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I worked here for a little over 3 years and it was some of the best years of my life! I love this company and what it stands for! I loved working and helping these boys change their lives. The equine therapy is amazing and truely helps these boys, whether it’s learning to ride horses, or raising a baby calf. This program helps them to build relationships and to change their lives for the better. This honestly was one of the best places I’ve ever worked and it was the hardest thing ever to leave, but I’ve seen this program change these boys lives. Yes there were many times the boys struggled and were angry but once they were able to get past that and really let this program help them, they completely changed their mindset and became amazing individuals! The boys that I worked with at discovery ranch changed my life around and taught me so many things. Working here with these boys was hard at times emotionally but it was worth everything seeing a lot of them leaving the ranch and seeing them become a different person and see how happy they become! I loved being a mentor and supervisor, this place will always hold a special place in my heart!!
Makel Woolstenhulme, 1 month ago
I had the opportunity to work at Discovery Ranch for several years and in several capacities. Throughout my time there I worked in both residential and academics. In my time as a mentor and teacher I was able to see how thoroughly Discovery Ranch works with and cares for each student. The therapists, teachers, and residential staff work collaboratively to create the best environment possible for each student to work through a program that is unified and consistent yet taylored to meet the needs of the individual. Discovery Ranch has been one of the best working experiences I have ever had.
Amy Workman, 1 month ago
I loved working at Discovery Ranch! The supervisors were all very helpful and friendly. I found the work I did as a mentor to be very rewarding. It truly is an honor to work with the boys and watch them transform their lives for the better. I learned so much in my time there and am a better person because of it. One thing that sets DR apart from other residential treatment centers in the area is its focus on experiential therapies. Between bottle-feeding calves, ropes courses, and equine group, you’ll never find yourself bored! Another strength that DR has is its emphasis on structure. This helps to minimize chaos in the houses. I can’t say enough good things about working at DR. It has, by far, been my favorite job!
Emily Montgomery, 2 months ago
I worked at Discovery Ranch for 20 months 10 months as a mentor and 10 as a Supervisor! This job has been one of the most beneficial things that has happened in my life so far. Some may say that I am over exaggerating but This job not only helped me see what I can do for others but what I can do for myself! I thank Discovery Ranch for the teachings and life lessons I have learned while being there. Not to mention you get to work with some pretty awesome people! The boys are amazing once you get to build a relationship with them! I love what DR does! Some will say my review is to good to be true, but at the Ranch what you put in is what you get out! Yes it’s not always the most amazing place on earth.. ( It’s not Disneyland ) but it is a place that can help if you are up to it!!
Cole Archuleta, 2 months ago
Edit: When I wrote my first review, I was just angry at the ranch. But I realized how much it has actually helped me. Without the ranch I definitely wouldn't be where I am today. Okay, some of the staff weren't the best, but I feel most of them actually cared about us a lot. Some of just took it personally when the were mean. But they were really being assertive. The program has it's cons, just like any other place. But If you let it help you, and accept the staff and the rules/ program. You can make a tremendous stay. Thank you Discover Ranch. I might've resented you, but I made some of the greatest changes and relationships I've ever had here. Cheers!
Joseph F, 3 months ago
That place helped me alot if learned how to build healthy and good relationships. I also learned how to be a leader so yeah it was good
Godfrey Bardu, 3 months ago
I graduated here as a level six and my stay was roughly seven months. This speed and progression was relatively unheard of. To address the multitude of bad reviews one must understand the population and the understanding that those who struggled blame the program compartiviley them themselves. Knowing that I have compassion for this, but as I continue with my review will also call it as it is, hoping those who read this who went here and feel disenfranchised, understand my point. To put it simply Discovery Ranch changed my life, I struggle with severe mental illness something I had been institutionalized on and off for about two to three years before being admitted. The idea behind the ranch is see the humanity within the sufferer a paradigm shift from traditional treatment methods in which the sufferer is seen as their illness first and a human second. My parents understanding that this was more of a holistic approach to treatment sent me here, almost as a lasts resort knowing that a traditional approach seemed to only merge my identity with my diagnosis. Discovery Ranch is not meant to be comfortable, no treatment center is, knowing if one claims to be then what they advertise is not development. Growth does not go without growing pains and that is true to this program, regardless it's a safe environment to have these pains, meaning safe in the most basic of definitions. My whole stay there, however much I wanted to hurt myself, I knew it was not an option and if I wanted to partake in self destructive behaviors it would be very hard to hide. As time continues and trust is built (The amount of scrupulous questioning lessons and one sees a want to repay and act intigrously) Like any human organization there are faults, but that being said these are faults that are open to change. A feeling of powerlessness overcomes you when you begin living there knowing that there is no way out, but from that, through their holistic methods one begins to feel empowered if not powerful. I had a choice the whole time I was there, something many boys will tell you that they did not have. When in suffering perceived powerlessness and the idea of identity are skewed, seeing a complete lack of integrity of one's own experience. As I can attest to and many others I suffered while there, unlike many others I now understand I held that key to suffering within myself and at times held onto it and only when I was able to let it go was I able to leave the program. I would recommend this program to whoever has the means to send ones children here. My parents and I trusted the staff with my life and in return I have been highly successful since returning home. I still struggle but not to the same degree nor do I feel powerless within my struggle. Life is hard and it will be filled with pain, but within that pain there is also joy and a multitude of other things that I was not able to see before coming to this program. Discovery Ranch gave me a future, one that most professionals before agreed was not realistic nor there at all. I found hope but most importantly I found myself. Thank you Discovery Ranch.
Henry Katzman, 3 months ago
The staff at Discovery Ranch are great to work with. They are active in the community and recently hosted a workshop for local clinicians. I have known the admin team for many years and would trust them with my own kids.
Stephen C. Schultz, 3 months ago
In the beginning I gave Discovery Ranch a bad rating, but I've come to realize that that rating was more to describe how my relationship with my family was. It has been a struggle with them and a continued work in progress. I am grateful for the skills that Discovery Ranch has taught me to be a better young man. I have learned to be independent and make smart decisions as a young adult.
chris bodine, 3 months ago
I am very impressed with this program and staff.
Alta Swarnes, 5 months ago
This is purely from a recent staff perspective, mostly for anyone planning on one day working at the facility. Here's some things you might want to know. I worked for Discovery Ranch for nearly a year. I saw the program change kids, and I felt a sense of fulfillment building relationships with the boys and watching them take their treatment and do something with it. I watched them grow and struggle, and sometimes I said bittersweet goodbyes as they headed home to start life again. It's a wonderful program that really has potential. It doesn't work for every boy-- but for those that find a desire to change somewhere along the road of treatment, it does a fantastic job. It's not an easy job for a staff. The emotional wear-and-tear is tough, but instead it's the few structural flaws in the system that make it difficult. Formal training for this job is non-existent. Anyone wanting to work here should know that. You are pointed this way and that with twenty-odd boys and no idea what the rules are, right off the bat, and you can bet the kids will take advantage of that-- and you'll be the one to blame if something goes wrong. It's horribly stressful, especially considering that you're in charge of a large group of boys and part of their treatment; the program brings in a lot of money, and upper management doesn't care to use it to train their staff. You'll have an informal and rushed meeting once every couple of months, about twenty minutes long and with a packet of papers to read. That's about it. Hands-on and in the moment is not good enough for the boys. There are virtually no opportunities for growth here. You may have a chance to become a supervisor, but most likely not. The turnover rate here is pretty high due to the pay and the lack of opportunities, so you're constantly having to adjust to new staff (who have also had zero training). It's not a perfect system, and it could easily be made better with a few tweaks, but... again, upper management is not too interested in their staff. (In short, don't expect them to work with you. They don't take staff opinions or ideas into account and usually ignore emails sent even with the best intentions.) Hopefully, with more information like this, those who run this program and make the decisions will take interest and be able to make changes that will improve the Ranch, the employees, and the boys' lives. In short: working with the boys is awesome and will change you. You'll be able to make a difference. It's not just a job-- it's a chance to grow and help youth that need it. However, working with the management is a difficulty and ultimately the reason I personally chose to leave. They have work to do if they hope to keep their good staff and help them help the kids.
Fox Flight, 1 year ago
I was a student at Discovery Ranch from 2008-2009 and it had the most profound impact on my life. My parents struggled for years working with therapists, programs and teachers trying to get me the help I needed, but nothing worked. It was an environment that made me want to progress in order to move out of orientation level which gave me very little privileges up to the higher levels so I could have free time with my friends. The staff and therapists VERY QUICKLY learned exactly how to motivate me in the right direction and work with me. I soon started to progress through the program and my staff and therapists and parents could see the revolutionary changes happening within me. My parents, family, and even myself would say that Discovery Ranch was, and is the most important event in my life, and I would NOT be where I am without them. The staff and therapists hold my highest respect. Because of the help I received at Discovery Ranch, I have graduated college with a BA in psychology and am now pursuing a PhD in psychology so that I can give back and help others like myself.
David Baydush, 3 years ago
Discovery Ranch located in picturesque Mapleton, Utah may offer the treatment necessary for a successful recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
The main goal of a treatment facility is to help addicts overcome their reliance on addictive substances so that they can lead a life that is drug and alcohol-free. Compassionate and caring staff members at rehabilitation facilities can provide addicts the courage and guidance needed in order to overcome addiction.
When addicts attend a treatment facility, there will be various treatment techniques used in order to rid the substance of abuse out of the individual. Treatment can last anywhere from 30-days to 90-days depending on the severity of the addiction.
At Discovery Ranch, patients will go through intense addiction treatment and will be accompanied by professional addiction counselors every step of the way. Recovery is always possible and when treatment is combined with proper guidance, support, and empathy, rebounding from drug and alcohol dependency is attainable.
Through providing patients with the tools and resources required in order to obtain long-lasting sobriety, addicts will feel more encouraged throughout the duration of recovery. The proven treatments are designed with the patient in mind and will always be tailored to the uniqueness of the addict. Every addiction is different, just like every addict is different, and at Discovery Ranch, unique recovery plans will better assist addicts in overcoming addiction.
Despite the strong hold that addiction has on an individual, everyone is capable of regaining control once again through the help of treatment. At Discovery Ranch, the betterment of the addict is a priority and those who attend treatment at Discovery Ranch will always be put first.
It’s never too late to seek treatment. Discovery Ranch works with many insurance companies as well, making payment options seamless and straightforward. An addiction counselor will be available to speak with patients about how to go about paying for treatment. Addiction will never get better over time. In fact, it is a progressive disease which means it will only get worse.
The time to get help is now. Contact Discovery Ranch at www.Discoveryranch.Net today and find out how addiction treatment can help.