I was at The Ranch for severe depression and anxiety for 3 weeks in 2019. My husband and doctor researched and spoke with the Administrator prior to my arrival. They were assured that I would be housed with women with like problems, visit with the Psychiatrist, therapist physician daily, have balanced meals, group therapy, yoga, gym and other healthy activities and a lengthy list of other helpful, encouraging mentoring and sharing. Under no circumstances would I be sharing time and lodging with addicts, but with depressed women of ALL ages (I was 64)
My personal experience was far from anything promised after I was admitted. All women in my house were drug and sex addicts who were accustomed to 10-step programs and all were 25-35 years younger than me. Everything was focussed on Narcotics/Alcohol/Emotions/Sex Addict Anonymous programs; usually led by an amateur, quite young member of such organizations. It seemed like every “patient” but me was a chain smoker.
I spent less than 5 minutes per week with the Psychiatrist, the “counselor” was completely unprofessional and seemed quite weak and unqualified, the medical doctor was a Nurse Practitioner who seemed equally as inept ( I never heard the results of my bloodwork) and the House Manager was more interested in our being on time for appointments than caring. The Activities folks were completely unremarkable as well.
On weekends, there were no meetings, appointments or classes ... we just hung out. Television of any kind was not allowed except videos on Saturday and Sunday .
“Patients” were responsible for all cleaning, trash removal, inventories, ordering,, organizing, cooking, cleaning of user products and foods, most of which were processed/canned or snacks and sugary drinks and juices. The snack and junk drawers and cabinets were bursting at the seams and there were no less than 12 jars of different jellies and even more bags of chips and nuts and junk food. The freezer was full of processed breakfast meats and pre-cooked “fast food” like foods.
The only positive I can find is: I asked for a GEOMIND swan analysis to check my DNA for medications (for depression) that could be deemed most likely to work best. The first test had to be re-done as the person who swabbed was inexperienced. I left The Ranch with the results of their second attempt and it has helped tremendously.
In closing, I would never ask any person I cared about to spend time at The Ranch in Nunelly, TN.