Founded in 2002, The Ranch at Dove Tree offers a program for collegiate men and women, as well as for adults looking for addiction recovery based on the 12-step model. Set on 15 acres of land, the grounds provide a calming, quiet setting that allows clients to get in touch with nature. The Ranch offers dual diagnosis treatment, attending to cases where alcohol and drug addiction co-occur with issues like trauma, depression and disordered eating.
Accommodations and Food
When it comes to the residential treatment program for adults ages 26 and above, The Ranch splits the men and women into two separate houses with 56 beds total. Each house is set up to make the clients feel at ease, imitating the set up of a family home. There are two women to a room with adequate wardrobe space, twin-sized beds and a private bathroom with granite countertop. Private rooms are not available.
A private, five-bed detox facility is available for clients who need it, and each will have their physical symptoms managed under 24-hour care. Typically, detox can last anywhere from three to seven days.
Meal times are held in a separate central dining hall that offers both indoor and outdoor space with high ceilings, exposed beams and an inviting fireplace. Food is served buffet-style, and is a mix of healthy and comfort; breakfast, for example, can be a mash up of eggs and bacon, pancakes, fresh fruit and granola with yogurt. Special needs can be accommodated and coffee drinkers will be pleased to know that caffeine is allowed. While meal options aren’t gourmet quality, clients seem to enjoy the varied choices during their stay.
The Ranch is not a big supporter of distractions like television or the Internet. TV time is limited to the weekends and personal laptops are not permitted. Downtime is seen as a chance to process new thoughts, feelings and desires rather than a time to escape in front of a screen; however, for those still in need of a vice of some kind, cigarettes are allowed.
Treatment and Staff
The Ranch’s program for adults focuses on the reintegration of life skills, healthy family relations, revival of purpose and a commitment to service.
Treatment is a combination of 12-step based recovery and therapeutic modalities like group therapy, individual therapy (two a week), EMDR with one of three trauma counselors and CBT in order to attack addiction from all angles.
The overall goal is to ensure long term abstinence while addressing any co-occurring issues, allowing residents to regain their balance emotionally, spiritually and physically. The approach to treating collegiate clients is somewhat different; instead, the focus is on physical safety, positive self-identity and instilling a sense of competence and community.
An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is also an option for clients who don’t need 24-hour care. In IOP, clients attend groups covering topics like mindfulness, the 12 steps, recovery stories and identity development every night for two to three weeks. Clients also meet for individual therapy on a weekly basis.
A typical day at The Dove begins with a 7 am wake-up and breakfast from 7:30 to 8:15 am. After that comes a morning reading until 9 am, meditation and study time until 10:15 and a process group until 11:30. Lunch follows and goes until 12:45 pm, after which comes a step group from 1-2 pm. Next are health and wellness and addiction education groups followed by step work until 4:45 pm. Dinner lasts until 5:30 pm, with gym time available afterwards from 6 to 7 pm. Finally, there’s an off-site AA meeting from 7:30-9 pm, and a daily wrap up from 9:30 to 10; lights out is at 11 pm.
The clinical staff at The Ranch is composed of 10 counselors, nursing staff, a family program director, a spiritual advisor, a director of trauma, a psychiatrist, a recreation coordinator, a massage therapist and a medical detox director.
In addition to some of the more traditional approaches, The Ranch offers a slew of supplemental options such as a family week, eating disorder treatment, experiential cooking activities, massage therapy, spirituality services, nutritional counseling, personal training, experiential ropes therapy and equine assisted psychotherapy, all at no additional cost.
The Ranch at Dove Tree is perfect for those who want an introduction to the 12 steps while still receiving holistic treatment aimed at caring for mind, body and spirit. While at The Ranch, clients seem to have the best of both worlds. Treatment includes the amenities and holistic therapies seen at some of the higher-end rehabs along with a comprehensive approach to long term recovery often found in programs proven to keep people sober.
The Ranch at Dove Tree
1406 County Rd 5800
Lubbock, TX 79403
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