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Authentic Long-term Treatment

Progress-Based Treatment For The Chronic Relapser

Burning Tree Ranch is the nation’s only authentic long-term treatment program designed exclusively for the chronic relapser. We utilize 12 Step Immersion, Addiction Medicine, and a host of Evidence Based Practices to help free the chronically addicted person from the cycle of relapse. By providing structure and accountability we aid the chronic relapser in establishing an honest foundation in permanent recovery while preparing them for sobriety outside of treatment. Core principles such as honesty, integrity, and excellence form the basis of our client experience as they achieve readiness to transition into our therapeutically coordinated aftercare program. Graduation ceremonies for our Burning Tree Ranch clients typically correlate with 2 years of continuous sobriety.
“Time is the wisest counselor of all.”
— Pericles

Addiction, Mental Health, and Time

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 the chronic relapser, there are serious mental health disorders that correspond to their substance abuse patterns. If not treated properly, these underlying conditions may lend themselves to progressively worse stages of relapse. At Burning Tree Ranch, we acknowledge the vast, multi-faceted 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 longer periods of treatment, 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. As a strictly progress-based treatment center, Burning Tree measures clinical benchmarks, not calendar days. If the patient has not reached the expected therapeutic milestones, treatment completion becomes an open-ended process, and the patient does not move forward until ready.
Brook McKenzie, COO
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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

Working as a team

"No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it."
– H.E. Luccock
Executing dynamic treatment requires a steadfast commitment to teamwork. We believe that uniting the family with our treatment approach provides the very best opportunity for the chronic relapser to make a full and permanent recovery. For a football team to be successful, the linemen, receivers, and quarterback all have to be on the same page, running the same play. If one of them falters, the game doesn’t come off so well. At Burning Tree Ranch, we coordinate all the players on the loved one’s treatment team to operate as one, expertly trained unit. In this way, when the play is called, the loved ones’ treatment continues to be executed flawlessly.

First things first

First, we help the loved one and family set aside everything they think they know about treatment, inviting them to open their hearts and minds to a brand-new experience. It is helpful to remind our families that their loved ones did not grow sick in a matter of days, nor months. For most, this was a many year’s process. At Burning Tree Ranch, we invite our families to look honestly at their loved one, and honestly at themselves. Above all else, we are seeking permanent, lifetime solutions to a host of very complex issues. For chronic relapse treatment to be successful we require time, teamwork, and honesty. Honesty being chief among them.

Why honesty?

Honesty is the chief ingredient in humility. When we are able to be humble, we are able to be honest. Once we honestly observe the damage caused by chronic addiction, we begin to see clearly that an easy solution will not be had. Surprisingly, letting go of the easier, softer ways can sometimes be difficult hurdles for our clients and families to navigate. On occasion, our families may wander back into the territory of thinking they know best. Utilizing honesty, we invite our families and clients to take a humble inventory of the past, and to look plainly at what brought them here. This thorough evaluation begins to reinform their relationship with honesty, leading to deeper levels of clarity and surrender. In the end, they realize that their ideas have not worked. Finally, they begin to let go, and trust a new process. This is the first step in creating a life of excellence beyond sobriety.

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. Each of 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 relapsers need a community that encourages accountability, proper therapy, 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.

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