Heroin Summit @ the YMCA in Kennesaw

Ridgeview Institute – Smyrna was pleased to participate in the Heroin Summit @ the YMCA in Kennesaw over the weekend. Ridgeview Institute provides free assessments for mental health and substance abuse problems 24/7. Call us if you or a loved one is experiencing problems with addiction, 844-350-8800.

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Annual Alumni Appreciation Bar-B-Q

Big thank you to Frank Sartor, our Chief Executive at Ridgeview Institute for attending annual Ridgeview Alumni appreciation BBQ! It was a great event!

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Outpatient Programs

Whitcliff Reid,
(Mental Health Technician)

Ridgeview Institute – Monroe offers Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs as a step-down option post inpatient discharge or for those clients who do not meet an inpatient level of care. Both programs are offered to adults, as well as adolescents experiencing psychiatric issues or substance abuse.The schedule for these programs include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psycho-educational Skills Group, and setting goals. The 12-Step Program is also integrated into our Addiction Intensive Outpatient Program. All outpatient programs are staffed with a psychiatrist and receive medication management.

Partial Hospitalization: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm
Intensive Outpatient: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-12:30pm

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Alumni Support Group

Ridgeview Institute – Monroe is proud to announce the launch of our Alumni Support Group beginning October 26 at 6:00pm. This group will be held every 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00pm. Any alumni of a Ridgeview program, including the Smyrna Campus, is welcome to join and participate in this group.

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September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness month

September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness month, US HealthVest hospitals are participating in local events to increase awareness and help prevent suicide. Ridgeview Institute in Smyrna, GA is working with Cobb County school social workers to promote suicide awareness as part of the on-going crisis prevention intervention program the hospital has in place with the Cobb County schools. Since Ridgeview recently renovated their adolescent unit and expanded services, the outreach team is working with local high schools to promote suicide and crisis prevention. Ridgeview doesn’t stop there, they are also sponsoring and participating at a college and university annual suicide prevention conference this month. At the Monroe location of Ridgeview Institute the hospital is partnering with schools in Walton County to offer free suicide assessments 24/7. Ridgeview Institute supports National Suicide Prevention and Awareness month and we are proud to offer services to the communities we serve to #StopSuicide.

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Ridgeview Smyrna Expands Inpatient Addiction Services

Ridgeview Institute has opened a 28 bed inpatient program for adult addiction and dual diagnosis patients. The newly remodeled building once served older adult patients, however in 2016 the older adult patients were transferred to a new, state of the art building.

The new Adult Addiction-dual unit is staffed with psychiatrists, nurses, addiction counselors, therapists, and technicians. The treatment team offers daily MD consults, individualized treatment planning, family therapy, group therapy, self-help groups, and access to the alumni steering committee.

The alumni coordinator, Sam Anders, who has thirty-three years of providing recovery support, will play an important role in patient recovery. With groups like “The Progression of the Disease of Addiction” and “Stump the Drunk,” Sam gives patients an informative but relateable group topic.

In addition to the Adult Addiction Unit, the remodeled building has added an expansion for the adolescent unit.

The Ridgeview Institute mascot is an elephant which has a powerful meaning. The stigma of mental health treatment has always been an uphill battle – hence the elephant in the room metaphor. The mascot’s name “Ellie” stands for Every Lesson Learned is Essential.

With the three traditions of Quality of Care, Quality of Service, and Quality of Workplace, the recent expansion will allow Ridgeview Institute-Smyrna to align with the needs of the community and with the need of the employees.