In Balance Ranch Academy
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In Balance Ranch Academy is a program that FamilyLight sm holds in high regard. We are currently placing abbreviated reviews on as many high quality schools and programs as possible, in response to the utilization pattern we see on this website. We want to indicate our confidence in as many good programs as possible, planning to return with more detail later.
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Balance Ranch Academy is a clinically intensive program for boys in the
mid teen age range, focused on twelve-step recovery. We believe it comes
closer to meeting our
2010 Guidelines on Addiction and Substance Abuse
2010 Guidelines on Twelve Step Programming than any other school or
program. Input from Patrick Barasso, founder of In Balance Ranch
Academy, strongly influenced the development of those guidelines. The
services are comparable to what in most states would be designated a
Residential Treatment Center (RTC) or in New York or Pennsylvania a
Residential Treatment Facility (RTF).
While we welcome that
In Balance Ranch Academy operates very closely to our current Guidelines
on Addiction and Substance Abuse Programming and our Guidelines on
Twelve Step Programming, we are uncertain that we are fully aligned
especially with respect to the manner the program supports young people
who are at the milder end of the addiction spectrum and are not
initially finding support in twelve step work. We have not heard anyone
representing In Balance Ranch Academy to refer to the
between addiction-1 and addiction-2 that figures prominently in our
guidelines, although we also have not heard specific disagreement about
the thinking behind it. We will learn more as In Balance Ranch Academy
learns of this preliminary review and has the opportunity to review our
While you wait for us to present a more complete review, please look around this website. Look at our Guidelines -- a fairly comprehensive statement of what we believe quality is all about. If you come to a search and planning process with limited experience, this is an opportunity for you to find some principles to measure schools and programs against.
Disclaimer: No program review, no matter how positive, is a blanket endorsement. No criticism is a blanket condemnation. When we express our level of confidence in a school or program, that is our subjective opinion with which others might reasonably disagree. When we assert something as fact, we have done our best to be accurate, but we cannot guarantee that all of our information is accurate and up to date. When we address compliance with our guidelines, you need to remember that these are only OUR guidelines -- not guidelines from an official source. We have also set the bar very high, and do not expect any school or program to be in total compliance. It is not appropriate to draw a conclusion of impropriety (or even failure to live up to conventional wisdom) from our lack of confidence in a school or program or from less than perfect conformity to our guidelines. Some will say we expect too much. Readers are responsible for verifying accuracy of information supplied here prior to acting upon it. We are not responsible for inaccuracies.
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Last updated 1-21-2011
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