For individuals with mental health and substance use disorders, residential treatment has proven one of the most effective approaches for restoring the structure and stability needed to pursue 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 recovery programs out there, but to truly achieve long-term sobriety, it’s essential to find a facility that resonates with you.

The Ranch at Alta Loma is a transformational experience that focuses on individuals with chronic psychiatric and substance abuse issues. Designed as a solution for co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders, we specifically focus on men who may not have been successful in a traditional treatment setting. By providing a structured environment where residents can find emotional and psychological stability, our goal is to guide dual diagnosis patients through the recovery process and help them transition back into independent living. Our facility in Georgetown, Texas, is just the place to help men with mental health and substance disorders find the stability they need to discover a life without drugs or alcohol.

Care that Encompasses the Whole Condition

A study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that more than half of those seeking treatment for drug or alcohol use also have a diagnosable co-occurring mental health disorder. Experts now know that substance use and mental health are closely related. They share many common risk factors and as a result, those that are prone to psychiatric disorders are also more likely to be affected by substance use. 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 disorder 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 either mental health or substance use. At Alta Loma, we understand that neglecting to treat psychiatric concerns in dual diagnosis patients is a significant barrier to sustainable, long-term recovery. Mental health and 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 facility 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. At The Ranch, we have experience treating residents with a variety of mental health disorders, such as:

  • Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Depressive Disorders

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

Structure and Stability at Alta Loma

Residential treatment programs are one of the most widely used formats in addiction recovery due to their effectiveness and highly focused care. These recovery environments provide dual diagnosis patients with much-needed structure and stability to help them concentrate on healing with the guidance and support they need to be successful. Living in a treatment facility with experienced care providers available when needed helps to remove many of the roadblocks and distractions that can interfere with the recovery process. At The Ranch, we also ensure that patients have the time they need to form new relationships, develop healthy habits and prepare for their transition back to independent living.

When a patient becomes a part of the Alta Loma community, they will begin their transformative journey at The Ranch in our residential care program. Our intimate, 6-bed treatment facility is staffed with a medical team available as needed to ensure that each client receives the attention they deserve. 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. 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 addiction and psychiatric-related issues. To ensure that a wide scope of patients with various mental health concerns receive the care they need, we employ a variety of methods within a flexible, individualized recovery program.

  • Residency up to 24 months
  • Full psychiatric assessments
  • Individual treatment for psychiatric needs
  • Individual treatment for substance abuse issues
  • Life and coping skills education
  • Medication management
  • 12-step support
  • Individual therapy and counseling
  • Art therapy and other therapeutic recreational activities
  • Structure and stability
  • Nutritional support and individual meal plans
  • Employment and volunteer opportunities
  • Family treatment
  • Comprehensive care coordination
  • Long-term continuum of care

Complete recovery for dual diagnosis patients takes time, effort and commitment, but it is possible. At Alta Loma, we understand the unique challenges in treating dual diagnosis patients and provide coordinated, comprehensive and integrated care at The Ranch to treat all aspects of an individual’s condition.

Medication Management at The Ranch

Medication management is a huge pitfall many individuals encounter in recovery. At The Ranch, medication management is a key focus of the curriculum that supports residents on their journey toward independent living. By helping patients develop a healthy relationship with their medication and better understand the role it plays in their lives, we teach them how to manage their prescriptions responsibly and establish strategies for adherence. To address medication-related concerns and manage side effects or symptoms, residents meet regularly with licensed clinicians and psychiatrists. We also have a trained nutritionist on staff to help residents develop individual meal plans to address common side effects such as weight gain.

At The Ranch, we are also open to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) when appropriate to help residents focus on getting better. In some cases, medications are an important part of recovery aimed at alleviating symptoms that may otherwise be disruptive and counter-productive to the treatment process. Our master’s level certified clinicians work closely with residents to determine if MAT is right for them and develop a treatment plan that allows them to get the most out of each experience.

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 provide men from all walks of life with 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 and utilize a phase system that allows residents to recover at their own pace. The daily experiences of each individual at The Ranch will vary depending on which phase of the program they are in.

  • 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 chores that need to be completed and residents are responsible for keeping the house tidy.
  • Our residential treatment program has scheduled meetings, activities and outings that each patient 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.
  • Two groups are offered each day, one focusing on the 12-steps and the other on life skills. Additional outside meetings are scheduled four times a week in the evenings.
  • 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 patient 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 substance use disorders are 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 patients with a comfortable, structured environment where they can find the stability and balance they need to be successful. If you or someone you care about is struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders, contact or call Alta Loma Transformational Living in Georgetown, Texas, at 866.457.3843 today to find out how our comprehensive programs can help.