Learning Disabilities & Substance Abuse

Posted by Gray Wolf Ranch on Aug 14, 2018 11:23:48 AM

Treating Both Disorders Leads to Life & Recovery Success


According to the American Psychological Association, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) reports that chemical dependency shares significant overlap with behavioral issues and learning disabilities. Individuals with learning disabilities have many things in common with those who misuse drugs and alcohol, as both groups exhibit low self-esteem, social isolation, depression, impulsiveness and academic difficulties. These characteristics have led behavioral experts to theorize about an underlying connection between learning disabilities and the disease of addiction.

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Tags: Learning Academy, drug addiction, residential recovery program

Meet Shu De Lapp, CDP, BSc, MSEd: Gray Wolf Academy Director of Education

Posted by Gray Wolf Ranch on Jul 19, 2018 1:08:16 PM

Susan “Shu” De Lapp is a mainstay and undeniable bright spot at Gray Wolf Ranch. A self-professed can-do girl, she’s known among staff and residents as a shameless proponent for campus residents. Twelve years after arriving at the campus, the Director of Education still makes it her daily mission to find new ways to teach, mentor and inspire. “I’ve always considered myself the ‘M’ in motivation and the ‘O’ in optimism. I help these guys rebuild self-confidence and develop self-esteem. We all have talents we should nurture, but sometimes we just don’t know what they are. I have the opportunity to help them figure out what those might be,” she says.

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Tags: Learning Academy, drug addiction, residential drug recovery program

Healing From Isolation: Turning to a Higher Power During Recovery

Posted by Roger Watts - PhD, Senior Clinical Advisor on Jun 29, 2018 10:12:30 AM

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.

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Tags: drug addiction, residential drug recovery program

When Youthful Isolation Signals Danger

Posted by Roger Watts - PhD, Senior Clinical Advisor on Jun 8, 2018 12:36:11 PM

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.

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Tags: young adults and anxiety, residential recovery program

Find Healing & Hope at Gray Wolf Ranch

Posted by Gray Wolf Ranch on May 23, 2018 9:55:16 AM

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.

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Tags: wilderness therapy, wilderness treks