Great Life Ranch Recovery for Men in Nashville, TN

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(4.7 of 5)
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965 Frazier Hollow Rd
Nashville TN 37115

Great Life Ranch Recovery for Men Philosophy

We help people whose lives have become unmanageable utilizing our proven equine program along with adventure, individual, and group therapy sessions. Our calm, removed-from-distraction ranch environment is helpful in encouraging mental stability.

Areas of Specialization

  • Residential Treatment
    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

  • 12-Step
    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

Facility Highlights

Veteran Friendly

Staff on site 24/7

Cash Paid Facility with Financing Available

Meet the Staff

Sam Gee


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Sam Gee was raised in Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee and points in- between. This is what happens when your father is a Tech sergeant in the army. Sam was the recipient of a Presidential Navy scholarship and graduated from Ohio State University in 1980. When he moved to Tennessee in 1982 he was to meet his future wife, Jana Garrett. Now married 30 years, Tennessee is “home as home gets”. As the dedicated and passionate leader of Great Life Ranch, Sam utilizes he experience in the healthcare and insurance industries to guide our vision of care.

Matthew Swank

Program Director

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Matt has worked in the substance abuse recovery field in an inpatient ranch facility as both direct care staff and in equine assisted psychotherapy. He has acquired and worked with therapy horses, developed, and ran therapy sessions. Matt earned a Bachelor’s degree in child development and a master’s degree in Human Services/psychology. His professional experience includes equine assisted psychotherapy training, adventure therapy training, years of horse and service animal experience, a solid understanding of recovery because he is a recovering alcoholic himself. Editorial Review

Review by Contributors


Set in a serene ranch setting just outside of Nashville, Tenn., Great Life Ranch offers residential substance abuse treatment for adult men and women. Treatment typically lasts 30 to 90 days. There is no detox offered on-site.


Treatment at Great Life Ranch & Alcohol Recovery is individualized and intimate; the facility admits just 15 clients at a time. Residents participate in group therapy and one-on-one counseling, along with experiential activities such as adventure therapy and equine therapy, both of which are key components of treatment.


Therapy is provided by two master’s level counselors, both of whom have personal as well as professional experience of addiction, and one of whom is trained in equine-assisted therapy.


Images on the facility’s website show a true ranch-style setting. The ranch has stables and horses on-site as well as plenty of open green space for hiking. Clients live in a large, 15-bed home with modest but cozy shared bedrooms, comfortable living areas, and a large porch. The center offers a full kitchen and communal areas with couches. Smoking is allowed in designated areas.

REVIEWS has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni, affiliated friends or family members, or staff; however, the facility’s Facebook page received one five-star review from Damon, with no commentary.[1]


Fees start at $30,000 for 90 days, $10,000 for a month, and $357.14 per day. According to the facility’s website, insurance is not accepted, however financing options are available for clients who qualify.

Updated December 2016


Published on January 2017

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small, low number of patients gives a high-touch set-up a bit remote, it shows that it is in the woods before you go... they are new, but they seem to "get it", it's about the results

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