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The Saint Jude Retreats

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LAST UPDATED: June 27th, 2019
Contrary to its name, The Saint Jude Retreats is not a religious alcohol treatment facility, nor do they provide religion-based treatment. Rather, The Saint Jude Retreats provide cognitive behavioral learning as a means of overcoming substance abuse. By doing this, they classify themselves as an alternative to traditional alcohol addiction treatment. Patients are able to select from several retreat options for their recovery program, lasting generally six weeks, with an accelerated four week executive retreat also being offered.

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The Good

  • Different Approach to Treatment
  • Rooted in Independent Research
  • Online Reviews and Patient Referrals

Different Approach to Treatment

There are no steps and no group support meetings. The Saint Jude Retreats first teaches patients what alcoholism and associated drug use is, they debunk many myths associated with alcohol abuse, and they then provide personalized instruction through the science of neuroplasticity with their proprietary cognitive behavioral learning process. With this different approach to alcohol abuse treatment, The Saint Jude Retreats address addiction not as a disease but as habitual behavior based on lifestyle choices. To combat this learned behavior, they treat alcohol abuse with cognitive therapy that promotes behavioral learning. This can be helpful for patients who have undergone unsuccessful treatment in the past and are looking for an alternative method to what has not worked for them in the past. And patients are given resources to apply during treatment that will be used for the rest of their lives.

Rooted in Independent Research

The Saint Jude Retreats have been researching cognitive therapy and how to apply it to alcohol abuse for 24 years. During this time, they have published and reported on their findings. This information is available for patients when making the decision whether or not to choose The Saint Jude Retreats as the solution to alcohol abuse. And while The Saint Jude Retreats may not be a viable approach for every patient, the facility has provided long term success to 62.5% of its patients. This statistic is independently verified by a third party research organization that continually follows up with patients each year following treatment. And while 62.5% does not seem like a high number, it provides a realistic view on treatment and the long-term efficacy of cognitive therapy as a treatment for alcohol abuse, when compared to similar short-term studies related to other treatment methods.

Online Reviews and Patient Referrals

With numerous on-site, real patient reviews, The Saint Jude Retreats provides prospective patients with access to real patient stories and commendations. The facility boasts a 30% referral rate of incoming patients who chose The Saint Jude Retreats exclusively based on a past patient's experience.


The Bad

  • Lack of On-site Detox/Medical Care
  • Lack of Insurance Coverage
  • No National/State Certification

Lack of On-site Detox/Medical Care

The Saint Jude Retreats is not a medical facility. They do not have on-site detox or detoxification resources of any kind. Rather, patients who make a reservation with The Saint Jude Retreats are encouraged to schedule detox before arriving for their retreat. Patients are able to find assistance from The Saint Jude's Retreat in locating detoxification services that are right for them, but this will need to be lined up before the patient's retreat begins.

Lack of Insurance Coverage

The Saint Jude Retreats does not qualify for coverage by most PPO insurance plans. There are funding options available, but this is on a limited basis and may or may not provide full coverage for a patient's treatment.

No National/State Certification

The Saint Judes Retreat is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization; however, they are not accredited by any national or state organizations. This is mainly due to the lack of on-site medical facilities that require certification, but it also contributes to the lack of insurance coverage for their provided treatment. Their cognitive therapists are individually certified and accredited to practice medicine.

The Bottom Line

For patients who have undergone failed treatment in the past, The Saint Jude Retreats may be a great option for long-term, sustainable alcohol abuse recovery. But for patients who have not yet attempted traditional treatment options, and who qualify for insurance coverage for traditional treatment, may want to consider that funded option before pursuing care from The Saint Jude Retreats.
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Jenny Muniz Amsterdam, NY

This company and the program in which they implement is truly one of a kind. I attended this facility a few years back as I was struggling with alcohol and other drugs and it truly saved my life. the philosophy that addiction is a permanent disease never sat well with me and this program does not push the disease agenda at all and actually they are adamantly against the disease theory all together. The program is much better organized than the other facilities I went to prior. My experience before going to Saint Judes consisted of 12 step meetings and talking to people I didn't feel comfortable with about my drug problems and I was pretty much told I had come tom grips with the fact I would never really not be an addict but rather I would have to just learn how to deal with it. Saint Jude's never made me feel that wway and offered a much better approach that was encouraging and optimistic because they provided research oriented information based in facts rather than feelings. It is really a great approach IMO. The facility itself is really nice, I attended the Executive Retreat and I had my own private bathroom, a jacuzzi tub, and a spacious room. I was able to sue the swimming pool, sauna, and also was provided with massages and one on one classes throughout my stay. Like I said, I was in the "luxury" facility so I don't know what the other ones are like but I would think they are nice as well. The food is amazing and Chef "Pangy" as I called him was really great. All the staff, from the call center, to the house staff was absolutely amazing. By the time I left after 4 weeks, I was actually sad to leave because I felt as though I was leaving people who I considered friends. While I plan to keep in touch, life has way of creeping in and before you know it, it's been years, hence my delay in writing this review. Anyways, just wanted to formally thank all who were involved in my life changing experience and hopefully anyone who is going through what I was a at that time, can find the time to attend Saint Jude's and change their life as well. Eternally grateful : JM

4 years ago

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