ABOUT RENAISSANCE RANCH
Renaissance Ranch offers addiction treatment in line with the beliefs and practices of the Mormon Church. Headquartered in a remote area of the Salt Lake City suburb of Bluffdale, with views of the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountains, the facility provides gender-separate detox, long-term residential, and intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) for men and women struggling with substance use disorders.
The center can also accommodate individuals dually diagnosed with substance use disorder and a co-occurring mental health condition. Renaissance Ranch is among the 9.2 percent of Utah rehabs that offer medical detox in a residential setting.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment begins with a phone call to the facility, followed by a scheduled assessment that's used to determine the best treatment track for the client. Clients who need to detox sometimes do so on-site, but those struggling with acute dependency on opioids, benzodiazepines, or alcohol are often referred to a partner facility.
Treatment is based on the 12-Steps, combined with Gospel Principles of the Church of Latter-Day Saints. While therapy is faith-based, clients are not required to be a church member. Clients spend 60 days on the residential program, positioning the center among the 26.4 percent of Utah-based rehabs that offer residential treatment lasting longer than 30 days. During this stage of treatment, residents live in a therapeutic community that's based on the integrity of individuals, groups, and the staff.
Clients participate in 12-step sessions as well as individual, group, and family therapy, which draw from evidence-based techniques such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Among the gender-specific concerns addressed are socialization, trauma, and shame. There are opportunities for experiential, adventure, and service therapies, too, though details of these are not provided at the time of writing.
Following residential care, clients may transition to a Renaissance Ranch outpatient program in Sandy, Orem, or Farmington, Utah. All three centers offer intensive outpatient programs (IOPs), which are offered at 51.5 percent of Utah-based rehabs. IOP includes four nights a week of marketing and one individual counseling session per week.
Aftercare also offers an active alumni network with 12-step meetings and recreational outings such as golf.
According to the Renaissance Rance website, many staff members are in recovery themselves. The treatment team includes an MD who's board certified in addiction medicine, master's-level counselors, and substance use disorder counselors. Staff also have experience working with DUIs and domestic violence. The 19 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff were impressed:
Staff Experience and Training: 4.5/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Men and women live in separate facilities, each of which has a full-time chef who cooks three meals a day. The women's facility, based in Riverton, Utah, is a luxurious, family-style home that can accommodate up to 18 women at a time, in seven bedrooms — meaning that women share bedrooms between two or sometimes three. The center has an outdoor pool and comfy communal spaces both outdoors and indoors, including a large living room with a TV.
The men's home is a large estate set on three acres of land in Bluffdale. Amenities include an exercise area with machines, weights, and a sauna, as well as a fire pit, a basketball court, a putting green, and a running track. Residents share rooms with one or two other men. The 19 survey responses submitted to Rehabs.com to date indicate that the centers are very clean, with good extracurricular activities:
Exercise and Leisure: 4.4/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni polled by Rehabs.com have given mostly positive feedback on the facility to date. The 11 reviewers polled on the facility's offerings in a variety of metrics were particularly impressed by the center's counseling options and family programming. The center's holistic offerings received slightly lower but still positive ratings.
Counseling Options: 4.9/5
Family Participation: 4.8/5
Holistic Offerings: 4.3/5
In their commentary, many reviewers praised the community they found at Renaissance Ranch, which had helped them get sober and then remain sober in the long-term, by providing a supportive network. "The comradery here is unreal and all are people who have gone through, or are going through the same thing. I am not alone, and I never was, thank you Renaissance Ranch and staff," T.M. wrote in a representative comment. Many reviewers also praised the grounding in the 12-Steps and in transferable skills that they received at the center, and even wrote that the facility had saved their lives, helping them recover from desperate positions.
The alumni who provided critical reviews complained of insufficient individual counseling and an approach to recovery that was not as serious or spiritual as expected. "You won\'t get any private counseling for the first two weeks," D.S. wrote in a typical comment. The negative reviewers tended, however, to indicate moderate satisfaction with the facility's accommodations.
Renaissance Ranch also has mostly positive feedback on secondary sites at the time of this writing, with average ratings of 4.6 out of five stars based on 54 reviews on Google, 4.5 stars based on 70 opinions on Facebook (where the facility can manage its own page), and four stars based on four reviews on Yelp, plus three five-star reviews on YellowPages.com.    The reviewers repeatedly described treatment at the facility as life-changing, and praised its caring staff and ethos.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The six friends and family members of alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date gave more mixed feedback, giving the facility mediocre ratings for its family participation and counseling options, and poor ratings for its holistic offerings.
Family Participation: 3.2/5
Counseling Options: 3.4/5
Holistic Offerings: 2.8/5
And the four loved ones surveyed on whether they would recommend the facility gave lukewarm responses.
Would Recommend: 3.3/5
However, in their commentary, only one loved one offered strong criticism, noting that they were pursuing the facility for money owed after their loved one left treatment. Other reviewers felt that treatment was successful for their loved one. "My brother went through this treatment center after one other failed attempt. He just picked up his 7 Year chip! It has truly had an impact on our family's life that could not have been there unless he got help," Preston wrote in a typical comment.
Renaissance Ranch accepts most private insurances. The $24,000 cost of treatment, reported by facility staff to Rehabs.com, includes two months of residential and up to six months of outpatient care, along with family therapy and recovery coaching. The 20 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center's affordability were mostly impressed.
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