A narrow path winds upward through thickets of ancient trees, and visitors will encounter the 45,000-square-foot facility on nearly 60 acres of meadows.
It’s a state-of-the-art facility surrounded by freshly cut grass, flocks of flowers, and the occasional passerby of turkeys and ducks. Hartford Healthcare Ridge Recovery Center to Open in Wyndham this Fall to Offer Residential Facilities substance use disorders process.
The Ridge is a facility being renovated to treat individuals suffering from substance use disorders resulting from alcohol and opioids.under Rashford Mental Health Clinic The new recovery center aims to be a place of privacy and healing, doubling the capacity to treat people in Connecticut and throughout New England, officials said.
“The scourge of people with addiction and substance use disorders is affecting this country, and certainly here in Connecticut,” said the president of Rashford University and a supporter of people with substance use disorders. James Odeer said. Behavioral Health Network at Hartford Health Care.
“We were concerned about inadequate access to people in need of drug withdrawal treatment and detox. It’s Hartford Health Care’s commitment to ensuring access for people with diabetes,” he said.
Data show that as of 2022, Connecticut will have over 1,450 poisoning deaths, ranking it among the top states for alcohol and other substance abuse disorders. About 11% in Connecticut of teens drink alcohol and nearly 9% use drugs. With a mission to reduce fatalities and usage, The Ridge, formerly Imaculata Retreat, was purchased in March 2018 to fulfill that mission.
“In Connecticut, more than 1,500 people have died in recent years from opioid overdoses, and many more have died from alcohol-related causes. It’s just the tip of the iceberg when you look at the number of people who have died from it,” said Craig Allen, medical director at Rashford University and vice president of addiction services at Hartford Health Care. “Without treatment, people are at great risk of harm to themselves and their families.”
The newly refurbished facility includes 16 detox beds, 18 female residential beds, 18 male residential beds, 16 separate withdrawal beds for men and women, 2 large suites for extended stays, prayer It will have a sanctuary, an open dining hall, and well-equipped rooms. There is a gym donated by Planet Fitness and six outdoor trails for walking and hiking that branch off from the property grounds. A total of about 75 staff will be stationed at The Ridge, with three medical providers and two nurses on each shift to assist with patient care, officials said.
“I consider myself a survivor,” said Wendy Lang, a referral liaison specialist. Ridge Recovery Center. “I have a very good understanding of what happens when someone is hospitalized and what the process is like for them. there is no.”
In addition to licensed addicts and health care professionals, The Ridge is a resource for other health care providers who can learn the latest and most effective techniques for helping individuals with substance use disorders. It will be a place of education.
Allen said Ridge will focus on medical support treatments beyond just drugs.
“We are open to building on these cutting-edge ideas, but the cornerstone of our treatment is medical, evidence-based care,” Allen said. “We are open to all other holistic approaches.”
Upon entering the facility door, patients are greeted by nurses, admission procedures begin, medications can be initiated to manage symptoms, and a full evaluation can be completed the next morning. After a mental and physical evaluation, 30 hours of treatment per week is expected, including individual and group therapy, exercise, and holistic therapy.
“Recovery begins with the hospitalization process,” Lang said. “All the pressures of the world will leave, and in the process individuals will naturally be exposed to privacy.”
Program participants also have a nutritionist who works on their individual diets. Family visits are highly encouraged and will be on a monthly basis. Due to its focus on making treatment at this facility accessible to everyone, The Ridge accepts many insurance policies and is modest for those with Husky insurance or government-issued insurance. the official said. While insurance doesn’t cover extended stays, LCSW’s Christie Scott, vice president of clinical operations at Hartford Healthcare, said the facility “encourages a complete continuum of care” and that individuals He said he would let him stay as long as he wanted.
Inpatient care begins in part with the “why.” Allen and Odeer stressed the importance of understanding the underlying issues that may explain a person’s current state of drug use as an important part of treatment.
“When patients are put on withdrawal management for 3 to 5 days, they no longer suffer withdrawal symptoms from that substance. Nothing is being treated,” Allen said. “Changes that occur in the brain can take a long time to reverse.”
With strong ties to the community and local hospitals, The Ridge has a close network of professionals willing to help those struggling with alcohol, opioid or other drug use conditions. For those who cannot be hospitalized or who have decided that the new facility is not right for them, our current staff will work with them to help them find a new home.
“Ridge really opens the door for people in recovery. It’s a game changer,” Lang said.