FAQs

How much does the program cost?

Our Monthly Membership Fee $3,200

What is your success rate?

Many folks ask us what our success rate is. We have always found this to be a challenge- to give a percentage or attach a number to the success of an individual and their various areas of struggle.

Do we do as many other programs do and pick one criterion? No.

What is that criteria? Holding employment? Sobriety? Something else? And then from whose perspective do we view this? Parents? Family? The Individual?

Rather than looking at our folks and choosing any singular area to judge their successes, we look at the overall progress and changes made and assess how long they have sustained those changes.

With this in mind, from our start in 2012 to present, we have served approximately 190 individuals.

Of that number of students we have found less than 10% who do not meet our high standard of sustained change.

This means approximately 90% find themselves in a better position to continue improving their lives.

This is not to say that there are not bumps along their progress, but more importantly, they have pushed through and continued forward toward their life goals and stability.

There is so much more to factor in with an individual and that is the difference at Northwoods.

People are not numbers. They are individuals  we come to care greatly for and are willing to go above and beyond to help.

This is why Northwoods is the best option for men needing a chance to change and improve their lives.

What is a normal day like?

Individuals must hold fulltime employment, volunteer, and/or attend meetings and appointments to help maintain, to continue the necessary support and care needed for sustainable change and sobriety.

For those that do not have regular work schedules and are in higher levels of service we follow the below schedule. (This is an example and each day may vary)

6:30 am: Gym
7:30 am: Animal care
8:30 am: Breakfast
9:00 am: Chores
10:00 am: Meeting
11:00 am Activity – agricultural, community, or other
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm: Continue Activity
4:00 pm: Animals
6:00 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm: Evening chores
8:00 pm: Rest / downtime
10:00 pm: Lights out


Each day varies at Northwoods.

Days include agricultural projects, sports and fitness activities, group and individual meetings, wilderness outings, and a variety of both physically and mentally beneficial activities.

As a small, individualized program, we are able to adjust what we do to fit the needs of our members, better targeting their areas of concern and guiding them through the process of change.

How many other men will be in the home?

Northwoods strives to maintain low numbers to ensure individual needs are met.

Total of all levels combined = 12-16

As part of our unique program, we understand the more personalized attention each person receives, the greater their opportunity for success.

Can families visit?

Families may visit but will need to be scheduled ahead of time with Northwoods Administration.

Does Northwoods offer therapy?

The short answer is no. The longer answer requires that we look at Therapy versus Counseling.

Therapy is clinical, applies diagnosis and formatted treatment to mental health issues, where as counseling looks at the individual, what are they facing that are barriers to success and what are the in the moment issues that must be worked through to help them learn necessary skills to overcome those barriers.

That is what Northwoods offers, that is what we are, we counsel our members and help them develop the necessary life skills to be a successful and healthy individual.

Are there any disorders or behaviors that will disqualify a member from enrollment?

Yes, due to the unique nature of our program, there are disorders and behaviors that are not conducive to the environment provided by Northwoods. Each potential candidate is thoroughly assessed and information gathered to determine appropriateness

We will not accept students who exhibit behavior that has the potential to diminish that environment for other students.

If Northwoods is not a fit for your son/family member, we will be happy to recommend a program that may be more appropriately suited for his needs.

Can I send a package or letter?

Member mail is sent to:

PO Box 99
Orrington, ME 04474

All mail must be labeled In Care of Northwoods and sent via USPS.

How can I connect with Northwoods on social media?

Click the links below to connect with our social media pages:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • We also have a private Facebook group for families and loved ones, which can be provided once the member has started the program.
Do you accept insurance?

Northwoods Ranch & Retreat does not accept or bill insurance.

What if someone has mental health or other needs that are not provided at Northwoods?

Northwoods is aware that some members come to us and struggle with a variety of issues from sobriety to life skills to mental health issues.

While we do not treat mental health or offer substance abuse treatment at Northwoods, we do have connections in the community to ensure our members receive all necessary care for their success.