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Saint Jude Executive Retreat

Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are some common questions. Please read them carefully, and do not hesitate to call if you still need assistance. We are here to help.

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Q. Are you a religious program?

A. We understand that the Saint Jude Executive Retreat name could lead people to believe that we are a religious organization offering a religious program, however we are not.

The founders of the Saint Jude Executive Retreat are Catholic and have chosen to honor St. Saint Jude by giving the program his name. The Saint Jude Executive Retreat was built from the ground up through the hard work, generosity and kindness of others. There were many volunteers who helped to rebuild our houses and financial supporters who kept our doors open through the first several development years.  Oftentimes the founders went to St. Jude, the patron of hopeless causes, to ask for his help as they built the program and today they credit St. Jude for helping them to make the Saint Jude Program the most effective substance abuse program nationwide.

With that being said, the Saint Jude Program curriculum is not a religious program, nor do we teach people they must “find God” or spirituality to achieve sobriety as those programs have been shown to have much lower rates of success. 

Q. I have tried other programs, how is your program any different?

A. We use a social/educational approach instead of the more traditional, yet less effective, medical/psychological/control methodology thereby putting power over a person’s recovery in the hands of the individual rather than a doctor, psychologist, or group. In line with the findings of the majority of independent researchers, our methodology has provided abstinence based success rates 10 to 12 times greater than programs using traditional 12-step treatment methodologies and has remained near or greater than 60% since 1992. 

Q. I have legal/work issues, can you help me with them?

A. We have worked with law enforcement agencies and officials throughout the country. Upon your request we can provide enrollment letters, completion letters, drug screening results and any other information requested by law enforcement to help you to fulfill your legal obligations.

Q. How do you measure your success rate?

A. Statistical surveys and analysis are conducted by an independent research organization. A random sampling of 200 graduates are contacted and surveyed annually. Then a second phone call is made to a corroborating witness for each graduate. This is a person who is close to the former guest, usually a relative or close friend that has direct, first-hand contact with the graduate. Sober statistics are based on abstinence from all substances. Those graduates who have successfully moderated their alcohol and/or drug use fall into the drunk/using category for the purposes of statistical analysis. This is different than almost any other facility’s fabricated results, whereby they add moderated use as a subjective term that adds the patient to the successful category. Although moderation can be attained through the Saint Jude Program, for success rate statistics a binary result is the only objective. Either the graduate is still using alcohol and drugs, or they are not. This makes for an accurate statistical analysis. Our surveys have been conducted on the entire graduate population for over 17 years! No one in the treatment industry comes close to that kind of thorough research. This is just another way that the Saint Jude Program differs from those facilities that are not willing to track their effectiveness because they are fearful of what the results will be. We also publish the independent studies online for your close inspection. We are so confident in the methods we teach that our research policy is to have an open book to the public.

Q. What are your credentials? 

A. We are regulated by the NYS Dept. of Health & NYS Attorney General Bureau of Charities.  We are a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. Our instructors are New York State Certified Teachers or Teacher’s Assistants and have been provided extensive training by Baldwin Research Institute, Inc. to teach the Saint Jude Program. Our program authors are the founders of Baldwin Research Institute, Inc.; Mr. Gerald Brown, a career researcher, and Mr. Mark Scheeren, Chairman of BRI. Both Mr. Brown and Mr. Scheeren have experience in the treatment industry that is vast. Both co-founders lived with the guests at the first St. Jude Retreat House for a period of ten years developing the program, having a decade worth of on-site research. This level of dedication to research is unheard of in the industry, and is one more reason why the St. Jude Retreat Houses have expanded while the rest of the industry has declined over the past twenty years. Both co-founders are experts in the 12-step paradigm, and are Alcoholics Anonymous historians. This vast knowledge of what works and what does not work is constantly passed on to our staff, thereby making our staff some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry.

Q. Where does your research originate? 

A. Baldwin Research Institute, our parent company, has been conducting research since the 1980’s and continues to develop and track effective approaches to substance abuse . Visit them at www.baldwinresearch.com

Q. Is 4 weeks long enough or is there an aftercare program? 

A. While 4 weeks seems a short period of time to change one’s entire life, for 85% of those who complete the program, it is long enough to create a new way of life, but for those that feel the need for additional help we offer the Saint Jude Continuing Education Program

Q. What is the staff to guest ratio? 

A. At the St. Jude Executive Retreat we have 8 staff members per 5 guests.

Q. Do I need to detox? 

A. The Saint Jude Retreats are not medical facilities. Therefore, we do not offer medical detoxification services. However, we can assist you with finding detox services to fit your needs. We have working relationships with two facilities in our area that accommodate our guests in most cases. We can arrange detox services in your area, as well. Please call toll free at 1-888-424-2626 for information regarding detoxification.

Q. Is there a waiting list or can I come right away?

A. There is an average waiting period of 1-5 weeks, but immediate openings are available on occasion, and people can and do move up in the event of a cancellation or postponement. Call for availability at 1-888-424-2626.

Q. What if someone does not want to stay?

A. Even the most reluctant guests become open to the program once they experience the pleasant home-like atmosphere and see that they are guests in our home rather than patients in a facility. They are treated with the kindness and respect you would offer a good friend, and are shown that getting well is a pleasure not a punishment. An average of 9 out of 10 people who enter our program complete it.  

Q. How do you keep the environment drug-free and safe? 

A. We have a policy in place that if anyone drinks or uses drugs recreationally while enrolled, they will be expelled from the program with no refund.  Random drug tests are conducted throughout the six-week stay.

Replacement therapy medication such as but not limited to: Methadone, Suboxone or Subutex, Buprenorphine, Naltrexone, Revia, and Vivitrol, are not permitted at the Executive Retreat.

Q. How much does it cost? And do you accept insurance? 

A. As Baldwin Research Institute, Inc. is a not-for-profit research organization, the cost of the Saint Jude Program is 1/3 the cost of most traditional in-patient treatment programs. We also have financing programs available. In our continuing efforts to keep our costs as low as possible we do not work with insurance companies or accept medical insurance. Furthermore our research has shown that people who have received full scholarships or have insurance pay for their stay have much lower rates of success than those who take financial responsibility for the cost of the program by either paying for themselves or raising the funds through their friends, employers and family. When people are ready to change their lives, the more they become personally responsible in effecting this change, the greater the chances they will be successful.

Q. Can I tend to my business or work while attending the Saint Jude Executive Retreat?

A.Saint Jude Retreats realizes that executives and professional people have business and work obligations that must be taken care of during their stay.  Our Executive Retreat is equipped with wireless internet. Laptop computers and cell phones are permitted.  Guests can set aside some time daily to tend to their work and businesses while away from home.

Q. Is my stay confidential?

A.Our executive retreat deals with those who want to remain totally and who do not want a record of being "treated." While HIPPA laws have a level of confidentiality, the health insurance records kept at treatment facilities are not subpoena proof (in cases of divorce, family court, etc.). St. Jude's however, is totally confidential because we keep no medical records at all. Because we are not disease based, and are not beholden to a third party reimbursement records, we do not create paperwork involving people's personal lives.

Q. Can I shorten my length of stay?

A.Again, Saint Jude Retreats realizes that professional, entrepreneurial people may require a shorter length of stay due to professional or business obligations. Although, the greatest success will be attained by making a six week commitment to complete the Saint Jude Program, a shorter stay can be accommodated at the Saint Jude Executive Retreat. However, there is a three week minimum stay and you will not be considered completed.

Q. Can you accommodate a person with a physical disability?

A.Our Executive Retreat is equipped with a handicapped accessible room located on the first floor of the retreat that is conducive for a person using a wheelchair or crutches. There is a chair lift available to help those who need help getting up the stairs. And, there are ramps to enter or exit the building. The Executive Retreat is the perfect environment for those who need more individualized attention due to a physical disability.

Q. Do you have a family component?

A.St. Jude's offers a members only website called the St. Jude Corner to all families upon admission of their loved one to the St. Jude Program. Immediately upon booking a reservation family member(s) will be emailed an invitation to login to the St. Jude Corner site. This site provides family members access to up-to-date program materials, supplemental reading materials list, information regarding each specific retreat house including staffing and scheduling of meals and activities, social activities and menus, and also educational information written specifically for parents and family members of program participants. Families are encouraged to explore the St. Jude Corner and contact the Program Directors, Instructors or Family Consultants if they have any specific questions or would like to set up a personal meeting with program staff. Meetings can be done in person or via Skype. Additionally the St. Jude Home Program is available at www.sjhomeprogram.com for family members who are looking to make their own personal life changes. Sundays at the Retreats are Family Days and family and loved ones are welcome to visit. A family brunch is served Sunday mornings and a family dinner is served in the afternoon. Please call our reservations office anytime for additional information, to set up a private meeting or if you have any problems accessing the St. Jude Corner.