Sundown M Ranch is an addiction treatment facility for adolescents, adults and older adults struggling with substance abuse issues and co-occurring mental health conditions. Treatment options include detoxification, residential care, individual and group counseling, relapse prevention, 12-Step groups, physical exercise, a three-day family program and aftercare planning.
ABOUT SUNDOWN M RANCH
Founded in 1968, Sundown M Ranch is a nonprofit treatment center situated on 30 acres of land near the Yakima River Canyon in Washington State. The facility serves both adolescents and adults who are struggling with substance abuse and. Available services include detox, residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), and standard outpatient care (OP). Additionally, the organization facilitates peer-to-peer mentorship through its alumni program.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
In some cases, same-day admission to Sundown M Ranch is available, though most clients seeking residential treatment complete a pre-admission application before receiving an admission date. Clients typically begin their treatment with a detoxification period. Once stabilized, they engage in a highly structured curriculum that draws upon the 12-Steps and incorporates individual, group, and family therapy, as well addiction education and ongoing evaluation. Specialty treatment tracks are available for older adults, pregnant and post-partum women, and individuals who have experienced a relapse. Additionally, residents have access to fitness activities and chaplain services.
Adolescent clients may continue to attend school while undergoing treatment through the center’s school program, which is operated in conjunction with the Selah School District. In addition to earning academic credit, students receive daily physical education that includes basketball, volleyball, running, and weightlifting.
Outpatient treatment for clients and their families is available through individualized counseling and the center’s IOP program, which utilizes addiction education and group counseling.
According to the facility’s website, Sundown M Ranch employs a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals and certified counselors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Living quarters for both adults and teens are gender specific and simply furnished. All clients have access to a 7,000 square-foot gym, which includes exercise equipment, as well as a padded jogging track, an aerobic exercise area, and table tennis. Visitors and phone calls are allowed following an initial six-day “blackout” period.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni reviews submitted to Best-rehabs.com were mostly positive, though some alumni complained about the staff’s training and the program’s counseling. Amy found the quality of care to be “inconsistent,” and Deborah noted that her counselor was “in training” and “going through a relapse herself.” Another anonymous reviewer felt that the facility could have done a better job addressing mental health concerns. M.T., who characterized the program as “great,” offered some criticism regarding the program’s individual counseling. “I really did not receive much one on one time with my counselor but if I needed her she was there for me. I would suggest to some of the staff that they get out of their big offices and interact with the patients a little more,” M.T. wrote.
Despite these concerns, most alumni were satisfied with the care they received. Multiple clients found the treatment to be both affordable and ultimately effective. “I had the tools to change, and a strong AA connection. The facility is beautiful, the food is fantastic, and the counselors were all great. I wanted to stay forever,” Trish wrote in a representative review.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
When asked how likely they were to recommend the facility to others, the 12 loved ones polled by Best-rehabs.com provided an average rating of 3.83 out of five stars. “If a client is really determined to make this work, it is great. Not much or any follow-up, so many clients relapse soon after release,” one anonymous loved one wrote in a representative review. Friends and family members were most impressed with the program’s family participation and the facility’s cleanliness, which both received ratings of 4.33 out of five stars. “I attended the family program. My loved one learned so much and quite frankly, so did I,” C.M. wrote in a representative review. Tom agreed, writing, “I benefited a great deal as a supportive family member from the intensive work.” The program’s affordability also received an above-average rating of 4.08 out of five stars. “Without expensive insurance you cant find a better place !” J.C. wrote.
Loved ones were least impressed with the program’s holistic options, which received an average rating of 2.2 out of five stars. “Staff is very caring and willing to go the extra mile to help their clientele. Need more activities scheduled,” an anonymous reviewer wrote. The center’s counseling options also received a relatively low rating of three stars. One anonymous parent noted that there was “not enough one on one.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
Robert, the one staff member polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this review, stated that he would recommend the program, highlighting that it was “very supportive of the family and the patient.” Yet, he characterized the center as “Strictly Chemical Dependency Based.” “Doesn’t recognize any mental health component to chemical dependency,” he wrote.
According to its website, Sundown M Ranch works with most major insurance companies. Additional financing is available through a partnership with.