A team that’s deeply committed to addiction recovery.

Our staff have all been where you are

Part of The Sydney Retreat’s approach is to surround our residents with people who have strong recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction as a result of the 12 Steps, and a desire to help others achieve sobriety.

We value first hand experience over clinical skills so that we can model successful outcomes and experience rather than apply clinical intervention.

All our staff and volunteers involved in the program have suffered from alcoholism and/or drug addiction and have found a way to give up substance abuse and lead happy fulfilling lives. So they know what it’s like for you going through the same process and they’re there to help you succeed.

We don’t provide assessment or clinical counselling services, however The Sydney Retreat has a network of mental health professionals in the community for guests in need of these services.

Led by Dr Stephen Jurd, specialist addiction psychiatrist

Dr Jurd has been instrumental in developing and establishing successful addiction recovery services in Australia and the US. He developed the Royal North Shore Hospital Drug and Alcohol Services from 1984 to 2006. He initiated the Phoenix Unit, a prominent Minnesota model rehab which he directed for 14 years, chaired the section on alcohol and other drugs for six years and was the inaugural chair of the Subcommittee for Advanced Training in Addiction Psychiatry.

Dr Jurd also is plays an active role in professional training and education in his field, sharing his expertise since 2006 as Director of Postgraduate Training in Psychiatry in northern Sydney and as chair of the RANZCP Committee for Training from 2008 to 2014.

Dr Jurd remains expert in his field by conducting academic research and has published 30 scientific papers. He has participated in the development of clinical guidelines and has presented at national and international meetings. He has been granted the title of Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney.