March 6, 2018


Here we answer some of your questions about The Retreat. Please contact us if you would like to know more.

What is The Retreat about?

The Retreat is a 12 step residential programme of recovery. You are called Guests in our house. You will be immersed in a programme that will educate you and change your lives. It will give you a new set of tools to help you to live a wonderful life if you work at it. Our staff and volunteers are passionate about the 12 steps and will guide you and work with you every step of the way.

How does The Retreat work?

The Retreat is a sacred place that works in harmony with the 12 step programme. The seed of hope will be sown and you will flourish and grow. It is the start of the rest of your life.

The Retreat separates the guests from their drinking or addictive environment and surrounds them with like-minded people who are passionate about finding sobriety. It reinforces the idea that recovery is a “we” program. It introduces guests to fellow alcoholics and addicts whose drinking and drug or other substance abuse problems have been solved and show guests precisely how to get sober. The Retreat is firmly grounded in the principles of 12 Step recovery. We help guests become aware of their condition, embrace honesty and take direction leading to not only abstinence but improved quality of life.

How many people will be at The Retreat when I am here?

The Retreat is a small intimate place. It is like your home away from home. We operate between 8 and 12 guests in primary care at one time. You get your own room so you can get some privacy and a space to call your own for your 30 day stay.

How long do people stay?

Your primary care at The Retreat is for 30 days. We also have options available for an extended stay.

How much does it cost?

$10,900 including GST. This includes accommodation, all meals, and of course The Retreat 30 day programme.

What are the admission requirements?

You must be at least 3 days sober off alcohol; and 7 days clean off “P”. You must have completed a preregistration completed by a staff member on the phone or in person so we can gauge that you are coming to the right place for you. Importantly, you must have a willingness to change.

What family support is available?

We have a weekly support group for family which we call Family Group. It offers ongoing support after your loved one has left The Retreat.

Furthermore, we organise one-on-one meetings with our CEO for the families and loved ones to help find a solution to problems and concerns going on in their lives.  We are committed to helping families recover because families get sick too.

When is Family Group?

The family group is now held on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm. (This was previously Sunday morning at 10am.)

What does The Retreat NOT do?

The Retreat does not offer the following services:

  • Therapy
  • Clinical Diagnosis
  • Structured Intervention

However, Recovery Resources offers all of the above.

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