Green Oak Ranch in Vista, CA

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(3.8 of 5)
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1237 Green Oak Road
Vista CA 92081

Green Oak Ranch Philosophy

Christ centered so we can walk his path and not our own.

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

9 month, Faith based residential recovery

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Green Oak Ranch is a community-based, Christ-focused residential work-therapy program for men and women in Vista, Calif., less than an hour from anywhere in San Diego County. One of just 440 (33.6 percent) of long-term programs in the state, Green Oak Ranch requires residents seeking chemical dependency and behavioral health treatment make a minimum commitment of nine months.

Green Oak Ranch does not provide detoxification services (it does not have a medical staff), however, it does partner with local detox centers. New clients must pass drug tests before entering the program.

The facility also hosts Christian camps and retreats.


Treatment at Green Oak Ranch begins with an extensive admissions process. Clients must pass a drug test and background test (for violent and destructive crimes) before being admitted to the program. Clients must also call (and speak to a counselor or leave a message) for at least five, consecutive days to demonstrate their commitment to change. After the fifth day, an in-person interview is scheduled.

The faith-based program combines Christian teachings to promote self-improvement with a work-therapy and community involvement model that offers clients opportunity to participate in a variety of activities to help them strengthen their recovery. The focus on working combined with Christian teachings provides a physical and spiritual method of developing a sober living lifestyle. Green Oak Ranch is one of 604 (46.1 percent) of statewide treatment centers that incorporates employment into the treatment process

Program participants work eight-hour days in various positions both inside and outside of the program to help maintain the operations of the facility and support local activities. Clients are required to commit to a minimum of nine months and adhere to regular drug testing throughout their stay.


There is currently no information provided on Green Oak Ranch's website or otherwise regarding its staff.

The two individuals polled by about the staff’s level of training and experience and staff support each gave four out of five stars for the


Green Oak Ranch functions as both a recovery center for adults and a retreat center for Christian camp groups. While the two programs operate separately, clients may be assigned specific work assignments to help the camp’s operation.

Clients also have access to a range of activities across the 142-acre ranch like fishing and hiking. Additional features of the large campus include an outdoor barn, nature center, meditation gardens, swimming pool, and areas for picnics and campfires.


The single Green Oak Ranch alum polled by to date shared positive feedback on their experience. They gave five out of five stars in several areas, including leisure and exercise options, staff support, and communication with loved ones. “Overall a good facility, with some areas of improvement,” the anonymous alum commented.

Green Oak Ranch also has excellent review coverage on secondary sites, including ratings of five out of five stars based on 21 Google reviews, 4.6 out of five stars from 123 Facebook users, where the center can manage its page. The center has an average rating of five out of five stars based on four Yelp reviews, in addition to one one-star rating and one five-star rating that are not currently recommended .[1][2][3]

Though not all of the reviews specifically addressed the treatment program, many praised the beautiful environment and Christian-based approach. “Green Oak Ranch was a very good stepping stone for my recovery,” alum Terri wrote in one representative review.


Of the four loved ones surveyed by to date, two shared details of positive treatment experiences and results.

In one such review, eternally grateful and proud parent Terri claimed that treatment saved her daughter: “She was provided with a caring staff, counseling, accountability, and work ethic and most of all the beautiful surroundings in nature.” “Great staff and location but not good if you don't like nature,” a second, anonymous loved one wrote. “It worked wonders for my brother! The staff is amazing and helped get him back on the right path.”

Although reporting a relapse, a third reviewer felt the program would’ve been beneficial if their friend had stayed. “It can help with restoring a person to a sober life and employability if they stay long enough. In my friend's case, 60 days was not long enough,” they told “They only take ‘good’ cases, no lost or angry souls,” one-star reviewer Val added.


While work helps clients cover the costs of programming, accommodations, and meals, the first month's fee of $635 is due upon admission, which includes an initial intake fee of $235. Each month thereafter is $400.

[1] GoogleReviews



Published on June 2019

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Green Oak Ranch saved my daughter's life. When multiple attempts at other recovery centers failed. She was provided with a caring staff, counseling, accountability and work ethic and most of all the beautiful surroundings in nature. She was also able to strengthen her faith by attending church services at the Chapel on site. Five years later she is finally free and living a happy drug free life. I am eternally grateful to my pastor for referring me and to the entire staff at Green Oaks Ranch.


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They only take "good" cases, no lost or angry souls. Apparently, their God is selective. What kind of Christian program is it? Shame on you, Green Oak.

Official Facility Response

Hi Val, while Green Oak Ranch residential recovery program is not for everyone, we do try to accommodate and help as many people as is possible. Your comment does not give me enough information to know what your experience was but I would be more than willing to talk with you in more detail. Feel free to contact our office at 760-727-0251.


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Great staff and location but not good if you don't like nature. It worked wonders for my brother! The staff is amazing and helped get him back on the right path.


The facility has a strict policy and each person entering has to pass a breathalizer test before being admitted. It does not have medical staff and cannot help with detox, but it can help with restoring a person to a sober life and employability if they stay long enough. In my friend's case, 60 days was not long enough. We chose the place because 6-9 months stay was usual, and would have helped if she'd been willing to stay.


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Overall a good facility, with some areas of improvement

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