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Stories from the Field: Mental Health and the Outdoors

Oct 4, 2022

Carson McCord is a former wilderness therapy student whose struggles with addiction and path to recovery are the subject of the book "Chasing Carson: A Family's Journey through Adolescence, Addiction and Recovery," written by his mother. The book is a powerful memoir about his and his family's experience with addiction and how wilderness therapy helped all of them to heal. Carson shares his perspectives on the book, his recovery process, and how wilderness helped. Carson shares how he decided to go to a young adult wilderness therapy program and how his life has changed since his teen years. Carson talks about being a field guide in a wilderness therapy program in Utah, what he has seen in his time there, and his thoughts about transporting unwilling teens to wilderness therapy programs.

We want to thank the sponsors of Season 14 Brightstone Transitions, Point School, and Wisdom Ranch.   Season 14 focuses on young adult programs.