For individuals with mental health and substance use disorders, supportive housing with PHP programming has proven one of the most effective approaches for achieving long-term recovery. Constant access to medical professionals, addiction specialists and a supportive community can go a long way in rebuilding your confidence and establishing healthy habits. There are countless treatment programs out there, but to truly achieve lasting recovery, it’s essential to find one that resonates with you.

Alta Loma’s Ranch program provides a transformational experience that focuses on individuals with chronic mental health concerns and co-occurring disorders. Designed as a solution for those who may not have been successful in a traditional treatment setting, our primary care combines supportive housing at The Ranch with partial hospitalization programming (PHP) at our clinical office. By providing a structured environment where men can find emotional and psychological stability, our goal is to guide residents through the recovery process and help them transition back into independent living. Located in Georgetown, Texas, Alta Loma is just the place to help men with psychiatric and co-occurring disorders find a life of recovery built on a foundation of mental wellness.

Care that Encompasses the Whole Condition

A study by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) found that more than half of those seeking treatment for mental health problems also have a co-occurring substance abuse disorder, and vice versa. Experts now know that mental health and further life challenges like substance abuse are closely related and share many common risk factors. An individual with depression, for example, may use drugs or alcohol to ease their symptoms and feel better. This usually makes things worse as, over time, the underlying mental health disorder goes untreated and chemical dependency may develop. An individual that self-medicates in this way often exacerbates their psychiatric condition and becomes reliant on harmful coping methods. Conversely, someone struggling with methamphetamine use may develop depression or anxiety as a direct result of the drug’s effect on their brain chemistry, behavior and lifestyle.

Despite the prevalence of co-occurring disorders, the majority of treatment facilities only concentrate on one thing at a time. At Alta Loma, we understand that addressing the whole condition is essential to sustainable, long-term recovery. Mental health and co-occurring disorders like substance use are not only intertwined, but they tend to influence and interact with one another. If a dual diagnosis patient enters treatment at a program that focuses solely on their substance use, their odds of relapsing and falling back into old patterns is greatly increased once discharged. They might feel supported and cared for while in recovery, but once they transition back to independent living, the symptoms of their untreated mental health disorder will resurface. Because their psychiatric concerns were not addressed in treatment, they are likely to resume self-medicating and relying on unhealthy coping methods.

Co-occurring disorders can also include additional mental health problems. Depression and anxiety often go hand-in-hand, while autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia share certain genetic risk factors. At Alta Loma, we have experience working with residents that have a variety of mood and thought disorders, such as:

The cornerstone of the treatment offered by Alta Loma rests on the belief that every resident deserves comprehensive care dedicated to the goal of long-term recovery. Each resident deserves a program that not only addresses their mental health but will also peel back the layers and treat any co-occurring disorders. To truly recover, we understand that it’s essential to treat each individual as a whole, rather than a collection of symptoms.

The Ranch by Alta Loma

When an individual becomes a part of the Alta Loma community, they will begin their transformative journey in our Ranch program. While enrolled, residents live in supportive housing at The Ranch and partake in PHP programming at our clinical office. Early in the treatment process, residents will undergo a thorough assessment by a licensed psychiatrist to better understand their mental health needs and determine an appropriate level of care. Residents will also meet with a licensed clinician to address their substance use disorder, if needed. These professionals will collaborate to develop a customized, long-term treatment plan and introduce strategies for healthy living. Our licensed clinical team holds master’s level certifications, making them adept at handling both psychiatric and addiction-related issues. To ensure that residents receive the care they need, we employ a variety of methods within a flexible, individualized recovery program.

  • Supervised self-administration of medication
  • 24-hour staff
  • Comfortable home-like accommodations
  • Chef-crafted meals
  • Nutrition education
  • Life skills groups
  • Yoga Groups
  • Mindfulness groups
  • Community support groups
  • Mentorship
  • Behavior analyst
  • Goal setting
  • Fitness
  • Animals
  • Recreational activities

Our comfortable program is staffed with a medical team available as needed to ensure that each client receives the attention they deserve. Complete recovery for mood and thought disorders takes time, effort and commitment, but it is possible. At Alta Loma, we understand the unique challenges facing our residents with mental health problems and provide coordinated, comprehensive and integrated care that treats all aspects of an individual’s condition.

A Day in the Life of an Alta Loma Resident

At Alta Loma, we recognize that everyone has a different story and their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Our mission is to give men from all walks of life a place where they can heal mentally and emotionally. To help our residents take steps toward independent living, we offer a continuum of care designed to ensure cohesiveness and stability throughout the recovery process. Our programs are structured without being rigid to allow residents to recover at their own pace. The daily experiences of each individual living at The Ranch and enrolled in our program will vary depending on their individualized treatment plan.

  • Each day begins with residents waking up at 8 a.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. on weekends. Throughout the day, there will be various tasks that need to be completed and residents are responsible for keeping the house tidy.
  • The Ranch has scheduled meetings, activities and outings that each resident participates in while actively working on their own individual recovery plans. There will be assignments from therapists and residents are expected to acknowledge input from staff and peers.
  • A mixture of group and individual programming will occur each day. What group and individual sessions each resident partakes is based on their individual treatment plan.
  • On Tuesday, we organize structured activities and residents decide on an outing for Thursday afternoons. Residents will have a lot of free time to relax, socialize and participate in work or volunteer opportunities but will be expected to maintain consistent self-initiative in managing personal responsibilities.
  • Weekly visitations are on Sundays and depending on which phase a resident is in, they may have the ability to go offsite with visitors using passes.

As a resident completes the action items of each phase and demonstrates a commitment to recovery, they will be allowed more freedom within the program. Our ultimate goal is to prepare individuals for transitioning into less restrictive levels of care and eventually sustainable, independent living.

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Healing on Your Terms

Mental illness and co-occurring disorders are often stigmatized despite their prevalence. This can make it difficult for some to admit they need help and seek appropriate treatment. At Alta Loma, we acknowledge the strength required to take those first steps towards recovery. We know that you are more than your disorder and work to give you the tools you need to begin healing. The Ranch provides residents with a comfortable, structured environment where they can find the stability and balance they need to be successful as they attend treatment programming at our clinical office. If you or someone you care about is struggling with mental illness, contact or call Alta Loma Transformational Living in Georgetown, Texas, at 866.810.6877 today to find out how our comprehensive programs can help.