Admission requirements

The Sydney Retreat welcomes men and women who have already detoxed from alcohol or drugs. To ensure the common welfare of all people associated with our 12-step recovery centre, to be eligible as a resident, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Eighteen years of age or older.

  • Seeking recovery from alcohol or drug dependence.

  • Motivated to participate in the program.

  • Psychologically and medically stable.

  • Aware that The Sydney Retreat is not a substitute for psychotherapy, medical treatment or detoxification.

The total cost is $10,750. We can discuss various payment options to suit your needs.

Forever grateful

I want to say a huge thank you to the Sydney Retreat and the amazing staff and program. I have struggled to stop drinking for


What an incredible experience

Hi Guys, I have just completed my 28 days & what an incredible experience. Special thanks to the amazing staff who are always there to


A Rewarding Life Experience

I was fortunate to spend a month at The Sydney Retreat in March 2024. While I had some experience as a member of AA going

Sarah W

I had an amazing experience

I had an amazing experience at the Reteat. The staff are all amazing and supportive and the whole vibe of the place is so uplifting.

Tiarne A

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.


Health cover & doctors certificate

The Sydney Retreat is not medical treatment, so it will not be covered by health insurance or Medicare.

We will not be able to provide a doctor’s certificate to cover the time away from work. However, your GP may regard your residency at the Sydney Retreat as a suitable lifestyle intervention to improve your health and provide you with a doctor’s certificate.


The full-time residential aspect of the program is part of its success. We do not offer places for day guests or off-site overnight arrangements, and we ask that you remain within the campus at all times.

While in the program, your total concentration and attendance will be needed. Our staff are there to help if you find this challenging, but you will be free to check out at any time if you wish.

Code of conduct

The Sydney Retreat guests, both men and women, function as one group living and working together toward a common goal.

Our staff is in attendance 24/7 to support our guest community.

On admission, our guests agree to conduct themselves with respect and consideration for others. The following behaviours will not be tolerated: Smoking in the building, using mood-altering substances; engaging in sexual relationships; using physical aggression.

Our program’s effectiveness depends on your total commitment to recovery thinking, so please leave your mobile phone and internet devices at home.

We ask that you not engage in any work calls or emails during your stay so you can commit all your attention to working on your recovery.

If you and your partner both want to attend, it is generally best for partners to make their recovery separately. If you and your partner want to recover from alcoholism or drug addiction, you must book at separate times.

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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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