Typical substance abuse treatment involves educational groups, group therapy and individual therapy that are vital for the client’s recovery. It is important for the client to learn how to process their issues through these methods.
Another effective method of treatment is experiential therapy. Experiential therapy provides the client with opportunities and experiences that open up new horizons for learning. These activities and experiences can act as a catalyst to help the client work through issues surrounding their drug addiction and other problems. Some of the most impactful changes in behavior come through these personal experiences because they allow the client to be more open and relaxed than they might be in a more structured therapy session.
Experiential therapy at Renaissance Ranch includes hiking, snowshoeing, nature walks, fishing, ropes courses, spiritual work, meditation, and yoga. Clients also enjoy sports, bowling, movies, and museums.
As clients become involved in these activities, they are able to find ways to express their feelings and thoughts that they may have previously had a hard time expressing. They may also be able to tap into repressed memories or emotions and uncover the roots of problems they have been struggling with.
Service is also a key part of experiential therapy. Serving others is an essential element of long-term sobriety. It is important that our clients understand and experience the relationship of service to recovery. We provide weekly service opportunities for our clients to participate in that give back to the community.
During or after the experiential therapy, our trained therapists and counselors discuss the experiences with the clients to share insights into their behaviors and allow the clients to share their feelings about the experience. Together, the client and counselors can discover what prompts certain behaviors and apply the lessons learned to the client’s recovery process.
These experiences serve to help the client replace previous, addiction-based rituals and activities with a productive, fun, meaningful, and sober lifestyle. These experiences introduce clients to new activities that they can use to replace drug use and other harmful habits. Clients also are able to develop self-confidence as they uncover new talents and interests.
Real Stories of Recovery
I had a head full of gospel knowledge and a heart full of shame. I felt like a failure. I hated who I was. That all changed during my stay at Renaissance Ranch. I quickly realized that I wasn't alone and that there were others who felt the same feelings of self-hatred, failure, and shame. This realization, coupled with the nonjudgmental environment of the Ranch, I was able to be completely honest and open for the first time in my life. From the guidance and empathy of my counselors and brothers, I learned it was okay to feel and I started to believe that there was hope.
I have been called to serve a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in the Fort Collins, CO mission. I am eternally grateful for the sacrifices and love of everyone at The Ranch. I attribute my recovery to God, hard work, and the things I learned while I was there. I am so excited to go serve my Heavenly Father, it has been a long hard road to get here but I know it is what he wants me to do. My heart is full of gratitude and love for those who have cared for me... Thank you for all you have done for me...
My sobriety date is July 15 2008. And for that I am very grateful. The ranch has given Me the tools to live a life I never thought was possible. I have never forgotten the feelings I felt when I was there in treatment and that's what gets me through the day, is the feelings and brotherhood that I was so blessed with while I was in the ranch.
Renaissance Ranch gave me a gift that no amount of money can ever repay. Through their unique, caring approach I learned how much I was loved, and that I never had to feel alone every again.
As soon as I walked through the doors of the Ranch I felt hope. My life had spiraled into depths of shame, misery, guilt, depression, sadness, and suffocating darkness prior to reaching those front doors. The 2 months that followed would forever change my life and provide a foundation within that is unshakable.
Renaissance Ranch will always be a special place to me and will always have a special place in my heart. I had already attended one rehab facility. The Ranch truly saved my life by teaching me and allowing me to understand and love who I am.