Muir Wood Teen

Teen in treatment



Academic Success

Our on-site Learning Center is an accredited year-round school that boys at Muir Wood attend Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to noon. Learn more »


Mother with two teen boys

With individual family therapy, phone consultations with our therapists, and our Saturday Family Program, parents are involved in treatment 6–10 hours each week. Learn more » 


Success on the horizon

Muir Wood Receives

The Joint Commission's

Gold Seal of Approval®

Teen in treatment


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»

Getting Started

Our Trusted Teen Rehab Not Only Addresses Teen Substance Misuse. We Also Treat Teen Mental Health Issues That Often Contribute To It.

Muir Wood is a highly respected, gender-specific, residential teen rehab center designed specifically for boys ages 12-17 struggling with mental health, behavioral, and substance abuse 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.

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. We are also one of the only adolescent treatment centers in the country utilizing pharmacogenomic testing to help determine the most promising medications for teen clients needing them.

Our guiding 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.

Learn More from Our Leaders and Two of Our Alumni Moms

Leading our staff of professionals are some of the industry’s best-known experts on the treatment of adolescent mental health, behavioral, and substance use issues. Take a moment to watch their videos and learn about their roles at Muir Wood and how treatment here can benefit your child and your family. Also featured are two moms whose sons received treatment at Muir Wood. From early warning signs to treatment and recovery, these moms' stories are both harrowing and hopeful.

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.
Scott Sowle, Muir Wood Founder and Executive Director, provides an overview of the boys residential treatment program in Petaluma, CA.
Janine M., parent of a Muir Wood alumus, shares her family's story of teen addiction and recovery.
Katie F., a Muir Wood mom, discusses treatment for her son and the circumstances led them there.

Validate Your Insurance Coverage Here

If you have coverage from a major insurance provider, your treatment may be covered. Click the button below, complete the form, and we'll quickly confirm the extent of your coverage. At this time, we do not accept Medi-Cal, Medicare or Medicaid coverage.

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We are now an in-network treatment provider with Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, 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.
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Humana is accepted for Addiction treatment
Regence is accepted for Addiction treatment
United Healthcare is accepted for Addiction treatment
Valley is accepted for Addiction treatment
BCBS is accepted for Addiction treatment
Premera is accepted for Addiction treatment
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Parents & Professionals Praise Muir Wood Teen Rehab

Muir Wood Medical Director
David Smith, M.D., FASAM, FAACT
David E. Smith, MD
“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.
Muir Wood Parent Testimonial Mary Anne
“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.
Muir Wood Parent Testimonial Mary Anne
“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
Kathy Ketcham Author
"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.
Muir Wood Parent Testimonial Mary Anne
"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.
Muir Wood Parent Testimonial Mary Anne
“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.”