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"We can look so competent on the outside. As professionals in the field, we see ourselves as better able to manage substances -
as if the rules don't apply to us. Ridgeview really understands our specific needs. The aftercare, especially, is superb." - former patient

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While Ridgeview began treating health professionals in 1977, we learned that professionals in other fields experience similar stressors, develop similar coping styles, and often require the same kind of intervention and treatment to bring about recovery. In 1987, our program expanded to include treatment for all professionals with addiction and dual diagnosis disorders. Since 2004, we have earned a national reputation for also treating professionals with a primary psychiatric illness.

Comprehensive 96-hour evaluation

Professionals may be referred by an employer or mandated for evaluation by a licensing board or agency to determine both the nature and extent of current problems in functioning. During a four-day period, our multi-disciplinary team led by addictionologists and/or psychiatrists provides a comprehensive evaluation of the person�s physical, psychological, and spiritual health. This includes a thorough review of the following: psychosocial history, where psychiatric co-morbidity and addiction history are addressed; occupational history; family and relationship issues; administration of psychological testing and neuropsychological screening; and a complete medical work-up. Additional testing or screening may be provided, as needed. At the conclusion of the evaluation, the professional and referring organization receives a diagnostic summary, which includes our findings, treatment recommendations, and any needed referrals.

The four-phase treatment plan

Ridgeview�s signature treatment for professionals, based on a four-phase continuum and encompassing multiple levels of care, is tailored to the needs of the individual. An attending addictionologist or board-certified psychiatrist leads the treatment team. Depending on the severity of the problem, patients may participate in some or all four phases. Addiction treatment includes 12-step programs and a broad range of specialty groups and services, as well as family therapy. Psychiatric treatment includes medication management, psycho-educational groups, group therapy, and family therapy.

Phase I: Inpatient treatment

Some patients require the safety and security of 24-hour medical care for detoxification or psychiatric stabilization. Psychiatrists, addictionologists, and nurses provide 24-hour monitoring and medication management, as needed. Once medically stable, the patient will move to the Recovery Residence and participate in the Recovering Professionals Partial Hospitalization Program.

Phase II: Partial hospitalization and recovery residence

The primary option for those who do not require 24-hour medical supervision, this phase provides an intensive therapeutic experience. Patients learn to understand their illness in groups with other professionals. Specialty groups for the various professions address the unique needs of each field and provide added peer support. Through community living in a 24-hour recovery environment, patients begin to develop skills needed for their recovery as well as their return to family and career.

Phase III: Intensive outpatient treatment and mirror imaging

Here, patients increase cognitive awareness of the issues that trigger their addiction or psychiatric illness, develop a concrete recovery plan, and prepare to return to work. At this phase of treatment, patients live off-campus. Many participate in the intensive outpatient program to gain the added skills and support needed. Some participate in �mirror imaging,� working under close supervision with other addicted or psychiatric patients who are just beginning treatment. Reaching out to those with similar struggles helps a professional break through the isolation of addiction or psychiatric illness and relate to others as a peer in recovery, rather than as doctor to patient, manager to employee, or attorney to client.

Phase IV: Continuing care

After successfully completing treatment at Ridgeview, professionals enter this crucial phase for support in the developmental process of recovery. Professionals treated at another program may be assessed to determine if they are able to participate in this phase of treatment. Included are weekly aftercare therapy groups and profession-specific support groups, random urine drug screening, quarterly follow up with an addictionologist and/or psychiatrist, and, if needed, contact with licensing boards. To ease the stress of re-entering family and professional lives, the treatment team works with each patient to construct a written commitment to recovery.

Treatment modalities

  • medical stabilization
  • group therapy
  • 12-step recovery programs
  • medication management of affective disorders, as needed
  • relapse management
  • spirituality
  • family therapy
  • family support programs
  • four-day Family Workshop
  • professional peer groups
  • leisure education and activities
  • physical and medical examination

Specialized tracks

  • dual diagnosis
  • relapse prevention
  • eating disorders trauma survivors
  • continuing care
  • profession-specific support groups professional aftercare therapy groups
  • advocacy with licensing boards
  • urine drug screen monitoring
  • alumni reunion

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Referral & Admissions
For more information on our Recovering Professionals program, admission, or referral to a therapist or physician, call the Ridgeview Access Center, (770) 434-4567 or 1 (800) 329-9775.  Our counseling staff are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Ridgeview offers free assessment and referral services.  For more information, call (770) 434-4567 or 1(800) 329-9775.  Counseling staff are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Most insurance plans cover all or part of the cost of Ridgeview's treatment programs.  Our Patient Accounts staff will help with financial arrangements for any cost not covered by insurance.

Free 12-Step Support Groups Offered
Ridgeview offers a variety of free, open support groups related to addiction.  For a complete listing, follow this link to our Support Group Page.


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