WHY PLAY? How and why play is important…

Many adults believe play is only for children. We can easily accept that it is probably good for physical and social development, and research tells us that it might even help some children get smarter. But as children develop into young adults, play is one of the “childish things” that needs to be “set aside”.

30 Years of Excellence and Characteristics of Clients Poised for Success at Our Program

For 30 years Spruce has offered an exceptional program built on the same principles that have served our clients well all these years.  At the same time, we have refined, improved and evolved as a program with tremendous depth and resilience. We continue to espouse certain evidence based principles of Assertive Community Treatment.  Our programming has

New “Enhanced” Family Support

Family work can be tricky when a young adult is in treatment. Our clients are adults and have rights to confidentiality. Their parents, however, continue to play extremely important roles in their lives; often supporting their treatment financially and emotionally. Many programs avoid communication with parents of their children who have reached the age of

Substance Abuse Treatment @ Spruce Mountain Inn

Dual diagnosis treatment at SMI has never been an afterthought, but always an integral part of our program. Since addiction issues affect a majority of young adults receiving mental health treatment, Spruce Mountain Inn has developed a comprehensive and integrated approach to our clients who have addiction issues. Abstinence from use of substances while in

Community is an Important Part of Healing

For over 27 years, Spruce Mountain Inn staff members dedicate themselves to maintain a healing community. We are a small program committed to staying small. We carefully manage our milieu to include young adults who will benefit from and contribute toward a supportive community. From the admissions process to day-to-day life at the Inn, our

Program Participants “Vote With Their Feet”

We often tell our young adult clients who want greater levels of independence that they must ‘vote with their feet.’  Therefore the plans they make must demonstrate with actions that show families and professionals that they can manage the increased independence they seek.  Testing one’s wings while involved with a professional support system such as

Core Issues of a young adult population

It would be difficult to match the clinical depth of the Spruce Mountain Inn program. For over twenty six years, we have offered a very structured program, the components of which are diverse, comprehensive, complementary and sophisticated. Our program is small with unparalleled attention to individual treatment needs. While all of our clients must be

Stepping Down… or is it Stepping up?

Since its inception 28 years ago, Spruce has placed a high value on employment activity for the young adults we serve. We believe that community based employment offers the most normative and valuable experiences. Such work provides opportunities for program participants to increase self esteem, acquire new skills, develop a support network, increase autonomy, and