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Patient Requirements for Residential Treatment

The Ridge is a residential rehab facility that provides supervision around the clock for those in recovery. This means clients spend weeks and even months together with us and their peers, working toward sobriety. In order to provide a positive atmosphere for recovery, there are certain guidelines we must implement. Please note that our rules are designed to create a successful recovery experience for all our clients, which is why we require adherence.

All patients must follow our patient handbook, which details guidelines for residential addiction treatment at The Ridge. Most of the guidelines are established and governed by ODADAS (Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services). The rehab treatment program is regimented and focused to provide the best chance of long-term recovery.

Requirements for Rehab Treatment

Patients are not allowed to have a car during their minimum 30 day stay. During their stay, clients participate in programming and counseling as determined by their addiction assessment. However, contrary to some stereotypes about drug rehab treatment centers, patients are not held against their will. We will only treat patients who want to undergo residential addiction treatment. If they choose to leave prematurely, although we will try to persuade them otherwise, they are free to go.

While we have a phone that patients can use to contact family members, personal cell phones, iPads, laptops, and other electronic devices / Wi-Fi enabled devices are not permitted. The Ridge’s rehab treatment program requires dedication to our classes and activities, and for this reason, we limit the number of potentially distracting items. Personal music players, books, and other reading material is permitted to be enjoyed during designated times. We do encourage family participation and have a family counseling program that helps rebuild relationships and set the foundation for positive interactions during and after recovery.

Active Engagement In Treatment

All patients must be actively engaged in the 30-day addiction treatment program, and show a dedication to recovering from drugs and alcohol. This includes demonstrating a positive and respectful attitude toward oneself, other patients, and staff members, and being supportive during group sessions.

Of course, during rehab treatment, we require abstinence from alcohol and drugs, and participation in all classes, meetings and 12-step programs. Patients must remain on the facilities or within the presence of one of our staff during times we are away from The Ridge.

How to be Successful in Residential Rehab

In order to be successful in residential rehab, we ask clients to follow our guidelines and be open to and accepting of advice from our staff. Clients who embrace our programming and are dedicated to rehab are much more likely to achieve sobriety and maintain that sobriety once they return home.

Keys to success in recovery include:

Follow the rules. This does not mean clients lose their individuality or become robots. Certain rules and regulations were designed to keep clients safe, maintain order, and create an atmosphere conducive to healing for everyone. Be your own person, but live within the rules that have been established.

Respect staff and peers. There are times when clients don’t understand why things are done a certain way, or they may question the decisions of treatment staff. Keep in mind that the professional staff members at a residential rehab facility have years of experience and they have your best interests at heart. Likewise, other clients are going through similar struggles, but each person is different and everyone should be treated with respect.

Keep an open mind. Clients might be surprised at tasks they are asked to do or topics they might be asked to talk about. Participate openly in therapy sessions and support groups, and be willing to open up with others so you can enjoy all the benefits of residential rehab.

Don’t rush. Most people want to get through recovery as quickly as possible so they can get back to life. The best way to success, however, is to take your time and stay in rehab as long as necessary to establish a foundation for sobriety. Results are sometimes slow to develop and difficult to see, but by sticking with the program, actively participating in sessions, and putting into practice what you’ve learned, you will find yourself enjoying sobriety that will last.