The disease of addiction is riddled with contradictions and paradoxes. Many teens and young adults become addicted when loneliness and isolation drive them to escape through drugs or alcohol. Others sink into solitude when their substance of choice demands more and more of their attention. Some people realize their helplessness to fight addiction, yet reject help to overcome the disease. Others watch their own self-destruction and believe they still have control of their lives.
During the teen years, young men trying to develop independence begin to pull away from established family relationships. Maturing young men will soon be expected to assume the responsibilities of adulthood, and they need time to adjust to changes in their physical appearance, energy levels and emotions. During the transition, it’s common for teens and young adults to distance themselves from siblings, parents and childhood friends as they seek out new acquaintances and try new experiences. Such withdrawal from the family circle isn’t necessarily reason for alarm. Instead, it is part of the healthy growth of young men discovering strengths and weaknesses, testing boundaries and learning to cope with the challenges of choice and responsibility.
Real Stories from Our Washington State Wilderness Recovery
At Gray Wolf Ranch, we seek to transform the lives of families. Deeply committed to helping residents develop supportive, lifelong relationships and critical peer connections, we’ve created a nurturing, respectful healing environment where male adolescents and young adults create their own recovery journey. If threads of this family’s story sound like your own, we may be an ideal fit for you—or someone you love. Call 206.785.1676 to reach our team of outreach and admissions staff.
|Addiction ransacks the mind, body and spirit, leaving people rudderless and purposeless. The typical Gray Wolf Ranch resident comes to us after falling in love with their chemical of choice. This love transcends all consequences, cultivating a young person’s desire to guard alcohol and other drug connections at all costs—and at the expense of healthy relationships. Having burned bridges with family, friends and colleagues, they settle into a life of seclusion that gives drug and alcohol abuse an even firmer foothold.||“We live, work and play on recovery as a community. Ultimately, we believe the most effective and sustainable path to recovery is one traveled with friends. At the heart of Gray Wolf Ranch is community and connection. This is a place where mutually supportive, lifelong relationships are forged.”
-Gray Wolf Ranch Philosophy
Isolation is a curse of addiction—and a primary problem to be overcome in recovery.
We trust our doctors to prescribe medications that will help us. We don’t often think about the possible consequences of filling a prescription. While therapeutic doses of a medicine may be helpful, many can be harmful, addictive, or even fatal if taken in excess or over an extended period of time.