The Ranch Mississippi Philosophy
Located in Brandon, Mississippi, The Ranch Mississippi is a nationally recognized residential substance abuse rehab designed to help individuals struggling with addiction and dual diagnosis. The facility offers specialized treatment options for Christians, pregnant women, professionals, chronic relapsers, and nurses struggling with addiction. The facility takes a medically-guided and multi-disciplinary approach to addiction, offering comprehensive and cost-effective treatment that’s individually tailored to meet the needs of each client. The Ranch Mississippi believes that chemical dependency is a disease of the body, mind and spirit, and is committed to providing a holistic recovery experience to each and every client.
Areas of Specialization
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
The Ranch Mississippi helps clients gain practical recovery skills to help them succeed after treatment. Clients live in cottages with a small group of peers and work through everyday interpersonal challenges. They also have daily chores such as tidying, preparing and cooking their own meals, and tending to the community garden.
Meet the Staff
Lloyd J. Gordon, MD, FASAM
Dr. Gordon is board certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is a licensed physician in the states of Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. He is a fellow of and certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Dr. Gordon is a consultant to the board of dental examiners and medical licensure boards of Mississippi and serves as medical director for the Mississippi Health Care Professionals Treatment Program. He has been president of Mississippi Addiction Medicine Associates since 1991. Dr. Gordon is First Chairman of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates task force on underage drinking and was an ASAM delegate to the AMA House of Delegates representing addiction medicine from 1999-2008.
Stuart Milan RN, MSN, APMHNP
Clinical Director of Residential Program
A former client turned team member at The Ranch Mississippi, Stuart has decades of sobriety under his belt. He’s been working for the treatment facility since 1989. Stuart is a certified advanced practice mental health nurse practitioner, certified drug and alcohol counselor and certified compulsive gambling counselor. Stuart earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi College and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Mississippi. He also has a post-master’s degree in family mental health nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi. Stuart is vice chairman of the Mississippi Council on Problem Gambling.
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ABOUT THE RANCH MISSISSIPPI
Formerly known as COPAC, the recently acquired Ranch Mississippi is one of three locations operated by The Ranch, a regional treatment provider, and offers residential and outpatient-based treatment for adults struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health disorders. Located in Brandon, Miss., only 20 minutes from Jackson-Evers International Airport, the 23-acre campus providesmedical detoxification on-site, as well as specialized treatment for pregnant women, as well as professional and Christian-based treatment tracks.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
To determine an appropriate level of care and identify client needs, individuals undergo an initial assessment. If a client requires detoxification and/or supervision and structure to help clients obtain and sustain sobriety, the individual may be referred to the Ranch Mississippi's residential program. All treatment programs are evidence-based and rooted in the 12-step model of recovery. The length of time of the residential program is determined by the client's needs.
During residential treatment, clients partake in group therapy, one-on-one counseling, and family counseling to help identify any contributing factors that may lead to addictive behavior. Specialized groups address a range of issues, such as anger management, spirituality, recovery goals, and various co-occurring difficulties. Clients also attend workshop on improving coping skills and relapse prevention. In addition, the facility holds nightly 12-step meetings and support groups on-site.
Specialized program tracks incorporate treatments and services relevant to the clients needs and preferences. For example, pregnant women receive OB/GYN exams and appointments, while the Christian track may incorporate daily devotionals, Bible study classes, and worship services into programming. To satisfy various licensure requirements, professionals may participate in a five-day evaluation, which includes psychiatric assessments, psychological testing, and drug screens.If clinically necessary, dually diagnosed clients receive ongoing medication management.
In addition to evidence-based treatments, the Ranch Mississippi integrates a range of experiential therapies. During residential treatment, clients participate in fitness programs, rock climbing, ropes course challenges, and art therapy. Once a client completes residential treatment, clinicians may encourage the individual to utilize the facility's intensive outpatient program (IOP) as an aftercare service. IOP includes individual and group therapy, as well as drug screenings.
Led by a medical director, the Ranch Mississippi’s treatment team consists of psychiatric and family nurse practitioners, as well as licensed and certified behavioral health and addiction therapists.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Residents are housed in gender-specific bungalows on the center’s 23-acre campus. Each bungalow is homelike and includes a kitchen, communal area, and outdoor fire pit. Clients have access to a newly renovated fitness room, rock-climbing wall, a ropes course, and basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts. The campus also features an on-site pond, hiking trails, and nearby reservoir.
To help clients develop essential life skills and increase their sense of independence, clients complete daily chores, such as bed-making, laundry, and cleaning. Clients also work together to budget for meals, shop for groceries, and cook their meals.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The eight alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing had polarizing opinions of the facility. While some alumni generally approved of the facility, citing effective counselors and treatment approaches, others were critical of staff attitudes and the quality of accommodations. "The counselors know what they are doing and they turn lives around," alum A.S.D. wrote. However, alum I.S. wrote: "Facility was dirty and unclean." Alum David was overall critical of the facility, but wrote: "They only positive about the place was the counselors."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Similar to alumni, the 12 loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date also provided mixed opinions. While many loved ones praised the facility's family program, others were critical of the quality of accommodations, its price, and the attitude of certain staff members, supporting some alumni opinions. The four loved ones polled on the matter gave an average rating of 3.75 out of five stars for the level of family involvement.
Offering four-star ratings for the facility's counseling options and its ability to treat co-occurring disorder, loved one Kathy wrote: "Great parents program but so expensive." Family member Ali added: "Family week gave me more than I ever thought." However, loved one Matt wrote: "This place is very expensive and the amenities and staff are shoddy at best."
WHAT STAFF SAY
The two staff members polled by Rehabs.com to date also offered polarized opinions. One staff member gave perfect five-star ratings for the staff's level of experience and training, though felt understaffing was an issue. The other alum was critical of the work environment and the staff's dedication to client care. However, the survey respondent did infer that improvements had been made since COPAC became the Ranch Mississippi.
The Ranch Mississippi accepts most PPO insurance plans, including policies by Humana, Aetna, Multiplan, Magellan, and more.
Published on December 2017
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