Fortification Program at Top of the World Ranch Treatment Centre

The Ranch’s property and backcountry licence extends to over 28,000+ acres. With world-class Canadian Rocky Mountain scenery and virtually endless options for recreational activities, we can easily tailor our experiential activities to meet any group wherever they are at physically. Typical Fortification activities can range from simply circling up around a campfire in a scenic drive-to location, to soaking in natural mountain hot springs, to visiting a local pub or casino to experience and process triggers, to canoeing or kayaking, to strenuous hikes and/or rock climbing or caving.

Clients are eligible to attend Fortification Wednesdays on or after their 37th day in primary programming and every subsequent Wednesday thereafter. To be eligible for the Fortification Program, clients must be in good standing and participating to the best of their ability in regular programming.

Fortification programming is just one of the things the ranch does to address the issue of repetition and/or the cabin fever that can occur with clients entering their sixth week of treatment and beyond.

To Fortify is to strengthen — and Fortification programming paves the way for clients to strengthen their determination to stay on track with sobriety once their time at Top of the World Ranch comes to an end.

What to Expect

  • Fortification programing runs every Wednesday from approximately 10:30 am to 5 pm.
  • Weather permitting, the majority of Fortification days will involve spending most of the day outdoors.
  • Fortification activities will take into account weather, season, group size, group interest and group fitness.
  • It is quite common to incorporate a brief store stop into fortification programming. If you wish to have a few dollars to purchase treats on a Fortification day store stop, this must be arranged in advance. Healthy choices are discussed and encouraged.
  • Please show up at the ranch with the appropriate clothing and gear in order to be properly equipped for Fortification programming (as well as for enjoying everything the ranch has to offer).

A client’s counsellor and/or the clinical team reserves the right to deny or delay participation in Fortification programming.

Recovery is a marathon and not a sprint. We don’t want our clients to be out there just surviving… we want them out there thriving. We want our clients to be living fun, exciting, adventurous and passion-filled lives. Fortification programing is geared toward helping clients get much better at creating good medicine days and adventures for themselves and the people in their sober lives. It is about letting Mother Nature do the heavy lifting and making it an ongoing priority to explore, discover … or re-discover… their passions.
Mike Harach, Men’s Group & Outdoor Experiential Program Facilitator
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