Ripple Recovery Ranch Philosophy
Ripple Ranch at Austin, located in Spring Branch, Texas, offers Non-12-step residential treatment to adults struggling with substance abuse and dependence. The facility is a residential rehab set on a 20-acre Hill Country estate between Austin and San Antonio, Texas. The center offers highly individualized evidence-based care and includes a 12-month aftercare program. Detox services are available but not on-site.
The cornerstones of Ripple Ranch at Austin’s treatment program are evidence-based therapies, integrated treatment, and a focus on co-occurring disorders .
The basic components of the program 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 Assisted Mindfulness Group, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), regular exercise and yoga, Tai Chi mindfulness and meditation, breath work, and expressive writing. According to the facility’s website, every resident follows an individualized plan that combines elements of each of these therapies.
Finally, treatment at Ripple Ranch at Austin includes a year of aftercare. A Client Care Coordinator is available to speak with alumni as needed.
Areas of Specialization
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.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.
Meet the Staff
Justin Wolff, LPC-S, LCDC
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.
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.
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ABOUT RIPPLE RECOVERY RANCH
Ripple Recovery Ranch, located in Spring Branch, Texas, offers residential treatment to adults struggling with substance use disorder. The upscale facility, which bills itself as a non-12-step program, is set on 20 acres in the hill country between Austin and San Antonio. Offering programs that last anywhere from 30 to 90 days, it's one of 109 substance abuse treatment facility's in Texas (23 percent) that provide residential programming that lasts longer that 30 days. Medical detox services are not available on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The cornerstones of Ripple Recovery Ranch’s treatment program are evidence-based therapies, holistic treatment, and a focus on co-occurring disorders. Program components include 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.
Cutting-edge and holistic modalities such as neurofeedback, cranial electrotherapy stimulation, yoga, mindfulness meditation, and equine therapy are also offered, along with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). According to the facility’s website, every resident follows an individualized treatment plan that combines elements of each of these therapies.
Finally, treatment at Ripple Recovery Ranch includes a year of aftercare following graduation. In this program, alumni meet twice a week at the facility, and staff are available to talk to alumni as needed.
According to the facility's website, Ripple Recovery Ranch has a staff-to-client ratio of 1:6. The treatment team includes a medical director and licensed professional counselors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Ripple Recovery Ranch is located on a secluded property in the country outside of San Antonio. The intimate facility can accommodate up to 12 adult clients at a time in shared rooms. The campus features a swimming pool, gym, volleyball court, meditative koi pond, and miniature horses. Nutritious, gourmet meals are provided daily.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the six alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, four gave Ripple Recovery Ranch positive reviews, one gave the facility a mixed review, and one offered the rehab negative feedback. Satisfied clients described Ripple Recovery Ranch as a top-notch rehab with effective, varied treatment, and plenty of activities and amenities. "Overall, a very good facility with a positive, constructive approach," Dave wrote in a representative review. "They approach your given malady from many angles and therefore the patient is more likely to recognize and appreciate his or her situation."
T.L., the mixed reviewer, agreed that the amenities were good, but noted that she rarely got to see her counselor one-on-one, and also reported that the aftercare program was lacking. J.C., the negative reviewer, criticized the facility and staff for its lack of medical training, and wrote: "If you are seeking true recovery, stray away from this place. They bill themselves as a "luxury substance abuse recovery" when in reality, it's just a big house on a lot of property."
On secondary sites, Ripple Recovery Ranch earned average ratings of 4.3 out of five stars based on 32 Google reviews and 4.8 out of five stars based on 15 Facebook reviews (which the facility has the ability to edit).
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The one loved one surveyed by Rehabs.com to date, whose friend attended the program, gave Ripple Recovery Ranch a positive review. They noted that they attended the rehab's family education program, and awarded the facility five out of five stars for its counseling options, its exercise and leisure activities, its holistic offerings, and its family involvement.
Ripple Recovery Ranch is a private pay treatment facility. The cost of treatment is $750 per day, $22,500 per month, and $64,500 for 90 days. According to information provided to Rehabs.com by the facility leadership, Ripple does not accept insurance or offer financial assistance.
Published on November 2018
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