Ridgeview Institute is a 12-step based rehab in Smyrna, Georgia, a mid-sized town of just over 50,000 people 17 miles north of Atlanta. Since opening nearly four decades ago, Ridgeview has treated over 70,000 clients.
Accommodations and Food
Treatment and housing at the rehab both take place on a pretty, tree-lined campus. Residences are three-bedroom, two-bath apartments that fit two to a room and six to an apartment. Clients sleep on twin-sized beds in rooms that have views of the property. They also have full kitchens and living rooms. The food is made by a cooking staff and is served three times a day, cafeteria-style.
Treatment and Staff
The treatment program is 30 days and consists of educational classes, 12-step meetings and CBT. Clients receive one to two individual sessions a week as well as daily group sessions. There is a doctor on staff so a three-to-five day detox is available, as is dual diagnosis support. Clients are not taken to off-site AA meetings but daily required ones are provided on-site. In addition to AA, NA and CA, Ridgeview provides 12-step meetings that range from Codependents Anonymous and OA to SLAA and Gamblers Anonymous. The staff is a mix of highly credentialed clinicians and peer counselors.
A typical day at Ridgeview means waking up before 7 am for breakfast and having a morning of group therapy and classes on addiction and spirituality. Lunch is at noon followed by an afternoon of more of the same, which may include an individual session as well as group therapy, classes, optional exercise and free time. Dinner is at 6 pm and is followed by a 12-step meeting at 7 with free time after and lights out at 11 pm.
Ridgeview provides a monthly four-day family program that consists of lectures on addiction and group therapy. Visitors hours are on Wednesday from 7 to 8 pm and Saturday afternoons from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Exercise is optional but there is a gym with weights and treadmills as well as outdoor tennis and volleyball courts as well as a pool. Extra curricular activities on the weekends include trips to the movies (which clients must pay for themselves). TV watching is allowed during free time and cell phones and computers are not allowed. There are landlines available to the clients twice a day for 15 minutes per call.
The abundance of on-site 12-step meetings at one of the oldest treatment centers in existence puts Ridgeview a cut above the rest. While it’s true that there are no yoga classes or massage appointments available, there are a lot of other things that are perhaps much more important.
Ridgeview Institute Location
3995 South Cobb Dr SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
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