Local treatment center helps more than 100,000 people in 50 years
YAKIMA, Wash. - Sundown M. Ranch is a drug and alcohol addiction treatment center here in Yakima that opened back in 1968.
Over the years, they have helped more than 100,000 men, women, children and even families throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Sundown M. Ranch Executive Director Scott Munson said 50 years ago, a group of local men saw the community needed a place to go to get sober.
"All of us are aware of individuals in our lives whether it's family members, co-workers or friends whose lives have been touched by addiction and the devastation caused by that," Munson said.
This ranch is the first residential alcoholism treatment program in Washington state and the first program in the state to provide inpatient services for women. Munson said it's also the first and one of the only programs to house families.
"What was discovered was the true value of having families on the campus, involved in the program and really immersed in what's going on," he said.
Munson was a patient himself back in 1985 and he said he has seen how addictions have changed over the years from cocaine to meth to the opioid epidemic today.
He said it has become their biggest challenge and most of the time people are addicted to not one but multiple drugs.
"The thing we continue to see is that we learn more and more about addiction we learn more and more how to treat it," Munson said. "The one thing we see is it's becoming more and more complicated everyday."
Sundown M. Ranch is hosting a public open house Sunday March 4 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. to celebrate 50 years. They will be sharing history of the ranch and giving tours around the facility to show the public what happens there.
The ranch is located at 2280 State Route 821, Yakima, WA 98901.