Ridgeview Institute Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Ridgeview Institute

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Ridgeview InstituteThe Basics

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.

Extras

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.

In Summary

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
3995 South Cobb Dr SE
Smyrna, GA 30080

Ridgeview Cost: $10,380 (30 days); $5,150 (5 days of detox). Reach Ridgeview by phone at (770) 434-4567. Find Ridgeview on Facebook and Twitter

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  1. They did a new breakthrough treatment on me where they give you insulin and Thorazine and attach little pads on your scalp. The foot ball mouthpiece was a little uncomfortable. As I was saying, the older electro didn’t help so they did a new treatment where they tap tiny little holes just behind your eyelids with a tiny ice pick.
    Now I am a good citizen in every way.
    Thank the baby Jesus for Ridgview.

  2. I cannot confirm nor deny the use of black magic in the operations of this facility. What I do know is that magic is very addicting and cannot be cured with a prescription. My experience was that I found my self there seeking a mental evaluation due to my insomniac issues from coffee addiction. 3 days without sleep will cause one to hallucinate. I went in claiming I was the Queen of the Underworld. Not sure if the rise of the Luciferian Church nearby had anything to do with my interactions. I was there for 8 days during the time they enabled my coffee addiction by providing me with unlimited coffee. The counselors there are untrained and they encourage anyone to apply for the job. I met with the doctor only 3 times. They encourage the use of medication and meditation was frowned upon. I was approached many times during my stay to by those bringing illegal drugs in and out of the hospital. I asked to leave after 3 days yet was held against my will until the insurance benefits ran out. During the time there I lost my job and had since been rebuilding. Needles to say they signed my discharge as normal, gave me a perscroption and sent me in my way. The source of my coffee addiction was never addressed and nothing was resolved. But I did get a prescription at which I never filled due to the fact that the meds make me lethargic and forgetful and coffee allows me to be alert all day so I can handle my businesses. I’ve since learned to live with life awakened and functioning with the 5th element accessed 24/7 within and around my being on a conscious level of awareness.

    • I remember you. You are right. There want anything wrong with you.
      And yes Daily Black Magic rituals are integrated into group sessions.
      Come back.

  3. I found my self there seeking a mental evaluation due to my insomniac issues from coffee addiction. 3 days without sleep will cause one to hallucinate. I was there for 8 days during the time they enabled my coffee addiction by providing me with unlimited coffee. The counselors there are untrained and they encourage anyone to apply for the job. I met with the doctor only 3 times. They encourage the use of medication and medication was frowned upon. I was approached many times during my stay to by those bringing illegal drugs in and out of the hospital. I asked to leave after 3 days yet was held against my will until the insurance benefits ran out. During the time there I lost my job and had since been rebuilding. Needles to say they signed my discharge as normal, gave me a perscroption and sent me in my way. The source of my coffee addiction was never addressed and nothing was resolved. But I did get a prescription at which I never filled due to the fact that the meds make me lethargic and forgetful and coffee allows me to be alert all day so I can handle my businesses. I’ve since learned to live with life awakened and functioning with the 5th element accessed 24/7 within and around my being on a conscious level of awareness.

    • I’m sorry to hear that, as I just went through a situation with this place while trying to get my daughter released. Most people don’t realize, they can leave against medical advice (AMA) if you are there voluntarily without waiting the 72hrs. You don’t need a doctor’s permission to leave this way. I had to get the police involved to get my daughter back, and my belief is they open a dfacs case against me because I knew my rights. Little did they know that I followed up with a psychologist in my group they next day and it was determined that inpatient wasn’t necessary. When dfacs came knocking, I had all paperwork and the case was closed.

      • My daughter was admitted by hospital request, was told she needed to be 72 hours mandatory, I try getting her out of there and was told that I needed doctors approval.
        Nurse told us they always lie upstairs. I don’t recommend this place at all.
        It seems that the hospital does not help at all and staff is very unprofessional. Very disappointed!!!

  4. Went through admissions process, told them of several suicide attempts within the week and that I was not safe. They took my vitals and BP was 142/90- extremely high, was told I was at an extremely high risk for seizures, and that I would definitely be brought in for the 7 day detox program. Fast forward about 4 hours of sitting in an empty room, the financial director comes in and tells me i have to pay 5000 for 3 DAYS, not even the complete detoxification period. I did not have the money so they refused to treat me, and told me to leave. As I was leaving the secured area, two employees help me back and would not let me leave unless I signed a “Refusal of Treatment” form for them. The employees were telling me that it was mandatory to leave. I called their bluff and refused to sign several times. After this and several heavy sighs and rude comments due to the fact they couldn’t cover their rear ends for sending a high risk patient away and not admitting me for 72hr evaluation for suicidal thoughts ideations and attempts, they told me IT WAS NOT MANDATORY and quickly opened the door and hurried me out. Do not go to this place if you really need help.

  5. My daughter was I the day program for three weeks for treatment of anxiety and drug use. She received counseling,but very little psychiatric intervene. She may have spent 45 min total with the psychiatrist over the three weeks. He was worthless! I am now paying again for the evaluation and intervention that I hoped that I would get at Ridgeview. I feel it is a money machine for the psychiatrist.

  6. I personally attended RI after a suicide attempt and the first time I had a very good case manager. The second time I tried to go back I was put on a 4 week wait list so a girl who didn’t like me could be there for her first time. Although I had been suicidal before and tried going back they wouldn’t let me in until she was gone. I found out from other young adults there that the girl as there the day before I got there. Extreme lack of professionalism that they wouldn’t refer her somewhere else considering I was a patient there.

  7. Ridgeview helped me when I was at my lowest, and without judgement. The staff were kind and helpful. I felt like I was in a safe environment that was safe and helpful for me. I was actually reluctant to leave. You have to earn certain privileges which gives you something to work towards. Hopefully it won’t be necessary but I would definitely choose ridgeview again.

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