The Retreat Philosophy
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities affected by alcohol and drug dependency by providing affordable, effective educational services grounded in the Twelve Step principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. If you’re hungry for recovery, we will provide a dignified setting and surround you with people living recovery at the highest level; you’re going to get what you need. Everywhere you look you’re surrounded by people who believe in you and believe you have what it takes to recover.
Areas of Specialization
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Meet the Staff
John H. Curtiss, M.A., LADC, NCRS
John is President of the Community of Recovering People board of directors and The Retreat. He is one of the principle designers of The Retreat model. Prior to his employment with The Retreat, John was employed by the Hazelden Foundation for over 19 years. In his years at Hazelden, John served as Vice President of Hazelden’s National Continuum, Executive Director of Hazelden’s Outreach Services, Executive Director of Fellowship Club, Hazelden’s intermediate care facility in St. Paul, MN, Unit Supervisor of two of Hazelden’s primary treatment units and as a chemical dependency counselor. John has a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration from the College of Saint Mary’s, is a graduate of Hazelden’s Counselor Training Program, a licensed counselor in the State of Minnesota and a Nationally Certified Recovery Specialist.
Diane Poole, LADC, CADC III, CADC
Diane is The Retreat’s Program Director. Before joining The Retreat in 1998, Diane spent 20 years providing substance abuse services to adults, adolescents and families for several managed care mental health clinics, including Allina, United Health Care and United Behavioral services. She also served as director of Marty Mann Halfway House in Duluth, Minnesota and worked at inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency treatment programs for Miller Dwan Hospital in Duluth.
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ABOUT THE RETREAT
Located in Wayzata, Minn., The Retreat provides adult men and women with a “supportive-educational environment” to recover from drug and alcohol addiction, according to its website. The facility, which is not a traditional clinical or medical program, offers both residential and non-residential options, but does not have a detox unit on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The Retreat’s website and literature are quick to point out that the center’s offering is not “treatment.” The program exclusively provides support aligned with the 12-step model or Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) / Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings. Days are typically spent working on the 12-Steps, attending educational sessions geared toward recovery and self-care, and participating in recreational and physical activities. Most clients remain on-site for 30 days, but there is also a 90-day extended program.
For those who are unable to commit to a residential program, The Retreat offers an alternative evening option that runs for 18 weeks. Additional services include programming for adults who are over the age of 60, a 10-day relapse program, sober housing, and family programming twice per month.
The treatment team is comprised of licensed alcohol and drug counselors, program coordinators, and support staff, most of whom are in recovery themselves. While there are no psychiatrists or psychologists on staff, the facility can refer clients to local mental health professionals if needed.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The 80-bed facility is located just 15 minutes outside of downtown Minneapolis, allowing residents to enjoy surrounding forests and nature trails. Both private and semi-private rooms are available, and clients have access to fitness equipment and dedicated meditation areas. Based on feedback from the 12 alumni and loved ones polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, The Retreat received an average 4.8-star rating for its accommodations.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The 11 alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com were all positive to date. Seven surveyed alumni rated The Retreat four- and five- out of five-star ratings for its treatment effectiveness, accommodations, exercise options, and holistic offerings. The visitor policy and facility’s cleanliness were also rated favorably, receiving four- and five-star ratings from six of the seven alumni.
The only critique came from Jake, who noted that the facility was not ideal for those with medical issues or co-occurring mental disorders. Yet he still qualified his criticism by writing: “I have been sober 3 years since treatment and it is due entirely to The Retreat and its emphasis on local sober living afterwards.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Six loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date were mixed in their ratings of The Retreat. Two wrote negative comments about the facility, with loved one N.N. ratings its treatment effectiveness only one star, criticizing the facility for its short treatment period and poor communications with family members. But four of the loved ones rated the facility four and five stars in holistic treatment offerings, connectivity, and family participation, with loved one Byrne writing: “It was only $4,000 dollars for a month and they have single rooms. In addition, they have a strong AA base.”
The Retreat’s residential program is priced at $4,900 for the first 30 days, and each additional 30 days costs $4,100. According to the facility’s website, partial scholarships are available to qualifying individuals.
Updated March 2017
Published on June 2016
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