The basic philosophy by which we live is the you cannot THINK yourself into a new way of living, you must LIVE yourself into a new way of thinking. By LIVING a life where the existence of a “Higher Power” is assumed, the addict and alcoholic is able to get in touch with feelings which have been long buried. We have come to know that maintaining these unexplored feelings is the cause of multiple relapses.
When you first arrive at the ranch you do a blackout period that allows for you to take a breather, restart your foundation, and work towards new habits, routines, and resetting fundamental life skills as well as learning new ones.
AA Meetings are a staple of life at the ranch. We offer a lifestyle with substantially more structure than a “halfway house” or “outpatient treatment” program. With this framework, you’ll also be provided with the basic life skills needed to maintain boundaries and understand how to negotiate and compromise which are a part of daily life.
While information about the treatment of drugs and alcohol addiction, and addiction as a disease, is offered through the program at Skyland Ranch, we are not a primary treatment provider. We have come to know that without some sense of spirituality, however, the addict or alcoholic, is doomed to continue practicing his disease.