The Ridge Alumni Community
When you graduate from The Ridge, you’re automatically a part of our extended alumni family – a supportive network of The Ridge program graduates who understand firsthand what life is like before, during, and after treatment. The longer you stay involved with treatment and support groups such as our alumni the better your chances at long-term sobriety become.
Mary Jo Stelzer
To learn more or get involved contact:
Mary Jo Stelzer has more than 20 years of sobriety and recovery experience working with addicts and alcoholics in the Cincinnati community. In her role as the Admissions Coordinator for The Ridge of Ohio, she handles clients needs, as well as families, during the inpatient treatment program. As an Alumni Coordinator, her interest is in growing our Alumni community to provide ongoing education and support and to bring a spirit of fellowship and teamwork.
Personal Mantra: Today I get to choose to be in the solution instead of in the problem. I want to be the bridge from despair to HOPE.
Favorite Quote: “If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.” Brene Brown.
Cathy Cooke, CDCA
To learn more or get involved contact:
Cathy Cooke, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy is a Recovery Specialist and Interventionist. She is a Candidate Member of the Association of Interventionist Specialists as well as Board Member of The First Step Home. In her role at The Ridge she supports addicts, alcoholics and family members in early recovery.
Personal Mantra: Pray, don’t drink, do the next right thing.
Favorite Quote: You can’t think you’re way into new behaviors, you have to behave your way into new thinking.
Calendar & Events
- Fun group outings and activities
- Regular check-ins, encouragement, and phone contact with Alumni and peers
- Invitations and reminders for local Ridge and Northland events, speakers, and social gatherings
- Opportunities to involve supportive family and friends in your recovery experience
- Al-Anon and 12 step meetings and events
Alumni meetings are held the first Saturday of each month 10 AM – 11:30 AM at our Northland location, 25 Whitney Drive. Suite 120, Milford, OH 45150.
Thank You Ridge Alumni!
Our second annual Alumni Luncheon was a great success. We had nearly 175 guests for the speaker portion and well over 150 Alumni and family for the luncheon!
Our alumni are the inspiration for new patients of what they can achieve. The alumni also inspire The Ridge employees and show us why we do what we do each and every day.
We are so proud of our alumni and can’t wait to see you all again at our next event. Soon to be announced!
March Combined Alumni and Al-Anon Meeting
Saturday, March 2nd 10 AM – 11:30 AM
Speaker: Kelly Rogan, MS, LSW, LICDC-CS
Topic: What am I going to do now? (Finding Balance in recovery)
Kelly has worked as a family therapist for over 30 years in crisis intervention for at-risk youth in private practice and in alcohol and drug treatment programs. Her areas of expertise include codependency, spirituality, and women’s issues. Her passion is witnessing people realize their own self-worth, staying true to themselves, and walking the path of recovery.
Weekly Al-Anon Meeting at Northland, 25 Whitney Drive, Milford, Ohio 45150
Questions – Please contact:
Cathy Cooke, Recovery Specialist @ The Ridge
Tips on Staying Sober and Relapse Prevention
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 than can cause relapse.
Healthy Eating and Physical Fitness: Your Secret Weapons in Addiction Recovery
While achieving sobriety is any addicted person’s first priority, it’s essential that they take the extra steps to regain a holistic sense of health and wellness. A healthy body feels more comfortable, energetic, and balanced, contributing to the continuance of a sober lifestyle. The Ridge is committed to achieving this level of health for our patients with a balanced program of nutrition and exercise.
Tips for 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.
The Importance of Family Involvement in Substance Abuse Treatment and Addiction Therapy
For family and friends of drug and/or alcohol addicted individuals, confronting addiction is one of the most difficult steps in seeking substance abuse treatment. Often, drug and alcohol addiction has built a destructive cycle over a time to the point where daily family involvement actually enables the addicted individual.