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Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center


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Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center is in a converted mansion atop a manicured hill, a 50-acre facility that houses 50 residents at a time is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Ball Ground, Georgia. A single glance at the facility might lead someone to believe it’s an estate, but Blue Ridge is both a detox and inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. It was founded by a group of professional chemical dependency counselors who saw the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to addiction treatment and recovery. Blue Ridge treats the individual as a whole person by addressing their spiritual, emotional, mental, physical, social, legal and vocational needs.

Accommodations and Food

Rooms are cozy and modestly furnished; each resident (two to a room) has a twin bed, nightstand, lamp and clock, with space for personal affects. Cell phones and computers, however, are not permitted and there’s no Internet access at all. Bonus points? Roommates are not assigned at random, but chosen by counselors based on temperaments. Men and women are housed in separate buildings.

Blue Ridge has a few TVs in community rooms that residents may watch during relaxation time, which follows evening 12-step meetings. If contacting the outside world is a priority, residents must do so on the old fashioned telephone, which they’re allowed to use twice a day. Clients can have visitors, but only after their counselors think they’re far enough in the recovery process and ready to see people from The Outside World.

In matters of cuisine, Blue Ridge is accommodating of dietary restrictions for health or cultural/religious reasons. A dietician oversees the menu—there’s both health and variety on the straightforward menu (think salads, fresh fruits and vegetables, and vegetarian options).

Treatment and Staff

An initial assessment is conducted via phone or in person to determine if Blue Ridge is a good fit for the client, as not everyone is allowed into the former mansion. People with acute psychotic disorders or those needing advanced medical care cannot be appropriately treated at Blue Ridge. Also not allowed in? Violent offenders, sex offenders, and those exhibiting homicidal or suicidal tendencies.

In addition to addiction treatment, Blue Ridge treats co-occurring disorders like anxiety, PTSD and depression. A licensed nurse is on staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The staff (six patients to every trained staff person) is friendly, supportive and highly trained. All counselors are either certified addiction counselors or MFTs. Typical inpatient treatment lasts 35 days—longer if necessary.

The program is 12-step based, with both individual and group therapy (ranging from three to 15 people). Individual session frequency is based on how often the patient needs to talk one-on-one, but typically patients meet with individual counselors every day. Twelve-step meetings are once a day, and non-AA groups are offered seven to eight times per day. Volunteers, counselors, doctors, and probably the potted plants sign confidentiality agreements and undergo background checks. All meetings are on-site and closed to the community.

Every three weeks, families are invited to participate in a (no-cost) two-day workshop. In it, they’re counseled about chemical dependency, addiction and mental illness in order to gather the skills necessary to help loved ones deal with addiction, through a family workshop offered every three weeks. At the conclusion of the workshop, family members are connected with community resources such as Alanon and Nar-Anon, to continue their own recovery process.

Each day begins with guided meditation, followed by a variety of group sessions that focus on relapse prevention and recovery skills—each one to two hours long. After lunch, residents attend small groups before taking part in experiential programs (CBT, DBT, recreational programming, art programming, spiritual therapy, nutritional counseling, AA and NA, guided meditation, etc.). A two-hour 12-step group follows dinner. From the end of the group to 11 pm curfew, residents have free time.

Blue Ridge does not offer outpatient care, but at the end of inpatient, they refer residents to outpatient counseling programs and ensure each has appointment times and a contact person before leaving.


Fifty acres in the beautiful foothills is a peaceful setting for plenty of quiet and relaxation time. Residents may also run (or walk) through the wooded trails and play volleyball, basketball and horseshoes, as long as a staff member is present. For the hunter-gatherer types, a fishing pond is available.

In Summary

An addict could certainly do worse than this former mansion in the woods. Treatment methods at Blue Ridge are traditional, tried and true. Nothing out of the ordinary or new age here; instead it has a solid program that follows time-tested 12-step and clinical methodologies. The focus here is quiet, peaceful recovery, full of reflection and free of distractions.

Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center Location

255 Depot St, Ste 200
Ball Ground, GA 30107

Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Cost

$22,750 (30 days). Reach Blue Ridge by phone at (678) 515-9867. Find Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery on Facebook

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  1. I was in Blue Ridge at the beginning of 2017 . First of all this place is extremely over crowded they have almost 60 residence crammed into what is a large house most of the day . It is extremely understaffed it is advertised as a medical facility but I only saw a doctor two times in the five weeks that I was there and had to ask to see them on those occasions . The nurses do not want to be bothered with your problems even though for some people especially in withdraws it could be life or death. The place allowed one girl with a severe eating disorder or to keep having seizures day after day after some of us residents told the people that she was not eating or throwing up her food they did nothing and kept her there even though they do not treat or monitor eating disorders. They borderline in danger peoples lives for money at this place there is no individual. Individual counseling session’s are advertised but they are not met or provided I never had individual counseling sessions . I also advertise that they take people out to do fun things but if you’re lucky you’ll get to go one time in the five weeks you’re. The staff are all young kids in their 20s who you have no idea what they’re doing and are not effective. You are made to sit in a group room all day and sit through the same groups with the same topics and allowed an hour and 45 minutes of free time a day until night time and during the day there is no TV time or anything allowed usually just sit around and smoke cigarettes or go sleep . The CEO, Todd, does not involve himself with clients at all and only pops out to tell people when not to do something rather than ever finding out what’s going on with anybody . Sadly I’ve been to rehab multiple times in this place was an absolute horrible experience. I have never wanted to leave a place so bad, and this facility is not cheap by any means probably the most expensive place I’ve ever been and it seems like they are just pocketing all the money and sparing no expense for the clients . I cried on the phone countless nights about how much I hated it there and how tired I was up sitting in groups all day and felt like I got no individual attention . People please heed my advice in send your loved ones to another facility one that actually cares about clients and wants them to have a comfortable time in treatment .

    • I have a loved one here who I cannot talk to..I’ve gotten letters saying they cant wait to talk and and gonna call me as soon as they can..but I’ve heard nothing and I can’t find out anything with out med I’d number ..any advise

  2. Would not recommend going here. They are worried more about money than helping you. A lot of younger kids most are there on court orders. You do not have privacy along with having to sleep with 5 other ppl in the same room. They will not make you comfortable in detox. You won’t get much one on one therapy and the meetings are mostly AA meetings all day. Also very strict try to keep up with you 24/7 including waking you up at night to make sure your there and not breaking the rules. The staff persuaded me into coming they talked very well until I saw what it was then they were extremely rude and was only worried about me paying them for the only night that I was there. There are much better options out there so please do your research before choosing. I read bad reviews online about this place and should have listened to them.

  3. 30 days of hell.over medicated me to the point of psychosis. Told my family I was faking hallucinations to cover themselves. Of all staff 2 genuinely seemed to be there for the right reasons. I am completely clean now, with NO thanks to a soul from blue ridge medical. Spend $30,000 and detox on a true vacation. Or detox around 49 teens who’s parents can afford to send them to rehab numerous times. This place is a bank, not a rehab.

  4. My wife went through the program. Disorganized, lack of communication. The place should have separate facilities for men and women. The way it is now is to distracting. My wife had issues with swelling of her feet, which was not dealt with properly. The entire time she was miserable. The staff is average , nothing else. On top of that its not the cleanest place to send someone and spend up to $30,000. Ask for a tour and make sure you ask ask lots questions. Validation is key.

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