Clear Springs Ranch

Treatment Philosophy

Clear Springs Ranch offers hope and healing for those suffering with addiction. Our clinical treatment model includes medical evaluation and a multidisciplinary team approach providing each client the necessary tools to achieve and maintain sustainable recovery. We are an abstinence-based program utilizing a 12-step philosophy, in addition to treatment modalities such as DBT, CBT and Somatic Experiencing. Through addressing both 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, each client’s alcohol or drug dependence is thoroughly evaluated by a member of our medical team. Other health conditions and co-occurring disorders are identified at this time. These may include physical conditions, emotional trauma, relationship difficulties, and other mental health issues. It is common for a client entering substance abuse treatment to have a history of one or more traumatic experiences. These experiences may be 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. Our physician determines when clients are medically stable and can begin clinical therapy to address such issues.


Motivation – Once stable, clients begin daily educational classes, homework assignments, group therapy, and individual counseling sessions. They have ample opportunity 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. Our program incorporates 12-Step assignments and reading to delve deeper into the causes and conditions of addiction; laying the foundation for beginning to recognize, regulate and take responsibility for internal emotional processes that are based in an unhealthy, dependent view of life. Clients begin to see themselves as part of the greater whole, discarding the delusion that outside sources somehow dictate their happiness, success and well-being.


Treatment –Each client is assigned a treatment team involved in all aspects of individualized care. This patient-centered approach facilitates and encourages active client participation, while minimizing and removing distractions to progress. We are a gender-specific residential program which further removes secondary distractions. Our staff members come from a variety of professional backgrounds allowing us to effectively match clinician to client, pairing those who share similar life experiences. Utilizing therapeutic techniques, such as mindfulness, we help clients stay in the present moment as much as possible — whether pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral. Clients learn to sit with discomfort, rather than practicing avoidance and reaching for a drink or a drug. In the process, we learn 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 healthier decisions, 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 – At Clear Springs Ranch, family is an important part of the treatment and recovery process. We offer a three-day family program experience with education, group processes, and counseling woven throughout. This is a time of healing for both clients and family members.  We discuss the importance of connection in a disease that often is isolating and discriminating.  We give space for family members to share the stories of how they have been affected by addiction.  We use experiential exercises to encourage healthier communication.  Together we discuss developing a relapse plan incorporating healthy boundaries.



Aftercare –We recommend that each client participate in post-treatment planning. In collaboration with the treatment team, our discharge planner arranges local support in the city where he or she will be returning. Relapse prevention is critical to ongoing recovery success, therefore sober living is encouraged whenever appropriate. Referral to an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), private therapist, and psychiatrist is recommended to aid in continued success in recovery. Our Alumni Coordinator maintains continued communication to offer support at 2 months, 3 months, and 6 months. At the 1-year milestone, each client is invited to return to Clear Springs Ranch to celebrate their recovery and share their experience, strength and hope with those that are following in their footsteps. We have monthly Alumni Meetings in Austin, DFW, and Waco. Alumni can also enjoy a variety of on-campus events, including a yearly reunion in the summer.