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Different staff members were helpful, helped me grow, let me show that I can be a productive member of society. They treated me on the same level as them.

~ Resident

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Spring Lake Ranch Therapeutic Community offers licensed residential treatment and a variety of transitional options in the Green Mountains of Vermont. 

Since its founding in 1932, Spring Lake Ranch Therapeutic Community has offered a healing community for people with mental illness, substance abuse issues, or dual diagnosis.  At the core of the Ranch is the belief that recovery can best begin in a community where each person is respected and contributes.  At the Ranch, people are treated as individuals, not as patients or cases. 

Spring Lake Ranch is a working community in which all members contribute in their own unique ways.  In taking an active role in the work and life of the community, people can regain the sense of self often forgotten in the course of a long illness or addiction. 

Some forty years ago, we recognized the need for people leaving our residential community to have a graduated transition to greater independence.  We created this opportunity with our Transitional Living Program in nearby Rutland, a place where people can get individualized attention while remaining connected to the Ranch.

Our experiential learning approach, combined with new advances in individual therapeutic technique and pharmacology, make the Ranch a dynamic therapeutic experience in a natural and inclusive environment.  


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News & Views

The Ranch Approach to Healing

As I drove up the hill recently I followed Big Red, our 1943 Army surplus truck, creeping along at about 5 mph with a tank full of sap sloshing about.

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What is Mental Health Recovery?

Recently, I read an article sent by an ARTA (American Residential Treatment Association) colleague which challenged my thinking about mental health recovery.

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