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After Your Visit

Your Aftercare Program

Now that you have completed your initial treatment program at The Ridge the real work begins. You should have been offered the opportunity to develop an aftercare plan with your counselor prior to your discharge. Please follow this plan – those who do have the best chance at long-term sobriety and a permanent life change.

Maintaining Your Sobriety

Your aftercare plan likely will include some of the following, which you can read more about below.

  • The Ridge group aftercare program at Northland
  • The Ridge Alumni Program
  • AA/NA 12 step or other support groups
  • Relapse prevention techniques
  • Continued counseling at home

The Ridge Aftercare Program

The Ridge offers 52 weeks of aftercare to those who complete the entire 30-day treatment program. These group meetings occur one a week and are included in your Ridge stay. Part of aftercare also includes individual sessions and labs which may not be included. However, your health insurance should cover most of these costs. The Ridge aftercare takes place at Northland, where you did your initial intake paperwork. We strongly encourage clients to attend all 52 weeks of aftercare. For more information or to sign up for aftercare call us at (513) 804-2204.

The Ridge Alumni Program

The Ridge Alumni program is an amazing way to stay connected with your counselors, fellow clients, and friends at The Ridge. Once a month on Saturday the Alumni group meets. You will also enjoy a newsletter, dedicated support specialist and access to special events such as luncheons, speakers, and educational opportunities.  For more information about our alumni program visit The Ridge Alumni section of our website.

Staying Sober

Staying sober is a lifelong process, and we understand that cravings can be an obstacle for patients during the recovery process. When you learn how to break addiction habits and identify cravings, you can manage and avoid the urge to relapse.

It’s important to note that experiencing cravings is not a sign of weakness – it’s a natural part of recovery, and is deeply rooted in your psychological association with drugs and alcohol. Learn more about staying sober

Relapse Prevention Techniques

Completing a residential program is a monumental achievement, but the physicians and staff members at The Ridge understand that this is just the beginning of your recovery process. It is important to understand relapse prevention techniques to make sure the progress you’ve made lasts. While a patient undergoes addiction aftercare, it can sometimes be difficult to deal with cravings and avoid dangerous triggers that can cause a relapse. Learn more about relapse prevention techniques.