The Ranch at Clear Springs

Treatment Philosophy

The Clear Springs Ranch clinical treatment model provides professional evaluation and multidisciplinary treatment of primary substance and co-occurring disorders that is research and best practice-based. Our transformative philosophy utilizes 12-Step immersion to address issues at clients’ emotional and spiritual points of need. Clients learn that recovery is more than being substance-free; it’s learning to solve problems, handle stress, build positive relationships, and ask for help when needed.

Stabilization – Upon arrival, a patient’s alcohol or drug dependence is thoroughly evaluated and detoxification is medically managed. Other health conditions and co-occurring disorders stemming from histories that include trauma, relationship difficulties and mental health struggles are addressed. Many individuals entering treatment for substance use disorders bring with them a history of one or more traumatic experiences, many of which are significant enough to meet criteria for a co-occurring diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Often the psychological impact of these experiences can interfere with an individual’s ability to stop using substances or to maintain abstinence even when working a program of recovery. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an example of an evidence-based psychotherapy we utilize for the treatment of PTSD (as well as for other psychiatric disorders, mental health problems, and somatic symptoms) when clinically indicated. Our physician determines when clients are medically stable enough to begin clinical and evidence-based therapies such as these.

Motivation – Once stable, clients begin daily educational classes, homework assignments, group therapy, and individual counseling sessions. They have ample opportunities to ask questions, express doubts and voice concerns as they resolve ambivalence about the need for positive, personal change. Often clients arrive with belief systems in place suggesting that the external world is at fault or to blame for their behavior. This delusional system is based on a dependent worldview that discomfort and unhappiness are unrelated to the addict’s personal choices and actions but rather caused entirely by external forces. Educational groups that are interactive and experiential by design are implemented to address subjects including healthy relationship building, coming to terms with the inner child, techniques for facilitating teamwork, exercises in building self-esteem and relapse prevention techniques. Using our intensive 12-Step program, clients complete assignments and delve deeper into the causes and conditions of their addictions, laying the foundation for beginning to recognize, regulate and take responsibility for their internal emotional processes that are based in an unhealthy, dependent view of their lives. The individual begins to move toward a more interdependent position whereby logical consequences – both negative and positive – can be seen as linked directly to his or her own active choices and behaviors. Clients begin to see themselves as part of the greater whole, discarding the delusion that outside sources somehow dictate their happiness, success and wellbeing.

Treatment –Each patient is assigned a treatment team involved in all aspects of individualized care. This patient-centered approach facilitates and encourages active client input and participation while minimizing and removing distractions to clients’ progress. In late spring/early summer, gender specific residential programming will be implemented to further remove secondary distractions. Our staff members come from a variety of professional backgrounds so that we can effectively match clinicians to clients, pairing people who share similar life experiences. Since the majority of our clinical and supportive staff members are active in 12-Step recovery themselves, clients receive valuable real-world feedback. In this way, our clinicians can relate and empathize with existing stage characters that may still be stuck in old patterns of dependency and further break these down in order to get to the root cause of each client’s condition. Utilizing therapeutic techniques such as mindfulness to train the mind to stay in the present moment as much as possible — whether pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral — clients learn to sit with discomfort, rather than practicing avoidance by reaching for a drink or a drug. In the process, the truth is revealed that no thought, body sensation, or emotion is permanent. In that sense, an individual’s relationship to discomfort shifts.  The individual becomes more aware of what’s happening in his or her own mind, creating the space to make a decision, rather than acting on impulse when a craving or a negative emotion arises. Clients learn to respond to the world rather than react.

Family Support – Family members have unique needs that must be evaluated and addressed as part of the client’s treatment experience. Initially, families are encouraged to participate only in phone calls so that clients can focus solely on their healing with minimal distractions, while family members get the personalized help and support they need. When appropriate, there may be opportunities for loved ones to do a family therapy session with their loved one’s Primary Counselor prior to an intensive family weekend. Family Programming typically initiates on the third week prior to discharge and consists of defining neuroscience and addiction, cycles of compulsive and coping behavior, family roles and developmental ego states, drama triangles, and communication exercises to reinforce relationship building.

Counselors keep family members informed throughout the client’s length of stay regarding while also encouraging them to seek out their own support systems.

Aftercare – Post-treatment services offer transitional support and are customized for each client’s needs. Relapse prevention is critical to ongoing recovery success and close communication with all pertinent health professionals ensures a consistent continuum of care upon discharge. Supportive sober living is encouraged whenever appropriate. Referrals to Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for continued ongoing therapy, individual therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) work are arranged if available in the client’s local area. Alumni Program personnel keep in touch with clients at multiple points at the second, third, sixth and 12-month intervals. Clients in the nearby Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth areas enjoy a variety of on-campus monthly programming events. Additionally, alumni alliances events and yearly alumni reunions are available.