys and girls 12–19 in Marin County.  Read more »

TRUSTED TREATMENT FOR TEEN MENTAL HEALTH, BEHAVIORAL, AND SUBSTANCE USE ISSUES.

Muir Wood is a gender-specific residential program, treating only adolescent boys. Without the distraction of the opposite sex, boys engage in therapy better, are supportive of their peers, feel a sense of safety, remain open and willing to show emotion, and display less aggression and posturing. Learn more »

OUR BOYS RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM IS A GOLD STANDARD FOR TREATMENT.

Located in San Rafael, CA, our Outpatient Program serves teen boys and girls 12–19 with mental health and behavioral issues as well as substance use disorder. Our highly credentialed team works closely with teens and families to develop highly individualized treatment plans. Learn more »

OUTPATIENT TREATMENT FOR TEEN BOYS AND GIRLS IN MARIN COUNTY, CA.

Muir Wood Learning Center is a year-round school that boys at Muir Wood attend Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to noon. Muir Wood provides academic support to the boys in our program in a number of different ways depending upon the academic needs of each student. Learn more »

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IS A TOP PRIORITY AT MUIR WOOD.

We believe that family involvement is a critical component to treatment success. Between our individual family therapy, weekly phone consultations with licensed therapists, and our comprehensive Saturday Family Program, parents are involved in treatment 6–10 hours each week on average. Learn more » 

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IS CRITICAL.

TRUSTED TREATMENT FOR TEEN MENTAL HEALTH, BEHAVIORAL, AND SUBSTANCE USE ISSUES.

Muir Wood is a world renowned northern California treatment center for teens struggling with mental health, behavioral, and substance abuse issues. We offer residential inpatient treatment for teen boys 12–17 in Sonoma County, and outpatient treatment for boys and girls 12–19 in Marin County. Read more»

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A Gold Standard for Teen Treatment of Mental Health, Behavioral, and Substance Use Issues

Muir Wood is a renowned gender-specific, boys residential treatment program designed specifically for boys ages 12–17 suffering from mental health, behavioral, and substance use issues. Located on 10 acres in beautiful Sonoma County, California, our two beautiful campuses provide adolescent boys a safe and structured environment to explore sensitive underlying issues within a highly credentialed clinical setting. Our gender-specific environment invites teen boys to build strong peer support essential in early recovery.

Muir Wood also offers an outpatient program in nearby Marin County, California, that serves boys and girls ages 12–19 with mental health, behavioral, and substance use disorders. Our highly credentialed team works closely with teens and their families to develop individualized treatment plans that may include group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectal behavior therapy, and—when needed—medication management.

Our overarching philosophy emphasizes kindness and respect over confrontation or control. We create conditions that allow teens to feel valued, engaged, and willing to begin productive lives in recovery.

Meet Our Renowned and Highly Credentialed Treatment Team

Leading our staff of medical and clinical professionals are two of the industry’s best-known experts on the treatment of adolescent mental health, behavioral, and substance use issues. David E. Smith, M.D., serves as our chair of Addiction Medicine and is recognized as a national leader in the treatment of adolescent substance abuse, the psychopharmacology of drugs, and new research strategies in the management of drug abuse problems. Clinical Director Jennifer Golick, Ph.D., LMFT, specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. Her focus is on helping adolescents and their families identify problematic patterns of thinking in order to affect long term systemic change. Take a moment to watch their videos below and learn about their respective roles at Muir Wood. (844) 203-2388

David E. Smith, M.D., DFASAM, Chair of Addiction Medicine, discusses adolescent substance abuse and addiction and the concept of addiction as an adolescent disease.
Jennifer Golick, Ph.D., LMFT, Clinical Director, explains why family involvement in treatment and therapy are critical to the long-term success of adolescent treatment.

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We are now an in-network treatment provider with Anthem Blue Cross, Regence Blue Shield and Premera Blue Cross, providing more families with access to the exceptional mental health and substance use treatment offered at Muir Wood. In-network recognition underscores our commitment to accountability, outcome tracking and evidence-based treatment.

Parents & Professionals Praise Muir Wood

Muir Wood Medical Director
David Smith, M.D., FASAM, FAACT
“Scott Sowle has been responsible for the development of nationally recognized treatment programs for adolescents and their families. His creation, Muir Wood, is an exceptional program that addresses the key elements in effectively treating adolescents with substance abuse and co-occuring issues.”
Addiction Psychiatrist
Steven Batki, M.D.
"Muir Wood’s extensive family program and gender-specific setting are models for the effective treatment of adolescents with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The comprehensive and integrated treatment approaches are key components necessary to address the needs of this specific population.”
Mother of a Muir Wood Alumnus
Marlena Anne J.
“I like the personal, caring approach to care combined with knowing that the staff is extremely qualified to do what they do. This combination created for us a high level of confidence that our son would have the best possible shot at a successful long term recovery.”
Father of a Muir Wood Alumnus
Randall B.
“Each call was answered with a caring and professional style. We felt a deep caring and understanding for what we were going through. Much different than other programs. Scott and Jennifer provided a very customized approach. Sincerely appreciated.”
Adolescent Treatment Expert and Best Selling Author of The Spirituality of Imperfection and Broken.
Kathy Ketcham
"Muir Wood is a place of light and hope, offering a comprehensive program of treatment, adventure-based therapy, academics, and family involvement that sets the gold standard for gender-specific adolescent treatment programs. If only every young person struggling with alcohol and other drug problems could spend time at Muir Wood, where kindness, trust, and respect are established as the keystones of life-long recovery."
Mother of a Muir Wood Alumnus
Ellen G.
"My fifteen-year-old son was in a downward spiral of addiction and depression that almost annihilated him and devastated our family. Muir Wood saved my son’s life and began the healing process for our family. The entire staff at Muir Wood demonstrated incredible compassion, integrity and responsive expertise."
Mother of a Muir Wood Alumnus
Terry S.
“The clinical program at Muir Wood is outstanding. Each member of our family benefited from the program and we left with a greater awareness of each other, our individual and familial issues, and the shift in behavior required to move forward.”