Treatment Center Setting
Renaissance Ranch Treatment Centers Philosophy
Our approach to recovery is based on the original 12 Step Program. What makes Renaissance Ranch unique is that we incorporate cutting edge research in to our recovery system. Research that has been carefully vetted and confirmed by our experience with successful recoveries. This means we supplement the 12 Step Program with several different types of therapy including: experiential & adventure therapy, group sessions, and also family therapy resources. We also offer medically assisted detox and recovery options for individuals that meet certain criteria.
Areas of Specialization
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
Process Abuse Treatment
Not all addictions involve mood-altering chemicals. The term “process addiction” describes the unhealthy use of behaviors (including eating, gambling, sexual activity, shopping, internet use, etc.) that has spiraled out of control and into the realm of addiction.
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
We believe that true recovery includes spiritual healing. We are a faith based alcohol and drug rehabilitation program consistent with traditional 12 Step approach to treatment combined evidence based practices and modalities as they relate to alcohol and drug addiction for a results-driven rehab program. It has been our experience that this approach has proven to be the most successful.
Renaissance Ranch will always be a special place to me and will always have a special place in my heart. I had already attended one rehab facility. The Ranch truly saved my life by teaching me and allowing me to understand and love who I am.
Meet the Staff
Dave Callister, LCSW
Executive Clinical Director
Dave graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Social Work. In addition to his formal education, he has been in recovery from substance dependence since 1999. During his own struggle with addiction, Dave found light and purpose through the 12-step program, and has been passionate about sharing the message of hope and healing ever since. He has worked with youth, adults, and families suffering from addiction and mental illness at multiple programs including LifeLine For Youth, Lakeview Hospital, University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI), and Renaissance Ranch Residential and Outpatient Programs. Aside from his work, Dave loves the outdoors, playing golf, spending time with family, and listening to music and playing the guitar.
Kris Groves, ASUDC
Kris is a Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor and has been working in the field of substance abuse since 1996. Kris is the Program Director for Renaissance Ranch. She has worked in general outpatient and intensive outpatient programs. As a volunteer for the Family Home Evening Program at the Utah State Prison, Kris educates women about addiction and recovery. She has been certified as a DUI instructor for the State of Utah. Kris has worked as an anger management specialist and workshop presenter for addiction education. She also presents workshops on addiction and recovery in smaller communities in Utah and Idaho. As a family systems specialist, Kris works specifically with the shame-based family system model that addresses the family needs as well as the needs of the client. Kris’s passion and commitment for people and assisting them in their healing and recovery is a great joy for her.
Tyson Dixon, LSUDC
Tyson also has firsthand experience in recovering from the disease of addiction. He has years of service involvement with local recovery programs and has also completed the Licensed Substance Abuse Counseling Program at Utah Valley University and is continuing education at the Argosy University pursuing a Masters in counseling. Tyson is passionately motivated to help others as he was helped to overcome the deadly disease of addiction.
Family Support Educators
Rick and Christine Dixon, our Family Support Educators, understand firsthand the painful and complex challenges that come to marriages and families who are battling the disease of addiction. They have been heavily involved in educating family members for several years now of the critical importance of family members becoming knowledgeable and implementing the healing principles of addiction. They have served those struggling with addictive behaviors at the prison and local churches for 12 years plus through hundreds of 12 step meetings. They have witnessed many families heal over the years and know firsthand that long term sobriety for addicted loved ones hinges on parents and spouses understanding recovery principles. Christine has her BA in Speech Communications Education from BYU. Rick is a multiple business owner who also oversees/mentors many addiction related treatment centers.
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ABOUT RENAISSANCE RANCH
Renaissance Ranch offers addiction treatment in line with the beliefs and practices of the Mormon Church. The Bluffdale, Utah facility provides gender-specific long-term residential and intensive outpatient care for men and women who are struggling with substance use disorders, including those who have received a dual diagnosis of co-occurring mental health conditions. Family involvement in the recovery process is a priority and a long-term education program is available for loved ones. Detoxification services are not available on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Clients are expected to have been through detox prior to beginning treatment at Renaissance Ranch and referrals to a recommended facility are provided if needed. After completing a scheduled assessment on-site, clients begin a program typically lasting a minimum of six months. Residential rehab is 60 days, followed by another 120 days of outpatient care.
The Renaissance Ranch website presents a holistic approach to recovery, built on 12-step and therapeutic community models. Both emphasize personal responsibility and peer support. While therapy is also faith-based, clients are not required to be a church member. In addition to spiritual, social, and psychological recovery (which is supported by cognitive behavioral therapy), residents can expect to participate in experiential and physical activities, which include adventure and animal therapies. The residential program also incorporates work therapy. Among the gender-specific concerns addressed are socialization, trauma, and shame.
After developing a thorough discharge plan and completing two months in residence, clients begin participating in some form of structured, outpatient program. They may stay in a recommended sober housing facility or their own residence, supported by case management plans addressing employment, housing, and holistic wellness. Clients take random drug tests and continue attending group therapy sessions, beginning with more frequent, multi-evening meetings for 90 days before transitioning into once a week for 60 days. An array of counseling services are available in Bluffdale and at other Renaissance Ranch facilities throughout Utah, Idaho, and Arizona.
Aftercare also offers an active alumni network with 12-step meetings and recreational outings such as golf.
Successful graduates of the ranch's six-month program may return for relapse-recovery treatment at no extra cost should they require it.
According to the Renaissance Rance website, many staff members are in recovery themselves. The treatment team includes licensed clinical social workers, licensed substance use disorder counselors, and a degreed recreational therapist. Staff have experience working with DUIs and domestic violence.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The Renaissance Ranch Bluffdale residences are set on several acres which feature outdoor meditation and meeting spaces, an exercise and sauna building, horses, and a fruit tree garden. Semi-private rooms and group spaces in each residence showcase views of surrounding mountains and other natural beauty.
According to photographs and descriptions on the facility's website, the men's location hosts a multi-sport field, running track, and wood-burning stoves. Women have access to a swimming pool, yoga sessions, and a basketball court. Whole food meals are provided by chefs on-site and residents contribute to daily living tasks. No caffeine or tobacco are allowed.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of 15 former clients who submitted reviews to Rehabs.com for Renaissance Ranch, more than half reported that the program saved or changed their lives positively. Reviewers specifically praised the alumni program, improvement in family relationships, and transferable skills learned during treatment. One alum polled more extensively awarded ratings of four or five out of five stars for each metric measured, including the staff's level of training and experience, the program's capacity to treat co-occurring disorders, and the facility's cleanliness and upkeep.
The three alumni who provided critical reviews complained of not enough individual counseling and an approach to recovery that was not as serious or spiritual as expected. They tended, however, to indicate moderate satisfaction with accommodations.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The six friends and family members of alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date provided more mixed feedback. A metric measuring the overall effectiveness of treatment received ratings split evenly between one star and four or five stars, for an average of 2.8 out of five. Two reviewers agreed with the critical alumni who wanted more one-on-one and more evidence-based therapy. On the other hand, all five asked to rate the facility's cleanliness and upkeep agreed it was very good, with an average rating of 4.4. Ratings also leaned positively toward the affordability of treatment, involvement of families in the program, and holistic offerings, with average 3.3-, 3.2- and three-star ratings respectively. The latter aspects are areas of emphasis on the facility's website.
Renaissance Ranch offers finance options through Prosper Healthcare Lending. The $24,000 cost of treatment, reported by facility staff to Rehabs.com, includes two months of residential and another up to six months of outpatient care, along with family therapy and recovery coaching. Most insurance plans are accepted.
Published on December 2017
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