About Ranch Rehab for Behavioral Addiction Recovery
Life Skills Recovery Ranch is located on the Double Dollar, a working ranch operation located in central Utah. For over 30 years the Double Dollar Ranch has produced the highest quality in each of its endeavors, including but not limited to: breeding competitive roping horses, horse training program, yearly series of professional team roping events, purebred Angus cattle, Corrientes/Longhorn cross breeding program to produce their own roping cattle and farming/soil management with their own extensive composting operation. The compost takes manure from the ranches feed lot operation and turns it into high quality fertilizer for the farm and 1000’s of acres of grazing land. The production itself of all these items on the ranch is not the purpose behind the operation, but rather the lifestyle that it offers.
A ranching lifestyle is based on hard work and also the satisfaction of watching as the hard work “pays off”. Whether it is the first sign of growth in the field, the progress made in horse training, or the completion of a new fence, there lies one of the greatest feelings known to man – ACCOMPLISHMENT. This was the lifestyle, rich in heritage, that Greg Kesler was raised in and wished to offer his children and others, and therefore started this program 28 years ago.
It is his beliefs and that of many others that this way of life holds the innate benefits of building a strong sense of responsibility, assertiveness, accomplishment, integrity and work ethic, each of which has long been recognized as the core to a healthy and productive life. Working daily in the accountability of ranching establishes a natural opportunity to develop these skills along with the assurance and self-esteem of achievement. Accomplishing the various daily chores in a team work setting creates confidence and provides many “teachable moments” daily. These real world experiences build lasting life skills while dealing with challenging and solution focused situations in life.
For over two decades, Greg Kesler and his family have welcomed to their working ranch, young adult men that were experiencing substance abuse or behavioral issues which were restricting them in their transition into adulthood. Many of these Intern alumni express deep gratitude for the experience of a safe, supportive and structured environment while building a connection with the land and animals at the ranch as well as learning appreciation for a job well done. They identify that these feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment, through hard work and creating with their own hands has built a solid foundation for success in their recovery for life. With 28 continuous years in working with young men on a family request basis, over 90% have successfully completed the Life Skills program and have transitioned into substance free and independent productive lifestyles.
It was with the encouragement of a primary therapist at Cirque Lodge and others within the recovery community/industry that Greg Kesler and KayLynn Clawson decided to formalize this experience of a healing lifestyle so that other’s in early recovery may have the opportunity of benefiting from this real life ranch experience.
Life Skills Recovery Ranch is licensed as a Substance Abuse / Recovery Residence #23803.
For more information about our Ranch, please visit the Double Dollar Livestock Ranch Website.
A “program” where the MEN are initially seen by a Medical Doctor within the first weeks at the ranch (as appointments are feasible). LSRR facilitates the first appointment with a medical doctor and will cover the transportation if within an hour’s distance. If medications are needed then the sponsors are responsible for transferring the prescriptions to Dr. Jerald B. Taylor, Central Valley Medical Center, in Nephi, UT. (435)623-3000. We prefer medications be filled in Delta, UT at the ShopCo Pharmacy (435)864-2500. But you are welcome to bring them on visits or have them mailed to us. All medical deductibles are the responsibility of the sponsor and the intern, and may be paid out of pocket or in conjunction with their medical insurance. If any other medical appointments are needed in the future, again we will facilitate the interns getting to their appointment but all fees incurred in recovery are the responsibility of the intern and his sponsors. If new medications are recommended by Dr. Taylor, opposed to what a previous Doctor has recommended then that decision of meds is strictly between the Doctor and the intern/sponsor. LSRR’s responsibility is only to help in the daily dispensing of the medications as directed by the intern/sponsor and possible doctor. Travel to doctor appointments, other than the initial one is a flat $60, payable to LSRR . This is to try to cover the expenses of a staff member and vehicle and fuel to over an hour each direction to any doctor appointment. If it is necessary to go out of this area, then there may be an additional fee to go further north.
A “program” where sponsors will facilitate making the dental appointments and LSRR will provide transportation to and from the appointment but LSRR does not provide this service or is not responsible for any fee associated with this service. We recommend they are seen every six months for dental check ups. Our closest and very competent dentist is Dr. Larsen and Dr. Stevenson right here in Holden, UT and their number is (435)795-2306. Please make the appointments in conjunction with our staff to make sure that the intern can make it to any appointment. Again, LSRR is just recommending you don’t let your intern’s teeth go completely unattended while they are in our program. If it is necessary to go further than Holden or Fillmore for dental appointments a travel/fuel fee will also need to be charged.
A “program” where a Service Plan is written by the LSRR staff in conjunction with a licensed therapist. We prefer to work with Kristy Lee Zufelt, BCBA, CMHC of Lotus Counseling in Nephi, Utah. The initial service plan and evaluation of prior records is complimentary but if an evaluation is needed (because one has not been done prior to admission to LSRR) then there will be a fee. After the service plan is determined by visiting with sponsors (usually by phone) and the intern and any prior mental health professionals then all future appointments with the therapist are between the sponsor, the intern and the therapist. All payments for those services will be paid directly to the therapist. We facilitate a place here at the ranch for those private visits.
A “program” where we have one of our Life Skills coaches work alongside the men, and as time allows, occasionally take them to their NA meetings on Thursday nights (held in Fillmore, UT about 23 minutes away). Our life skill coaches are able to talk with and “counsel” the men in a very informal setting. This method is very effective along with their exponential learning they do daily. These services are part of our program and are included. These are not clinical services, but we do work with each man on goal setting and 12-step program. Each young man is responsible for his own progress in their 12-step recovery. But we encourage them to work through at least one step a month.
A “program” where communal living teaches men to share and have relationships with other adults. This is an exponential program where experiences that build self-esteem and confidence are used more in training than the group and individual therapy sessions.
Our staff has been trained in the basic proper dispensing of medications to our interns. However, we are not professional medical personal and in most cases are only familiar with basic medications. It is the responsibility of the intern and his sponsors to relay all pertinent information on all medications; what they are prescribed for, their proper dispensing and their side effects to look for. We need to know the day that the medications were first started and the doctor’s plan for long term use, or the weaning plan for the meds. We are trained in basic medication disbursement by a licensed nurse.