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
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.
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.
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” for individuals struggling with substance abuse. The facility, which is not a traditional clinical or medical program, offers both residential and outpatient options, but does not offer 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 facility exclusively provides support aligned with the 12-step model. Days are typically spent working on 12-Step, attending educational sessions geared toward recovery and self-care, and participating in recreational and physical activities. While most clients remain on-site for 30 days, there is also a 90-day extended program. The Retreat is one of only 69 facilities in the state to offer a short-term residential 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. Only 13.8 percent of facilities in Minnesota offer some sort of treatment aimed at senior citizens.
The Retreat's 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. To date, the nine individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter awarded nearly-perfect ratings for the quality of staff.
Staff Experience and Training: 4.9/5
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. Residential programs are gender specific. The 10 individuals polled on the matter awarded excellent ratings concerning the upkeep of the facilities.
Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.8/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
To date, the seven surveyed alumni by Rehabs.com praised most aspects of the facility, including the facility's staff, counseling options, and the visitor policy, 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.”
On third-party sites reviews were split, though mostly positive. On Google, 29 reviewers gave the facility an average rating of 3.6 out of five stars. Of these, 18 were perfect five star reviews and nine were one star reviews. "They do nothing, it's peer run. Waste of money" wrote J.H. in a representative one-star review.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The six loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date offered moremixed ratings for The Retreat. Two wrote negative comments about the facility, with loved one N.N. criticizing the facility for its short treatment period and poor communication with family members. However, four loved ones praised the facility's holistic treatment offerings, connectivity, and level of family participation. Loved one Byrne wrote: “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 $5,400 for the first 30 days, and each additional 30 days costs $4,600. Non-residential programs begin at $2,900. According to the facility’s website, partial scholarships are available to qualifying individuals. To date, the four individuals polled on the matter praised the cost of the facility.
Published on May 2019
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