Ranch Recovery Centers, Inc. is an inpatient facility for men and women located in Desert Hot Springs, CA—a small desert city 90 miles east of Los Angeles known as a spa destination and for its proximity to Palm Springs. The men’s facility—known as simply “The Ranch”—provides serenity in a desert landscape as residents progress through a treatment program which emphasizes self-sufficiency and personal responsibility.
The Ranch Recovery Centers, Inc. is a non-profit, CARF-accredited facility that has been in operation since 1972. In 1991, Hacienda Valdez was opened nearby to treat women. Men who have completed treatment at The Ranch may apply to the facility’s sober living home to continue their journey towards long-term sobriety.
Accommodations and Food
The single story sprawling mid-century house accommodates up to 43 residents, typically with 36 to 40 at once. Men usually stay at The Ranch for 60 to 90 days. Residents sleep in double-occupancy bedrooms with individual dressers and cabinets for personal storage and share communal bathrooms. The backyard features a fenced-in pool, a covered patio with seating, a rocky water feature and a covered outdoor gym. A spacious yard includes a jungle-gym for visiting kids.
Each week, residents take shopping trips to a nearby grocery store for the week’s provisions. A staff member assists with meal preparation, but men are required to learn how to prepare their own food. A payphone is available, as are coin-operated washers and dryers. A spacious and sunny rec-room is used for all group meetings, lectures and workshops.
Treatment and Staff
The staff, primarily made of up of LADCs, is all male. All the counselors have been working at the facility for several years and are also graduates of the program.
On a typical day, residents rise at 6 am have group meditation at 7:30 am and then perform “ranch projects” which include cleaning their room and performing general tasks and chores around the facility—such as repairs and gardening. Then group therapy begins and lasts until lunch at noon. After lunch, groups continue until 4 pm when there is a short break followed by the evening meal. After dinner and a house meeting, residents attend on-site 12-step meetings and addiction education panels. Cable TV is available during appointed hours. Residents cannot have access to their cell phones until they’ve been in treatment for two weeks, and then the staff must approve use.
Topics addressed in group therapy include parenting, anger-management and relapse prevention. Staff-to-client ratio is typically one-to-10. The counselors and staff ensure that each resident becomes increasingly self-sufficient by teaching life skills and engaging them in planning their next steps towards success with schooling and employment. Each day features a “Primary Group” meeting in which a small group of residents meet with one of four counselors for more individualized attention. Additionally, visiting professionals frequently conduct workshops on various topics, including career counseling.
For clients under treatment for mood disorders or mental illness, The Ranch is equipped to treat co-occurring disorders. However, while the counselors are very knowledgeable and experienced, The Ranch is not a medical facility and does not offer psychiatric services.
Upon completion of inpatient treatment, residents may apply for The Ranch’s transitional living house. For men who need continued structured care, referrals are given to a local outpatient program. The Ranch partners with Ranch Recovery’s women’s treatment center—The Hacienda—for weekly family evenings and an occasional family weekend which includes workshops on recovery.
The Ranch Recovery Center’s treatment facility for men offers an affordable, comfortable and comprehensive gender-specific inpatient experience in a pleasant desert setting. What sets it apart from others in the area is its emphasis on self-sufficiency which is cultivated through Ranch chores, life skills classes, and learning self-care. After completing the program, residents can expect to return to their community as fully functioning citizens, able to find a job, enroll in school and take care of every-day family and life obligations.
The Ranch Recovery Centers: Men’s Residential
7885 Annandale Ave
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
The Ranch Recovery Centers: Men’s Residential Cost: $3,900 (30 days); accepts insurance. Reach The Ranch Recovery Centers by phone at (760) 329-2924. Find The Ranch Recovery Centers on Facebook
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