The Ridge CEO, Lisa Richardson, reflects on embracing change by establishing deep roots.
I was playing at a local park this weekend with my almost three-year-old who was talking to me about how strong the wind was that day. He proclaimed, “the wind is gonna blow me over momma.” I told him that he should just run with the wind and dance with it.
Not to get philosophical during a simple child-like moment, but it made me think of the Chinese proverb that says, “when the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” For those of us who respond in fear, we will build walls. For those of us who do not see wind as something to be afraid of, we will plant a solid foundation and build windmills for the wind to be purposeful.
At The Ridge, our solid foundation is built upon SAMHSA’s working definition of recovery that defines health, home, purpose, and community as the major dimensions that support a life in recovery. These are lived out in the following ways:
- Health- The Ridge doesn’t cut corners related to the health of its patients. We have an addictionologist, psychiatrist, registered nurse, therapists, and other qualified staff that educate patients on the disease of addiction. Patients learn how to make informed, healthy choices that support overall wellness. We have an on-site chef who can cook individual meals based upon each person’s specific dietary requirements. Recreation, exercise, and fun activities are part of our program as well.
- Home- The Ridge is a stable and safe home away from home during a patient’s treatment stay. Located on a 51-acre estate, the serene setting helps promote the healing process. Our Aftercare teams help patients to establish their housing plans upon discharge as well.
- Purpose- While in The Ridge program, patients can participate in meaningful activities that help determine dreams and goals for the future. Art Therapy, Music Therapy, and other activities also help the patient to connect to their life’s purpose. Patients in aftercare are assisted with gaining or maintaining employment, volunteering, or finding other connections to society.
- Community- The Ridge is very unique in this area because strong relationships are nurtured through our year-long aftercare program. All patients can attend aftercare meetings after they leave our residential program so that they can strengthen the friendships and support they encountered in the program.
Rooting ourselves in recovery-based care will allow us to flow and move with the wind for years to come.