Ashcreek Ranch Academy is an equine assisted treatment program for adolescent boys between the ages of 14 and 18 suffering from academic, behavioral, or substance abuse issues. Boasting over 100 horses and 75 acres, Ashcreek Ranch Academy’s unique experience allows participants to harness a powerful work ethic through a remarkable horsemanship program designed specifically for young men. The hands-on approach of experiential equine therapy promotes personal accountability in boys, while also emphasizing the importance of mutual trust and respect as a part of all healthy relationships. During their stay on the ranch, participants receive a world class academic education and are assisted in credit recovery if needed. Participants also receive individual, group, and family counseling, as well as substance use groups and meetings.
ABOUT ASHCREEK RANCH ACADEMY
Located outside the small southern Utah city of Toquerville, Ashcreek Ranch Academy (ARA) offers long-term residential treatment and education for adolescent boys aged 14 to 18. Clients are struggling typically with, process addictions, behavioral disorders, academics, and/or family conflict.
ARA emphasizes adventure and experiential therapy, particularly highlighting its equestrian program. This facility’s owners also operatefor girls in Lake Montezuma, Ariz.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
In addition to drug and alcohol use, teens come to Ashcreek Ranch Academy with ADD/ADHD, depression, and OCD, as well as process addictions, including gaming, social networking, or pornography. The average stay is eight to 12 months, according to the facility’s website.
ARA’s programming is structured around outdoor adventure therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Clients participate in daily group therapy, twice-weekly individual therapy, weekly family therapy, and education. Schooling is nationally accredited and individualized to meet home state requirements. Central to treatment are the goals of developing responsibility and confidence.
Along with CBT, treatment modalities used include motivational interviewing and. Outdoor activities regularly feature mountain biking, rafting, rock climbing, and scuba diving, as well as horse-handling. Therapists work with boys to address trauma, anger, stress, grief, family dynamics, and attachment issues, while learning relapse prevention and communication skills. Psychiatric and nursing services are provided on-site.
The facility offers quarterly two-day family workshops and encourages families to participate in Al-Anon and/or Families Anonymous. Transitionalinclude the availability of staff guidance following graduation from an ARA program.
Owned and operated by a brother and sister, Ashcreek Ranch Academy employs a psychiatric nurse, psychologists, master’s level licensed therapists, residence counselors, and various activity specialists. The facility has a staff-to-client ratio of 1:4, according to information provided to Best-rehabs.com by ARA.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Ashcreek Ranch Academy encompasses 200 acres, located close to Zion National Park. A single, home-like residential facility houses 25 boys, sleeping four bunk-beds to a room. Meals are prepared on-site and eaten family-style. The house has a home theater and weight room and directly behind is a private pond for swimming, kayaking, and fishing. Also on-site is an outdoor skate park and, according topage, professional music recording studio.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the four alumni reviews submitted to Best-rehabs.com to date, two were very favorable and two very negative. The two positive reviewers described feeling comfortable at Ashcreek Ranch Academy, thanks to welcoming staff and the amenities.
By contrast, the two critical reviewers described staff as unprofessional and manipulative. A majority of reviews by alumni on other secondary sites echoed these opinions.
Six alumni offered negative reviews on Google, while two were more moderate. One alum noted that the facility was “religious” but “open.” Another described uneven staffing, with some therapists more supportive than others. Two cited discrimination by staff and residents related to sexual orientation, and two mentioned unhealthy food. On Yelp, one alum repeated reports of sexuality discrimination. Two, however, shared positive perspectives on the effective lessons they learned and staff that cared at Ashcreek Ranch Academy.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the ten reviews submitted by family members to Best-rehabs.com, nine were positive and one was negative. Satisfied parents repeatedly praised the center’s focus on outdoors therapy and the pleasant living conditions, and noted that a stay at Ashcreek Ranch had turned their sons’ and their families’ lives around. In the single negative review from a loved one, a mother reported “many issues,” without detail.
With an average rating of 4.2 out of five stars, most of the 39 reviews for ARA on Google were from family members. Many concurred with Best-rehabs.com reviewers on the value of the equestrian and other outdoor programming and the life-saving effects of treatment at Ashcreek. They tended to characterized staff as consistent, honest, and caring.
Several family members (as well as some alumni) cited friendship as a highlight. Kevin wrote that “nobody was left out,” and Kathleen expressed relief in seeing her son “come out of his shell and begin to interact with the other boys and staff.” Representing the common sentiment that whole families benefited, F.D. wrote: “My son learned valuable life skills and so did the rest of our family.”
Similarly, on Yelp, 14 positive and one negative review from family members followed these trends. The staff were described as “professional but down to earth,” knowledgeable, and “supportive, yet firm.” The one negative reviewer reported that services were not what had been promised. 
Notably, each site included at least two duplicated reviews across Google, Yelp, and Best-rehabs.com. An ARA staff member responded to many posted reviews.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Two employees praised Ashcreek Ranch Academy on Indeed for the staff’s commitment to serving clients.
Ashcreek Ranch Academy accepts private pay and some clients may receive reimbursement from out-of-network insurance coverage. Fees start at $9,600 per month and $28,500 for 90 days. Some financial aid may be available.