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 dual diagnosis, cross addiction, dysfunctional family issues, sexual compulsivity, chronic relapse, compulsive gambling and eating disorders. 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.
Meet the Staff
Lloyd J. Gordon, MD, FASAM
Certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Licensed in the states of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Board Eligible American Board of Internal Medicine.
Stuart Milan RN, MSN, APMHNP
Clinical Director of Residential Program
Master of Science in Nursing – University of Mississippi. Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mississippi College. Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Certified. Compulsive Gambling Counselor. Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
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ABOUT THE RANCH MISSISSIPPI
Formerly known as COPAC, the recently acquired Ranch Mississippi provides residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment for adult men and women. Located in Brandon, Miss., only 20 minutes from Jackson-Evers International Airport, the 23-acre campus is also host to a medical detoxification unit, and offers specialized tracks for pregnant women and Christian men.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
All programs at the Ranch Mississippi are evidence-based and rooted in the 12-Steps, and begin with physical and psychiatric health assessments. Throughout the day, clients partake in group therapy, one-on-one counseling, and experiential therapies, with 12-step support groups and meetings to follow at night. To help them develop essential life skills and increase their sense of independence, clients are tasked with daily chores, such as bed-making, laundry, and cleaning. Clients also work together to budget for meals, shop for groceries, and cook their meals. Programs range from 14 to 150 days.
Those who opt for intensive outpatient (IOP) care typically remain in treatment for 90 days. Here, clients take part in both individual and group therapy, and should expect random drug screenings.
The facility also offers a separate, faith-based track for men as well as OB/GYN exams and appointments for pregnant women. Finally, a five-day long evaluation, involving psychiatric assessments, psychological testing, drug screens, and eventually, referrals, is available for professionals.
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. There are plenty of areas for rest and relaxation, including an on-site pond and nearby reservoir. Smoking is permitted in designated areas.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni coverage is highly mixed. Though she found the staff “upfront and a little abrasive at times, alum Angie found treatment to have met her needs. “Exactly what I needed.” M.F., another reviewer, simply wrote: “[This facility] saved my life.”
Despite these positive reviews, six others shared their disappointment. Together, reviewers called the Ranch “the most unprofessional business” and “a horrible place to try and get sober,” with a “rude” staff, some of whom “displayed unprofessional behavior using foul language.” C.S., who gave only one star for treatment effectiveness, felt the facility had ulterior motives. “I felt there was negligence and a mistreatment of patients,” wrote C.S. “Beware of corruption for profit… A LOT of profit.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the six loved ones polled by Rehabs.com, three endorsed the facility and three provided critical feedback. “Good place to send a loved one to recover,” wrote R.F., in addition to giving the facility an overall four-star rating. Though she cited a “great parents program” and an “overall good experience,” Kathy considered the price of treatment here “prohibitive.” “We had to beg and borrow,” she explained. J.R.K., the third reviewer, simply wrote: “Would recommend this place to get help.”
Much in contrast, others were agitated by the facility. Jennifer, for example, told Rehabs.com how the facility disregarded her wish to partake in her husband’s treatment. R.M., in addition, cited financial issues and noted how staff “mishandled financial information, mislead or blatantly lied to family members regarding a patient.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
Staff reviews posted to Rehabs.com, though limited, were slightly critical. While K.W. gave the highest possible ratings for privacy, the staff’s level of experience, and aftercare protocols, former employee W.F. expressed concern over unprofessional staff behavior, calling the facility. “It is a ‘company’ that is full of hopes and dreams with no potential at all,” W.F. added.
Per the center’s webpage, program fees are all-inclusive, except for medications, standard lab fees, and a five-day family program. The facility accepts most out-of-network PPO insurance plans and suggests that prospective clients contact the admissions office to verify coverage.
Updated March 2017
Published on April 2017
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