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As a chronic relapse facility, we treat difficult, advanced stages of addiction that have not been mended in other, shorter-term treatment episodes. Often, for chronic relapse, there are severe mental health disorders that correspond to their substance abuse patterns. If not appropriately treated, these underlying conditions may lend themselves to progressively worse stages of relapse. At Burning Tree Ranch, we acknowledge the vast, multifaceted complexities faced by the chronic relapser and their family. Our long-term treatment center is designed to offer the appropriate amount of time to identify, treat, and recover from chronic addiction in a dual diagnosis setting.
“Time is the wisest counselor of all.”
— Pericles

The Importance of Long-Term Residential Treatment

Choosing an effective long-term treatment program for drug and alcohol addiction is a pivotal step toward recovery. Long-term residential treatment, often spanning three to twelve months, has proven more productive than shorter-term alternatives. This duration allows for comprehensive detoxification, ensuring the body is cleansed of harmful substances in a safe, controlled environment.

The extended period facilitates in-depth therapeutic interventions, including individual and group therapies, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and other evidence-based practices. Such immersion in a therapeutic environment fosters deep introspection, behavioral change, and the development of coping strategies, significantly increasing the likelihood of long-lasting recovery.

The Process of Long-Term Inpatient Rehab

The journey within long-term inpatient rehab is meticulously structured to maximize recovery outcomes. Initially, the focus is on detoxification, a critical phase that can span more than ten days, depending on the individual’s specific needs and substance abuse history. Following detox, patients gradually transition into a more liberated phase within the treatment facility. This phase involves active participation in various therapeutic activities, skill-building workshops, and educational sessions designed to address the root causes of addiction.

As patients progress, they gain greater freedom and responsibility, allowing for a gradual reintegration into daily life. This progression is carefully monitored to ensure readiness for each subsequent phase, with the ultimate aim of empowering individuals to lead responsible, productive lives free from the grip of addiction.

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Our treatment is long-term because it is based on progress. We provide our clients the space and time to make full, permannent recoveries.
~ Brook McKenzie, LCDCI, Chief Operating Officer

Long-Term Treatment: Understanding the Resistance

People with chronic addiction often resist entering long-term treatment for several reasons, and understanding these reasons can help families better support their loved ones in committing to such treatment, especially if previous short-term treatments have resulted in relapse.
Reasons for Resistance to Long-term Treatment:
  • Fear of Change: Addiction can become a central part of an individual’s identity and lifestyle. The prospect of significant life changes that come with recovery can be daunting and frightening.

  • Stigma and Shame: There’s often a stigma associated with addiction and seeking treatment. Individuals might feel ashamed, or fear being judged, which can prevent them from seeking help.

  • Denial: Many individuals with addiction may be in denial about the severity of their problem. They might believe they can control or stop their substance use without long-term treatment.

  • Concerns About Treatment: Fear of withdrawal symptoms, doubts about the effectiveness of treatment, or negative past experiences with treatment can make individuals hesitant to commit to a long-term program.

  • Feelings of Hopelessness: After experiencing relapses, individuals might feel hopeless about their ability to recover, believing that treatment won’t work for them.

Who Benefits Most from Long-Term Inpatient Treatment?

Individuals with prolonged addiction histories or those unable to maintain sobriety following short-term treatments are prime candidates for long-term inpatient rehab. This treatment modality is particularly effective for individuals with dual diagnoses, where substance abuse co-occurs with mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. 

The extended stay provides ample time to comprehensively address both the addiction and the co-occurring mental health issues, leading to a more robust and sustainable recovery. The immersive nature of long-term treatment allows for a more nuanced understanding of each patient’s unique challenges, facilitating tailored interventions that address the multifaceted nature of addiction.

How Families Can Support a Decision for Long-term Treatment

  • Education and Open Communication: Educate yourselves about addiction and treatment options. Communicate openly and non-judgmentally with your loved one about the benefits of long-term treatment.

  • Express Concern Without Blame: Share your concerns in a loving and supportive way, without blaming or shaming the individual. Focus on the positive aspects of recovery and how it can improve their life.

  • Encourage Small Steps: Encourage your loved one to take small steps towards treatment. This could include visiting treatment facilities, talking to a counselor, or attending a support group meeting.

  • Provide Emotional Support: Offer unconditional emotional support. Let them know that you are there for them, regardless of their decision, and that their recovery journey is important to you.

  • Involve Professionals: Consider involving addiction professionals, such as therapists or intervention specialists, who can provide guidance and help in encouraging your loved one to seek long-term treatment.

  • Set Healthy Boundaries: Establish boundaries that protect your well-being and clearly communicate these to your loved one. Boundaries can also help reduce enabling behaviors.

  • Model Healthy Behavior: Show through your actions the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Encourage activities that promote well-being and joy that don’t involve substance use.

Comparing Treatment Options: Long-term vs. Short-term Addiction Treatment

Comparing treatment options, particularly long-term vs. short-term addiction treatment, involves examining the intensity and duration of care, which significantly impact recovery outcomes. Long-term treatment programs typically extend 90 days or more, providing an immersive environment for deep therapeutic engagement essential for those with severe or chronic addiction. They offer a sustained period for detox, therapy, and life-skills training, leading to a more robust foundation for sobriety. 

Short-term programs, often lasting 30 to 90 days, can be effective for milder addictions and as a starting point for treatment, focusing on immediate detox and initial steps toward recovery. However, they may not provide the same depth of care or relapse prevention strategies as long-term programs, which can be crucial for long-lasting recovery, especially for individuals with complex needs or a history of relapse.

Proper Diagnosis at Our Long-term Treatment Facility

Burning Tree addresses co-occurring disorders that may have blocked our clients from achieving recovery in previous, shorter-term treatment episodes. We do this in an intimate, progress-based setting that integrates world-class clinical interventions with useful, esteem-building life skills. Our clients undergo advanced psychological screenings, clinical evaluations, and medical assessments to determine the best, most tailored treatment plans for their needs.

For someone struggling with chronic relapse, less therapy and less treatment are not the answer. Chronic relapses need a community that encourages accountability, proper treatment, and a design for living fully. If you want to learn more about Burning Tree Ranch’s authentic, long-term approach, call our admissions team to learn more.

Types Of Addiction Treated at Long-Term Rehab Programs

Long-term rehab programs are structured to treat a wide array of substance use disorders, providing essential services for those requiring intensive, round-the-clock treatment. These programs are particularly suited for individuals with moderate to severe addiction issues, delivering a comprehensive suite of evidence-based therapies and support.

Here are the types of addictions that long-term rehab programs are equipped to treat:
  • Alcohol Addiction: Continuous care to address the physical and psychological dependencies of alcohol.


  • Opioid Addiction: Including prescription painkillers and heroin, with a focus on both medical and behavioral interventions.


  • Stimulant Addiction: Treatment for substances such as methamphetamine and cocaine, which often requires an extended period of care for effective recovery.


  • Benzodiazepine Addiction: Addressing the complexities of withdrawal and recovery from tranquilizers and sedatives.


  • Marijuana Addiction: Although often perceived as less severe, marijuana addiction is also addressed, considering the unique challenges it presents.


  • Prescription Drug Addiction: Including treatment for misuse of medications such as ADHD drugs, antidepressants, and others.


  • Dual Diagnosis: Specialized care for those with co-occurring mental health disorders alongside substance abuse

Treatment Approach for Lasting Recovery

Burning Tree Ranch specializes in long-term residential rehab for chronic relapses, offering a unique blend of therapeutic approaches and principles to foster lasting recovery. The program is specifically designed for individuals facing severe addiction challenges, often accompanied by complex mental health issues.

Critical aspects of the treatment at Burning Tree Ranch include:

These methods collectively contribute to an effective, long-term recovery process, catering specifically to the needs of individuals who have struggled with repeated relapses and require a more comprehensive treatment approach.

Benefits of Traveling to A Long-Term Treatment Center

Traveling to a long-term treatment center can be a transformative step in an individual’s journey to recovery. Opting for a rehab facility away from one’s local environment offers several benefits that can enhance the treatment experience.

When individuals travel to a rehab program, they:
  • Remove Themselves from Toxic Environments: Travel allows individuals to distance themselves from environments or social circles that may trigger substance use.

  • Commit to the Recovery Process: Being far from home can reinforce the commitment to the program, minimizing the temptation of leaving early.

  • Experience Privacy and Anonymity: Attending a program away from familiar surroundings can provide a sense of privacy, which is crucial for many during recovery.

  • Access Specialized Programs: Certain regions may offer specialized programs that better fit an individual’s unique recovery needs.

  • Gain New Perspectives: Being in a new location can offer fresh experiences and perspectives that aid in the healing process.

  • Focus on Recovery Without Distractions: Distance from everyday stresses allows individuals to focus solely on their recovery without external pressures.

Traveling for treatment often signifies a new beginning, providing a physical and symbolic separation from old habits and a chance to rebuild in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Get Help Today!

As a chronic relapse facility, we treat difficult, advanced stages of addiction that have not been mended in other, shorter-term treatment episodes. Oftentimes, for chronic relapsers, there are severe mental health disorders that correspond to their substance abuse patterns. If not appropriately treated, these underlying conditions may lend themselves to progressively worse stages of relapse. At Burning Tree Ranch, we acknowledge the vast, multifaceted complexities faced by the chronic relapser and their family. Our program is designed to offer the appropriate amount of time to identify, treat, and recover from chronic addiction in a dual diagnosis setting.

Burning Tree clients come from all over the nation. Many have been to 5, 10, and even 25 treatment programs. Some have been to fewer, some more. Regardless of the number, all have one thing in common: they have not been able to achieve meaningful, long-term sobriety. Most programs in the nation feature short, 30 to 90-day treatment episodes. Some may claim more extended treatment periods, but those time frames are typically inflated by counting outpatient, not inpatient days. 

At Burning Tree Ranch, we consider long-term treatment to include a minimum of 8 to 9 months of intensive, residential inpatient treatment. Burning Tree measures clinical benchmarks, not calendar days, as a strictly progress-based treatment center. If the patient has not reached the expected therapeutic milestones, treatment completion becomes an open-ended process, and the patient only moves forward once ready.

If you or a loved one has faced the cycle of chronic relapse, it’s time to consider a proven path to long-term recovery. Contact Burning Tree Ranch today to learn how our specialized long-term treatment program can provide the comprehensive support and care needed to achieve and maintain lasting sobriety.

Our Chronic relapse therapies

Burning Tree Ranch utilizes
addiction medicine to aid in the diagnosis, treatment and recovery of persons with the disease of addiction.

A form of goal-oriented therapy that helps our clients understand how their thoughts affect their actions, leading to healthier thinking patterns and behaviors.

An evidence-based psychotherapy approach that helps our clients better manage stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others.

An interactive psychotherapy
technique that helps our clients reduce the emotional distress caused by the unresolved pain associated with trauma.

An experiential therapy that imparts physical, cognitive, and emotional benefit to our clients as they engage the important work of establishing lifelong recovery.

A form of positive psychotherapy that helps our clients clarify their values and connect with their authentic selves, leading to a greater sense of self-worth and empowerment.

A humanistic form of psychotherapy that helps our clients concentrate on the present moment, and engage the
opportunity to they have increase
personal freedom and fulfillment.

Facilitated by a licensed clinician, group therapy helps our clients develop improved communication skills, boundaries, and self-awareness in a therapeutic setting.

We take into account the whole
person, not just the addiction. Our holistic approach enables our clients to discovery well-being for the mind, body, and spirit.

The goal of individual therapy is to motivate the client to explore certain behaviors that may interfere with, delay, or sabotage the opportunity to achieve permanent, lifelong recovery.

A form of psychotherapy that helps our clients re-build relationships with loved ones, and establish new relationships with a healthy support group of peers.

Neurofeedback Therapy is a noninvasive treatment designed to instruct patients as to how to control brainwave activity in order to change behaviors.

The Twelve Steps teach our clients how to live by a set of spiritual principles that are taught in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.



LMSW, LCDC | Counselor
Kristina Robertson serves as Counselor at Burning Tree Ranch. Holding both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Social Work, Kristina’s greatest joy is “watching our clients learn to love themselves again.” An avid equestrian, mother to twenty-one horses, and all-around animal lover, Kristina serves as a bright shining example of long-term recovery in action. Her commitment to whole person health: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual makes her an invaluable member of the Burning Tree Ranch clinical team. As a distinguished Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Zeta member, Kristina believes deeply in each client’s pursuit of becoming their best selves.

"A Message To Families"

Brook McKenzie, LCDCI, Chief Operating Officer