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Brattleboro Retreat has provided detox and outpatient treatment services to individuals in scenic southern Vermont since 1834. Treatment is available for both adolescents and adults looking to overcome addiction and mental illness. 

Accommodations and Food

Brattleboro Retreat is not technically designated a residential treatment facility but some of the extensive detox programs are very similar in format to an inpatient rehab. If clients stay overnight for detox, they are housed in one of two different lodges on the picturesque campus. One of the residential facilities is called The Inn, which is a beautifully refurbished farmhouse from the 1870s. This option is located within walking distance of the main retreat campus. Residents have the choice of a single or double bed room. There is a wrap-around porch with seating for residents to enjoy the view of hills and meadows, as well as a telescope and an outdoor fireplace. To add to its cozy ambiance, there is a homemade breakfast offered each morning. For lunch and dinner, the residents can enjoy buffet-style meals served in the cafeteria. 

The Ripley Building is the primary lodging option on the campus. Each resident is provided privacy in one of the 50 individual bedrooms available. There is an adjacent dining hall, where clients three meals a day are served. Residents indulge in favorites such as a salad bar, soups, pizza, pasta and tasty deserts. 

While the program at Brattleboro Retreat is highly structured, clients do have independence. Both lodges are within walking distance of downtown Brattleboro where residents can take a stroll. Guests also have access to a two mile scenic hike that starts at the driveway of The Inn.

Treatment and Staff

Within Brattleboro Retreat there are various treatment programs offered to fit the needs of each resident. These options include the dual diagnosis, short-term inpatient detox program for adults and and adolescents, as well as a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). 

The medically monitored dual diagnosis detox program is for adults and provides 24-hour care. This process usually takes three to five days and from here, clients enter the outpatient programs for four to 14 days. Treatment involves a mixture of group and individual therapy, as well as on-site 12-step meetings. The staff psychiatrist is available for those who need medication management. Group topics include alcohol education, relapse prevention, coping skills and anger management. Prior to being released, clients work out an aftercare plan with their primary counselor. 

The Adolescent Inpatient Program supports young individuals dealing with substance abuse in conjunction with social, emotional or psychiatric issues. The short-term program is four to 14 days, serving individuals between the ages of 12 and 18. The program customizes plans for each guest in order to properly address specific issues. This program is designed for adolescents with depression, chemical dependencies, eating disorders, anxiety, bipolar disorders, PTSD and anger management problems. Clients participate in both group and individual therapy, as well as psychiatric care when needed. 

The outpatient branch of Brattleboro Retreat is called the Birches Treatment Center and it offers the aforementioned PHP and IOP for adults. The PHP is an all day program Mondays through Fridays, 9am to 3pm, for two weeks. Then clients usually step down to the IOP, which is a half-day program, offered Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning or evening. Clients in both programs engage in group and individual therapy, CBT and involvement in community based support groups like SMART RecoveryAA and NA. Brattleboro Retreat offers AA meetings to all its residents at the retreat café on Thursday and Friday nights. 

The staff includes psychiatrists, physicians, Master’s level therapists and counselors.


At the Brattleboro Retreat, there is a specialized inpatient detox track for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Clients will find a safe, supportive community of professionals and peers in an LGBT-positive setting. The LGBT program is housed in a beautifully remodeled wing of the main building, offering 13 single rooms and one double.

Although Brattleboro does not have an official family program, if the client signs releases of information, family members are allowed to stay in touch and receive updates from the staff. Also, if the client consents, the family members can coordinate with the staff and set up a private meeting with themselves, the client and a counselor.

In Summary

Brattleboro Retreat is a fully equipped treatment facility with various programs aimed to promote success in sobriety for all its guests. The wide range of services utilize both therapeutic and medical care to support clients. This is a great choice for those seeking a strong dual diagnosis program with the integration of the 12 steps in an idyllic retreat atmosphere. 

Brattleboro Retreat Location

1 Anna Marsh Ln
Brattleboro, VT  05302

Brattleboro Retreat Cost

$5000 (two week PHP).  Reach Brattleboro Retreat by phone at 802-258-3700 or by email. Find Brattleboro on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedInYouTube and Google+

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