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. Headquartered in a remote area of the Salt Lake City suburb of Bluffdale, with views of the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountains, the facility provides gender-separate detox, long-term residential, and intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) for men and women struggling with substance use disorders.
The center can also accommodate individuals dually diagnosed with substance use disorder and a co-occurring mental health condition. Renaissance Ranch is among the 9.2 percent of Utah rehabs that offer medical detox in a residential setting.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment begins with a phone call to the facility, followed by a scheduled assessment that's used to determine the best treatment track for the client. Clients who need to detox sometimes do so on-site, but those struggling with acute dependency on opioids, benzodiazepines, or alcohol are often referred to a partner facility.
Treatment is based on the 12-Steps, combined with Gospel Principles of the Church of Latter-Day Saints. While therapy is faith-based, clients are not required to be a church member. Clients spend 60 days on the residential program, positioning the center among the 26.4 percent of Utah-based rehabs that offer residential treatment lasting longer than 30 days. During this stage of treatment, residents live in a therapeutic community that's based on the integrity of individuals, groups, and the staff.
Clients participate in 12-step sessions as well as individual, group, and family therapy, which draw from evidence-based techniques such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Among the gender-specific concerns addressed are socialization, trauma, and shame. There are opportunities for experiential, adventure, and service therapies, too, though details of these are not provided at the time of writing.
Following residential care, clients may transition to a Renaissance Ranch outpatient program in Sandy, Orem, or Farmington, Utah. All three centers offer intensive outpatient programs (IOPs), which are offered at 51.5 percent of Utah-based rehabs. IOP includes four nights a week of marketing and one individual counseling session per week.
Aftercare also offers an active alumni network with 12-step meetings and recreational outings such as golf.
According to the Renaissance Rance website, many staff members are in recovery themselves. The treatment team includes an MD who's board certified in addiction medicine, master's-level counselors, and substance use disorder counselors. Staff also have experience working with DUIs and domestic violence. The 19 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff were impressed:
Staff Experience and Training: 4.5/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Men and women live in separate facilities, each of which has a full-time chef who cooks three meals a day. The women's facility, based in Riverton, Utah, is a luxurious, family-style home that can accommodate up to 18 women at a time, in seven bedrooms — meaning that women share bedrooms between two or sometimes three. The center has an outdoor pool and comfy communal spaces both outdoors and indoors, including a large living room with a TV.
The men's home is a large estate set on three acres of land in Bluffdale. Amenities include an exercise area with machines, weights, and a sauna, as well as a fire pit, a basketball court, a putting green, and a running track. Residents share rooms with one or two other men. The 19 survey responses submitted to Rehabs.com to date indicate that the centers are very clean, with good extracurricular activities:
Exercise and Leisure: 4.4/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni polled by Rehabs.com have given mostly positive feedback on the facility to date. The 11 reviewers polled on the facility's offerings in a variety of metrics were particularly impressed by the center's counseling options and family programming. The center's holistic offerings received slightly lower but still positive ratings.
Counseling Options: 4.9/5
Family Participation: 4.8/5
Holistic Offerings: 4.3/5
In their commentary, many reviewers praised the community they found at Renaissance Ranch, which had helped them get sober and then remain sober in the long-term, by providing a supportive network. "The comradery here is unreal and all are people who have gone through, or are going through the same thing. I am not alone, and I never was, thank you Renaissance Ranch and staff," T.M. wrote in a representative comment. Many reviewers also praised the grounding in the 12-Steps and in transferable skills that they received at the center, and even wrote that the facility had saved their lives, helping them recover from desperate positions.
The alumni who provided critical reviews complained of insufficient individual counseling and an approach to recovery that was not as serious or spiritual as expected. "You won\'t get any private counseling for the first two weeks," D.S. wrote in a typical comment. The negative reviewers tended, however, to indicate moderate satisfaction with the facility's accommodations.
Renaissance Ranch also has mostly positive feedback on secondary sites at the time of this writing, with average ratings of 4.6 out of five stars based on 54 reviews on Google, 4.5 stars based on 70 opinions on Facebook (where the facility can manage its own page), and four stars based on four reviews on Yelp, plus three five-star reviews on YellowPages.com.    The reviewers repeatedly described treatment at the facility as life-changing, and praised its caring staff and ethos.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The six friends and family members of alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date gave more mixed feedback, giving the facility mediocre ratings for its family participation and counseling options, and poor ratings for its holistic offerings.
Family Participation: 3.2/5
Counseling Options: 3.4/5
Holistic Offerings: 2.8/5
And the four loved ones surveyed on whether they would recommend the facility gave lukewarm responses.
Would Recommend: 3.3/5
However, in their commentary, only one loved one offered strong criticism, noting that they were pursuing the facility for money owed after their loved one left treatment. Other reviewers felt that treatment was successful for their loved one. "My brother went through this treatment center after one other failed attempt. He just picked up his 7 Year chip! It has truly had an impact on our family's life that could not have been there unless he got help," Preston wrote in a typical comment.
Renaissance Ranch accepts most private insurances. The $24,000 cost of treatment, reported by facility staff to Rehabs.com, includes two months of residential and up to six months of outpatient care, along with family therapy and recovery coaching. The 20 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center's affordability were mostly impressed.
Published on August 2019
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