Treatment Center Setting
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 28-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 $28,000 for 28 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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