Our Approach to Drug & Alcohol Treatment

Drug & Alcohol Recovery – Our Approach

The Sydney Retreat is a 20 bed facility located in Stanmore, Sydney. We provide a cost effective, affordable 30-day residential program modelled on the highly successful The Retreat USA, with success rates that far exceed that of any other public or private alcohol and drug rehabilitation program anywhere in the world.

We understand that the path to recovery is elusive. If it was as simple as an alcoholic or addict realising they need to stop drinking and remaining sober on the strength of some counselling or group sessions at a drug and alcohol treatment centre, then the relapse rates wouldn’t be so high. Achieving real long term drug and alcohol sobriety takes more than this. Many of our guests have been unsuccessful in staying sober from medical based rehabilitation centres but found longer term sobriety with The Sydney Retreat.

We offer an innovative residential recovery program that provides a non-clinical, mutual help approach to the problem of alcohol and drug dependency. This supportive, educational setting is grounded in the spiritual principles of AA. By providing a safe and supportive environment to study and practice these principles, we open the door to a life of contented sobriety.

According to Dr Stephen Jurd, director of the Sydney Retreat, the success of the Sydney Retreat model is in the application of the 12 Steps of recovery, and exposure to the recovery community.

The 12 Steps are so successful because they focus on a new way of life. When the drinker changes their attitudes and changes their behaviour, the staying sober part, which always seemed so elusive, all of a sudden becomes possible.

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The Sydney Retreat

The Sydney Retreat is a non-profit organisation which offers a proven and successful, evidence-based 30-day recovery program in a purpose built comfortable and supportive 20-bed accommodation facility.

The accommodation section includes fully accessible rooms and facilities for people with a disability.

Most guests will be sharing a room. There are some single rooms with ensuites but access to those will depend on their availability when you book.

Recovery means being free from drug and alcohol dependency and being able a way to live the life you’ve always wanted.

You will be introduced to members of the recovery community who have long-term sobriety, with the goal of fostering connections whilst being guided through the 12 Steps of recovery.

We provide an immersive, supportive, 30 day intensive program modelled on The Retreat USA. Our primary goal is to help our guests understand and practice the power of the 12 Step recovery program in a safe and supporting community environment.

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Our people

We are a group of men and women who believe that the 12 Step program can lead you to freedom from alcohol and drugs. We recognise the urgent need for an affordable residential facility that provides a solution to alcoholism and drug dependency.

Daily Program

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The Sydney Retreat applies a non-clinical, mutual-help approach to the problem of alcoholism and drug dependency. We offer a comfortable and supportive environment that engages and educates our residents in the guiding principles of the 12 Step recovery program.

Our Approach

Our evidence

A newly released Cochrane Review into Twelve Step Facilitated recovery (TSF), found “high certainty evidence” that TSF programs that were designed to increase participation in Alcoholics Anonymous can lead to higher rates of continuous abstinence over months and years.

You may have been to a drug and alcohol rehab before, only to drink and take drugs again some time after you returned home. Many people can stop using drugs and alcohol for a period of time; the challenge for most people is committing to it.

The model adopted by The Sydney Retreat is a departure from the clinical approach that is used by other drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres. The Sydney Retreat gives our clients the opportunity to have regular contact with members of the recovery community who have managed to stop drinking and taking drugs.

Get Better Quicker With Residential Alcohol and Drug Treatment

Most private rehabs in Australia offer integrated care programs beyond counselling and abstinence to include physical therapy exercises, meditation, group sessions, etc. All these ensure that every aspect of addiction is well catered for, resulting in higher chances of mental and emotional recovery.

As one of Sydney’s best private rehabilitation centres, we pay attention to the quality of care, ensuring that behaviour change isn’t just another fancy phrase but a priority that’s deeply rooted in day-to-day activities, teachings, code of conduct, and belief system.

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If you would like more information on our Recovery Programs, please fill out 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 1300 169 818.

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If you or a loved one are interested in our Recovery Programs or want to better understand how the programs work, please fill out the form and one of our dedicated staff members will reach out with more information.

You can also call on +1300 169 818.


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