28 Day Residential Treatment

Why Choose a Residential Retreat?

Several rehabilitation programs can treat alcohol and drug addiction, from group and individual counselling to short-and long-term residential and outpatient programs. Out of all these programs, residential treatment programs have the highest success rates, thanks to the intense care and support, focused attention on patients and minimal distractions – which would otherwise hurt the treatment and recovery progress.

We support people who know they have an addiction by providing focused time-out from daily distractions and practical solutions for long-lasting sobriety.

Acknowledging the need for drug or alcohol treatment is one major step to starting and succeeding in a drug rehabilitation program. For many patients, the challenge is getting started with the treatment. And once in the treatment, a new challenge begins, i.e., staying in the treatment program long enough to break free of alcohol or drugs before getting their lives back on track. 

At the Sydney Retreat, we understand that recovery from alcohol or drug addiction doesn’t end at a rehabilitation centre. This way, we pay attention to the aftercare program just as we do to our in-house residential sessions to ensure patients continue with the chain of support physically, emotionally, and psychologically.

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I feel very lucky to have ended up there!

I recently spent 28 days at the Sydney Retreat and it turned out to be the best experience of my life. The program is designed

Stuart R


I think The Sydney Retreat is amazing, I found the staff extremely helpful and


Absolutely Life Changing!

The Retreat was absolutely life-changing. I’m now 434 days sober. I’m so grateful for the

Jeremy M

A Life Saving Program

The Sydney Retreat’s program has really helped me to live happy, joyous and free. My struggles with addiction affected all areas of my life, which


Thank You Sydney Retreat!

As an alumni of the Sydney Retreat, It is my pleasure to offer my testimonial. My 28 days at The Sydney Retreat were a wonderful


Thank you

The Sydney Retreat changed my life. I had been dealing with severe alcohol addiction for most of my 20s. It took away my life –


The Sydney Retreat saved me!!!

Drinking has been a part of my like for over 30 years. I did think it was something I could overcome until I heard about



I attended the Sydney Retreat in March 2022, at the insistence of my brother and financial help from other family members. I had spent most


I can’t thank the Sydney Retreat enough

After years of struggling with addiction & getting clean, my family found the Sydney Retreat. From the moment I arrived there, I knew I was


Dear fabulous Retreat staff and RA’s. I just wanted to thank you.

My foster son has just completed your program and we both can’t thank you enough for the love, support and care he was shown during


Thank you so much, John…

That was more than I was expecting. Your words of support and encouragement mean so much to me that I can’t even put them into


From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you

“As a wife and working mother of a 3 year old, I thought my life was too busy and complicated to go into a 30

Lisa JP

Life Changing Centre

The Sydney Retreat is more than just a wonderful treatment centre, but a LIFE CHANGING centre. The 12 step program literally has saved my life

John Stone

A sober life is possible

The Sydney Retreat completely changed my recovery. For the first time I feel I really understand the disease of addiction and can see the path


A future with some hope

I was very grateful to spend 30 days at The Sydney Retreat (TSR) in April/May 2022. I had reached a low point in my struggle


Internal Love and Strength

“Abstaining from alcohol was just one gift I received by attending The Sydney Retreat. The real blessing is that you’re given the tools to find yourself, to


Best thing I’ve ever done for myself

I was lucky enough to be a beneficiary of the scholarship program without which I would have been unable to attend.  The program is really


Overwhelmed By Support

Thank you for you call today following up on my daughter’s wellbeing after her recent stay at your facility.  I am very pleased to confirm


I´m very grateful

I’m very grateful for the calls and for following up on my daughter’s wellbeing after her recent stay at The Sydney Retreat. I am very


A life-changing experience

Staying at The Sydney Retreat for the 28-day recovery program was truly a life-changing experience. Going into the retreat, I didn’t know what to expect.


The Sydney Retreat saved my life

I wanted to stop drinking alcohol though no matter how hard I try, I couldn’t. Year after year I was effectively drinking against my will.


The Sydney Retreat Approach

Our Approach

Our Approach to Care

At the Sydney Retreat, we’ve modelled our 28-day residency program based on three cornerstones of alcohol and drug treatment. These three key aspects are:

Here, we help our patients focus on recovery while setting life goals that sync with who they are, their capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses. They learn how to live a purposeful life while taking part in things that satisfy them internally. By living a life of immersion, they can master everything about drug addiction and control their lives better.

Through the help and guidance of our professional counsellors, patients are equipped with the knowledge, resources, practices, and skills they need to succeed during the recovery process and lead a satisfying and fulfilling life afterwards.

Ongoing care
Treatment and recovery don’t end at residential rehab centres; instead, it’s a continuous process that takes effort and consistency to call a success. Through our recovery community, we help patients understand this to embrace the value of continued self-education and self-realization in living a purposeful life post-recovery.

Here is how we help our patients achieve this milestone

Building new habits
Good habits are difficult to create but simple to break, while bad habits are simple to develop but hard to break. At the heart of our residential program, we help patients understand this reality — so they can avoid quick fixes that will only work against them in the long run. By understanding the nature of drug and alcohol addiction and setting goals to build new habits – one step at a time – it’s possible to replace bad habits with new habits.

Establishing healthy boundaries
Balancing work life, personal life, and family and friends’ time is a significant challenge for everyone. Most people, especially addicts, often take shortcuts to avoid these realities. To help patients better care for themselves and their loved ones, we help them understand the importance of building and integrating meaningful relationships into their lives. That way, they can better manage their time and pay attention to other things, such as family and self-care, instead of obsessing about one thing and risking losing the balance of the critical aspects of life.


Every week at The Sydney Retreat, guests attend a discussion with addiction medicine specialist, Dr Stephen Jurd. In his Addiction and the Brain lecture series, Dr Jurd hears one question over and over again – Why can’t I moderate my drinking and drug use like everyone else? The answer pertains to a small and ancient part of our brains known as the reward pathway. And this part of the brain reacts differently among addicts and alcoholics.


If you want more information on our Recovery Programs, please complete the form to receive our brochure. One of our dedicated staff members will also contact you with more details and to answer any questions. You can also call on 02 9171 2920.

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