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A serene addiction treatment facility in the B.C. Rocky Mountains.
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The beautiful setting and comforting atmosphere of Recovery Ranch is the perfect place to achieve recovery and begin to live a healthier and happier life. Backed by science and meticulously developed from years of research and experience, we’re constantly innovating our treatment programs to ensure we’re offering our patients the best care possible.
How Treatment at Recovery Ranch Works
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of addictions are treated at Recovery Ranch? What if I have multiple addictive behaviours or concurrent mental health issues?
The dedicated clinical professionals at Recovery Ranch have designed a program that is both effective and specially tailored to address a diverse range of addiction challenges. Although we focus primarily on substance addictions (i.e., alcohol and drugs), our program can also concurrently address behavioural addictions such as gambling, sex, and love addiction, as well as other dependencies. Our program also recognizes that there are often concurrent mental health disorders that accompany addictions, such as depression, trauma, anxiety, and ADHD.
How does Recovery Ranch determine the best treatment approach?
Upon admission, a full evaluation is conducted using a biopsychosocial interview. If necessary, additional follow-up screenings or assessment tools (e.g., the Addiction Severity Index, Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory) are used to further guide our evaluation process.
What methods of treatment are used at Recovery Ranch?
The intensive and comprehensive nature of our services sets Recovery Ranch apart.
Treatment at Recovery Ranch is provided by fully trained professionals who work as a multidisciplinary team that follows a holistic approach. Because everyone experiences addiction in different ways, we function on a case managed basis, where a professional counsellor works with each client to ensure that their specific, unique and individual recovery needs are being met.
Our counsellors provide individual and group counselling, as well as group psychoeducational counselling. Clients participate in informative seminars and take classes on the nature of addiction. They also receive self-reflective assignments and self-care techniques to practice. We emphasize relapse prevention and recovery strategies, healthy lifestyle development, a balanced reintegration into recovery, and the importance of social support. We also encourage engagement in work and/or volunteer activities, physical activity and stress management, healthy eating, meditation and mindfulness practice, and an appreciation for the healing qualities of nature.
We offer a variety of evidence-based treatments and addiction counselling techniques, including:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to assist in developing helpful thought patterns and healthy behaviours in recovery
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) for developing the skills needed to manage emotions and relationships, practice mindfulness, and survive crises
- An abstinence-based approach, combined with medication assistance therapy if needed
- Individual psychotherapy
- Group therapy
- Psychoeducational group sessions
- Mindfulness and physical exercise
- Relapse prevention groups
Do you have a family program?
Yes, our Family Education Workshops take place virtually and are designed to provide a safe space for loved ones of those in treatment to learn effective strategies for understanding, managing, and coping with chronic illnesses. Sessions will be focused on general information that family members can implement, where appropriate and relevant.
What is the weather like?
Here in the East Kootenay Valley, we’re fortunate enough to experience all four seasons of weather and a lot of sunshine throughout. In fact, our area is on the list of locations that boast the most hours of sunshine in Canada.
Situated in a relatively dry region at an elevation of 3000 feet above sea level, we typically don’t experience the extreme cold associated with higher mountain living. The summers are a delightful blend of sunshine, warmth, and dry weather, making for a beautiful backdrop. Autumn brings mild and comfortable temperatures, while migratory birds begin their journey. Winters, while cool, remain calm and peaceful due to the dry climate and minimal wind. The fireplace in our great room becomes a cozy focal point during this season, offering the perfect spot to relax and read some inspiring literature. Spring is also a favourite with flowers blooming as we anticipate the return of the migratory birds.
Each season brings its own unique charm to The Ranch, which overlooks Kimberly Alpine Ski resort. Many have even marveled at the fact that you can enjoy both mountain biking along the scenic trails, as well as skiing on the slopes in the very same day. And because of our unwavering commitment to year-round outdoor activities, there’s never an unpleasant time to experience the serenity of Recovery Ranch.
Note that while a referral is not necessary for admission to our program, for your own benefit we highly recommend that incoming clients obtain a referral letter from a medical practitioner indicating a diagnosis of addiction, and a recommendation of detoxification and/or residential treatment. Our past clients have found this useful when it comes time to file their tax returns. Upon discharge from our program, Top of the World Ranch will supply our clients with receipts, and a letter which confirms dates of attendance, the cost of treatment, and the name of both client and payor.
Do I need a referral to access this program?
Recovery Ranch does not require a referral. Instead, potential patients are required to complete a comprehensive admissions application form, as we place significant importance on ensuring a “good fit” between a patient, their treatment needs, and our program.
As part of this process, we often spend time following up the information that is captured on the Admission Information Record. An Intake Coordinator, Ranch Nurse, or Clinical Director may follow up to gather additional information, clarify client needs, and answer questions they may have about our program.
In addition, clients with complex medical conditions, or those currently undergoing treatment for substance abuse or mental health conditions, may be asked to provide additional information prior to an admission decision.
Please note that while a referral is not necessary for admission into our program, we highly recommend that incoming clients obtain a referral letter from a medical practitioner indicating a diagnosis of addiction, and a recommendation of detoxification and/or residential treatment. Our past clients have found this incredibly useful when it comes time to file their tax returns. Upon discharge from our program, Recovery Ranch will supply clients with receipts, as well as a letter confirming the dates of attendance, cost of treatment, and names of both client and payor.
How secure is the facility?
The facility is relatively secure in that it is protected from urban activity by distance and remoteness, however it is not a locked facility. Clients are not permitted to leave the facility during their treatment unless they are accompanied by Ranch personne l. Unauthorized visitors are not permitted on the property. This protective measure prioritizes the safety of every client and increase the likelihood that everyone can achieve their recovery goals successfully.
All Ranch personnel are committed to the rigorous confidentiality policy of the facility. Patients identities may be exposed to fellow patients who are bound by a written contract to respect everyone’s privacy. We ensure the highest possible level of discretion and respect for client privacy.
Clients cannot leave unless accompanied at any time during their stay
Do patients need spending money?
All extra or adjunctive services that take place on The Ranch – including massage, reiki, store purchases etc. – will be charged against the $750 pre-payment, and any charges beyond that amount will be charged to the credit card we have on file.
For expenses such as off-Ranch store purchases or off-Ranch services, patients will need appropriate funds. If you require a cash advance from The Ranch using the credit card we have on file, you will be charged a 3% surcharge to cover our transaction fees. It is best to bring any spending money with you that you feel you may need during your stay.
We do provide secure storage where personal belongings that require safe keeping (wallet, purse, keys, etc.) will be locked away in your storage box here at The Ranch.
Do patients have a private room?
Recovery Ranch’s accommodations are two bedroom cabins and suites in the main lodge. Accommodations can be made on a case-by-case basis. Suite-mates may change over the course of your treatment, but we discourage soloing in a suite, as addiction often results in dysfunctional social isolation. The suite-mate system aims to provide appropriate access to others in recovery for support and stabilization.
Is drug testing done at Recovery Ranch?
Recovery Ranch has provisions in place for testing both blood and urine. During the admission process, patients will be required to consent to random testing for drug and alcohol use. The use of drugs and alcohol is strictly prohibited throughout the duration of the treatment program. Any use of drugs or alcohol during treatment will result in immediate dismissal.
Can patients take prescribed medication while in treatment?
All prescriptions must be pre-approved by a Recovery Ranch Nurse in consultation with a physician, which may also involve a primary care physician. Medications will be in a personal safe that is accessible only under supervision of the clinical staff. No prescription, over-the-counter medications, herbal remedies, or supplements are allowed to be in your direct possession while in treatment.
Do patients have free time to themselves?
Yes, during their time here, patients’ primary focus will be on themselves and their treatment program, and that includes ensuring that they have the opportunity to nurture themselves through reflection, meditation, prayer, creative and outdoor activities, exercise, or simply relaxing.
To ensure the safety of all clients, we ask that patients cooperate with program staff at all times. The structure of our programs is purposefully intense and closely supervised to provide the structure and support to heal. Within this routine, there are plenty of opportunities for socializing or enjoying leisure activities.
Is it a mixed-gender/co-ed program? Are there gender-specific sessions?
Our program is inclusive, with mixed-genders and mostly co-ed activities. Some group counselling sessions are exclusive for male or female clients to ensure tailored support. All members of our dedicated personnel are highly attuned to any potential discomfort that may arise in a mixed-gender environment.
At Recovery Ranch, we purposefully cultivate a social environment that closely resembles everyday life. This intentional approach is designed to prepare alumni for the real world and the typical stresses they may encounter post-treatment. Recovery Ranch also emphasizes the importance of safe and respectful personal boundaries, along with healthy relationships both inside and outside of treatment.
Should patients who do not feel like they have an addiction or were pressured into treatment enroll at Recovery Ranch?
If a patient is not fully committed to treatment, feel it’s unnecessary, is not prepared for the challenging journey of recovery, or isonly looking to satisfy others, our program may not be the best fit.
Our staff is not equipped in aversion therapy and we are not a confrontational or “in your face” kind of treatment centre. Our program is built upon mutual respect, trust in the recovery process, guidance, instruction, compassion, and evidence-based therapies and counseling. More aggressive methods do exist and if this is what you are looking for, other treatment centres may be better equipped to meet your needs.
What determines a loan approval?
Medicard looks at a) credit history, b) ability to pay, c) employment.
Can a patient apply with a co-signor?
Yes. Simply ask the co-signor to complete the relevant section of the application form and fax it to Medicard.
What if a patient applies for financing and decides to pay for treatment through other means?
No problem. Simply inform us of the preferred method of payment.
Can a patient repay the loan before the end of the term?
Yes, you can repay the loan at any time without penalty.