The following is a story from a parent who had a son that attended Life Designs Inc. in 2015:
We knew our son was involved with drugs, but did not know how bad.
We heard about Life Designs from a friend. We explored the Life Designs website. Our son believed it was the right place for him. He loved that he would be able to snow board and do other outside activities. We called the Director of Admissions. When our son was ready, he arranged everything.
In February 2015, our son got on the plane from San Diego. After four days in the rehab hospital in Spokane, he met with Vince, the owner of Life Designs Ranch. They headed to Cusick, Washington. From that day on we were able to sleep at night. I was told that he might try to talk us into wanting to come home, but I think from the start he knew Life Designs Ranch was his salvation. The staff truly cares for your child. Knowing that your loved one is supported round the clock is very reassuring.
In May we traveled to Spokane to attend a parent workshop and visit with our son for three days. We noticed a difference right from the start. He was calm, did not try to start any battles or manipulate us. He was pleasant to be with. We returned again in July for his Rites of Passage ceremony. It was well worth the trip.
Six months have passed quickly. He graduates next week. He has matured and is responsible for his actions. Next week he will be on his own. Am I nervous? Yes. However, I have confidence that he has leaned life skills to thrive.
When I think about the money we spent, yes, it is a lot, but well worth it. We have our son back. He smiles and laughs and has a great view on life. We will never look back after sending our son to Life Designs Ranch and I know that the Life Designs experience will be with him for a lifetime.
We have lots of great stories to tell. It’s time we told them.
NATSAP has begun highlighting the stories that we have received from parents and former students. Please send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org and as always feel free to peruse the Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs for the hard data that we love so much.