Saint Jude Retreats Philosophy
Saint Jude Retreats has 3 retreat homes nestled in the foothills of the Adirondacks catering to the independent thinking individual ready to end addiction now. Many of our guests have made multiple treatment attempts but “relapse and recovery” are not a part of the program here. Our guests choose to end their substance use forever, not one day at a time. Saint Jude Retreats focuses on a non 12 Step, non disease based, Cognitive Behavioral Learning approach emphasizing personal responsibility and self-directed change through a process of self-analysis. You write your own plan for going home designed to achieve your best outcomes in all areas of life and choose Focus Elective classes tailored to meet your individual goals and needs. You’re always in the driver’s seat and decide what matters most to you and how to make it happen. Our 3 retreat houses serve teens, emerging and middle age adults, seniors, and our exclusive Executive retreat for those who require additional privacy, confidentiality, and attention with programs ranging from $15000-32000 all inclusive depending on length of stay and accommodations chosen.
Areas of Specialization
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
All program participants meet one-on-one with the Program Director upon arrival so that a customized program can be developed for each individual depending on their wants, needs and specific circumstances.
Dual Diagnosis Program
This term describes a person who is not only struggling with drug and alcohol problems, but also has been diagnosed or is struggling with emotional issues, such as depression, anxiety, mood problems, etc. that commonly go hand in hand with substance use. The program curriculum provides exercises to help people to overcome the substance use problem as well as any other behavioral problems or emotional problems. For those who may struggle with more severe mental health issues, they will be referred to a mental health professional that is familiar with the program.
Residential programs provide you with an opportunity to disconnect from your day to day life in a setting that will help you focus on yourself. Program lengths vary depending upon location and the individual’s needs.
Cognitive Behavioral Learning (CBL)
Cognitive Behavioral Learning (CBL) is the Saint Jude proprietary approach to self-directed life change focused on personal responsibility and freedom of choice for fulfilling life change and enhancement including moderating or ending substance use. Guests write their own personal blueprint for returning home to successfully achieve their goals and dreams in all areas of life far beyond addressing substance use issues in order to maintain their sobriety permanently.
Personalized Focus Electives
Focus Electives are personalized classes and assignments targeted to meet each Saint Jude guest’s individual needs, gaps, and interests to help them reach their highest outcome potential. The Focus Electives are integrated into each guest’s program from the start as they meet with the Focus Elective Director to determine their goals, gaps, and needs and how to address them with selected classes and assignments to prepare for their return to home, school, and career with their optimal blueprint for success in place and underway.
Family Program and Aftercare Support
A free family program is available for family members of guests going through the Saint Jude Program. The intent of the program is to help family members not only understand the philosophy of the program but also learn to feel free to live their own lives freed of emotional turmoil and guilt. Program graduates often become close to staff during their stay so graduates always have the ability to call or email the program staff whether to provide updates or gain support free of charge, weeks or even months after leaving the program.
12 Step Deprogramming
The Saint Jude Program specializes in working with guests who have tried and failed at multiple rehab and 12 Step programs. Guests who have been through the addiction industry mill benefit from the expert help Saint Jude provides to shed their addict or alcoholic identity acquired through 12 Step program indoctrination. Once guests realize they never were diseased, damaged, or irretrievably broken but simply misinformed, they can start to make new permanent choices and changes for a happier, productive future they alone control.
In an arena that is dominated by the methodologies of AA/NA and their faith healing approach for overcoming drug and alcohol dependencies, it's nice to know that there are resources available that forward the notion that one can effect positive changes in their lives through education, cognitive changes and a lot of hard work and determination. While I have not personally been a client of St. Jude Retreats, I've had the pleasure of speaking with several members of their executive staff as a result of having published my book on the subject of addiction, "The Freedom to Recover". While our views on what works and what doesn't may not be 100% in alignment, they are pretty close. I've read over all of their course materials and have yet to come across a "program" or in-patient setting that offers anywhere near as comprehensive a game plan based on logic, self empowering ideas and real life approaches to addiction. Drug and alcohol addiction, or as I prefer to refer to it, dependency, is NOT a disease that requires lifetime "recovering" but rather, is a condition that one can overcome and put in their past. At least that is my view and one that St Jude Retreats embraces as well.- Rolf
I went through the saint Jude program in April of 2015 and completed in June 2015 and honestly it has completely changed my perspective on life. It is an outstanding program and it WILL give you the tools and knowledge to take on all obstacles that have been lingering or that will arise in the future. Whether it's substance abuse or everyday problems in life, this program without a doubt is the go to program. All of the staff there are all ears and are willing to help you get back on track, set goals, remain focused and be the person everyone loves!- John
When my family confronted me with the fact that my drinking was out of control I said I could handle it myself. They persisted and I went to St. Jude's. At first I was wondering how did I end up here? After a week or so I dug my heals in and concentrated on the program. On me. On what I was doing to myself and my family. Six weeks later when I went home I felt lighter better more centered. That was less than a year ago. Since then I have traveled to Tahiti ,become a great grandmother, watched a granddaughter graduate from high school, move to a beautiful condo on the ocean, and within a year I will celebrate our 50th anniversary with my husband. Yes I have a lot to live for.- Liz
I had the fortunate privilege of being a guest at St. Jude Retreat in January of 2014. I had tried multiple times in a 12 step program and it just didn't click. Conceding to the mentality as a victim of a disease in which I had no control just didn't make sense to me. I was in a weakened place in my life and I really didn't think trashing my past was going to be what it took to turn my life around. I went to St. Jude and found that the program was very empowering. The program allowed me to figure out where my standards were and where I wanted them to be. Getting clean was going to mean changing my attitudes and my focus, finding things of value in my life and focusing on them. The program at SJR was valuable in showing me that my personal choices affect my life. Being aware of that allows me to be an active participant in the direction my life takes.- Paula
I can honestly tell you that St. Judes not only saved my life, but made my life a whole lot better. I attended St. Judes in 2011 and to this day I speak with the counselors on a regular basis. They continue to share experiences that I can use in my everyday life. I can proudly say that many of them have become my friends. St. Judes to me is more of an education than anything else. It taught me to discover the reasons "why" I wanted to use drugs and alcohol. Once I knew why, I could really focus on how to make it better. I would and have highly recommended St. Judes. For anyone that really wants to live a better life... Oh and the food..... AMAZING!!!!- Timm
Meet the Staff
Mark W. Scheeren
Chairman and Co-Founder
Gerald J. Brown
Co-Founder & Senior Director of Research and Development & Senior Research Fellow
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