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Gatehouse has closed.
Gatehouse Academy is a program that FamilyLight sm holds in high regard. We are currently placing abbreviated reviews on as many high quality schools and programs as possible, in response to the utilization pattern we see on this website. We want to indicate our confidence in as many good programs as possible, planning to return with more detail later.
Guest reviews are invited.
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Gatehouse is one of the most effective programs we have encountered in dealing with chemically dependent young adults. The main property in Wickenburg Arizona. Historically they have also operated a ranch program in a more remote location to address the needs of people who need greater structure. At this writing we are seeking information on the current location of the ranch program and whether it is operational at all.
Our only reservation about Gatehouse Academy is that our clients are sometimes promised something verbally while an admission is progress, then feel that the promise was not kept. We advise families to ensure that any promises made that are pivotal in deciding to use Gatehouse should be made part of the written contract with specific compensation guaranteed if the promise is not kept.
This is strictly a twelve step program. While their work is entirely consistent with the customary procedures in quality twelve step substance abuse programs, we would welcome over time greater adherence to our Guidelines on Addiction and Substance Abuse.
While you wait for us to present a more complete review, please look around this website. Look at our Guidelines -- a fairly comprehensive statement of what we believe quality is all about. If you come to a search and planning process with limited experience, this is an opportunity for you to find some principles to measure schools and programs against.
Disclaimer: No program review, no matter how positive, is a blanket endorsement. No criticism is a blanket condemnation. When we express our level of confidence in a school or program, that is our subjective opinion with which others might reasonably disagree. When we assert something as fact, we have done our best to be accurate, but we cannot guarantee that all of our information is accurate and up to date. When we address compliance with our guidelines, you need to remember that these are only OUR guidelines -- not guidelines from an official source. We have also set the bar very high, and do not expect any school or program to be in total compliance. It is not appropriate to draw a conclusion of impropriety (or even failure to live up to conventional wisdom) from our lack of confidence in a school or program or from less than perfect conformity to our guidelines. Some will say we expect too much. Readers are responsible for verifying accuracy of information supplied here prior to acting upon it. We are not responsible for inaccuracies.
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Last updated 2-11-2013
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