What People Are Saying...
The things that I learned from the Ranch and the people there, on how to maintain a healthy life are tools that I use daily. They taught me to care for myself first and my family and friends next. It's difficult to do this sometimes, but I know that I can now--thanks to Spring Lake Ranch.
Having had a couple of years away from the Ranch working as a provider in various settings, I am more than ever convinced that Spring Lake Ranch occupies an important niche in the world of mental health care institutions.
Spring Lake Ranch was the first place where positive thoughts began to come back into my life... I began to believe I could make it after all.
I look back on my years spent at Spring Lake Ranch as a time when hope was beginning to come back into my life. Working hard focused my mind on something other than my problems, and the respectful treatment I received from the staff was very healing.
I want to thank you and all your staff at Spring Lake Ranch for your efforts with my son. You have the best program I've seen, and I've seen a lot.
Spring Lake Ranch has been a real stabilizing factor in my life. The residents as well as the staff provide the kind of support needed to gain self-esteem and self-confidence. It is the kind of atmosphere where true healing can take place.
While clearing saplings, I took time to look around at all of the other crew members, from all walks of life, struggling to various degrees with their illnesses. And yet they were still pushing on to do their jobs together, and helping each other. It was great to see, and gave me inspiration that even on my worst days, there are others feeling bad but are able to push on. It helped me pick it up a notch.
I recall receiving a Worker of the Month award. The crew leader said she initially wondered if I would even show up for crew, but in the end the crew leader was able to leave me in charge of the crew. I felt very good about this, and took pride in the hard work.
The routine and work made sense. It helped to begin to sort out what was real and what was not real. This was the first place I ever got dirt under my nails.
I valued opportunities to talk to other residents about their experiences with their illnesses, and how they coped. This helped during my recovery: to know others are going through similar things.
When I arrived I quickly felt that I was safe, and that people cared about me. I was immediately welcomed into the community. There is a family feeling, teamwork, and togetherness at the Ranch.
Feeling a part of a team and community, remembering special events; that made me feel very special, and part of a family.
I value the community at the Ranch, the feeling of complete freedom that comes with the ability to express oneself in a way which is both personal and comfortable.
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.
The Ranch does a good job of getting people up and out of bed and motivated to participate when you don’t think you are up for it. The staff is sincere and wants to help you.
I felt that I was treated like an equal, and not looked down upon because of my illness.
Long term staff went beyond the call of duty to help me when I was struggling. They would take time out to talk to me and help me resume my activities. I felt the best when I felt listened to and taken seriously by the staff. I felt that the staff treated me as a person and equal, and not a patient. I have been to other programs but at the Ranch the staff is not just staff.
I had to learn to take responsibility for myself. I struggled with working on the woods crew. I didn’t want to do it. With the help of my advisors, I learned it was not just about doing what you want to do, but learning to do what is needed of you.
We have fun together as a community: playing pool, the gym, tennis, softball, pottery, etc. Staff can motivate, inspire, and be role models. Plus they know how to have a good time.
The steadiness of working with your body on the land, that's what feeds you, gives you an internal locus of control, gets you up in the morning.
A deep, heartfelt extension of gratitude for all of the caring, warmth, and community you have given to my son. The joy of witnessing him coming back to his true nature is immeasurable. The beauty here is incredible, in more ways than one.
Who We Serve
Spring Lake Ranch is a long term residential program (6 mos.+) for adults that struggle with mental health and often, co-occurring addiction issues. We are not a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. Applicants that have substance use issues must have at least 30 days clean and sober to be admitted and must be able to agree to stay clean and sober throughout our program.
Candidates must meet all three of the following criteria to apply:
1. 18 years or older
2. Willing to take prescribed medication
3. Struggle with one or several of the following:
- Depression (with or without psychosis)
- Bi-polar (with or without psychosis)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Failure to Launch
- Personality disorders so long as not primary
Candidates are often excluded if any of the following are present:
- Physically or sexually aggressive
- Active suicidal behaviors or significant history of attempts
- Active eating disorder
- Non-compliant with prescribed medication
- Significant cognitive impairment
The most important requirement for admission at Spring Lake Ranch Therapeutic Community is a resident's willingness to risk change through the Ranch program. We can advocate for our residents, arm them with the proper tools, and work around the clock, but the resident must be dedicated to becoming a powerful agent for his or her own recovery.
The combination of a structured daily work program and an interesting and challenging living situation in one facility is surprisingly unique. It is a time for you to remember that you have skills, interests, and dreams, and that there is more right with you than there is wrong.
If you are interested in finding out more about Spring Lake Ranch Therapeutic Community, we encourage you to call our Admissions office any time at 802-492-3322.
If you are not sure if this is the right place for you, call anyway. We have a great deal of experience in helping people to decide what will be best for their next step, and we can give you more details about the program and the Ranch philosophy.
As part of the Admissions process, we ask you to download the Application for Admission, and fax it to us or return by mail; this will begin the process. In addition, we would like to have any past records from hospitals, therapists, psychiatrists, or other information you think would be helpful. Please sign the appropriate releases and have them sent to us by fax at 802-492-3331.
It is also valuable for us to have a summary of your history, written by yourself or a family member. It need not be detailed; a simple chronology will suffice.
Once we have received the forms, we can arrange for 24 hour visit. There is no charge for the visit. During the visit you will have the opportunity to try some work crews and see what a normal day at the Ranch is like, including some of our fabulous meals. We encourage you to talk with Ranch residents and staff, and get all your questions answered. Admissions staff will interview you on the second day, and you can make a decision to stay on, or return at a future time.
If you're coming with parents, family members, or other support people, their role is also important in the visit. They will join us for the tour, and get an orientation to the program. There might be paperwork to sign, and loose ends to tie up. They should plan to stay in the area and join us again for a family interview the second day.