The Ranch Pennsylvania Philosophy
The Ranch Pennsylvania’s approach to substance abuse and mental health treatment is flexible and individualized. Located in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, the residential and outpatient rehab believes that addressing underlying issues is a vital part of treatment, and that all aspects of a person’s life should be explored. The facility draws upon traditional, medical, experiential, and adventure-based therapies to help clients heal physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. The Ranch Pennsylvania offers both 12 Steps and 12-step alternatives like Refuge Recovery so that clients can find a sustainable method of recovery that’s right for them.
Areas of Specialization
Clients receive comprehensive treatment for drug and alcohol abuse that addresses the underlying issues that fuel their addiction. A blend of traditional, alternative and adventure-based therapies and a focus on relapse prevention helps clients tackle their issues from many angles and obtain skills to succeed in recovery.
Mental Health Treatment
This treatment facility is specially licensed and staffed to treat clients with primary mental health issues like depression, anxiety, trauma and personality disorders. Mental health conditions can occur with or without a substance use disorder.
Meet the Staff
Christopher Davis, D.O., CAADC, Diplomate of ABAM
Dr. Davis is board certified in addiction medicine, a member of The American Society of Addiction Medicine, and a diplomate of The American Board of Addiction Medicine. He completed a four-year pediatric and internal medicine residency at Geisinger Medical Center where he was the chief med-peds resident in his last year. Dr. Davis has served as medical director for several treatment centers and has extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings.
Marie Nixon, MA
Marie has over 20 years of leadership experience in addiction and mental health treatment. Marie holds a master’s degree in community counseling and has special training in business administration. She has served in roles such as CEO of behavioral health programs and other executive positions. Marie has worked with various client populations such as people with acute psychiatric disorders, sex offenders, veterans, active duty military and geriatric clients.
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ABOUT THE RANCH PENNSYLVANIA
Located on a mountain overlooking the Susquehanna River in Wrightsville, Pa., The Ranch Pennsylvania offers detox, residential treatment, and outpatient programs for adult men and women who are struggling with substance use disorder and dual diagnosis.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Although the facility accepts both men and women, most treatment is provided in gender-separate settings. The length of stay varies according to the individual client’s needs.
Treatment begins with a thorough biopsychosocial assessment, and for those clients who require medical detox, the process is overseen by a 24-hour nursing team.
The Ranch Pennsylvania describes its program as wide-ranging, drawing from traditional, holistic, experiential, and adventure-based approaches, while maintaining a trauma-informed approach. According to the facility’s website, each client participates in two individual psychotherapy sessions each week. The program also incorporates group therapy, family therapy, and a monthly two-day family program. The Ranch Pennsylvania uses evidenced-based therapeutic approaches such as motivational interviewing (MI) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Psychiatric and medication management services are provided as necessary.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and/or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings are offered on-site, and for those seeking an alternative to traditional 12-step support groups, other types of meetings, such as the Buddhist program Refuge Recovery, are also available.
The program’s holistic and experiential offerings include archery, a medicine wheel, and a ropes course, and the facility also takes advantage of its serene mountainside setting by offering hiking and walking meditations along the Mason-Dixon line (which runs through the property). Fitness and nutrition programming and mindfulness sessions are also available.
The Ranch offers both an intensive outpatient program (IOP) and a partial hospitalization program (PHP), but does not provide extensive details as to the programs’ contents.
Aftercare services include follow-up calls, referrals to further services, and a monthly meeting.
Staff includes a doctor who’s board certified in addiction medicine, a psychiatrist, nurses, master’s-level social workers, and licensed therapists. All three individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it five out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Up to 50 clients at a time sleep in freestanding, gender-separate residences on the campus, each of which has no more than 10 beds. The mountainside facility boasts table tennis tables, a fitness room, vaulted ceilings, a large living room with sweeping views of the river, and access to nearby woods and green open spaces. The four individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s exercise/leisure provisions and cleanliness gave them average ratings of 4.75 stars and 4.5 stars, respectively.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the 15 reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, eight were positive, six negative, and one mixed. The positive reviewers repeatedly praised the center’s staff and described the program as life-changing. “WOW! This is an amazing life saving facility… From the most unique Adventure Therapy, Equine Therapy, dynamic group therapy, individual customized treatment and more...” Brian wrote in one representative review. Several positive reviewers added that although treatment was very successful for them, you must be prepared to do the work.
The negative reviewers repeatedly claimed that the facility was “just a scam to get money,” in the words of P.K. Several alumni also complained that programs and amenities were not as promised: “All pretty the pictures you see online are just their office building. Clients stay in sheds in the back away from that building,” J.E. wrote; “Says they have all these great therapies, but when you get there and give them your non-refundable payment, you find out they have almost none of them,” C.D. added. In addition, alum Kay warned that despite the facility’s claims, The Ranch was unequipped to treat her anxiety and depression.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the five reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, two were positive and three were negative. Both positive reviewers noted that treatment had been effective, and one praised the counselors and the program’s structure.
Other loved ones echoed alumni by claiming that the facility could not treat primary mental health disorders, despite claims; and that the facility seemed more interested in making money than in helping clients. “I cannot express enough my disappointment in this facility and the fact that we were misled on what they could offer,” M.K. wrote, describing his daughter being discharged and taken to hospital while suffering suicidal ideation, where she was left unattended, despite the facility pledging their ability to handle her mental health disorders. In isolated criticism, loved ones cited insufficient individual therapy and gym time, a repetitive extended care program, and untoward pressure on clients to use the facility’s own aftercare services. “It appears this place is more of a money maker,” T.C.P. concluded.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The single staff review submitted to Rehabs.com to date was negative. “I hate working here. It is so gross and being a housekeeper its even worse. Clients can be filthy and there are not mattress pads,” Brittney wrote.
The Ranch Pennsylvania accepts insurance on both an in-network and an out-of-network basis, and fees start at $27,500 per month. The three individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it a one-star, a three-star, and a five-star rating.
Updated May 2017
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