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El Rancho de la Vida

Conditions for admission to Andersson Ranch:  

ERDLV’s Andersson Ranch -is a voluntary six month SUD treatment and housing program for adult men and women aged 21 and older. You will need to be completely detoxed from certain substances prior to admission and have no major medical conditions that require frequent attention or intervention. You must be substance-free throughout your stay at The Ranch -EXCEPT legally prescribed medications. 

Upon admission you will be engaged in the intake process which will include a full Biopsychosocial clinical assessment and form and complete (with your counselor) an initial global treatment plan, which you will form with our clinical team that will be updated every 30 days to reflect your clinical progress and life goals, as well as treatment goals and working with-in our Phase system. 

First 45 Days of Residential SUD  treatment: Category I

You will be on orientation for the first 2 weeks after admission, to get accustomed to the house, your housemates and your clinical stages of change. During this time you will be in a (Category I) 45 day intensive period when admitted to ERDLV where you will participate in all programming, adhere to our rules and receive at least 1 hour of 1:1 SUD counseling weekly. You will have completed your orientation  phase of treatment and applied for  Phase I which will be completed within 45 days of your stay at The Ranch. During your first 45 days you will attend and participate in at least 14 hours of ADL/DBT and clinical groups and attend all community based pro-social events like AA/NA and SMART recovery meetings. At 45 days you will be clinically acceptable to enter our phase II (Category II)  of your stay.

After 45 days of Residential  SUD treatment; Category II

At that point of your treatment (45 days) you will apply for phase II and will transition into a less intensive period of treatment where you will work on Phase II protocols and conditions( including) finding and working at a part-time (20-40 hours per week)  job or enrolled in School. You will continue to apply and move up in phases and receive weekly SUD 1:1 counseling and continue to attend and participate in at least 14 hours per week of ADL / CBT groups as well as didactic training in various topics,such as relationships and life skills and clinical groups. All while you learn how to live independently toward your goal of True  independent living- and (hopefully) move on to Our step down facility at Shiller Ranch Recovery residence - or move into housing appropriate for your level of Care.  

Andersson Ranch will not admit any individual who:

  • Needs medical or Nursing services on a regular basis.
  • Has a communicable disease or infection, extensive and/or grossly infected wounds, unless the individual is receiving medical treatment for the condition and the admission is approved by the admission staff.
  • Is intoxicated or detoxing from alcohol, benzodiazepines, or any other substance that is not quelled by MAT.
  • Is under 21 years of age.
  • Is displaying uncontrolled violent behavior or has violent charges such as DV or assault charges. It is at the discretion of management and staff to not admit you based on our house rules.
  • Has an unstable diabetic regimen.
  • Has an unstable cardiac condition.
  • Has an unstable renal or hypertensive condition.
  • You are not ambulatory (cannot walk without crutches or wheelchair). 
  • Has a disability that requires an ADA wheelchair access as ERDLV is an older building that cannot accommodate a wheelchair. You will be referred to a program that meets your ADA accessibility needs (if possible). .

El Rancho de la Vida  is a two tiered 6 Month SUD residential treatment facility. The first 45 days are intensive and after clinical assessment you may apply for and move to phase II or be allowed to continue intensive treatment to stay in Category I for up to 45 more days, based on clinical assessment with appropriate sign off by LADC, CCS - OR- you will be referred to a higher level of care. 

For more information please go to or call 207-387-0101  

Before You Begin

Before you apply, here's what you will need in order to move in:

  • A deposit may be required at move-in.  We accept vouchers, credit or debit, cash, no personal checks.

  • We Now accept MaineCare!

  • The deposit can be used to hold an open bed and is applied toward your first month's rent.

  • We recommend medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for anti-craving such as Suboxone or Vivitrol.

  • We recommend a peer support navigator and attending intensive outpatient (IOP).

  • You will need to keep busy, this may be a job, school, volunteering, or something else.

  • We try to keep a stocked pantry, but you are responsible for your own food. We suggest acquiring SNAP benefits if you think you will have trouble affording food.

  • We will do our best to help you get everything you need.

  • If you need a pick-up, please let us know.

What's included

  • Bedding and towels

  • Toiletries

  • In-house laundry

  • Recovery coach available 24/7, and limited case management support

  • You will be assigned a 1:1 individual Drug and alcohol counselor

  • Four + counselor led groups in-house per week.

  • House activities including music and meetings, and more coming soon

  • Mandatory Sunday house meeting including Ranch dinner @6pm

  • We have a base monthly rent, but we want to work with anyone to come up with a rent that they can afford

  • MaineCare accepted  

  • Financial assistance is available

If you have any questions about our program, please do not hesitate to call us at 207-387-0101