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Raven’s Way

Raven’s Way is a residential treatment program for Alaskan youth. Based in Sitka, our nationally accredited program combines conventional substance abuse treatment, adventure-based therapy, and Native cultural activities.

Our Approach

Raven’s Way is a healing place for youth struggling with drugs and/or alcohol.  Youth engage in hands-on experiences that provide opportunities to learn and practice the new skills necessary to choose a healthy, substance-free lifestyle.  Our educational, behavioral, emotional, and cultural components focus on increasing their coping skills, self-confidence, social functioning and life skills.

Youth live at our program in Sitka, Alaska, and are under the care of experienced healthcare and educational professionals who understand the underlying factors that lead to substance use.

We strive for all our students to have purpose, enjoy life and be positive, productive members of our families, schools, and communities.

Raven’s Way School Component – Academic Credits Earned

Wilderness Expeditions – an Important part of Teaching Recovery Skills

Levels of Care

Raven’s Way provides 3.5 clinically managed medium intensive residential services, 3.1 clinically managed low intensive residential services, and intensive case management services.

Raven’s Way Levels of Care – Phases Overview

Expert Staff

Our licensed/certified staff include psychologists and therapists, alcohol/drug counselors, and a secondary education teacher. Medical and psychiatric support is available through SEARHC’s Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center.


The program is open to youth ages 13-18 years old who have a primary diagnosis of substance abuse and/or dependence.


Referrals may come from parents, community service providers, health councils, probation officers, schools, and others responsible for an adolescent that may be in need of substance abuse treatment.


Due to the pandemic, we are staggering enrollment in small groupings , We continually admit students as space is available.

Program Costs

Indian Health Service (IHS), Medicaid, or private insurances cover the cost of treatment and travel for most students.


Raven’s Way is accredited by The Joint Commission and licensed by the State of Alaska. All while adhering to the ethical standards of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC).

Documents & Forms

For more information please call 907.966.8716 or toll-free 1.800.770.3063. for an application, please email rwintake@searhc.org.

Contact Us

Please contact the Raven’s Way Intake Specialist with questions or for referral information and intake packets.

Tel: 1.800.770.3063 or 907.966.8716
Fax: 907. 966.8705
Email: rwintake@searhc.org
222 Tongass Drive, Sitka, Alaska 99835


Please note the following changes in program description since the release of this video:

*0:37 – Youth will participate in 3-week long outdoor challenge experiences to teach healthy way to manage strong emotions, impulse control, effective communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution, teamwork, and build self-confidence.
*0.48 – Youth sleep under tarps in the outdoors and, depending on the weather conditions, sometime stay in cabins.