Deep in the heart of Texas is The Ranch at Clear Springs, a former hunting and fishing lodge turned drug and alcohol treatment center. On the massive sprawl of land, clients will find eight spring-fed ponds stocked with trophy bass, a golf course, tennis courts, a cafe and a recovery facility large enough beds to treat 31 residents in recovery, with plans to provide space for up to 80.
The founder of The Ranch at Clear Springs, John Lacy, is himself a recovering alcoholic with decades of experience working with others in recovery. The facility offers a holistic approach with medically supervised detox, CBT, group therapy, integrative healing therapies and 12-step programs.
Accommodations and Food
Just outside Waco, Texas, The Ranch at Clear Springs is like all things Texan—big. Spread across the 200 acres are the administration building, counseling center, cafe, lodge and sleeping quarters, which are under construction to accommodate more guests. The expansion plans include a general store and an additional lodge.
Rooms are shared and have a comfortable bed-and-breakfast feel. Genders are separated by floor. The common areas are spacious, with a dramatic stone fireplace, lofted-beamed ceilings and warm interior colors that reflect the natural setting outside. Furnishings are tasteful and traditional, with leather over-stuffed sofas and antique wooden chairs and tables.
The Creekside Cafe, where residents eat their meals, is a short walk away from the residence halls and is surrounded by beautiful ponds and views of the rolling green meadows and old-growth trees. The menu is typical American fare, with client favorites including barbecue, and all dietary restrictions are accommodated.
Treatment and Staff
The Ranch at Clear Springs offers traditional recovery methods including individual and group therapy, community activities, spiritual counseling, nutrition, skill building and 12-step meetings. Recreation therapy includes golf, tennis, fishing (catch-and-release), volleyball, a ropes course and equine therapy. The bucolic, natural surroundings promote peace of mind and serenity. A comprehensive discharge plan is established with each client to support aftercare, and alumni assist with transition and maintenance after rehabilitation is completed.
Clients are asked to leave all cell phones, computers, books, and items of value at home. Phone calls are permitted on The Ranch at Clear Springs’ land line during scheduled times and family may visit between 1 pm and 4 pm on Sundays.
Care at The Ranch at Clear Springs is provided by a staff made up of counselors, registered nurses, LCDCs, and medical doctors. They are a fairly diverse group, with a good balance of male and female specialists.
With so many lakes to choose from, seasonal water activities are a bonus, on top of the nine-hole golf course, tennis courts and stables with horses.
For the leisure sport enthusiast, The Ranch at Clear Springs will feel like a retreat. It is probably a great place to recover for locals, or maybe city slickers seeking a dude-ranch recovery experience.
The Ranch at Clear Springs
3662 Patton Lake Rd
Aquilla, TX 76622
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