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All Therapies

Therapies offered at each treatment center vary and are based on clinical need and length of stay. Some therapies may incur an additional fee.

Adventure Therapy

Adventure-based therapy uses a variety of carefully designed group initiatives and activities to cultivate trust and communication while developing team-building, problem-solving and decision-making skills. The Ranch’s adventure therapy programs work to identify trust issues, improve interpersonal communications skills, cultivate and promote leadership skills and promote personal responsibility.

Offered At: Pennsylvania Tennessee

12-Step Trail

The 12-Step Trail gives clients the opportunity to experience the 12 steps in a completely new and interactive way. This trail offers a physical representation of the recovery journey, and clients can walk through the entire recovery process with opportunities for reflection along the way. On the trail, clients encounter a separate trailhead for each step, where previous clients and visitors have hung wind chimes, talismans and other representations of their own recovery journeys to offer support. Clients can sit and reflect on each step, create their own personal altars and representations of their recovery and use the trail as a symbolic way to let go of their past. Each trailhead comes complete with a fire pit, areas for convening with clinicians and other clients, and meditation areas. The power of these sacred spots is palpable, and past clients have celebrated the deep healing that occurs on the trail as crucial in their recovery process.

Offered At: Tennessee

Alternative Approaches

Alternative approaches such as meditation are a complement to traditional, evidence-based treatment modalities. These approaches are used as tools to help in the recovery process. They integrate physical, mental and spiritual aspects into the treatment of mental health disorders and substance abuse.

Offered At: Tennessee

Anger Management

We offer a weekly anger management group for clients struggling with anger issues. Clients learn about anger, how it can be productive or counterproductive, how it can be misused as a coping skill and how sometimes emotions are mislabeled as anger. Clients will learn how to manage anger and cope with difficult situations and emotions in healthy ways.

Offered At: Mississippi


At The Ranch Pennsylvania, our onsite adventure therapy specialist and certified archery instructor develops customized archery programs. This practice can help clients “let go” of difficult past experiences as metaphors are drawn between the activity and events and feelings. Other benefits of archery include improved patience, confidence and concentration, and the ability to stay in the here and now — a valuable recovery skill.

Offered At: Pennsylvania

Big Book/12-Step Study

We are 12-step based and strongly believe in the support, sense of community and purpose this approach provides people in recovery. We offer regular studies from the Big Book and 12-step support groups. Some mornings begin with counselor-facilitated 12-step work or Big Book work. Many of our staff are in recovery and serve as a living example of the 12 steps. This approach is integrated into everything we do at The Ranch drug rehabs.

Offered At: Pennsylvania Tennessee


Trauma can become trapped in the body and affect people on a subconscious level. Without addressing subconscious trauma responses, clients may struggle to make progress.

Trauma therapies like Brainspotting offer clients the chance to bring up, address and heal their unconscious trauma responses so they stop interfering with their day-to-day experience. By accessing different parts of the brain through eye movements, practitioners are able to help clients identify their unprocessed trauma, work through each experience and ultimately release them.

Offered At: Tennessee

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is an evidence-based approach used in both individual and group counseling to help clients address problematic beliefs, thought patterns and attitudes. CBT helps clients explore the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors and gain control over their emotions, and, in turn, their actions. Clients learn to identify unhealthy thought patterns and see how these patterns affect behaviors and vice versa. CBT has been shown to help people effectively manage trauma, addictions and mental health issues.

Offered At: Pennsylvania Tennessee

Compulsive Gambling Help

At our drug rehab center in Mississippi, we have a psychiatric nurse practitioner who is a certified gambling and substance abuse counselor and vice chairman of the Mississippi Council on Problem Gambling. He is specially trained to help clients with co-occurring gambling addiction.

Offered At: Mississippi

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that helps clients identify and change destructive thoughts and behaviors with an emphasis on mindfulness, regulating emotions, improving interpersonal skills and managing distress. DBT has been shown to be particularly effective for people with personality disorders or chronic suicidal thoughts.

Offered At: Tennessee


When someone experiences trauma, it can get trapped in the psyche. This trapped trauma can cause continued distress and disruption to a person’s life long after the trauma occurs.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, commonly referred to as EMDR, is an information-processing technique used to diminish the distress caused by exposure to traumatic events. EMDR focuses on retrieving, processing and resolving any past experiences that contribute in a negative way to a client’s current experience, including intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, anxiety, panic attacks, overwhelming emotion and physiological symptoms of fear.

This trauma therapy has been accepted by multiple therapeutic organizations including the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Veteran’s Administration as an effective and highly recommended treatment for individuals struggling with trauma.

Offered At: Tennessee

Equine-Assisted Therapy

Equine-assisted therapy is effective for a wide range of mental health disorders including addiction, depression, anxiety and trauma. The Ranch (Tennessee)’s unique equine-assisted therapy program uses interaction with horses to offer clients a new way to connect with themselves, process their emotions and explore behaviors and relationship patterns that have become problematic in their day-to-day lives.

Horses are majestic, gentle creatures and their sheer size and strength can stir deeply buried emotions in clients. Clients are able to bond with the animals and learn valuable lessons about respect, empathy and communication that will help them in their recovery journey.

Offered At: Tennessee

Expressive Therapies

We draw upon a number of creative approaches so clients can explore issues and emotions in alternative ways. Depending on the facility, clients may use art therapy to create projects like guide boxes, stress balls or collages. Some treatment facilitites incorporate music therapy approaches or have clients make a genogram of their family. These creative approaches encourage clients to express themselves in a different way than they would in talk therapy and open them to new insights through the creative process.

Offered At: Pennsylvania Tennessee

Family Program

Addiction is a family disease. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recommends that families are involved in treatment because studies suggest that addiction treatment is more effective when it includes family therapy. Research shows that family support plays an important role in the success of people recovering from addiction and mental health issues, and family participation may increase the chances that a person stays in treatment, improves social and family relationships and helps prevent relapse.

Family members must also heal from the emotional aftermath of drug and alcohol abuse. To help our clients and their loved ones begin to rebuild their lives and relationships, we offer regular family therapy as well as family programs. Our family programs vary by location. Family members learn how to best support their loved one in recovery while taking care of themselves. Loved ones learn how to recognize signs of relapse, set healthy boundaries and expectations and communicate honestly and effectively. Activities and topics are carefully planned to help families learn more about addiction and mental illness, and connect them with others sharing similar struggles. The experience provides the opportunity for open communication among family members with the guidance of professionals, so that everyone can begin to heal.

Offered At: Mississippi Pennsylvania Tennessee

Family Therapy

Addiction is a family disease, so it’s important that the entire family heals. We help clients and their loved ones begin to rebuild trust and develop healthy communication skills. Clients work with a therapist to explore family issues, roles and relationships and set boundaries with loved ones. As clinically appropriate, clients will have regular family counseling sessions via phone or in person.

Offered At: Pennsylvania Tennessee

Fitness and Wellness

We believe wellness in the mind and spirit are very much related to wellness in the body. During residential drug rehab, fitness and healthy lifestyle education is integrated into treatment. Clients can participate in a number of fitness activities that promote self-care and physical and emotional healing. Depending on the facility, this may include gym visits, fitness classes, ropes course activities or sports. Our goal is to make fitness fun, low pressure, inspirational and engaging.

Offered At: Pennsylvania Tennessee

Four Agreements

Based on the bestselling book by Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements is rooted in traditional Toltec wisdom. It helps guide clients to a life of fullness and integrity, and helps them understand how they create their own story. Clients learn about the human condition and dig deeper into the four agreements, which in their simplest form are: Be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions and always do your best.

Offered At: Tennessee


Hypnotherapy can supplement psychotherapy as a way to help clients uncover and work through painful memories or experiences and reduce stress and anxiety.

Offered At: Tennessee

Individual Therapy

Unlike many drug rehab centers that only provide process groups, our clients meet regularly with an individual therapist. During these sessions, our master’s level clinicians help clients address underlying behavioral and emotional issues and encourage them to develop safe, therapeutic relationships. A close, supportive relationship in therapy can help clients build trust and tap into their internal motivation to recover. Over the course of individual treatment, clients will discuss issues they’re not yet ready to bring to group, review therapeutic assignments and create action-based plans to fully engage in the treatment process.

Offered At: Pennsylvania Tennessee

Life Skills Coaching

We prepare clients for success in recovery by engaging them in everyday activities they’ll encounter after leaving treatment. Depending on the program they attend, clients will practice skills like budgeting, grocery shopping and cooking. They’ll also live in a house with others, share chores and practice resolving interpersonal issues that arise in everyday life.

Offered At: Pennsylvania Tennessee

Medicine Wheel

The concept of the medicine wheel or healing circle is one that spans human history and multiple cultures from all over the world. A Native American healing tradition, the medicine wheel is a path to spirituality and a symbolic representation of the cycles of life and the mysteries of the universe. It is a means to balance, knowledge, connection and empowerment. The medicine wheel is a place to meditate, pray, reflect, contemplate, gain insight and strengthen one’s connection with the totality of all life.

Offered At: Pennsylvania Tennessee


Mindfulness is a central part of our approach to treatment. Mindfulness practices help clients learn to stay in the present moment and cope with stress. They also help clients manage difficult feelings that arise without resorting to drug or alcohol use or other coping mechanisms. Depending which Ranch facility you choose, mindfulness approaches might include relaxation, meditation or individual or group mindfulness instruction. Many clients continue these practices when they leave treatment, as mindfulness can be a valuable relapse prevention tool.

Offered At: Pennsylvania Tennessee

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is a therapeutic technique that empowers clients to take responsibility for their recovery and discover their own motivation to change. It is based on the belief that real change comes from within, not from a counselor or therapist dictating solutions to problems. We guide clients through the therapeutic process, allowing them the space and encouragement to recognize their own barriers to recovery and discover their own solutions and motivation. Open-ended questions, an affirming attitude and active listening are core components of motivational interviewing.

Offered At: Pennsylvania Tennessee

Professionals Group

We offer a weekly professionals group for clients such as doctors, nurses, veterinarians, lawyers and pilots. The group is open to employees from all backgrounds and any profession, including those who are self-employed. Clients can discover ways to empower themselves and develop a plan for their career.

Offered At: Mississippi

Psychiatric Services and Medication Management

Clients receive thorough assessments when they come to The Ranch treatment centers. Our board-certified psychiatrists regularly evaluate each client’s progress and any medication(s) they may be taking to ensure it is effectively supporting recovery. Evidence-based anti-craving medications may be prescribed to help prevent relapse and increase the likelihood of a safe, successful post-treatment journey.

Offered At: Pennsylvania Tennessee


Led by a specially trained therapist, psychodrama helps clients explore past and future experiences through role playing with a therapist and/or other clients who represent people or events in their lives. This experiential therapy provides clients an alternative way to process past experiences within a safe, accepting space and practice healthier ways to interact in future situations.

Offered At: Tennessee

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy helps clients develop insight into unresolved conflicts and subconscious processes that are affecting their behavior. We incorporate psychodynamic therapy into other types of psychotherapy in order to better explore early events and formative relationships contributing to underlying problems.

Offered At: Tennessee


We empower our clients to be fully invested in the treatment and management of their substance use and/or mental health disorders. Clients participate in weekly groups to address topics relevant to their recovery. These may include education on the disease of addiction, medications used, different medical and mental health conditions, and components of a healthy lifestyle.

Offered At: Pennsylvania Tennessee

Relapse Prevention Counseling

We help clients take a look at circumstances that have contributed to their alcohol and drug abuse and other destructive behaviors. Clients will identify triggers that put them at risk for relapse, and we’ll help develop a toolbox of healthy coping skills to draw upon when clients feel tempted to turn to alcohol, drugs, food or sex.

Offered At: Pennsylvania Tennessee

Relationship and Intimacy Groups

We have gender-separate groups that provide a safe, accepting space to address relationship and intimacy issues. Clients explore underlying trauma, histories with abusive or unhealthy relationships, and sexual compulsivity, and learn about healthy boundaries, healthy relationships and self-respect.

Offered At: Tennessee

Self-Help Support Groups

We embrace a 12-step, abstinence-based approach to recovery. Clients are encouraged to participate in self-help groups that they can continue to attend after treatment as a means of support in recovery. These may include 12-step groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Emotions Anonymous.

At our treatment center in Pennsylvania, we also offer 12-step alternatives like Refuge Recovery, a nontheistic, Buddhist approach to recovery and SMART Recovery. Refuge Recovery offers a systematic practice and process to help people move beyond the suffering caused by the cravings that characterize addictions. Core components of this approach include compassion and meditation. SMART Recovery are secular support groups that center around: motivation to change, refusing to act on urges and triggers, managing life’s problems without substances, and developing a positive, balanced, and healthy lifestyle.

Offered At: Pennsylvania Tennessee

Social Model Approach

At The Ranch treatment centers in Tennessee and Pennsylvania, clients live in upscale cottages with small groups of peers. These serve as treatment communities unto themselves, promoting personal growth and group support. This setting helps clients practice effectively navigating interpersonal situations that may be similar to situations that arise with their family members, friends and colleagues.

Offered At: Pennsylvania Tennessee

Support Groups

Group counseling provides powerful opportunities for connection, support and accountability. Our groups provide a safe space to process difficult experiences and feelings. Clients participate in a wide variety of process-oriented, educational and experiential therapy groups with others sharing similar struggles. They learn personal and social responsibility as well as communication and relationship skills.

Offered At: Pennsylvania Tennessee

The Labyrinth

The Labyrinth has been used since ancient times as a symbol for meditation, prayer, introspection and connection to God or a higher power. The Labyrinth pilgrimage can be used as a means for processing a number of life experiences and emotions, including offering gratitude, mourning a loss, asking for forgiveness for self or others, seeking strength, expressing love for a higher power and quieting the mind.

Walking the Labyrinth consists of three steps: Entering, Centering and Exiting. In the Entering phase, clients let go of thoughts and feelings and enter the Labyrinth with a quiet mind and heart. In the Centering phase, clients open themselves up to an illuminating experience and engage in meditation and prayer. In Exiting, clients take the insights gained in the Labyrinth and integrate it into their daily experience, feeling more empowered and inspired to live their deepest truth in everyday life.

Offered At: Tennessee

Toltec Recovery Wisdom

The earliest Toltecs, or “artists of the spirit,” lived in the Americas about 4,000 years ago. A civilization eventually grew up around their teachings, which flourished until about a thousand years ago.

The Toltec teachings have been passed down from generation to generation. Their wisdom is focused not around race, culture or religion, but instead around one universal doctrine: love. The Toltecs believed that all sicknesses of the human mind and spirit could be solved through love, and their civilization was based around supporting others by embodying love in every thought, decision and action.

These teachings are not a religion; they are a sophisticated and ancient understanding of human psychology. People from all faiths have found ways to integrate Toltec teachings into their own spiritual practice.

Offered At: Tennessee

Continuing Care

Support for Long-Term Recovery Once you complete treatment at The Ranch Mississippi drug and alcohol rehab, you’re considered a part of our community forever. We offer a free alumni-led , weekly aftercare group that you can attend as long and as often as needed. We have members who’ve been attending our aftercare group for years. […]

Offered At: Mississippi

Ropes Course

Our ropes course is an adventure-based therapy that builds trust, self-efficacy, and problem-solving skills using high ropes. Clients are able to address fears and view ropes course exercises as metaphors for challenging situations in their lives.

Offered At: Pennsylvania Tennessee

Drug Rehab for Pregnant Women

Somewhere along the way you veered off track, but now you’re ready to do what’s best for you and your baby. And that’s what matters. At The Ranch Mississippi alcohol and drug rehab, we have the specialized medical staff and facilities to help expecting mothers safely recover from drug and alcohol abuse. You’ll get expert medical care and the tools you need to stay sober.

Offered At: Mississippi

Outpatient Drug Rehab & Treatment

The Ranch Mississippi offers an intensive outpatient program (IOP) and a partial hospitalization program (PHP). Some clients move consecutively through all three levels of care offered: inpatient drug rehab, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment, while others participate in one level of care.

Offered At: Mississippi