A Typical Day - The Ranch

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A Typical Day


Clients begin the day with a healthy breakfast. The medical team then distributes any prescribed medicines. Following breakfast, clients participate in daily meditation and a daily check-in where they set goals for the day. The first group of the day begins at 9:30 am. Common topics include growth, change, community values and teamwork in recovery. After process groups, clients attend a psychoeducation group, wellness group, “Big Book” or Refuge Recovery study group, or community meeting.

8:00 – 9:30 am:
Breakfast, morning meditation, daily goals/check-in
9:30 – 11:00 am:
Primary process group
11:00 am – 12:00 pm:
Psychoeducation group, “Big Book” or Refuge Recovery study, wellness group, or community meeting


From 12:00 to 1:00 pm, clients eat lunch and have time to complete clinical assignments, make phone calls (as clinically appropriate) and research aftercare. Depending on the day, adventure group or clinical group follows. During the late afternoon, clients go to the gym and have personal time.

12:00 – 12:30 pm:
12:30 – 1:00 pm:
Personal time to complete therapeutic assignments
1:15 – 2:45 pm:
Adventure group or clinical group
3:00 – 5:00 pm:
Open gym or personal time


Dinner and time to participate in creative projects takes place from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Following dinner, clients may take part in a variety of activities depending on the day, including aftercare groups, icebreaker groups, autobiography groups or games. At 7:30 pm clients attend support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or Refuge Recovery. We close the day with gratitude groups before bedtime at 11 pm.


Weekends include similar activities with additional personal time as well as supervised outings (as clinically appropriate) into the community like going to the movies, mall, bowling or indoor trampoline park, participating in volunteer opportunities or visiting salons. Visitation typically takes place on weekends and once a month we have a weekend family program.

5:00 – 5:30 pm:
6:00 – 7:00 pm:
Aftercare group, icebreaker group, autobiography group or game night
7:30 – 8:30 pm:
AA, NA or Refuge Recovery meeting
8:30 – 9:00 pm:
Gratitude group
9:00 – 11:00 pm:
Medications and personal time
11:00 pm:
Lights out