The Ridge Ohio Philosophy
The Ridge is a premium care, 12-step drug and alcohol treatment center in rural Cincinnati. It’s located on 51 scenic acres, which provides anonymity and comfort for clients in the recovery process. Many know us as the premier non-hospital program in the Midwest. With only 15 beds, we are able to provide intensive, focused treatment that includes CBT, education on the disease of addiction and how to manage it, frequent family groups and 1 year of aftercare for relapse prevention. We also have a psychiatrist on staff for mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, PTSD and bipolar disorder. Our unique aspects include: Physician management led by a board-certified addictionologist, intensive family participation, 13-month length (including aftercare), frequent exercise/recreation, healthy hearty chef-prepared meals and the ability to privately care for our clients needs.
Areas of Specialization
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
The addiction specialists at The Ridge combine 12-step programs with CBT in order to help patients understand and accept they have an addiction, they must learn to manage, rationally, in a focused, deliberate manner. Cognitive behavioral therapy enables clients to recognize patterns of drug and alcohol abuse, and equips them with the knowledge and power to avoid relapse during aftercare.
Recreation and Nutrition
While achieving sobriety is the clients’ first priority, it’s essential they regain health and wellness. A healthy body feels more comfortable, energetic, and balanced, contributing to the continuance of a sober lifestyle. The Ridge helps achieve this thru a balanced program of nutrition and exercise. We also have recreational activities outside of the ridge that allow clients to have fun again without using.
Research shows the odds of successful, sustained addiction recovery are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Thus, The Ridge averages 6 family groups per month. Drug and alcohol addiction often has genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics often play a role in addiction, and it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
The Midwest’s Most Focused Care
We are a small addiction recovery facility with only 15 beds. Our strong staff-to-patient ratio ensures each client has sufficient attention from our talented and experienced staff of physicians, nurses, and credentialed chemical-dependency counselors.
Our founding Physicians made sure our program features 1 year of aftercare, for those able to access it, immediately following the Ridge (one 90-minute meeting per week for 52 weeks), since they believe the best way to avoid relapse is to continue long-term therapy. We do not charge extra for after so there is no hardship to attend. Our recovery statistics are much higher for those who complete aftercare vs. those who do not.
Specialty in discreetly treating executives and professionals
Serene 51-acre estate
Extensive recreation & exercise activities
Healthy, nutritious meals crafted by on-site chef
Emphasis on education for patients and their families
Only 15 beds means the Midwest’s most focused treatment
Physician-designed and managed treatment program
Options to use medication assisted treatment "MAT" for opiate addiction
If you are suffering from the disease of addiction and want to get better, the Ridge is the place for you. The program is superbly designed, offering a truly comprehensive, personalized, holistic approach to recovery. The staff is excellent; the counselors, for example, are extremely knowledgeable, caring individuals. The attention paid to the whole individual -- including everything from nutrition & exercise to building a social support network (all of which foster the process of long-term recovery) -- is likewise very impressive. The gratitude I feel for the experience I had at the Ridge is beyond words. All I can really say is that if you are reading this and feel trapped inside the private hell of addiction, or if you are a concerned loved one who wants to help but doesn't quite know how, please consider the Ridge. I know because it saved my life, and set me upon a path of purpose and meaning, which previously I never thought was possible.- David O.
The Ridge was definitely different from what I expected. Everyone was very nice upon my arrival. The care and treatment was different in that they educated me about my addiction. They taught me that it was not a "moral" mistake that I was making, but a disease that could be treated with willingness, therapy, and time. The facility is beautiful and the staff members are respectful, kind, and some are recovering also. I'm glad I choose The Ridge as a step in my recovery.- Michelle S.
Today, I am free from drugs and alcohol. I attended a treatment at the Ridge Inpatient facility in the fall of 2013. You may wondering if this program is right for you or your loved one. I can not answer this question for you. I can only share my experience, strength and hope that I may help you find your answer. You may ask an addict why he or she uses. I am not surprised that they can not answer with a response that is fully satisfactory. It is not in logic or personal gain that I had made the decision to use and to this day I feel that it is a question that can not be answered with certainty. However, our concern is not with the question, nor is it with the problems and issues of a life ravaged by drug abuse. At the Ridge Inpatient and Northland Outpatient Programs the goal at hand is the solution. I will not ramble about the high quality staff or the latest information made available to the patients and family members, which is not to say that it is not deserved. I will only say that it has worked for me. Please do not be dissuaded or convinced by anyone but I urge you to do your research and find the answer for yourself. Remember one thing above all else; We are fighting the disease not the person.- Andrew W.
I cannot say enough good things about The Ridge. The doctors, counselors, techs are all fantastic. They are friendly, competent and knowledgeable. The entire staff made me feel at ease. The information I learned from the staff at The Ridge was instrumental in helping me to understand my addiction as a disease and not a personal flaw or weakness. The small number allows the staff to really focus on your problems and solutions. Being a part of the mental health field, my anonymity was extremely important to me. The Ridge handled all of my affairs with my employer and my insurance company in a professional and confidential manner. If you want a program that will work with you and your family to teach you about addiction then you have found it here. I highly recommend taking a look at The Ridge if you are looking for drug or alcohol addiction treatment.- Bruce C.
As one of the largest intervention companies in the country, The Ridge has been a key resource in helping our intervention clients start new lives in recovery. We have visited the center on multiple occasions and they have always been very kind and welcoming. The accommodations are spectacular and well maintained. The clinical levels of care are top notch. I would recommend any client to the Ridge and feel more than comfortable with the overall experience. Keep up the great work and we appreciate all that you do!- Thomas F.
I just lost a close friend to suicide as a result of his addiction. He went to a shorter term treatment center that also had short term follow up. Addiction recovery doesn't happen short term. I have another friend who used The Ridge and then did their follow up at Northland. The follow up at Northland was for a full year. She has been clean and sober for over two years now and has just completed her bachelors degree.- Jamey S.
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