Ripple Recovery Ranch in Spring Branch, TX

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Spring Branch TX 78070

Ripple Recovery Ranch Philosophy

Ripple Recovery Ranch is a private pay, exclusive, and Non 12-Step residential addiction treatment center. We combine progressive, evidence-based treatment methods with holistic practices to deliver the highest standard of addiction care. We are a fully integrated dual-diagnosis facility located in a luxury residential setting on 20 acres of beautiful Texas hill country. With a limit of 12 clients and a small 1:4 counselor to client ratio, we are committed to providing highly individualized care that results in lasting recovery. While we are a private pay treatment facility, out of network insurance reimbursement is available, and treatment lending companies are offered.

Areas of Specialization

  • Client & Family Support Groups
    Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.

  • Individual Therapy
    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.

Facility Highlights

Competitive Private Pay Rates

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention

Highly Individualized Evidence-Based Care

Meet the Staff

Justin Wolff, LPC-S, LCDC

Clinical Director

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Justin Wolff is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor with over 8 years’ experience in behavioral health. Prior to his counseling career, Justin was also a teacher, school counselor, and presenter for parenting seminars. As Clinical Director, he draws on his expertise in the fields of both counseling and education to deliver the exceptional programming offered at Ripple Recovery Ranch. His treatment philosophy is that everyone can be moved forward; it just takes meeting each client where they are at and collaborating with them to find the best way to achieve their individual treatment goals. As a CBT clinician, he leads our team of counselors in helping clients to identify the negative core beliefs that are holding them back from the life of fulfilling recovery they are seeking. In this process, clients recognize core beliefs are not core truths. They are simply what one chooses to believe. The therapeutic process helps clients choose to adopt core beliefs that are supportive of their health and happiness.

Jeffrey Butts, D.O.

Medical Director

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Dr. Butts is a Fellow of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. A longtime family physician, he was certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine in 2008. His expertise in both general medical practice and the specialized field of addiction medicine guide him in his role as director of our medical team at Ripple Recovery Ranch. With his leadership, our clients receive the medical support they need to manage a variety of health care concerns while in residence, including management of post-acute withdrawal symptoms and chronic pain issues. As an addiction specialist, he can guide medical treatment options that are supportive of recovery, while avoiding ones that may be problematic to recovery. Editorial Review

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Ripple Recovery Ranch is a luxury residential rehab set on 20 acres in the hill country between Austin and San Antonio, Texas. The center is a medium and long-term residential recovery facility, offering highly individualized evidence-based care suited for those who also have dual diagnosis. The facility also includes a 12-month aftercare program.

Detox services are not available on site.


The cornerstones of Ripple Recovery’s program, as detailed on the facility’s website, are evidence-based therapies, holistic treatment, and a focus on co-occurring disorders.

The basic components are individual, group, and family therapies — the latter in the form of a two-day intensive family program — along with addiction education, life skills coaching, and relapse prevention.

Treatment also includes neurofeedback, cranial electrotherapy stimulation, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), equine therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), regular exercise and yoga, mindfulness and meditation, breath work, and journaling. According to the facility’s website, every resident follows an individualized plan that combines elements of each of these therapies.

In addition, treatment at Ripple Recovery Ranch includes a year of aftercare. In this program, alumni meet twice per week at the facility, and staff are available to talk to alumni as needed. There is also an innovative app for alumni that notifies staff when a former resident is struggling with their recovery, and enables them to reach out with support.


According to the facility’s website, this center is “staffed with nurses 24 hours a day.” The staff also includes counselors and boasts a 1:6 staff-to-client ratio.


Ripple Recovery is located on a 20-acre facility in the country outside of San Antonio, TX. According to the facility’s website, the campus features a swimming pool, gym, yoga classes, volleyball court, meditative koi pond, and miniature horses. The facility also provides nutritious gourmet meals daily.


There is very little review coverage for this facility, but the five available alumni reviews are very positive.[1] Gisele gave a five-star review to, adding: “Highly recommend. It changed my life.” Another alum, K.H. said: “Great, state of the art facility!!” Reviewer Dave applauded the small staff-to-client ratio and staff in particular. The singular complaint was left by alum L.B., who mentioned that “Owners... Always looked guilty, like they were hiding something.”

Reviews on Google are very polarized, with three five-star reviews and two one-star reviews making for a 4.2-star average. Representative 5-star reviewer Zach wrote: “Ripple uses the latest scientific technology to improve addiction outcomes. Great staff, great Doctor,” while Charlie gave a mere one-star review on behalf of the staff: “They treat their employees horribly.”


The single review from a loved one, S.M., gave the facility perfect scores for nearly all categories including the facility’s accommodations and amenities, its exercise options, its holistic offerings, the level of support received from staff, its cleanliness, its family involvement, and a perfect five-out-of-five overall score. According to the facility’s website, the “program values the participation of family members,” and family education weekends are offered.


Ripple Recovery Ranch is a private pay treatment facility, but does provide out-of-network insurance reimbursement and offerings with treatment lending companies. According to the facility’s website, financial assistance is available.

Updated December 2016


Published on January 2017

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Overall, a very good facility with a positive, constructive approach. They approach your given malady from many angles and therefore the patient is more likely to recognize and appreciate his or her situation. I loved it. The 12-step, 28 day lockdown facilities are dated and absurd. Ripple's 12 patient maximum, 1 to 4 counsellor/patient ratio is more than wonderful. I would recommend RR Recovery to anyone who is looking for a start to a better/sober way of living.

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Staff great. Owners not so much... They seem to go out of their way to avoid you. Always looked guilty, like they were hiding something

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Highly recommend. It changed my life.

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Offer a Family Education Weekend to educate family members.

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Great, state of the art facility!!

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