ABOUT PYRAMID HEALTHCARE - RIDGEVIEW TEEN RESIDENTIAL INPATIENT TREATMENT CENTER
Located in Gibsonia, Pa., Pyramid Healthcare operates the Ridgeview Teen Residential Inpatient Treatment Center. It is one of two adolescent residential facilities operated by Pyramid Healthcare, Inc., and one of Pennsyvania’s 123 facilities that offer programs for adolescents. Designed to treat teenagers seeking treatment for chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders, Ridgeview offers a residential program and outpatient-based services. If necessary, on-site medical detox is available, as well as medication-assisted therapy (MAT) to the alleviate the discomfort of withdrawal.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The treatment process at Riverview starts when clients first participate in an initial assessment, which is used to determine an appropriate level of care and develop an individualized treatment plan. Clients meet with specialists to research their medical and behavioral health conditions, as well as any other contributing factor to their addiction. Admission to Ridgeview and assessments are offered 24 hours per day, seven days per week. If a client requires supervision and structure to acquire sobriety, the individual may be referred to the residential program.
Treatment typically lasts between 30 and 60 days in the residential program. Programming blends 12-Step immersion with evidence-based programs. The 12-Step program is used in nearly 48% of treatment facilities in the U.S. Clients in the residential program also participate in weekly individual and family counseling sessions, which are designed to identify the underlying causes of addition.
To facilitate addiction education, treatment includes five group counseling sessions per week to learn coping skills, relapse prevention techniques, and emotion regulation. These courses can help clients prevent problems in the future by teaching them to control different aspects of their lives. That way, they are less likely to relapse.
Pyramid also utilizes medication-assisted therapy (MAT) using Methadone or Suboxone to reduce withdrawal symptoms. In U.S. detox programs, nearly 26% use Suboxone for opioid detox. In addition, clients regularly attend 12-step meetings and participate in recreational therapy.
Pyramid also emphasizes family involvement, such as family education classes and counseling sessions, as an integral component of adolescent treatment programs. The facility’s state-licensed academic program, led by certified teachers, helps ensure that residents do not fall behind in their studies.
To address any co-occurring mental health disorders, Ridgeview provides psychiatric evaluations and ongoing medication management. Once a client completes residential treatment, they are encouraged to transition into an outpatient program. Ridgeview also provides linkages and referrals to continue psychiatric care and medication management.
The treatment team at Ridgeview includes psychiatrists, substance abuse counselors, certified teachers, nurses, and behavioral health technicians. It is a CARF-accredited facility, which only accredits 28% of U.S. facilities.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Ridgeview provides clients with gender-specific housing with shared bedrooms. Clients have access to workout equipment, and regularly participate in recreational activities. Smoking is allowed at Pyramid Healthcare’s adult treatment facilities. During treatment, clients dedicated some time to volunteering within the community.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The single alum to provide feedback about Pyramid Healthcare’s Ridgeview Teen Residential Inpatient Treatment Center was negative. The alum gave one out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition and simply described the experience as “terrible.”
On Google, Pyramid Healthcare Gibsonia Teen Inpatient at Ridgeview has three one out of five-star reviews and a single five out of five-star review without any commentary. In negative reviews, reviewers described an environment that does “not treat patients fairly”, especially in regards to “searches” and an “incentive program” rooted in favoritism of “whether the staff likes you or not.”
On its unofficial Facebook page, the facility has an average rating of 4.1 out of five from 12 people to date. Written commentary is scarce, with only three reviewers writing anything with their rating. One alum attended the facility 14 years ago. Another alum wrote how it was the “greatest thing to happen,” while the other alum wrote: “Tech staff helps awesome and helped me out a lot.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing, two loved ones provided polarized feedback about their experience with Pyramid Healthcare. In the negative review, parent Sue wrote about a lack of communication after her son was transported to treatment. “Don't even have the decency to call you and let you no they made it safely or not,” she wrote.
In the positive review, however, the anonymous loved one gave five out of five stars for the likelihood they'd recommend the treatment center. They also gave five stars for exercise and leisure opportunities, treatment effectiveness, overall cleanliness, the staff's level of training and experience, and its treatment of co-occurring disorders. "The staff assigned to my loved one was a good match. developed a very good relationship which was key to healing," the loved one wrote.
Pyramid Healthcare accepts private insurance plans and is one of the 62% of U.S. facilities to accept Medicaid. Pyramid also helps clients that cannot afford treatment through financial aid or other methods as necessary.
Pyramid Healthcare is looking to expand the resources in the community to clients with special needs. It is using its connections and social media platforms to help recruit new staff members for different area programs, including SRS: Soaring Heights School, which provides specialized education resources for people with Autism.
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