Our son has been at Beartooth Men’s Rehab 10 months now. Huge transformations are taking place in him. I never once looked at his stay at Beartooth Men’s Rehab as a punishment or our getting rid of him. Rather, I looked at his placement at Beartooth Men’s Rehab as his time to heal, to find himself and to learn to love himself. I looked at his stay at Beartooth Men’s Rehab as a Vision Quest.
Yes, the program is quite an investment. Don’t wait until it is too late. If you keep thinking, “Oh, it will get better. He will outgrow this”, that may not happen. The
staff at Beartooth Men’s Rehab is truly dedicated to helping these boys turn their lives around. The program at Beartooth Men’s Rehab is unique and special.
Our son went to Beartooth as a 19 year old. His addiction was marijuana and he had a lack of focus on where his life was going. At home in Kansas, he continued to associate with friends that were like him…going nowhere. We were afraid Patrick would try harder drugs, given enough time. He broke his diversion with the court, and rather than spend 2 months in jail, the court agreed he could fulfill his obligation by completing the Beartooth substance abuse program in the next 12 months.
The George family made Patrick feel welcome and put us at ease even before he arrived in Cody, WY. During his time at the Ranch, Patrick learned about how to overcome his addiction. He learned he was filling the hole in his life with marijuana and alcohol rather than with God. He learned to be an honest person as that was a huge problem with him. He learned to have a more Godly view of women. He learned the importance of family. He learned that sometimes your strength can be your weakness too. He learned how to share joys and sorrows of each day. He learned how to start rebuilding relationships. He learned the importance of complimenting others.
On the ranch, Patrick learned many skills while doing ranch work. He learned about irrigation, pushing cattle, branding, fencing, breeding/feeding cattle, horse riding, horse training, and the grooming/saddling/care/shoeing of horses. He learned a much better work ethic. We hope these skills will help him find work later in his life and help him feel confidence in the variety of work he can do.
Patrick read a book called “Addiction and Grace” and had assignments to complete for this book. He had weekly counseling sessions with Derrick Moorman. He had a weekly dinner/group counseling session with Susie and the whole George family in their home. These things, along with the variety of hard ranch work and the beautiful outdoors in Wyoming provided a wonderful environment for Patrick to begin making changes in his life.
After graduating from Beartooth in 10 months, Patrick was allowed to visit home, then went to a mission to volunteer in N. Dakota, where he is currently doing maintenance work. He’s put marijuana and smoking behind him. He is learning the importance of God, family, and Godly friends in his life. We see evidence of a huge turn around and pray he will find a career path while at the N. Dakota mission. We are ever grateful to the staff at Beartooth and to God for giving us our son back!
John & Kathy M