The Ridge Addiction Recovery Center 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.
Meet the Staff
Dr. Marc Whitsett
Dr. Marc Whitsett, M.D., a board certified addictionologist, leads The Ridge’s experienced team of physicians, nurses and chemical dependency counselors. He continues the legacy started by Dr. Jeffrey Stuckert, M.D., of educating our clients about the disease of drug and alcohol addiction and helping clients learn the tools to manage it. His experience in emergency and occupational medicine gives him a strong a foundation in the medical effects of the disease. He is experienced in detox, residential and outpatient treatment and is a researcher exploring various treatment methods. Whitsett was a Clinical Investigator for Phase II FDA trials to get naltrexone (ReVia) approved for use in alcohol dependence. Since addiction still has no known cause, Dr. Whitsett passionately continues to try to find the cause, or as he says “the nugget”. Board certified by the American Boards of Internal and Addiction Medicine, Dr. Whitsett earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati.
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ABOUT THE RIDGE
Located on 51 acres, The Ridge provides medical and therapeutic treatment for individuals struggling with addiction in a serene, comfortable setting. The intimate facility, which is about 20 minutes outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, covers the full continuum of substance abuse care including interventions, medically-supervised detoxification, residential treatment, and aftercare.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the Ridge’s website, the signature addiction treatment program at the center is physician-designed and managed, and is based on a minimum 30-day stay.
In addition to 12-step meetings, treatment includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), medication assisted treatment (MAT), and group and individual counseling. Extensive fitness and recreational activities are offered as well.
Emphasis is placed on education for both clients and their families, with family members and loved ones able to visit, and encouraged to participate in treatment. The facility offers six family groups a month, as well as ample opportunities for one-on-one family counseling.
Many patients require detox before entering The Ridge’s inpatient program. About 80 percent of patients are able to go through detox at the center. More severe cases require hospitalization, which The Ridge can help coordinate.
One year of aftercare, which includes a weekly 90-minute group session, is provided to all successful graduates as a part of the program package.
The rehab is separately accredited to treat licensed professionals such as doctors, pharmacists, and lawyers, as well as high-level executives.
The facility's treatment team includes a board-certified addictionologist, physicians, nurses, a psychiatrist, and licensed chemical dependency counselors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The 15-bed facility proudly characterizes itself as an intimate treatment program where anyone is welcome to overcome their substance abuse in a discreet and supportive setting.
Living quarters are comfortable, offering shared rooms, with one private room, as well as a spacious dining room and a living room with a fireplace. A full-time chef (and assistant) make nutritious meals.
The 51-acre campus has a small swimming pool, stocked fishing pond, a sauna, and a wooded area.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing there have been four alumni polled by Rehabs.com. Alumni gave the facility mostly positive ratings. On average, alumni gave the facility 4.25 out of five stars for exercise and leisure, 3.5 stars for holistic offerings, and 3.5 stars for the cell phone and visitation policy. Alumni also gave four stars for counseling options, four stars for staff experience, 3.75 stars for family participation, and 4.25 stars when asked if they would recommend the facility to a friend or family member seeking treatment.
Alumni remarked that strengths of the facility included patient and kind employees as well as professional attitudes from staff.” Several alumni remarked that a weakness of the facility was that it was very expensive.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing there have been three friends and family members polled by Rehabs.com. Loved ones gave the facility mostly positive reviews. One anonymous loved one gave the facility three out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, five stars for accommodations & amenities, and five stars for meals & nutrition.
She strongly agreed that the facility was clean and well maintained; that the facility offered excellent leisure, exercise, and extracurricular options; and that the facility staff were experienced and well-trained. She felt that a strength of the facility was that “There are counselors who were once addicts themselves and are understanding. There are lectures that explain the physiology of addiction and treatment."
Another anonymous loved one felt that a weakness of the facility was that it was far from his home. The last loved one who left a review wrote, “overall it was a very good and so far for my family member, effective facility.”
The private pay rate at The Ridge Ohio is $30,000 for 30 days. Commercial insurance with out-of-network benefits is accepted. Medicare and Medicaid will not pay The Ridge Ohio for residential treatment.
Published on August 2017
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