Located in Amherst, a small town in central Virginia, Blackberry Ridge is a inpatient and outpatient facility for chemical dependency. While some programs offer long-term treatment, the typical stay at this rehab is 28 days or less. Through medically monitored detox, 12-step work and the use of evidence-based treatments, clients are able to work through their issues.
Accommodations and Food
With sprawling views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, clients have the luxury of recovering amid nature. Formerly a bed and breakfast, the 13-bed facility is located on 100 private acres. The two-floor building offers a wraparound porch and green shutters on the windows, creating a rustic, homey sort of feel. The male and female bedrooms are located in separate wings of the building, providing clients with privacy and security. The building also features a living room, kitchen, lounge area, laundry facilities and dining room. All therapy sessions and community meetings take place in the basement.
As a result of the small client load, this program encourages clients to participate in menu planning. Clients have access to breakfast and lunch options of their choice, typically including sandwich meats, pastas and other quick dishes. For dinner, the residential coordinator helps the group prepare a fresh, home-cooked meal. In addition, clients have access to snacks and beverages throughout the day; off-site meals at a restaurant happen on occasion.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment is usually 28 days or less, although longer times can be arranged when clinically appropriate. On-site, medically monitored detox or “cessation,” as Blackberry Ridge likes to call it, is available. This two-to-five-day process offers 24-hour care and medication when necessary.
The residential program is highly structured, using evidence-based modalities such as CBT and DBT in both a group and individual setting. Individual counseling occurs several times a week, while group therapy is provided for several hours each day. Topics include relapse prevention, nutrition, meditation, problem solving, anger, disordered thinking, stress, trauma, processing and codependency. Clients also attend several AA/NA meetings each week, going deeper into the 12 steps during group.
Family members can participate in a weekly family group, where topics such as codependency, healthy communication and family dynamics are discussed. They can also join in individual counseling sessions when needed.
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) consists of three sessions per week, lasting for three hours each. This is often used as a step down from residential treatment, providing group and individual therapy on a consistent basis.
The staff includes medical doctors, nurses, social workers and therapists.
An on-site exercise room allows clients to engage in traditional workouts in the mornings and during free time. A game room offers ping pong, pool, air hockey, darts, foosball, games puzzles and a small library. With the large piece of land, clients are also able to enjoy outdoor recreation.
A complimentary aftercare program offers group therapy once a week. In addition, alumni have access to Connected Light, a private online portal where they can ask for help, listen to educational podcasts and perform daily meditations.
With 100 acres of land and a small client load, Blackberry Ridge is a sanctuary for recovery. While the 28-day treatment period is perhaps shorter than some addicts require, this facility can provide a solid foundation for sobriety.
1770 Earley Farm Rd
Amherst, VA 24521
Blackberry Ridge Cost: $12,500 (28 days). Reach Blackberry Ridge by phone at (434) 946-7070 or by email at [email protected].
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