Ongoing Chain of Care

What happens when I leave The Sydney Retreat?

While the emphasis of your stay at The Sydney Retreat will be your engagement with recovery members and your work on the 12 steps of recovery, we know that there are other challenges you will need to address when you leave.

The most valuable resources for anybody commencing life in recovery are the 12 steps and the recovery community.

Most of us have had accommodation, financial, relationship and employment difficulties that we need to work through. The problems caused by our drinking and drug use don’t get resolved overnight – there is bound to be a reconstruction period ahead. But soon, you will come to realise that you’re not alone. Stay close to the recovery community by attending many meetings and talking to your mentor or sponsor. Utilise the wealth of experience that recovery community members have, and piece by piece, you will start to put your life back together.

Sober living and recovery will be a new experience for everybody in your life. Give it time.

Consistency works

Our experience shows that the desire to drink or use drugs again early in recovery can return with surprising force. For this reason, we teach that the key to successful, long-term recovery is ongoing engagement with the recovery community. In Sydney, there are 400 recovery meetings each week. There are morning, lunchtime, afternoon, and evening meetings every day of the week, and participation in these is vital to the recovery process.

During your stay, you will develop your detailed recovery plan to cover the period after you leave. Your recovery plan will guide you through every challenge that you face.

Please stay connected with us after you have returned home

The Sydney Retreat welcomes and encourages past guests to return for weekly get-togethers and family BBQs. These get-togethers help will help you to maintain an ongoing connection to the principles and practices of recovery.

It will also allow you to meet with the friends you met while you were a guest at The Sydney Retreat and to support new members and guests who will be encouraged by your progress.

Our Approach

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.



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