The Recovery Village Ridgefield Welcome Guide

On behalf of everyone at The Recovery Village Ridgefield, congratulations on taking the first step toward a healthier you! This guide will introduce you to our treatment center and therapy programs and help answer your most pressing questions before your arrival. Here you’ll get an idea of what to bring with you and what daily life will look like. You’ll also familiarize yourself with our medical team and explore the different levels of care offered at our treatment center. We are excited to welcome you and are honored to be a part of your healing process — we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Important Notice Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are closely monitoring all developments associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of all patients, employees and the communities we serve. 

Please note the following updates:

Face Mask Policy:

Following the latest CDC recommendations for controlling the spread of COVID-19, all patients are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask while at the facility. All employees are required to wear a face mask at all times.  

Screening Policy:

ARS facilities are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, and we have strong infection control policies, procedures and systems in place. As recommended by the CDC, our clinicians are screening all patients and employees for fever and respiratory symptoms, as well as administering a rapid COVID-19 test prior to admission. 

A pre-admission acceptance is a preliminary determination that indicates you are appropriate for admission to our facility. Based on your presentation upon arrival or during your stay, it may be determined that a different facility may be more appropriate.

Visitation Policy:

For the safety of all patients, family members, visitors and staff, visitors may only enter an ARS facility during designated visitation times. A patient’s treatment team must approve any visitor, and visitors are required to wear a facemask at all times. Patients in the medical detox or inpatient programs do not have in-person visitors to focus on their recovery.

Questions or Concerns?

If you have questions or further concerns about any of our policy updates, please check back frequently, or you can reach out directly by calling 855-387-3291.

Next Steps 

Now that you’ve decided to begin treatment at The Recovery Village Ridgefield, it’s time to prepare for your stay. Knowing what to bring, what to leave behind and how to reach our Ridgefield facility sets the stage for your lifelong recovery.

What to Bring

This guide ensures you have everything you need while you’re with us, so you can focus on what’s really important — healing. We recommend that new residents pack the following items:

  • Two weeks worth of season-appropriate clothing (including alternative pants, other than yoga pants)
  • Sweater or jacket for indoors
  • Comfortable sleepwear
  • Comfortable, closed-toed shoes
  • Glasses or contacts (if necessary)
  • Toothbrush, unopened toothpaste, and alcohol-free mouthwash
  • Unopened shampoo and conditioner
  • Unopened sunscreen
  • Unopened face wash and moisturizer
  • Unopened lotion
  • Unopened lip balm
  • Unopened feminine products
  • Unopened makeup
  • Unopened essential oils or fragrances (if desired)
  • Unopened contact solution (if necessary)
  • Hairbrush
  • Blow dryer/styling tools (if necessary)
  • Any tobacco product you wish to use during the length of your stay if you’re under the age of 21
  • Hobby items (journals, sketchbooks, etc.)
  • At least one form of government-issued ID
  • Necessary travel documentation
  • Relevant medical records
  • List of family members and their contact information
  • Form of payment (debit card, credit card, cash or checkbook) for shopping during certain levels of care

What Not to Bring

Rehabilitation is an opportunity to distance yourself from the people, places and ways of thinking that contribute to your drug or alcohol use. Because your focus is on recovery, we prohibit patients from bringing certain items to The Recovery Village Ridgefield, to help them focus on recovery. Items NOT permitted at our facility include:

  • Cameras
  • Music devices with a camera
  • Personal vehicle
  • Internet devices including laptops and tablets
  • Narcotic medication
  • Expensive or excessive jewelry
  • Aerosol products including deodorant and hairspray
  • Inappropriate daily wear like short shorts, yoga pants or tank tops (suggest loose-fitting alternatives)
  • Vaporizers (vapes) or electronic cigarettes
  • Hygiene products that have alcohol listed as one of the first three ingredients (including mouthwash, conditioner and hairspray)
  • Opened personal items other than those brought from a detox facility
  • Dental floss (provided at facility)
  • Pornographic material
  • Card decks, games and sporting equipment
  • Blankets, pillows, or stuffed animals

Travel Details 

Wherever you’re coming from, our intake coordinators at The Recovery Village Ridgefield make sure you arrive at our center in a safe and timely manner. During the admissions process, all necessary travel accommodations are booked and confirmed by you or your loved ones. If you’re traveling by air, you’ll be picked up from the airport and transported to the center.

Expectations After Arrival 

To ensure the safety and sobriety of both new and current patients, each resident must consent to a search of both their person and belongings upon arrival at The Recovery Village Ridgefield. During this search, staff members will collect any items not permitted during treatment and store them in a safe and secure place until your stay is over. Additional random searches may be conducted throughout your time at The Recovery Village Ridgefield.

Phone Use 

Phone time is allowed during residential care three times a week with approved contacts only. Clients in PHP care will have unlimited access to cottage phones outside of programming hours. Upon admission, clients will not be able to use the facility phone during 72-hour stabilization period. However, arrangements to use facility phones can be made during this time if needed. Cell phones can not be used until IOP care, and only during non-programming hours.

The Facility 

Located 25 miles from Portland, Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest, The Recovery Village Ridgefield is a premier treatment facility that features resort-style amenities. Our peaceful campus offers an intimate setting in southern Washington to create the right environment for recovery.

Amenities and Therapies

Our amenities are part of what makes The Recovery Village Ridgefield so unique. Amenities and activities that are offered include*:

  • Exercise gym
  • Putting green
  • Outdoor basketball hoop
  • Horseshoes
  • Badminton
  • Kickball, wiffle ball and softball
  • Yoga therapy
  • Art and music therapy
  • Pool tables
  • Trust and team-building games
  • Prepared meals
  • Housekeeping
  • 12-Step and SMART Recovery meetings

*Activities may change from time to time or from season to season. Access to these amenities varies depending on situational medical recommendations and level of care.


Each day, we provide three well-balanced meals, prepared by a private chef. We also have a dietitian on-site to work with clients. Typically, you will have a few different meals to choose from for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with vegetarian options available. Three snacks a day are also provided. No outside snacks or meals are permitted in the facility. If you have any food allergies, please let us know prior to your arrival so we can appropriately accommodate you.

Sleeping Arrangements 

Rooms at The Recovery Village Ridgefield provide a comfortable place to rest during your recovery. The center includes single and double rooms and cottages (three bedrooms per cottage). All rooms include shared bathrooms, and cottages are equipped with kitchens. The number of residents in each room may vary depending on your individual treatment stage and care needs.

A Day in the Life 

Your days at The Recovery Village Ridgefield will be spent learning how to live free from drug and alcohol use. You’ll find new hobbies, make lasting connections with others and rediscover your own personal interests without relying on substances.

As you move through the different levels of care, your daily life will change as you gain new insight and advance through treatment. Depending on the level of care, your day may include group and individual therapy sessions, recreational activities and more. While no two programs are exactly alike, you can expect personalized care and healing groups throughout your stay.

Types of Therapy 

During your stay, you’ll participate in a variety of personalized therapy sessions. These sessions are designed to help you conquer addiction by recognizing and overcoming triggers, personal scars and past struggles. Your treatment may include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectic behavioral therapy
  • SMART Recovery
  • Neurocognitive behavioral therapy
  • Family dynamics therapy
  • Gender-Specific Groups
  • 12-Step and Back to Basics
  • Individual counseling

Family Visits and Therapy 

During treatment, it’s important to reconcile with yourself and your family. While some do better with long-distance family treatment, others may prefer to have visits from parents, spouses or other family members. Because connecting with your past is so important, therapy sessions for visiting family are held as deemed clinically appropriate.

Off-Site Visits 

While your treatment will take place at The Recovery Village Ridgefield, there may be off-site opportunities available. Off-site visit opportunities are determined by level of care and medical needs. With a range of recreation options, including yoga, a gym, basketball and more available onsite, there are plenty of activities available to aid in your recovery.

Update on Offsite Travel & Activities Policy: For the safety of all patients, Advanced Recovery Systems is actively restricting offsite travel and activities until further notice.

Smoke Breaks 

The Recovery Village Ridgefield allows residents to take periodic smoke breaks during designated times. The timing and frequency of these breaks will be determined based on programming. If you smoke, you will need to bring enough unopened cigarettes or tobacco products for the anticipated length of your stay. Smoking cessation products may be offered during your treatment. Please note that vaporizers are not permitted.

Please note: patients under the age of 21 will not have the opportunity to purchase tobacco products during their stay. Our staff is not able to provide or purchase tobacco products for patients under the age of 21.

The Treatment Process 

There are a variety of treatment programs at The Recovery Village Ridgefield. The treatment programs that you participate in will depend on your own personal needs. You’ll either move to residential care, partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient care, where you’ll continue treatment.

The entire treatment process varies in length based on individual needs but often lasts between 35 and 45 days. After treatment, you’ll return home equipped with the tools and resources you need to continue your recovery at home, work and everywhere in between. Your treatment may include:

Alumni Program 

During your treatment, you’ll become part of a dynamic recovery family. But that camaraderie doesn’t end when you leave The Recovery Village Ridgefield. After treatment, you’ll have access to local support groups, clinicians and physicians to help keep you sober and accountable. Staying connected with others who understand your struggle can be a strategic and essential part of continuous recovery.

Our Staff

The Recovery Village Ridgefield is led by full-time medical and clinical staff who are passionate about helping people overcome substance use disorders.

We have several clinical and non-clinical roles available at our Washington facility.

Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Kevin Wandler, MD Chief Medical Officer
Executive Director and Director of Nursing
Amber Martin Executive Director and Director of Nursing
Associate Medical Director
Daniel Roa, DNP Associate Medical Director
See Open Positions

Insurance and Your Obligation During Treatment 

Many health insurance plans require out-of-pocket costs in order to access your healthcare benefits. These expenses may include Deductibles, Co-Pays, Coinsurance % and Maximum Out-of-Pocket Expenses (collectively, the “Patient Responsibility”).

Your individual Patient Responsibility may vary based on a number of factors including:

  • Your individual benefits plan
  • Length of stay at the facility
  • Type of services received during treatment
  • Other services offered at the facility, but not covered by your insurance provider (such as lab tests, non-covered prescriptions, etc.)
  • Reasonable boarding fees should you decide to stay with the facility for treatment at outpatient levels of care.

An intake coordinator will review your Patient Responsibility with you at the time of admission or as soon as possible once you are medically stable. They will explain that the deductible is due upon admittance to the facility and the co-insurance amount and out-of-pocket balance will be billed and paid for after treatment once services are complete. On-site financial counselors will again review your financial responsibility during treatment with case managers who can help you navigate FMLA.

It is your responsibility to check with your insurance provider prior to admitting at The Recovery Village Ridgefield to understand your individual benefits plan. Please note that your insurance plan may not be a “participating provider” with The Recovery Village Ridgefield. You are responsible for all non-covered and out-of-pocket costs related to your treatment stay.

Medical Disclaimer

The Recovery Village aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers.