What To Expect

Recovery from addiction is hard work. Adjusting to the structure and environment of a residential treatment center can be difficult. Your loved one may experience anxiety, uncertainty, and even resistance to the big changes that occur during the first couple of weeks in treatment. Our staff are skilled in offering firm and compassionate support during this transition period. You can support your loved one in their recovery by encouraging them to follow through with the commitment to change that brought them into treatment.

Your loved one will be processing through difficult life experiences; learning about chemical dependency, communication skills, healthy boundaries, and alternative methods for coping with stress; as well as developing an action plan that will help them live a life free of substance abuse. If there is a co-occurring psychiatric diagnosis, such as anxiety or depression, your loved one will also be learning how to manage this condition without the use of drugs or alcohol. As you might imagine, this is a lot to accomplish in a relatively short amount of time. Recovery is a process that begins in treatment and continues well beyond discharge. Follow-through with participation in our after-care program as well as recommendations for outpatient care and the discharge plan are key components to long-term success.

Taking Care of YOU

Addiction impacts you, as well as your loved one. It can cause physical, emotional, mental, and financial strain on every person involved. We encourage you to take this time to find support and guidance for yourself. The stronger and healthier you are, the better you will be able to support your loved one. The more educated you are, the better you will be able to provide the kind of support that can truly empower recovery.

Support groups for family members, such as Al-Anon, can be a valuable resource. Working with your own therapist can help you define your own healthy boundaries, discover effective coping skills, and develop an action plan that is supportive of you.

Family Encounter Weekend

WHEN: Last Saturday & Sunday of every month.  Confirm dates with staff.

WHERE: Ripple Recovery Ranch


9AM – 12PM – Programming
12PM-1:30PM – Lunch (Provided On-Site)
1:30PM-5PM – Programming
5PM-6PM – Dinner (Off-Site for Family Members)

9AM-12PM – Programming
12PM-1PM – Lunch (Provided On-Site)
1PM-5PM – Visitation


Candlewood Suites San Antonio N – Stone Oak Area
21103 Encino Commons Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78259
(210) 545-247

Courtyard San Antonio North/Stone Oak at Legacy (Click for Ripple Recovery Ranch Special Rate $109)
1803 E Sonterra Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78259
(210) 545-3100

Hyatt Place San Antonio-North/Stone Oak
1610 E Sonterra Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78258
(210) 545-2810

Hilton Garden Inn New Braunfels
1501 Interstate 35 North
New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 620-4200

 Family Involvement

Our program values the participation of family members. Upon completion of the treatment plan, clients and their family members or other loved ones are encouraged to work together in weekly family therapy sessions, either by phone or on-site. In order for counselors or other staff to communicate with family members, consent must be granted by the client. Please know that if family therapy sessions are not scheduled, it is because the client has chosen not to receive this service. If communication is not initiated by our facility or phone calls are not returned by counselors, it is because we do not have consent to do so. We must, by law, respect the wishes of our clients in this regard.

We strongly recommend participation in our monthly Family Weekend Encounter. This program offers intensive education about chemical dependency and other issues that contribute to this complex condition, as well as interactive activities to encourage healthy communication. Please note that this weekend is not intended for individual family therapy sessions. If there are special circumstances that require this, arrangements must be made with counseling staff prior to the family weekend.  Additionally, family programming is offered every Sunday from 1-2pm, followed by visitation from 2-5pm.

Recommended Reading

CoDependent No More by Melodie Beatty

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No
to Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud, John

Addiction: Why Can’t They Just Stop? by John
Hoffman and others

Addict in the Family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and
Recovery by Beverly Conyers

Please observe the following to ensure safety and confidentiality of all:

1. Cell phones not allowed.
2. Visitors not allowed in residential building.
3. Smoking allowed only in designated area.
4. Children must be attended at all times. Please discuss age-appropriateness with counselor prior to bringing children.
5. Check-in at the big metal building upon arrival.
6. If you are bringing personal items for your loved one, please give them to a staff member at check-in.

Thank you for your cooperation and participation.