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
Nestled on a mountain overlooking the Susquehanna River in Wrightsville in southern Pennsylvania, The Ranch Pennsylvania offers detox and residential treatment for adult men and women who are struggling with substance abuse, mental health conditions, and dual diagnosis disorders.
Within the state, the center is among 9.2 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities that provide residential, non-hospital detoxification and among 28.5 percent that provide residential non-hospital care. The center offers gender-separate living quarters and process groups and, within the state, is among 46.8 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities with specially tailored programs for adult men, among 51.8 percent with programs for adult women, and among 50.8 percent with programs for clients with co-occurring disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The Ranch Pennsylvania’s admissions process begins with a thorough biopsychosocial assessment. Clients requiring detox receive round-the-clock care under medical supervision. Although detox times vary, the website notes “the most intense part of drug or alcohol detox lasts 2-7 days**.
Residential treatment uses evidenced-based therapeutic approaches, such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), motivational interviewing (MI), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Psychiatric and medication management services also are provided, as is individual and group therapy. The center holds Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and/or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings on-site. Holistic treatments include adventure and equine therapy, psychodrama, and Native American healing traditions. The facility also takes advantage of its setting by offering nature-based activities, such as hiking and walking meditations.
Aftercare services include follow-up calls, referrals for further services, connections with sober living facilities and 12-step programs, and alumni events.
The professional treatment team includes a board-certified addiction medicine doctor, nurse practitioners, master's level clinicians, primary and specialty therapists, and staff specially trained in addiction and mental health treatment. Overall, the six individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com to date approved of the staff's level of training and experience.
Staff Experience and Training: 4/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Clients reside in cottages on the campus with small groups of their peers. They have access to green open spaces and a gym, can make phone calls on set days for 10 minutes, smoke in designated areas, and receive visitors on the weekend on a set schedule. Overall, the seven individuals polled on the quality of the facility by Rehabs.com felt the facility was generally clean with ample exercise opportunities.
Exercise & Leisure: 3.7/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, 23 alumni who reviewed The Ranch Pennsylvania for Rehabs.com submitted mixed impressions. In all: 11 were positive, 12 were negative. Many alumni credited the center with helping them achieve life-changing results, frequently after failing to do so at other facilities. They praised the staff, describing them as “incredible,” “priceless,” “fabulous,” and “top notch,” and acknowledged success depended on doing hard work, expressed in a representative review as: “You get out of it what you put into it. They aren't miracle worker where as soon as you hit the gate you are fixed forever. I can say The Ranch PA saved my life.”
Another former client added: “Great program, saved my life. I attended The Ranch PA 2 months ago and haven't ever felt more alive. Through hard work and dedication to the program, I can honestly say I finally feel liberated,” echoed by another as: “This place was fantastic and superior in each and every way to other facilities, ”adding, “the Ranch gives you all the tools you need and more. You have to want to get better.”
Negative comments frequently accused the center of lack of advertised amenities and activities, insufficient mental health care, rude staff, as well as inordinate interest in making money, which a former client conveyed to Rehabs.com as: “I went on mental health because from the website I believed there were horses and a therapy dog. So, neither existed. Fine. I stayed but was appalled at the way clients were treated by staff!”
Overall, the six alumni polled on specific aspects by Rehabs.com gave generally moderate ratings for a number of programming metrics.
Family Participation: 3.7/5
Holistic Offerings: 3.3/5
Counseling Options: 3/5
On secondary sites, The Ranch Pennsylvania received largely favorable coverage to date: 3.7 out of five stars based on 29 reviews on Google; and 4.6 stars based on 31 reviews on Facebook, which the organization can manage. [^]  Reviewers repeatedly commended the staff, therapists, groups, facility, and program for, in the words of five-star reviewer Ashley on Google: “An amazing experience. I feel like I have my life back again and am very grateful to have been able to come here. I would recommend the Ranch to anyone considering treatment for mental health or substance abuse.”
Dual-diagnosis alum Carly, also a five-star reviewer on Google, concurred. “I was cared for by compassionate staff and RAs and was given life altering resources, education and medical/emotional attention that has and will continue to stay with me through my personal recovery process. I would 10/10 recommend The Ranch of Pennsylvania to anyone suffering from substance abuse/mental health disorders,” they wrote.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
To date, of the 11 loved ones who submitted reviews of the facility to Rehabs.com, most offered unfavorable feedback: two were on the plus side and nine were negative. Positive reviewers commented about the success of treatment and the effective staff and program structure. “My friend was very pleased with his time there, it seemed to work.” The other, a parent, wanted Rehabs.com to know: “My daughter spent 60 days here. Her first 30 were so helpful that she chose to extend another 30 to work on all of the issues addiction brought to her life.”
Negative reviewers’ remarks echoed concerns raised by alumni about lack of mental health care treatment, discharge planning, and communication. For example, a sibling wrote: “The pictures posted of the facility looked like a pleasant place to get well but instead he was housed in what looked like nothing more than a shed with unkept grounds. He had breakfast and lunch which were inedible and never once seen or spoke to a therapist or doctor.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
At the time of this writing, the one staff member polled by Rehabs.com reflected complaints from some alumni and loved ones about the facility’s lack of cleanliness. Staff member Brittney wrote: “I hate working here. It is so gross... Clients can be filthy and there are not mattress pads.”
The Ranch Pennsylvania is in-network and out-of-network with a range of commercial insurance plans. According to its website, “insurance may cover all or a portion of mental health and addiction treatment” and encourages potential clients to contact admissions advisors for an estimate of treatment costs. To date, the five individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter offered mixed opinions concerning the facility's cost.
Published on June 2019
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