Student's Speak


"I do not know how to put into words, let alone return the gifts that I have received through your vision for In Balance ranch. The most important gift that I have received is not a love for equine, 12 step recovery, my identity, nor a motivation to be of service: none of those compare to the depth of the relationships I have formed with my friends, family, self and God. I have been told often that one is lucky to make one deep relationship-I feel blessed to have too many to count! Thank you for showing me this path in life. I feel very grateful to have someone like you in my lit Patrick-you inspire me to answer a higher calling to serve others. My message to all of students: "If you are ever struggling or just feeling down, understand this: no matter what happens, if you can find the courage to perservere; then you will rise our of the ashes a stronger and more fulfilled person than you have ever thought possible! You are all in my thoughts and prayers"-IBRA student

 

"the ranch saved my life"-IBRA student

 

"Love In Balance. Avid supporter of TL, it had given me the tools today to live life to the fullest. Transitioning to life was extremely easy and the only thing that is different today than when I was at TL is my address. Thank you guys"-IBRA student

 

"I don't know how to put into words, let alone return the gifts that I have received through your vision for In Balance ranch. The most important gift that I have received is not a love for equine, 12 step recovery, my identity, nor a motivation to be of service: none of those compare to the depth of the relationships I have formed with my friends, family, self and God. I have been told often that one is lucky to make one deep relationship-I feel blessed to have too many to count!"-IBRA student

 

"The orphan segment of the trip had the largest effect on me. I have grown up doing construction work so that labor had an aspect of nostalgic pride involved. Working with the orphans themselves was life-changing to say the least. It is difficult to describe what went through my personality during the time spent with them but I will leave it by saying that it is astounding that such a pure joy can be born from such a depressive situation"-IBRA Student

 


"Hey Shannon!!

How are you!? How’s everything at the Ranch?! I am writing to update you on how things are going and to thank you for thinking about letting me to come to do some work out there. Things are going better than ever for me, I am currently in the process of getting all the loose ends together so that I can be accepted into the Social Work major at James Madison. This was the main reason why I wasn’t able to make it out there, there was just too much to do in such a short time frame before school starts and my deadlines as well as a family reunion that I had to make it to. I was able to get my 50 hours of shadowing at a place close by to me called Sojourner’s Place, a halfway house/homeless shelter, which I had wonderful experience sitting in on clinical meetings and intakes, leading drug and alcohol groups as well as getting to meet a lot of great people. I thank you for the considering giving me the opportunity as well as everything that you and everyone else at the ranch did for me, I wouldn’t trade it for the world and directly attribute it to where and who I am today! I hope to stay in touch and again thank you.

Much love,
Billy'"

 

"My Peru Experience

Peru was the most influential segment of my ranch stay. The fundraising and team building activities before and created a sense of unity between everyone that went. That was essential. The scheduling of the events was well arranged because we started with an introduction of the history (exploring ruins) and then immersed ourselves into nature. (The Trek) I like nature so, the trek was pretty much a constant state of awe for me. It also opened up opportunities for deepened conversation between everyone on the trip. Seeing the surrounding mountains and having my butt kicked by the hike was a humbling experience that I believe to be an essential part of my process. The ending in Augos Calientes was perfect. Wagner was a good choice and should definitely be included next round. Macchu Picchu was breathe-taking although I suggest hiking the larger of the two mountains next time. The orphan segment of the trip had the largest effect on me. I have grown up doing construction work so that labor had an aspect of nostalgic pride involved. Working with the orphans themselves was life-changing to say the least. It is difficult to describe what went through my personality during the time spent with them but I will leave it by saying that it is astounding that such a pure joy can be born from such a depressive situation. Lake Titicaca was beautiful and centering and being on/in the water again was a much needed sensation. The rafting was fun as hell. Loved it. Time of my life. The only improvements that could be made are including the Amazon rainforest somewhere in the trip and having Patrick and Tony stay through the whole thing.

In Balance Student "

 

"Dear Patrick,

How is everything at the Ranch? I’ve been doing very well in Maine and I’m very glad I made the decision to come to Sober Living house. I’ve been having a blast working the steps with a sponsor and hanging out in a really fun city with lots to do. The freedom is weird to get used to, but once I got my routine down my time and schedule is much more manageable. I miss everyone and would like you to let the guys know I say hi for me. How’s Arizona? Maine has been really nice since I came back and I’m glad to be out of the heat (at least the dry heat) and be back on the water, where I’ve been hanging out a lot lately. I wanted to thank you for giving me the opportunity to come to In Balance and provide such a solid foundation for my recovery and life while living here at the Sober Living house. I would like to come and visit sometime in the future to hopefully help out anyone who’s struggling with their stay or having a tough time in general. After I left I felt compelled to let you guys know things have gone well thus far, for I was provided with care and assistance for nearly a year at the Ranch. I hope all is well and I'll be in touch again soon.

-Sam"

 

"Hey Patrick,

It’s Robby. How are things going with you and the ranch? How is Betsy? Tell her I say hello! I just recently saw Matt on his home visit, and he came to the young peoples meeting that I run in Scottsdale. I have to give him a huge compliment, he was really relaxed and well-behaved, and showed a huge improvement to when I was still at the ranch. I just wanted to write you and see how things were going, as well as thank you for all that you have done for me and my family. The ranch was a blessing for my family and I, and you have a great program going on. Do I agree with everything? ha-ha, no, but I am so happy with who I am today and proud to be a clean and sober member of Narcotics Anonymous and I often look at my ranch photos in my room. I would like to come visit soon if that’s okay, I miss everyone there and of course, my horse. Everything is going very well with me, I am still clean and have a great job and great, supportive friends. I even keep in regular contact with John and Steven. I hope all is well. Write back soon, and again, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be in your program.

Best regards,
Robby"

 

"It has been quite a while since I left in balance, but I still think about the ranch all the time. It wasn’t until I began living outside the bubble of treatment that I realized how valuable all of the things I’d been taught. I am truly grateful for all the time and effort that goes into each student individually. I made some of the best memories of my life there. Although not everyone chooses to stay sober outside of the ranch, I did. I chose to be sincere in my efforts towards sobriety. Although I was not always honest, my time in Arizona turned out to be the most beneficial 11 months of my life. I would appreciate it greatly if you could pass on my thanks to all the staff. Right now I am living on my own in Dickson City PA, outside of Scranton. I have a job, a car, and lots of interesting and loyal friends. I have a sponsor and three sponsees. I’m 18 now, I love my job, I work as a lift attendant at Snow Mountain. My house mates are all in recovery, we have a great time. I enjoy the steps, and there are soooo many young people in recovery. It’s a lot of fun, it’s difficult to comprehend in treatment, but this actually turned out pretty well. Thank Jeff for me; he really helped me out with the steps early on. And the whole Colorado experience. South Africa was also amazing. Life changing. It really opened my eyes to humility, gratitude, and the fact that there is fun to be had in recovery. I know I am kind of rambling, but I haven’t been able to catch up with anyone.

Also I heard about skip. I wish him the best. I truly have faith in his ability to overcome. I remember his message in anger group, and I have confidence in him. Please thank him as well for being there for me, even early on in my stay. Anger group taught me so much; sometimes I feel that I have an emotional advantage because how in touch with my emotions I am.

And to you, I can't even express how much I learned in equine. I am sure you remember back when I couldn't speak up to save my life. Well, I learned boundaries in equine. I learned the difference between being aggressive and assertive. I also learned, that it’s not always about me, and I have to be willing to work with others ... And not just expect.

I didn't think I would type this much, I am writing from my phone. Well I don't know how often you all hear this, but you guys definitely made a difference in my life. I miss and love you all, I would like to come out and see you. Random, but I find it funny; I still have the whole creed memorized.

Hope to hear back soon,
Tony"

 

"Brotherhood to me is not some trivial concept that necessarily has to be therapeutic. In fact, I much prefer the type of brotherhood where the ball bounces off the basketball court and all three of you go and get it together."

 

"The motive behind me doing community service has changed since living at In Balance. My motivation comes from the peace of a productive day, not greed."

 

"From Patrick and Betsy, to the therapists, the chef, night staff, the equine staff, school staff, and the life coaches, the staff is always willing to do anything to help you continue down a good path or lift your spirits if something is wrong."

 

"To understand my value of discipline; ask about me training my horse.
To understand my value of courage; ask me about getting kicked off and jumping right back on again.
To understand my value for respect; ask me how I treat my horse.
To understand my value of compassion; ask me about my conversations with my horse.
To understand my growth; ask me about my time spent during Equine at In Balance."

 

"Progress is tomorrow’s footsteps near the mountain top, compared to the footprints of today, from when you lead your feet to drop. If you have no destination, its true you can’t stray, but no direction means no front, no back, no movement each day."

 

"I had no life before In Balance, I was a waste to myself, my family and this earth. Now I am a gift to myself, my family and this earth."

 

"At first the staff and students are nothing more than strangers, but through the tears, loss, hardships, leaderships, and determination they become your closest friends, your FAMILY, in which you will have everlasting love and care for."

 

"At the Ranch I was always busy, and surprisingly I was always happy. Before I thought it was relaxing that brought me happiness and that is where I fell into my addiction. Now I realize it’s in a productive day that I find happiness."

 

"In Balance offered me a relationship with my family again, I was finally able to see how much they truly loved me and they were finally able to see what I good son I really was."

 

"Working the 12-steps while at the Ranch is very easy; there is never a shortage of sponsors, as we are all here to give one another support."


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