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his illness." - father of a former patient

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Ridgeview's Youth Services offer comprehensive, individualized care for young people ages 13 - 17 with psychiatric, addiction, or dual diagnosis disorders. Our inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient treatment options give patients direct access to the least restrictive level of care. Patients participate in treatment with peers in their age group. The program includes separate tracks for psychiatric disorders and addiction. All programming takes place on the Youth Services Cottage.

Treatment is intensive and highly structured with an emphasis on family involvement. While treatment for the entire family is an important component of all treatment at Ridgeview, it is essential in working with youth. Research shows that successful recovery is directly related to the level of family involvement and commitment. A wide range of services for families is provided including weekly family therapy, family education, multi-family process groups, and a monthly one-day family workshop.

All of our treatment is designed to foster independence, personal responsibility, and improved relationships with family, peers, and community.

Psychiatric Track

The Psychiatric Track is designed to help young people with emotional and behavioral problems learn healthy ways to cope with stress and express emotions. We use both cognitive-behavioral and insight-oriented approaches to treatment depending upon the youth's needs. Success-oriented individualized goals help patients focus on specific core issues and monitor their progress through the program.

Inpatient treatment is recommended for those needing acute stabilization and/or medication management. Our partial hospitalization program offers a full day of treatment including psycho-educational and therapy groups, Monday through Friday. Family therapy is also included on a weekly basis. Patients return home with their family each day and on weekends. Our intensive outpatient program offers 3 hours of programming Monday through Friday, allowing patients to participate in a portion of their school day and other regular activities.

Addiction/Dual Diagnosis Track

Treatment for this track is based on the belief that addiction is a chronic, progressive, primary illness affecting the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the individual and his or her family. Because youth are engaged in the crucial and difficult work of growing up, the damage that untreated addiction causes can be even more profound. Many teenagers who are addicted also struggle with depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, conduct disorder, and other psychiatric and behavioral problems. Our program helps teenagers move to a higher level of functioning and develop non-chemical coping skills for dealing with stress, problems, and emotions. The foundation for ongoing recovery is active participation in the 12-step programs of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

Inpatient treatment may be required initially for detoxification or stabilization. However, the primary level of care for this track is partial hospitalization with recovery residence for ages 13 - 17. Because adolescents with addiction problems typically experience difficulties at school and with peer and family relationships, it is often essential to remove them from that environment and provide a structured and supportive recovery-based environment. While in the addiction track, patients will participate in a full program of day treatment including psycho-educational and therapy groups, as well as family therapy. At night and on weekends, patients live in the Youth Services Recovery Residence with staff supervision. They participate in a range of activities including 12-step meetings, recovery related groups, field trips, and recreational activities. Specific time is also provided for patients to complete school assignments or work on GED preparation. Patients may step down to the intensive outpatient program, 3 hours daily, Monday through Friday, as they transition back to home and school.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is based on Marsha Linehan's model of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, an empirically validated psychotherapy that has been shown to be effective in reducing self-harming and self-defeating behaviors. The main goal of DBT is to help patients identify and understand the triggers that lead to self-defeating behaviors, and provide the new skills needed to regulate emotions, tolerate distress, and develop effective interpersonal relationships.

Throughout treatment, patients will learn how to become more aware of their behavior, learn specific coping mechanisms to deal with crises and distressing experiences, and learn how to better control their emotions. They participate in skills groups where they are educated on these modules, complete self-reflection diary cards and review daily homework assignments. Patients are encouraged to practice their newly learned skills in and out of groups.

DBT groups are incorporated into programming for both the addiction and psychiatric treatment tracks.

Youth Services educational component

Youth Services has an educational component designed to allow students an opportunity to complete some school assignments while receiving treatment. This opportunity is open to all patients in the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) level of care.  The education coordinator and educational assistant offer time Monday to Thursday for students to bring in work to complete in a "study hall" setting.  Although the education coordinator and assistant do not grade assignments, offer credits or instruct individual subjects, they are present with the students during the scheduled academic time and monitor all academic activities. The goals of our educational component are to allow students to maintain academic credits while addressing treatment issues, facilitate a smooth transition back to school after discharge, and provide supportive and individualized resources to parents and patients as needed.

Treatment modalities

  • 24-hour nursing care
  • medication management/education, as needed
  • group therapy
  • psycho-educational groups
  • expressive therapy
  • activity therapy, full gymnasium, indoor and outdoor recreation
  • leisure education
  • 12-step recovery programs
  • family therapy

Specialized groups

  • DBT
  • anger management and conflict resolution
  • coping skills
  • relaxation and meditation
  • gender-specific
  • art therapy
  • team building

Continuing care

The treatment team works closely with each patient to set realistic goals for recovery and to develop a continuing care plan to solidify the gains made in treatment. Patients and families are encouraged to participate in aftercare groups, 12-step recovery meetings and/or on-going family therapy following discharge. We also assist families who need referral for additional treatment or support services.

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

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 Support Groups Offered
Ridgeview offers free, open AlaTeen support groups.  For a complete listing, follow this link to our Support Group Page.

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