West Ridge has been very helpful for our daughter. The staff is wonderful and they are always there to answer any questions we may have. They help you to do things that are hard. I am beyond grateful for the help that they are providing for our daughter.
— WRA Parents

We were at our wits end, our daughter had developed serious behavioral and emotional problems. We could see that she was headed down a self destructive path. We tried all sorts of different things but nothing seemed to reach her. We enrolled her at West Ridge Academy, and after three months we started noticing changes in her. She began cooperating with her therapist, and even started swimming and singing again, which she hadn’t done for years. West Ridge taught her principles and strategies to cope with her problems. At Jenna’s graduation from the program she stated, “When I arrived at West Ridge I was completely lost. Then slowly things got better and better, and now I am happy again. I just got certified as a lifeguard and I’m loving school. I have my days, but when they come, I now understand how to deal with them. Life is good.
— WRA Parents

Locks on every bedroom door, for me and my family that was the norm. Stealing was just one of Mike’s problems. He also was skipping school and getting D grades. He’d steal at school, and shoplifted to where we had to go to court with him. Mike was adopted at age 6, and was diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder. I was prepared to help him, but things went downhill from the start. He kicked holes in the walls, threw things at us and even reported to the neighbors that we had abused him. He ran away from home and got into some trouble and the police were called. They took him to the detention center where we picked him up and then placed him at West Ridge. During his stay at WRA his grades have improved immensely and he is now on track to graduate. He has developed a healthy work ethic. And best of all, his relationship with us has improved dramatically. We are healing along with Mike. It’s fun to be with him and be together as a family.
— WRA Parents

“Dead” Louise still remembers the answer vividly. “One of my boys asked John where he thought he’d be in two years if he kept going down the road he was on,” recalled Louise. “When he was on drugs he didn’t care about anyone-not even himself. I don’t ever remember feeling so scared or helpless.” Actually John was scared too. At 16, he’d already been heavily involved in drugs for three years, and he was willing to do almost anything to change. We enrolled him at West Ridge the next morning. John was raised in a religious home and he told me that there were times he’s prayed and wanted to change his life, but temptations just seemed to overwhelm him and he couldn’t pull himself out alone. “The thing I liked about WR the most was that they always emphasized the spiritual side of life. They taught him that without a moral foundation, life doesn’t work. John graduated and attended college where he studied computer science, and is considering a degree in social work. Thank goodness for WR, it’s so wonderful to have my son back. John and I know that WR saved his life.”
— WRA Parents

We had a 12 year old youth come to us a victim of abuse, neglect, and poverty. At a very young age Marty witnessed the death of his father at the hands of his mother. She stabbed him in front of Marty and his sister. The trauma of that event changed the course of this young man’s life forever. Sixteen placements later Marty was brought to us. He was, to say the least, out of control. Marty was violent and did not have the ability to bond or love. He trusted no one! Slowly, after a lot o therapy, and consistent care a change stated to occur. A conscience began to develop and deepseated wounds once covered up were exposed and dealt with in a very therapeutic way. What emerged was a fabulous young man. Marty is a straight A student, the starting guard on our basketball team, and he works 35 hours a week at a rest home for the elderly. He’ll graduate in the spring and currently has been in the therapeutic foster care of one of our therapists. Marty has reunited with his adoptive family and is an incredible young man. He plans to serve an LDS mission and attend college upon completion of that mission.
— WRA Parents

When we had to seek longer term care for our son it was a difficult decision and one that took much thought and study.  We were grateful when we found West Ridge Academy, with their faith based approach to treatment.  Our son has been blessed to be able to overcome some of the extraordinary challenges he faced by working through the program with his therapist at West Ridge.  It was such a relief to have the kind of help he needed. 
However, once we transferred him to West Ridge Academy from the hospital our medical insurance immediately denied him coverage although their documents stated that his condition would be covered.  We were at a loss, we could not afford the monthly cost of treatment without insurance.  And while we challenged the insurance company’s decision, West Ridge Academy was able to help by allowing us time to make payments we are still making today.  We had little money which we depleted quickly and then all we had was our monthly income.  Without the aid of West Ridge Academy extending us time to make payments our son would not have been able to stay the necessary time to receive the help he so desperately needed.  It was apparent, during the treatment process, that a partial treatment would not be sufficient or effective.  We are grateful that we had West Ridge Academy to help us give our son the help he needed.
—WRA Parents

Our son was failing at school, he was affected by ADHD, and deeply troubled as a teenager trying to fit in with his peers. We immediately saw what West Ridge Academy does for youth and families. Our son received help, counseling, and even went to school during his stay. The combination of clinical counseling programs and spiritual help is very powerful. They perform miracles every day.
—WRA Parents