“I don’t have a single complaint about our experience with Ridgeview. During the family sessions, the therapists and group
leaders were professional and skilled. As busy as they were, I never felt hurried.” — father of a former patient

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Family Workshop
A four-day healing and recovery workshop for patients, their families, and significant others

2015 Family Workshop Schedule
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thursday

January 13-16 February 10-13 March 10-13
April 14-17 May 12-15 June 9-12
July 14-17 August 10-13 September 14-17
October 12-15 November 9-12 December 14-17

Family Workshop Schedule

Ridgeview’s philosophy is that treating the entire family is a necessary component of any addiction or psychiatric treatment program. Studies have shown that the recovery process is more effective when those who are living with and interacting with the patient become educated about the illness and the recovery process. During lectures and groups, family members learn about the specifics of the illness as well as how to set healthy boundaries with patients, how to support the patient without enabling unhealthy behaviors, and how to develop new tools for confronting difficulties as they come up.

In addition to the formal education that family members receive, they also learn that they are not the only ones dealing with this type of illness. Family members learn that there are ways of reaching out to others to address their own emotional stressors, struggles, losses and frustrations. They are able to experience how talking to and listening to others who have been through this struggle lessens the burdens of caring about someone with a chronic, relapsing illness. It shows them that they do not have to be alone in their journey with the illness. Toward this end, family members are encouraged to create a network of ongoing support for themselves.

Ridgeview Institute Family Workshop is a four-day healing and recovery workshop for patients, their families, and significant others.
Family Workshop also provides a forum for staff to learn about the family’s perspective of how the illness has impacted the patient’s life and how it has affected the family. The afternoon group therapy provides an opportunity to address clinical concerns with the help of case managers and further explore family dynamics .

The program includes discussions about continuing care as patients transition out of treatment and back into the "real world". Family members will discuss what to expect as patients grow in their recovery. Family members complete the week with feelings of renewed hope, new tools to empower them to take better care of themselves, and a better understanding of the things they can do to help their family’s overall wellness and recovery.

Who can attend?
Workshop is open to Ridgeview patients, families and supportive friends. Appropriate for ages 17 and older.

What does it Cost?
There is no additional charge for family members of current Ridgeview patients.  Others may attend the family workshop for a fee.  For details, please call the Family Services Coordinator at (770) 434-4568 ext. 4116.

OK, I want to come.  What now?
Check the Family Workshop Schedule above for more information on groups and lectures offered throughout the week.  No pre-registration is required unless your loved one is in the Evening Program.  Evening Program patients and family must pre-register.

These four-day workshops run Monday through Thursday and begin at 8:30 a.m. on the Ridgeview campus in the Day Hospital.  Coffee and muffins are served in the morning.  Noon lunch tickets are $4 per person.  Families and friends will be able to eat together.  The workshop ends at 3:30 p.m. daily, except Thursday which ends at 1:00 p.m.

What happens each day at the workshop?

A typical day in the family workshop would include the following:

Registration and Welcome
Coffee and Muffins
Morning Focus (a directed meditation)
Morning Education Lectures
Stretch & Break Time (access to vending machines & books available for sale)
Small Group Therapy
Noon lunch with time for eating, visiting, and book table
Afternoon Education Lecture
Stretch & Break Time
Family Group Therapy (family members and patients attend together)

Where can I get the answers to other questions about the Family Workshop?

Patients' families will have many of their questions answered at Family Orientation on Tuesday evenings at 6:00p.m.

For all other questions, contact the Family Services Coordinator at (770) 434-4568, ext. 4116.

Need a place to stay?

If you are traveling to attend the Ridgeview Family Workshop and need suggestions of nearby places to stay you might try one of these.

AmeriHost Inn Smyrna - 2.3 miles
5130 S Cobb Dr SE
Smyrna, GA
(404) 794-1600

*Ask for special "medical rate"
Comfort Inn & Suites Galleria - 2.3 miles
2800 Highland Parkway
Smyrna, GA
(678) 309-1200
* Ask for special "medical rate"

Country Inn & Suites - 2.3 miles
2175 Church Road SE
Smyrna, GA

(404) 564-1105
*Ask for special "Ridgeview rate"
Fairfield Inn by Marriott - 2.6 miles
2450 Paces Ferry Road
Smyrna, GA
*Ask for special "Ridgeview rate"

Hampton Inn at Cumberland Parkway  - 3.5 miles
2775 Cumberland Parkway
Atlanta, GA

(770) 333-6006
*Ask for special "Ridgeview rate"
Holiday Inn Express - 2.5 miles
1200 Winchester Parkway
Smyrna, GA
LaQuinta Inns & Suites at Vinings - 2.6 miles
2415 Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA

Sheraton Suites Galleria, Atlanta - 4.2 miles
2844 Cobb Parkway SW
Atlanta, GA

(770) 955-3900

Courtyard by Marriott - Vinings - 3.5 miles
2857 Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA

(770) 432-5555

Metro Atlanta, Georgia
Phone: (770) 434-4567 (800) 329-9775

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