The Recovery Village Ridgefield Welcome Guide:
What to Expect from Intake to Aftercare
The Path to Health Starts Here
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.
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 Palmer Lake facility sets the stage for your successful 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)
- Comfortable sleepwear
- One-piece swimsuits for ladies, knee-length board shorts for men
- 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
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 of this, 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:
- 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 yoga pants or tank tops (suggest loose-fitting alternatives)
- Any item containing alcohol (including mouthwash or hairspray)
- Opened personal items other than those brought from a detox facility
- Dental floss
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.
Cell Phone Use
Because healing is your first priority, keeping distractions to a minimum is key for recovery. For the safety and privacy of all patients, cell phones will be securely stored upon arrival and signed in and out by your therapist during specific sessions. After an initial 72-hour blackout period, you may use the phone twice per week, in 20-minute increments, and on one additional weekend day, if earned, with no calling card required. For intensive outpatient program patients, cell phones are allowed during designated times.
Located 45 minutes 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, luxurious setting in southern Washington to create the right environment for recovery. We invite you to learn more about our facility, amenities and treatment programs by visiting our website.
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 and vegan 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.
Rooms at The Recovery Village Ridgefield provide you with a comfortable place to rest during your recovery. The center includes single and double rooms as well as seven cottages (three bedrooms per cottage). All rooms include shared bathrooms, and four 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, the sample schedule below will give you an idea of what to expect at The Recovery Village Ridgefield.
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 once a month.
While your treatment will take place at The Recovery Village Ridgefield, there may be off-site opportunities available. Off-site visits may vary between residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. 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.
For some recovering substance users, smoking can be helpful in curbing cravings and staying focused on sobriety. Because of this, The Recovery Village Ridgefield allows residents to take periodic smoke breaks. Keep in mind that men and women must smoke in separate designated areas. The timing and frequency of these breaks will be determined based on situational medical recommendations. If you smoke, you will need to bring enough cigarettes or tobacco products for the anticipated length of your stay. Smoking cessation products will be offered during your treatment.
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, 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:
During your treatment, you’ll become part of a dynamic family of physicians, treatment specialists and recovering patients. But that camaraderie doesn’t end when you leave The Recovery Village Ridgefield. After treatment, you’ll have access to a nationwide alumni network of counselors and other former patients to help keep you sober and accountable. Staying connected with others who understand your struggle with virtual and in-person meetups can be a strategic and essential part of continuous recovery.
Dr. Kevin Wandler M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Wandler designs and implements proven models of evidence-based therapeutic programming and ensure that each facility is providing exceptional patient care.
After spending the first 12 years of his career in the United States Navy as a hospital corpsman, Steven Hart dedicated his life to helping those in need of long-term healing from addiction. He has worked in recovery services for more than 30 years, managing inpatient and outpatient programs, maintaining community relations, and inspiring clinical excellence.
Director of Nursing
Megan Andersen, B.S.N., RN, leads the licensed nursing staff and behavioral health technicians who work most closely with patients at The Recovery Village Ridgefield. Together, the team implements proven models of evidence-based therapeutic programming to ensure a quality and positive experience for each patient.
As the clinical director of The Recovery Village Ridgefield and licensed mental health counselor, Jolene Feeney is dedicated to helping patients uncover life satisfaction, coping skills and abilities. She is passionate about using dialectical behavior therapy and crisis management to help patients work through mental and physical substance dependence.
Insurance and Your Obligation During Treatment:
As you are probably aware, nearly all health insurance plans require you to pay some 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 will vary based on a number of factors including:
- Your individual benefits plan
- Length of stay at center
- Type of services received during treatment
- Other services offered at center, but not covered by your insurance provider (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.