82% Success Rate Among Graduates – 82
The Liberty Ranch Recovery Center is an affordable alternative to residential treatment centers and hospital based programs. Instituted over 24 years ago, our program is designed to help residents develop the tools necessary to maintain long-term sobriety. Those who graduate our program, typically taking up to one year, must fill out an exit plan/aftercare plan as part of their continued program of recovery. Each plan is tailor made to fit the individual and focuses on what he or she needs to do in order to better transition into the world while maintaining their sobriety. A big part of the aftercare is remaining involved in the facility and a continued participation in groups and house functions. Some of these include but are not limited to: sponsorship of residents, facilitating groups for both newcomers and senior members, attending graduate AA meetings held twice monthly, participating in family meetings, and fellowship with one another. The continued involvement with the facility enables us to collect and analyze conclusive and concrete information from all 62 men and women graduates.

We define our graduate success rate on the following standard: People who have not relapsed, and have maintained multiple years of sobriety. This is an important differentiator as many hospital based programs and residential treatment centers define their success after only a few weeks or months of sobriety and some consider completion of the 30 day program itself a success. Success rates in the short-term are completely unpredictable and almost impossible to collect due to a number of different factors: the number of people in and out of 30-90 day treatment centers is astronomical, most people do not answer the phone call when contacted, and even if they did, how would anyone know for certain if the answers they gave are truthful?

The Liberty Ranch is not a residential treatment facility. We cannot utilize the data from candidates who completed 30, 60, or 90 day programs either, however, we are easily able to track the progress of those who complete our long-term graduate program because of their continued involvement with the facility and with each other after leaving.

What makes us different? Affordability, effectiveness, and being able to offer a long-term program that has proven itself to work, time and again, for over 24 years.

In February of 2014, The Liberty Ranch staff spoke with all 62 men and women who had completed the long-term graduate program. Our purpose was to collect data and determine the success rates of those who had done so. The following are the results that we found:

The following percentages represent graduates that remained clean and sober for a year or more after leaving the facility.

• Male Graduates: 82% success rate. 28 of 34 male graduates remain sober.
• Female Graduates: 81% success rate. 17 of 21 female graduates remain sober.
• Combined Male and Female Graduates: 82% success rates. 45 of 55 male and female graduates remain sober.

*4 male graduates and 3 female graduates were excluded from the results because they had not been out of the facility for a year, but are still clean and sober.

Out of the 10 graduates that relapsed, seven (7) did so within a year after leaving the facility. What this tells us is that the first year after leaving is the most difficult and turbulent. Those that relapsed did not follow the criteria set forth
in their exit/aftercare plans. The other three (3) that relapsed did so after two (2) years of sobriety and are explained below.

We found that those men and women graduates who followed through with the criteria in their exit/aftercare plans are the ones who remained clean and sober. When we looked only at those men and women graduates who relapsed
after 2 years of sobriety outside the facility, the results showed an even higher success rate.

• Male Graduates: 97% success rate. Those who reached 2 or more years of sobriety are still clean and sober today. 1 of 34 male graduates relapsed after the 2 year mark.
• Female Graduates: 90% success rate. Those who reached 2 or more years of sobriety are still clean and sober today. 2 of 21 female graduates relapsed after the 2 year mark.
• Combined Male and Female Graduates: 95% success rate. Those who have reached 2 or more years of continuous sobriety outside the facility are still clean and sober today. Only 3 of 55 male and female graduates relapsed.

The Liberty Ranch was opened in 2006 by owner and CEO, Larry Luttrell. All data collected spans the 8 years of our existence in Kentucky. The Liberty House, our sister facility in Los Angeles, has been using the same structure and program since the fall of 1994. It was developed in 1990 by Larry Luttrell and Perry Petaccia while working together at New Life House in Torrance, CA. The graduate success rate for Liberty House spans over two decades and includes 239 graduates.

The statistics compiled by the Liberty House staff are as follows:

84% success rate. 200 of 239 graduates remain clean and sober today. Some of them having over 19 years of sobriety