The Liberty Ranch believes in providing well rounded treatment that addresses the complex mental health conditions that go along with addiction while simultaneously helping clients build a strong foundation in a 12-step program. The emphasis at the Ranch is placed on helping the individual identify and change the behavior patterns that are causing them to relapse while developing healthier and adaptive behaviors conducive to sobriety. Through the help of experienced peer support specialists and licensed clinicians, residents gain a working knowledge of their triggers and have a set of tools that help them successfully live their life sober and to good purpose.
Set in the hills of rural Kentucky, in the community of Kings Mountain, the Liberty Ranch offers short- and long-term structured transitional living for adults struggling with substance abuse disorders. The facility is a peer-run, community-based center, where staff members are in also in active recovery. Next to the structured transitional living facility is the Liberty Ranch Rehabilitation Center, where residents go to receive clinically based services such as substance abuse treatment classes, psychotherapy, and family counseling. These services are also available to people in the community who are not residential.
ABOUT THE LIBERTY RANCH
Set in the hills of rural Kentucky, in the community of Kings Mountain, the Liberty Ranch offers short- and long-term residential treatment for adults struggling with substance abuse disorders. The facility is a peer-run, community-based center, where staff members are in also in active recovery.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at the Liberty Ranch is firmly rooted in the 12-Steps — how to integrate 12-step principles into daily life — and the notion that sustained recovery requires personal change. The center teaches residents integrity, self-respect, accountability, honesty, and self-sufficiency.
In addition to daily 12-step meetings, clients participate in peer groups, goal setting, resident meetings, as well as recreational activities, such as hiking, fishing, and volleyball. Topic-specific group and individual counseling sessions are also held regularly.
The facility recommends 90 days or more of treatment, but also offers 30- or 60-day stays. Loved ones are encouraged to attend 12-step meetings, participate in the center’s weekly family group meetings, and build networks with families of clients in the program.
As a community-led center, the facility employs staff members who are also in recovery, including many graduates of the Liberty Ranch. While most of programming is led by peers, the facility does provide therapy services that are facilitated by licensed and experienced professionals who are associated with the facility. The staff-to-client ratio is 1:4.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The Liberty Ranch offers 32 beds in shared rooms in a 6,500-square-foot facility on 70 acres of rolling hills and woodlands. Men and women live in separate residences. Clients have access to a gym, basketball and tennis courts, trails, and fire pits. The center offers Internet access and, on most weekends, residents go on outings to local attractions, such as to the zoo, horse park, and scenic falls.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the over two dozen alumni polled at the time of this writing by Best-rehabs.com, most reviews were favorable. Many claimed their stay at the Liberty Ranch saved their lives, especially after having been in numerous other facilities beforehand. They frequently praised the longer length of stay and sense of community, as well as the ongoing support after graduation. “I found everything I was looking for in drugs and alcohol in sobriety: a sense of belonging, friends, acceptance, freedom,” M.M. wrote. Others noted that the long-term community living enabled them to gain essential life skills. Six alumni polled on the matters all offered perfect five-star ratings for the facility’s overall group counseling sessions, the effectiveness of lead counselors, and the facility’s ability to resolve conflict.
However, several warned against the facility’s short-term programs. “If you do not graduate this program which usually takes 12-14 months they will not have anything to do with you. They take away your support group,” D.D. wrote. Two individuals complained of a lack of free time and no privacy for calls home, although three alumni surveyed about family participation awarded this metric five out of five stars.
On Facebook, which the organization can manage, the Liberty Ranch earned 4.4 out of five stars from 69 reviews (alumni, loved ones) to date. Of the total, 53, or 77 percent, rated the facility a perfect five stars. Reviewers praised the staff and support they received, such as J.B., who wrote: “The Ranch and its amazing staff has shown me the steps required to achieve life long sobriety and in turn has helped me get my life back” and added: “I highly recommend the Liberty Ranch to those who, like me, thought there was no hope.”
On Google, the facility received an average of 3.1 out of five stars from 11 reviews (alumni, staff) to date. Several alumni complained of harsh treatment and “ridiculous rules and punishments” whereas others praised treatment as a life-saving experience, such as Maggie, now an employee: “I AM A PART OF THE SUCCESS RATE! If you honestly want help this is the place to go.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The over a dozen loved ones polled by Best-rehabs.com to date provided mixed feedback about the Liberty Ranch, though many reviewers praised staff members for being “very caring” and for their personal recovery journeys. Three loved ones who were polled on the matters gave perfect five-star ratings for the amount of family participation and for the staff’s level of experience and training.
Yet one reviewer noted a lack of exercise facilities, another complained of high staff turnover, and a third, D.V., wrote: “The clients go in broken and humiliated and they just keep beating them down,” though these comments were not supported by others. Six reviewers awarded four out of five stars or higher for the facility’s exercise and leisure activities.
The Liberty Ranch does not provide information about costs and insurance on its website, although it describes itself as “an affordable recovery center.”