At the end of Wilderness Therapy the parents are invited to meet their teen at a transition camp. These are pictures at the transition camp when our son finished his 8 week stay at Second Nature Cascades Wilderness Program in Oregon. This is a very emotional time for both the parent and the teen. The teen gets to show off to the parents what they have learned and how they have grown during Wilderness. During the eight weeks the only contact we had with our teen was through letters and some of the letters are not the easiest to digest.
Now I realize this was the first phase of treatment on the road to rehabilitation. My instints when I first saw my son was to scoop him up and bring him home. But he was on his way to residential treatment which he was not thrilled about and did not go well in the beginning.
The time at transition camp was spent as a group, having therapy, including group activities, individual family therapy and then retreating to our family camps where our son prepared dinner and we slept under the stars.
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