Ridgeview Institute

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My best friend went here over the summer, and came back majorly screwed up. Despite how "better" she says her life is now, I see how the degrading practices, unforgiving waiting times, and cocktail of medicines with more side effects then benefits has effected her. Knowing her for over half of her life, and well before she developed her eating disorder, I can say how much she has changed. Before, she was joyful, funny, and level headed, but now she is moody, erratic, and completely irrational. Upon arrival, she was told that she had a variety of mental illnesses, and left for hours, sobbing hysterically and feeling like she belonged in a straight jacket, without comfort of around five hours. Because of the, in her words,"degrading" practices, and utter lack of privacy, including listening to her use the restroom while yelling at her to hurry up, nothing is private, and she will give out her personal information to anyone. This went as far as to walk up to a group of obviously drunk boys, that she didn't know, and recite her cell phone number and home address. Ridgeveiw also introduced her to medication to help with her depression and OCD. The side effects of one of the medications she was prescribed was anxiety attacks. She then begun to have these anxiety attacks, something she had never had before, and was then prescribed even more pills for her anxiety disorder. She is now addicted to all three medications, even though they don't work and her depression and OCD are back in full affect.

I warn you to take anything a former patient has said with a grain of salt, for my friend refuses to believe that they did anything wrong despite her new found drug addiction and complete personality flip.

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★☆☆☆☆

My best friend went here over the summer, and came back majorly screwed up. Despite how "better" she says her life is now, I see how the degrading practices, unforgiving waiting times, and cocktail of medicines with more side effects then benefits has effected her. Knowing her for over half of her life, and well before she developed her eating disorder, I can say how much she has changed. Before, she was joyful, funny, and level headed, but now she is moody, erratic, and completely irrational. Upon arrival, she was told that she had a variety of mental illnesses, and left for hours, sobbing hysterically and feeling like she belonged in a straight jacket, without comfort of around five hours. Because of the, in her words,"degrading" practices, and utter lack of privacy, including listening to her use the restroom while yelling at her to hurry up, nothing is private, and she will give out her personal information to anyone. This went as far as to walk up to a group of obviously drunk boys, that she didn't know, and recite her cell phone number and home address. Ridgeveiw also introduced her to medication to help with her depression and OCD. The side effects of one of the medications she was prescribed was anxiety attacks. She then begun to have these anxiety attacks, something she had never had before, and was then prescribed even more pills for her anxiety disorder. She is now addicted to all three medications, even though they don't work and her depression and OCD are back in full affect.

I warn you to take anything a former patient has said with a grain of salt, for my friend refuses to believe that they did anything wrong despite her new found drug addiction and complete personality flip.

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This place is dangerous. It's too scary to even put in words... But I was almost killed at Ridgeview, for doing nothing. I was trying to reach out and do the job THEY were not doing, and comfort someone who was crying. So because I did that they took me away to a "quiet room" and they tried to strangle me-- a blonde, 24- year old young lady who had gone through too much already, and after going to rigdeview, I'm still recovering from that crazyness. Thankfully I made it out alive!! Some adolescents haven't.

PLEASE: IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING SENDING SOMEONE TO RIDGEVIEW, DO NOT LET THEM STAY THERE!

If anyone knows of any kind of CIVIL LAWSUIT against Ridgeview, please let me know.

There are good programs out there, such as Day Program Skyland Trail.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is dangerous. It's too scary to even put in words... But I was almost killed at Ridgeview, for doing nothing. I was trying to reach out and do the job THEY were not doing, and comfort someone who was crying. So because I did that they took me away to a "quiet room" and they tried to strangle me-- a blonde, 24- year old young lady who had gone through too much already, and after going to rigdeview, I'm still recovering from that crazyness. Thankfully I made it out alive!! Some adolescents haven't.

PLEASE: IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING SENDING SOMEONE TO RIDGEVIEW, DO NOT LET THEM STAY THERE!

If anyone knows of any kind of CIVIL LAWSUIT against Ridgeview, please let me know.

There are good programs out there, such as Day Program Skyland Trail.

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Service and personnel were excellent. Car was signed in as soon as I arrived and was ready in a timely manner for my return.

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Service and personnel were excellent. Car was signed in as soon as I arrived and was ready in a timely manner for my return.

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Ridgeview is a Horrible Place!

My son was admitted after stopping his meds for 2 weeks unbeknownst to me and have a breakdown. Ridgeview didn't even consider the meds that had been working for him to maintain his balance and stability, instead the prescribed HUGE doses and a drug cocktail that sent him into a state of delusions. At that point they went into a CYA (Cover Your A$$) mode in order to keep from getting a Malpractice Lawsuit. They refused to communicate with me regarding his state even though my son had signed all of the appropriate documentation saying that they should communicate with me.

Instead of actually treating people they use Scare Tactics and try to lump everything into Addictions (drug or alcohol). They bill for daily Psychiatrist visits when at best the Doctor sees the patient every other or every 3rd day. The patients are not counseled properly and it is next to impossible to get information from them.

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Ridgeview is a Horrible Place!

My son was admitted after stopping his meds for 2 weeks unbeknownst to me and have a breakdown. Ridgeview didn't even consider the meds that had been working for him to maintain his balance and stability, instead the prescribed HUGE doses and a drug cocktail that sent him into a state of delusions. At that point they went into a CYA (Cover Your A$$) mode in order to keep from getting a Malpractice Lawsuit. They refused to communicate with me regarding his state even though my son had signed all of the appropriate documentation saying that they should communicate with me.

Instead of actually treating people they use Scare Tactics and try to lump everything into Addictions (drug or alcohol). They bill for daily Psychiatrist visits when at best the Doctor sees the patient every other or every 3rd day. The patients are not counseled properly and it is next to impossible to get information from them.

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I was saddened to read some of the negative reviews of a place that actually saved my life. It is perfect? No. But it is a great facility with knowledgeable, caring and willing staff. It is unrealistic to expect perfect results 100% of the time. I know because I have been to 4 treatment centers including Hazelden which is the "mecca" of all treatment centers. Ridgeview provided me with excellent care and I am part of an incredible network of alumnis. I felt compelled to write this review because the first review I read was obviously a review tainted by resentment. Patients that check out against medical advice (AMA) are normally patients that find any excuse to continue in active addiction. It is easy to blame an institution for one's problems rather than to look at the real causes of the problem. For the people writting bad reviews I say "shame on you!!!". If you want to blame something or someone, blame it on yourself and please think about the lives that you are putting in jeopardy by writing a review that seems to be obviously FALSE. No patient or group of patients are allowed in another patient's room, adolescents require more assertiveness due not only to their addiction, mental state but also due to their lack of maturity. Adolescents are prone to try to break rules because they are adolescents. Addicted doctors are arrogant and difficult to deal with it due to their intellect. The list goes on and on. Please read this review with an open mind and heart. If you need help for yourself or for your loved one, Ridgeview is a top not facility with top notch staff. I hope this helps.

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★★★★★

I was saddened to read some of the negative reviews of a place that actually saved my life. It is perfect? No. But it is a great facility with knowledgeable, caring and willing staff. It is unrealistic to expect perfect results 100% of the time. I know because I have been to 4 treatment centers including Hazelden which is the "mecca" of all treatment centers. Ridgeview provided me with excellent care and I am part of an incredible network of alumnis. I felt compelled to write this review because the first review I read was obviously a review tainted by resentment. Patients that check out against medical advice (AMA) are normally patients that find any excuse to continue in active addiction. It is easy to blame an institution for one's problems rather than to look at the real causes of the problem. For the people writting bad reviews I say "shame on you!!!". If you want to blame something or someone, blame it on yourself and please think about the lives that you are putting in jeopardy by writing a review that seems to be obviously FALSE. No patient or group of patients are allowed in another patient's room, adolescents require more assertiveness due not only to their addiction, mental state but also due to their lack of maturity. Adolescents are prone to try to break rules because they are adolescents. Addicted doctors are arrogant and difficult to deal with it due to their intellect. The list goes on and on. Please read this review with an open mind and heart. If you need help for yourself or for your loved one, Ridgeview is a top not facility with top notch staff. I hope this helps.

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I checked in to Ridgeview for alcoholism and depression. I had to wait in the lobby for 4 hours, from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m., and started to have withdrawal symptoms. Furthermore, the only persons I talked to were more concerned with my ability to pay, and how much my insurance would pay. Anyway the staff at Cottage C detox facility was excellent, after that I was sent to an on-campus residence for full day programs. Day program was hour-long lectures, a few times non-licensed ordinary staff told silly childrens' stories about goats, turkeys, and other juvenile parables unrelated to addiction. When not in these sessions, I was in group therapy led by a Case-mgr with a bad attitude given by her frequent complaints of personal finances from a low Ridgeview salary. Thus the only real counseling I received was in group sessions, and on several occasions when trying to share my feelings I was cut off or told to be silent unless recognized, similar to grade school. Case-Mgr distributed a 27-page document entitled "The Lizard Brain," an amateurish pseudo-academic paper which purported to ascribe alcoholism and addiction to the now archaic neurobiological concept of the "limbic system." This ridiculous paper discussed esoteric concepts like "chakras" and "kundalini," and confused the the group members. Case-mgr had not even read it. On day 5 of my day program treatment, I walked into the afternoon group meeting, and Case-mgr immediately asked me why I was there, as she had been told that morning that my insurance was only going to cover the morning half day program out-patient. She told me to leave the room and 'go work on my written assignments.' This was an unpleasant shock, as Case-mgr walked by me during the 1 hour lunch break a few times without mention of this major new development `NO OPPORTUNITY WAS AFFORDED ME TO EVEN OFFER TO PAY FOR THE FULL DAY PROGRAM OUT OF MY OWN POCKET! I then called my family to come and get me. I SHOULD ALSO NOTE THAT EACH DAY OF MY 5 DAYS IN DAY PROGRAM I REPORTED ON A WRITTEN HANDUT TO CASE MGR. THAT I STILL HAD COMPULSIONS TO DRINK AND WAS STILL SEVERELY DEPRESSED. When moving out, the residence house manager told me I was leaving 'Against Medical Advice (AMA)', yet more stress for someone a few days out of detox. Ridgeview staff do not communicate amongst themselves, very lackadaisical when dealing with patients' treatment, which contradicts their mantra 'Alcoholism and addiction are as fatal as cancer." I left anyway, my doctor in the meantime said I could leave without classified as AMA, for me a moot point. AS FOR THE FACILITIES, the 'Day Hospital' for lectures and group sessions leaked water profusely when it rained, a serious slip and fall hazard. It was infested with cockroaches. Trash bins around usually overflowed, rats were common. DO NOT OVERLOOK THE FACT THAT RIDGEVIEW IS A MENTAL HOSPITAL! As such, the Cottage C detox facility and the residence houses are for both addiction and psychiatric patents. In this regard, on my 2nd night there my room-mate, being treated for severe depression and obviously still suffering from that malady, took a blade from his razor and cut himself while I was sleeping in the next bed, and was sent back to the on-campus 'psych ward'. On another occasion, while attending a 12 step meeting at a room adjacent to the 'psych ward', someone flipped out in the adjoining 'nut-room' and tried to bust out through the glass doors. This happened again two days later. The sight of ambulances with strapped down nut-cases in the back was not uncommon, In particular, for those with somewhat manageable disorders onsider these anecdotes as they may pertain to your personal safety. These cases also highlight the relatively infrequent visits by the Ridgeview psychiatrists, I only met with mine for a total of 15 minutes during my total 12 day stay, plus 3 different ones while mine was on vacation for a long weekend. JUST AVOID RIDGEVIEW.

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★★☆☆☆

I checked in to Ridgeview for alcoholism and depression. I had to wait in the lobby for 4 hours, from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m., and started to have withdrawal symptoms. Furthermore, the only persons I talked to were more concerned with my ability to pay, and how much my insurance would pay. Anyway the staff at Cottage C detox facility was excellent, after that I was sent to an on-campus residence for full day programs. Day program was hour-long lectures, a few times non-licensed ordinary staff told silly childrens' stories about goats, turkeys, and other juvenile parables unrelated to addiction. When not in these sessions, I was in group therapy led by a Case-mgr with a bad attitude given by her frequent complaints of personal finances from a low Ridgeview salary. Thus the only real counseling I received was in group sessions, and on several occasions when trying to share my feelings I was cut off or told to be silent unless recognized, similar to grade school. Case-Mgr distributed a 27-page document entitled "The Lizard Brain," an amateurish pseudo-academic paper which purported to ascribe alcoholism and addiction to the now archaic neurobiological concept of the "limbic system." This ridiculous paper discussed esoteric concepts like "chakras" and "kundalini," and confused the the group members. Case-mgr had not even read it. On day 5 of my day program treatment, I walked into the afternoon group meeting, and Case-mgr immediately asked me why I was there, as she had been told that morning that my insurance was only going to cover the morning half day program out-patient. She told me to leave the room and 'go work on my written assignments.' This was an unpleasant shock, as Case-mgr walked by me during the 1 hour lunch break a few times without mention of this major new development `NO OPPORTUNITY WAS AFFORDED ME TO EVEN OFFER TO PAY FOR THE FULL DAY PROGRAM OUT OF MY OWN POCKET! I then called my family to come and get me. I SHOULD ALSO NOTE THAT EACH DAY OF MY 5 DAYS IN DAY PROGRAM I REPORTED ON A WRITTEN HANDUT TO CASE MGR. THAT I STILL HAD COMPULSIONS TO DRINK AND WAS STILL SEVERELY DEPRESSED. When moving out, the residence house manager told me I was leaving 'Against Medical Advice (AMA)', yet more stress for someone a few days out of detox. Ridgeview staff do not communicate amongst themselves, very lackadaisical when dealing with patients' treatment, which contradicts their mantra 'Alcoholism and addiction are as fatal as cancer." I left anyway, my doctor in the meantime said I could leave without classified as AMA, for me a moot point. AS FOR THE FACILITIES, the 'Day Hospital' for lectures and group sessions leaked water profusely when it rained, a serious slip and fall hazard. It was infested with cockroaches. Trash bins around usually overflowed, rats were common. DO NOT OVERLOOK THE FACT THAT RIDGEVIEW IS A MENTAL HOSPITAL! As such, the Cottage C detox facility and the residence houses are for both addiction and psychiatric patents. In this regard, on my 2nd night there my room-mate, being treated for severe depression and obviously still suffering from that malady, took a blade from his razor and cut himself while I was sleeping in the next bed, and was sent back to the on-campus 'psych ward'. On another occasion, while attending a 12 step meeting at a room adjacent to the 'psych ward', someone flipped out in the adjoining 'nut-room' and tried to bust out through the glass doors. This happened again two days later. The sight of ambulances with strapped down nut-cases in the back was not uncommon, In particular, for those with somewhat manageable disorders onsider these anecdotes as they may pertain to your personal safety. These cases also highlight the relatively infrequent visits by the Ridgeview psychiatrists, I only met with mine for a total of 15 minutes during my total 12 day stay, plus 3 different ones while mine was on vacation for a long weekend. JUST AVOID RIDGEVIEW.

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Recently a family member of mine had a horrible experience with this facility. After being admitted he was seen by a psychiatrist there. Not only did his symptoms worse under Ridgeview's care he was shown a video on ECT (electro-convulsive shock therapy), given my family member had recently been diagnosed with a tumor (that eventually was found to be cancerous), such a treatment could have been fatal. The case worker assigned was both incompetent and negligent (rarely returned phone calls). Think twice before sending a loved one in crisis to this facility.

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Recently a family member of mine had a horrible experience with this facility. After being admitted he was seen by a psychiatrist there. Not only did his symptoms worse under Ridgeview's care he was shown a video on ECT (electro-convulsive shock therapy), given my family member had recently been diagnosed with a tumor (that eventually was found to be cancerous), such a treatment could have been fatal. The case worker assigned was both incompetent and negligent (rarely returned phone calls). Think twice before sending a loved one in crisis to this facility.

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I hit a brick wall and knew I had to go ""somewhere!"" Researched several places to go and for various reasons Ridgeview was the place I chose. I was terrified with the unknown but I needed help and I just had to walk in and let it happen. The days will filled with two group therapy, two lectures, meditation, nightly recovery meetings and two to three psychiatric appointments per week - for four weeks. I can honestly say I walked out a different person. This program is not just designed to help people with addictions but is also for people with mental health issues. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to give themselves a new lease on life! I was fortunate enough to be inpatient and live in the ""house"" while I was there. The friendships I formed there are something I will cherish the rest of my life.

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★★★★★

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I initially did not want to seek help at Ridgeview because I believed I did not have a problem with alcohol. Looking back -- not only did I have a problem but my life was starting to unravel. I entered their evening outpatient program, and it's the single best decision I've made my entire life. The staff educated me on addiction and how it is a disease, not an issue of morality. The campus and facilities are comfortable. I still attend free after care groups.These days I am a much happier, healthier person. I have a whole new perspective on life and Ridgeview to thank for it.

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I initially did not want to seek help at Ridgeview because I believed I did not have a problem with alcohol. Looking back -- not only did I have a problem but my life was starting to unravel. I entered their evening outpatient program, and it's the single best decision I've made my entire life. The staff educated me on addiction and how it is a disease, not an issue of morality. The campus and facilities are comfortable. I still attend free after care groups.These days I am a much happier, healthier person. I have a whole new perspective on life and Ridgeview to thank for it.

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Having experienced treatment at Ridgeview and at other rehabilitation facilities including both a ""country club"" and a ""boot camp"", I am confident in recommending Ridgeview to anyone in need of help with alcoholism or addiction. Yes, the admissions process can be tedious and a bit frustrating. The one thing I can tell you for certain is that once you get past the admissions hurdle, the staff at Ridgeview genuinely care about you as a person. They did not give up on me, even though they had every right to, and they went out of their way to show me that they cared. Their concern for patient success carries over into the alumni/aftercare program which is one of the best in the country and is available to all alumni, absolutely without cost for as long as we choose to participate

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★★★★★

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It was not my choice to go to treatment and get help; I didn't think I had a problem. I mean didn't everyone take prescribed medication the way I did; you know an entire month in a week. No!\r
I've been clean and sober for just over 9 years and have been given the best gift a person can receive; the gift of being shown how to live life and not just exist in it. Ridgeview gave me the foundation and encouragement I needed to get sober the rest was up to me. \r
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I went through years of bondage to alcohol and drugs with no solution to the difficulties in my life. With Ridgeview's help, I began to live life the way it's supposed to be lived: with freedom and love and without regret. I am forever greatful for the staff and volunteers there. The access center was a little unforgiving but the rest of the treatment and the rest of my life has made the couple of hours in the access center well worth it.

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I went through years of bondage to alcohol and drugs with no solution to the difficulties in my life. With Ridgeview's help, I began to live life the way it's supposed to be lived: with freedom and love and without regret. I am forever greatful for the staff and volunteers there. The access center was a little unforgiving but the rest of the treatment and the rest of my life has made the couple of hours in the access center well worth it.

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I went to Ridgeview for treatment of long-term alcohol addiction in Feb 2008. Yes, it's scary to enter a psych hospital/treatment center. Yes, the assessment and admissions process is long and potentially uncomfortable for someone in the grip of addiction and/or psych issues. But that's what it takes no matter where you go for this kind of care. I didn't think anything or anyone really could help me to stop drinking but my experience at Ridgeview did it. My obsession with alcohol was lifted during my 4 weeks as a resident patient followed up with 3 weeks of half days. I was so comfortable in my skin at the end of the first 4 weeks I didn't want to leave but it's not a long-term facility. They give you the tools to continue healing outside in the real world. I love the place so much I go every week after 3 years of sobriety for free continuing care group meetings. And I stay involved further through the Alumni Association. This facility is renowned nationally and certainly one of the best in the southeast. No, rehab ain't pretty and it's not cheap but it can save your life if you're serious about it and do what the professionals tell you to do.

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This was the right place for me!!!! In July 2010 I was admitted to Ridgeview for Alcohol Addiction after intervention by three of my adult children. I hated it at first but after a few days decided to stay. This is a tough program. My case manager was a perfect fit FOR ME. I am 62 years old and have abused alcohol since age 14. SAVED MY LIFE. I do not know if this program is for everyone, but I would recommend it for anyone with an addiction problem. 9 months sober and life has never been better. Saved my marriage and my relationship with my kids and grandkids. It really can work!!!!

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This was the right place for me!!!! In July 2010 I was admitted to Ridgeview for Alcohol Addiction after intervention by three of my adult children. I hated it at first but after a few days decided to stay. This is a tough program. My case manager was a perfect fit FOR ME. I am 62 years old and have abused alcohol since age 14. SAVED MY LIFE. I do not know if this program is for everyone, but I would recommend it for anyone with an addiction problem. 9 months sober and life has never been better. Saved my marriage and my relationship with my kids and grandkids. It really can work!!!!

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Dr. McLarty Admits during Deposition: 1) Renting a Motel Room to ""Talk"" to my wife 2) Bought her Gifts 3) Gave her $75,000 for her silence 4) Bought her a plane ticket to join him in Alabama. And the list goes on and on. After 8 years my case against him was thrown out by a judge saying it was not filed in the 2 year minimum. It was filed in under 2 years but I could not afford the $15,000 it would cost to appeal the judges decision. I guess money does win out over justice sometimes.

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Dr. McLarty Admits during Deposition: 1) Renting a Motel Room to ""Talk"" to my wife 2) Bought her Gifts 3) Gave her $75,000 for her silence 4) Bought her a plane ticket to join him in Alabama. And the list goes on and on. After 8 years my case against him was thrown out by a judge saying it was not filed in the 2 year minimum. It was filed in under 2 years but I could not afford the $15,000 it would cost to appeal the judges decision. I guess money does win out over justice sometimes.

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I'm going to preface this review with a disclaimer: one of the biggest - if not THE biggest - problems with mental health treatment in the U.S. is that simply being labeled ""mentally ill"" automatically throws everything you say and do under suspicion. The mentally ill are not stupid; many of us are quite lucid and brilliant, but the reasons why treatment never improves is because the people in the best position to point out the flaws - the mentally ill - are too often written off as being liars and exaggerators. Therefore, I understand that there might be people who will say that I'm making this stuff up, but I wasn't the only one at Ridgeview who witnessed what was going on.\r
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I stayed at Ridgeview twice as an adolescent - in 1998 and 2000. As a point of reference, in the past 10 years I've been to 7 different clinics, so I have experience with what is good and what isn't. The first time, I was admitted for a suicide attempt. The second time, it was because my parents tried to k-ll me (and I'm honestly not joking about this). THEY BLAMED ME FOR MY PARENTS' ATTEMPT ON MY LIFE. Every time I would express anger, they would criticize me for being so ""ungrateful"" and ""rebellious."" I wish I were kidding. One counselor, Robin, was especially cruel. Several ""groups"" were held in patients rooms with people sitting on other patients' beds, which is neither sanitary nor private.\r
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I did not leave better - I left even more traumatized. I also have a friend who stayed at Cottage B two years ago, and from her experience I know that things haven't changed in the slightest. Do NOT go here or send people you love here. Look around for other options. Slightly better for adolescents is Inner Harbour. It wasn't particularly good - when I went to the day program and couldn't give a urine sample due to an empty bladder, they wrote in my charts that I ""refused to give a urine specimen"" due to a ""power struggle"" - but it definitely wasn't on the re-traumatizing level as Ridgeview.

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I'm going to preface this review with a disclaimer: one of the biggest - if not THE biggest - problems with mental health treatment in the U.S. is that simply being labeled ""mentally ill"" automatically throws everything you say and do under suspicion. The mentally ill are not stupid; many of us are quite lucid and brilliant, but the reasons why treatment never improves is because the people in the best position to point out the flaws - the mentally ill - are too often written off as being liars and exaggerators. Therefore, I understand that there might be people who will say that I'm making this stuff up, but I wasn't the only one at Ridgeview who witnessed what was going on.\r
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I stayed at Ridgeview twice as an adolescent - in 1998 and 2000. As a point of reference, in the past 10 years I've been to 7 different clinics, so I have experience with what is good and what isn't. The first time, I was admitted for a suicide attempt. The second time, it was because my parents tried to k-ll me (and I'm honestly not joking about this). THEY BLAMED ME FOR MY PARENTS' ATTEMPT ON MY LIFE. Every time I would express anger, they would criticize me for being so ""ungrateful"" and ""rebellious."" I wish I were kidding. One counselor, Robin, was especially cruel. Several ""groups"" were held in patients rooms with people sitting on other patients' beds, which is neither sanitary nor private.\r
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I did not leave better - I left even more traumatized. I also have a friend who stayed at Cottage B two years ago, and from her experience I know that things haven't changed in the slightest. Do NOT go here or send people you love here. Look around for other options. Slightly better for adolescents is Inner Harbour. It wasn't particularly good - when I went to the day program and couldn't give a urine sample due to an empty bladder, they wrote in my charts that I ""refused to give a urine specimen"" due to a ""power struggle"" - but it definitely wasn't on the re-traumatizing level as Ridgeview.

Pros: Nothing. Not a damn thing.

Cons: Apathetic staff at best, hostile staff at worst. Your patient rights as an adolescent are routinely ignored and subverted. This place is a joke for ""recovery.""

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