The Health Retreat Recovery Centre Reviews, Cost, Complaints

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The Health Retreat Recovery Centre is a residential treatment program for adults in Queensland, Australia founded by addiction specialist Francis McLaughlan. Originally created in 2004, its current program was established in 2011. Set in the woods with close access to national parks, The Health Retreat offers a balance of clinical and holistic treatment to address not only substance addiction but also clients’ overall well being.

Accommodations and Food

The Health Retreat’s residences include two main houses, converted train carriages and individual cabins that were formerly a bed and breakfast. The grounds feel more like a camp retreat than a typical clinical setting. The main homes and cabins can accommodate up to 19 men and women. Clients first stay in the main homes and then move to the cabins as treatment progresses. All bedrooms in both the homes and cabins are private. The cabins also have private bathrooms while bathrooms in the main houses are shared. On-site amenities include a gym, pool, hot tub and sauna. Phones, TVs and computers with Internet are available to clients in the commons areas.

Food is prepared by two organic chefs and served home-style in a common dining room or in clients’ rooms. In addition to being organic, food is also gluten, dairy, sugar and caffeine-free. Clients may attend weekly healthy cooking classes.

Treatment and Staff

The Health Retreat’s program is 29 days and includes a wide range of treatments including evidence-based practices such as REBT, EFT, psychodynamic processing, Gestalt, clinical hypnosis, narrative therapy and dual diagnosis support, all in both individual and group therapy settings.

The Health Retreat does not offer or support 12-step and considers itself an alternative to AA/NA. Clients who need detox can do so at the Health Retreat under the direction of their own doctors. The Health Retreat works with outside medical services for clients who need hospitalized detox treatment. Clients receive four to seven individual sessions a week depending on their needs.

Though each day of treatment is different, a typical day for a client includes yoga and two exercise sessions including Tai Chi, long nature walks, meals and rotation of individual and group treatment sessions. Cell phones and personal electronics are permitted during personal down time. Visitors are permitted throughout the weeks and family members can stay overnight at no additional cost.

The mixed gender staff includes a psychologist, licensed psychotherapist, CSACs and administrative support staff. The staff-to-client ratio is one-to-one.

Extras

Alternative and homeopathic therapy includes the aforementioned Tai Chi and yoga, as well as art, music, pet and dance therapy and drumming.

Health Retreat’s family program has counseling and a flexible visiting schedule. The aftercare program includes staying in close contact with graduates with regular follow up calls and check ins. Clients can take advantage of the natural setting and go on daily walks and hikes in nearby parks. Additional recreational activities include cooking, boxing, Latin dancing and boot camp classes.

In Summary

The Health Retreat Recovery Centre is a 29-day residential program set in the lush woods of Queensland, Australia. It offers a wide array of clinical and holistic treatment practices for clients looking for an alternative to 12 steps. This is a great fit for clients who love the outdoors and wish to be exposed to a wide ranging of therapies and practices while focusing on clinical treatment.

The Health Retreat Recovery Centre Location

389 Corks Pocket Rd
Reesville, QLD Australia 4552

The Health Retreat Recovery Centre Cost

$16,950 AUD [$13,015 USD, per publishing day exchange rate] (29 days). Reach The Health Retreat Recovery Centre by phone at 07-5494-3359 or by email at [email protected].

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  1. Pete & Sharee on

    Hello Guys….
    Almost 8 months for Peter and I (Sharee) since we left the Health Retreat and we are still going strong and Drug Free!
    We both have turned our life’s around and loving what life has to bring us.
    We are both working at Peters parents business and also living with them to help us keep strong and support:)
    We have Peters children 40% of the time and enjoying every moment we have with them..
    We are out doing so many things with friends and family and are so proud of our selfs.

    Thank you Francis and the team at the Health Retreat for helping us both turn our life around and to be back with our family’s:)

  2. Daniel Justin on

    Id just like to say thank you for everything. It was an amazing experience and hopefully i can apply the tools that you guys provided. I endeavor to keep you informed on my progress and know that your phone number is always handy whenever I need.

    • Pete & Sharee on

      Hello Guys….
      Almost 8 months for Peter and I (Sharee) since we left the Health Retreat and we are still going strong and Drug Free!
      We both have turned our life’s around and loving what life has to bring us.
      We are both working at Peters parents business and also living with them to help us keep strong and support:)
      We have Peters children 40% of the time and enjoying every moment we have with them..
      We are out doing so many things with friends and family and are so proud of our selfs.

      Thank you Francis and the team at the Health Retreat for helping us both turn our life around and to be back with our family’s:)

      • Carol, trying tofu d the woman psychologist , blonde hair that moved to Noosa some 2 yrs ago, I had treatment with whilst undergoing upgrading sessions three years two years ago , on old corks Rd Reesvi,Le,
        Regards Gael Av ery
        [email protected] gmail.com

  3. Sophie Clare on

    Dear Francis, Carol & Team,
    I am wanting to send a massive ‘thank you’ to you and all the staff for the compassion, support and help that you gave to our son. There were some moments of resistance (thanks to Clint for running after him) but all in all we have a changed son on our hands. He has returned to school to complete Year 12 and is looking forward to the future.
    The staff that you have working at the retreat are amazing and being welcomed into the retreat by the existing guests was heartfelt.
    The ongoing support that we have received after leaving the retreat has been fantastic.
    Thank you again.

  4. Emily Courtney on

    Thank you to all the wonderful staff and fellow guests for helping me overcome some difficult issues whilst teaching me new tools to implement and build back my self- worth and meaning in life. Learning peace, love, support and long term positive change, The Health Retreat is something you should seriously consider. It’s feels it’s changed my life for ever. Please reach out to Francis or Carol to gain further insight and how they can help you

    • Thank you so much Emily! Please feel free to drop in anytime for lunch or dinner and participate in class. ecstatic to see your progress and look forward to seeing.

      Regards,

      Francis.

  5. Lucas Hewson on

    Well I have been 100 days today without alcohol and I’m not going to say it’s been easy. Mainly because it of the triggers in my life tempting me. Although the tools i have learnt at The Health Retreat have guided me through these temptations. I was going to come for a surprise visit at the new facility sometime soon seeing the amazing photos on the website. Thank you to the Health Retreat for helping me put my life back on track and I’m forever grateful.

  6. Lauren Harvey on

    To Francis, Carol and the retreat staff,

    It is a blessing that our paths have crossed. The information care and especially kindness you have given me will always be in my heart. When you can’t love yourself, there is only bewilderment, despair and terror. You all have enabled me to see the light again.

  7. In the February newsletter Maria asked questions and suggested to let the retreat know how you answered. If I used 3 words to describe the first half of 2018 I would say challenging, confusing and not happy. The second half of 2018 was supportive, empowering, caring and loving.
    The new things I discovered about myself were, I don’t need to hate myself, I am a worthy person and people like being around me.
    The single achievement I am proud off is coming to the retreat for 5 weeks.
    The best news I received was my mum wanted to reconnect with me after 8 years.
    My favorite place that I visited was definitely the retreat.
    My personal qualities most helpful were my caring, empathy and support.
    My number one person to go to was my partner.
    The skills I learn’t were confidence, assertiveness and supportive and empathy.
    I am so grateful to myself I ROCK!!!!
    The most important lesson was to be kind to myself. The mental blocks I overcame were hating myself, being so hard on myself, telling myself I was useless, bad, unlikable, piece of shit and worthless.
    The thing that I would do differently is not think those negative thoughts, and to love myself unconditionally.
    Thanks so much to The Health Retreat for guiding me in my darkest times.

    • Wow that is so wonderful

      Changes are so hard to make, using the new tools, letting go of the past, and starting to live again are crucial.

      The team at the Health retreat

  8. Thank you so much for your Kind words Abbey. We gave you the tools, however you have done and continue to do the work.

    So very proud of you.

    The Team

    The Health Retreat

  9. Abbey Pilcher on

    To Carol, Francis & the rest of the fantastic team at the retreat. Thank-you to everyone for all your help last year. My goal for your program was to be medication free so I could start a family. As you can see Jake & I married earlier this year & we are expecting a little bub in early November. Your program is one in a million & you will always be in my thoughts.

  10. Jade Ballantyne on

    Dear Carol, Francis, Clint and ALL the staff

    I can’t thank you enough for all the kindness compassion & understanding you have shown me. In different ways you have all taught me to see life in a more positive way. I never thought 4 short weeks could make such a great difference to the way I think & feel. I will forever be grateful for my time at the retreat & the knowledge I have gained from the wonderful programme. I feel like a new person & look forward to living my life to the fullest.

    From the bottom of my heart, my most sincere thanks to everyone. May your lives bring you all good health & exciting experiences.

  11. Gina I am so happy for you. People find it hard to make the decision to come, although once they decide to come it is life changing.

    Regards,

    Carol.

  12. To my amazing new friends at The Health Retreat
    From the very bottom of my heart I wanted to thank you all for sharing my journey with me.
    Carol, thank you so much for the morning runs. Also the amazing Frank I appreciate all the “dad” jokes along the way, the inspiring talks and the the boxing lesson you gave Dave and I!!
    To the amazing kitchen and support guys and gals (Kate, Clint, Cath, Jenny, Helga, Veronica) thank you so much for the lovely nourishing food, support and program you set out for me. It all helped add to the experience I received.
    A big thanks to you Jen for the Yoga….. Oh amazing!
    Where do I begin with the team of Life Coaches….. (Salima, Richard, Jayana, Jo) I am so grateful for the wisdom, knowledge, learning, growth and development I received in my time with you at the retreat house. In different ways you have all added to my life and the new ways in which I am learning to live my life through your passion and expertise in wisdom. Words can not express what you all mean to me and the experience I had with you will forever live in my heart and I will continue to grow and develop wisdom from the little seed t you all helped me plant and nurture at the start of my journey.
    To the massage therapists, art teacher and Drum teacher (Bec, Helena, Jude, Helga and Carolita) than you for helping me realize the important of looking after my body and exploring the creative side of me!
    To the guests that I had the pleasure of meeting along my journey short or long (Bryan, Graham, Jasen, Todd, Pete, Ryan, Dave, Alex, Scott, Matt) thank you for playing a part in my journey I can’t wait to catch up with you guys again soon.
    Last but not least little Ozzie, thanks for just being you!
    Ooops….. One last thank you….. Nature for the amazing retreat in the Hills!
    To anyone I may have forgotten to mention by name….. THANK YOU!
    My final words which helps me remember Wisdom…..
    Journey, Learning, Change, Worthy!

    • Hi Lena, our programs are brilliant aren’t they! A truly Holistic approach where real change happens. Congratulations! keep in touch.

      Regards,

      Carol.

  13. It seems only moments ago I was lost in doubt and confusion, now one month later I sit home in a beautiful cottage on a Glorious Mountain – in the hills. I feel a sense of inner peace and belonging that I could only have dreamed of before now.
    This journey has taken me through my emotions to a deepen understanding of how truly wonderful life really is.
    I’d like to thank all the staff and great people I met along the way, this is really is a safe place to be. Thank you so much for being you and helping find me!
    Francis and Carol this place you have here… is 100%

    • Gina I am so happy for you. People find it hard to make the decision to come, although once they decide to come it is life changing.

      Regards,

      Carol.

  14. Coming to The Health Retreat was a huge step for me. After searching the internet for “help”, The Retreat kept popping up.

    After many phone calls and emails I took the “Leap of Faith” and have not regretted it once.

    The coaches and staff have been wonderful and I have learnt so much about myself.

    A special thanks to Carl and Salima who dug deep and helped me sort out all the hidden stuff. I will always be grateful for this experience and look forward to my new life.

    • The Health Retreat operate a nurturing, scientifically based program using the very best elements of the Medical and the Natural Models. Our staff are accredited through AHPRA and other associated regulatory bodies in Australia. Accomodation is beautiful and private, and ongoing aftercare is industry leading. If you require help please call 0754484488 or email [email protected] and a qualified Professional will give to the advice you need.

  15. Kathy Mathers on

    Dear Francis, Carol and all the staff at The Health Retreat,

    When you told me at the beginning of my journey that two weeks could change my life forever I’ll be honest, I didn’t fully believe you. Now I must eat my words so to say because I am leaving here as a new woman with a renewed sense of purpose in my life.

    The caring, compassionate, intelligent, intuitive and supportive staff here have peacefully guided me through this journey and I appreciate all of you and your unique gifts. I hope you all realise how special you are as people to do what you do with genuine compassion really sets apart you and other therapists I’ve been to. You have allowed me to open up and completely change the way I look at myself, my behaviours, my beliefs and life in general. I know this is a journey and I still will grow, Learn and develop. The tools you have given me will allow me to face my challenges and live more authentically. No more hiding in my house! Hehe!

    I truly wish you all the best for the years to come and hope to forge my pathway in a way that is similar to yours. I’m planning to learn as much as I can about natural therapy as you have inspired me.

    From the bottom of my hear thank you! My appreciation for your program the amazing staff is limitless.

    P.S. You are all truly talented and that expertise combined with your genuine compassion has made all the difference.

    All my love,

    • The Health Retreat operate a nurturing, scientifically based program using the very best elements of the Medical and the Natural Models. Our staff are accredited through AHPRA and other associated regulatory bodies in Australia. Accomodation is beautiful and private, and ongoing aftercare is industry leading. If you require help please call 0754484488 or email [email protected] and a qualified Professional will give to the advice you need.

    • The Health Retreat operate a nurturing, scientifically based program using the very best elements of the Medical and the Natural Models. Our staff are accredited through AHPRA and other associated regulatory bodies in Australia. Accomodation is beautiful and private, and ongoing aftercare is industry leading. If you require help please call 0754484488 or email [email protected] and a qualified Professional will give to the advice you need. the 15, 22 and 29 day programs are brilliant

  16. Gina Cordwell on

    I am not sure how to begin to express my thanks and gratitude for saving my baby brother! I found you through pure desperation. I had rung at least a dozen different rehabilitation places in Queensland and had zero help from any of them. I knew as soon as I found your website and spoke to Francis that I had found the one place that could help rescue this beautiful lost soul. My fear was that it was too good to be true but the fear of losing My brother was stronger. Thank god my step mum trusted me and agreed to pay! The hardest thing was to convince Callum to go to the retreat and thankfully he did. Let me just say the young man I spoke to on Friday night was the very person that I believed he could be! I knew it was possible for him to be healthy again but we could not help him, love was not enough. You guys have the formula and thanks to you all he is about to embark on a new life. As we all know life is full of ups and downs, but I am confident that you guys have given him the skills to help him cope with the downs. I may never meet any of you but let me tell you I am eternally grateful for all you have done for Callum and all of our family!

    Thank you

    • The Health Retreat operate a nurturing, scientifically based program using the very best elements of the Medical and the Natural Models. Our staff are accredited through AHPRA and other associated regulatory bodies in Australia. Accomodation is beautiful and private, and ongoing aftercare is industry leading. If you require help please call 0754484488 or email [email protected] and a qualified Professional will give to the advice you need.

  17. Rebecca White on

    Dear Francis, Carol, Clinton and all the other wonderful people at The Health Retreat. It has been an amazing adventure these past 29 Days and I cannot thankyou guys enough. Secretly, I wish I didn’t have to leave. Words are not able to describe the appreciation I have for every single one of you as my life has and will continue to improve significantly because of the tools I have learnt and the amazing support I’ve had over my journey. Eternal amounts of love hugs and kisses.

    • The Health Retreat operate a nurturing, scientifically based program using the very best elements of the Medical and the Natural Models. Our staff are accredited through AHPRA and other associated regulatory bodies in Australia. Accomodation is beautiful and private, and ongoing aftercare is industry leading. If you require help please call 0754484488 or email [email protected] and a qualified Professional will give to the advice you need.

  18. Hello my friends at The Health Retreat

    I just spent two months in a rehab in Thailand. There were over 85 people there and it was huge.

    It was all about NA 12 step, I might as well have stayed home and gone to NA meetings.

    I relapsed the first week back into australia, actually hours after I returned. I really felt I had failed.

    Didn’t want to come to the Health retreat, after all I had failed after two months in Thailand, but within a day, I could see it was smaller, more qualified help, and a real caring. In a month they did 110 hours of work on me, with psychologists trained in medical and natural therapies, and amazing natural therapists who broke my addiction.

    I felt like I was nurtured, valued and now I am well on my way to long term recovery. Yep they call me just to say Hi, but I know its to make sure I have support and more importantly know I have support.

    Carol, Salima, Louise, Carl you are the best.

    AND yes Francis thank you so making me laugh when I was so sad when I arrived, it helped so much to settle in.

    I would recommend the Health retreat to anyone who has issues, tried elsewhere like me, and need the best place.

    You won’t regret it.

    • The Health Retreat operate a nurturing, scientifically based program using the very best elements of the Medical and the Natural Models. Our staff are accredited through AHPRA and other associated regulatory bodies in Australia. Accomodation is beautiful and private, and ongoing aftercare is industry leading. If you require help please call 0754484488 or email [email protected] and a qualified Professional will give to the advice you need.

  19. Allison Davies on

    Dear Francis and all your wonderful team,

    Sorry it has taken so long to thank you and your fabulous team for turning around my son’s life. Unfortunately, I couldn’t see B straight away on his return and he then had an accident on his first day back at work that set him back a bit. I am so pleased to inform you he is such a changed man – so positive for his life ahead now and so ever thankful for all the effort your team has put in to give him the right tools to deal with life’s challenges. He talks so passionately about you all and the program which you offer. He wrote an article on his facebook page and received 162 positive replies, which surprised him, as many were from friends he felt he had lost due to his behaviour over the past few years.

    Once again, many thanks for turning around Blair’s life and setting him back on the right path.

    Sincere regards,
    Allison

  20. 12 months has passed since my visit to the retreat and I can favourably say that I am feeling great about my life. I continue to practice all that I have learnt from your teachings from knowing who “I am, why I am here” to accept control then appreciate the everyday Swell of emotions, thoughts and feelings that come over me. I continued with CBT and completed courses in mindfulness for positive performance.
    What have I learnt.

    To have gratitude for those who have gratitude toward me
    I am my own belief system and I control that belief
    Grateful for all that I have around me
    That communication is a golden key to unlock unwanted feelings of concern. This dissipates my anxiety and stops that spiral of decent.
    Things happen in life for many reasons, however it is how I deal with those things whether good or unwanted determines the outcome
    To not react to situations immediately and give yourself time to think about that reaction. It always feels better when you don’t react.
    To let the small matters go before they manifest
    Exercise is an important part of healing and wellbeing
    Mindfullness meditation and awareness does settle the mind and allows for a feeling of calm throughout the day
    I now realised that I have begun to pass on all my learnings to friends, family and colleagues. I believe that this has been one of the most satisfying outcomes to come from “my” mental health issues.

    It will always be a life’s work keeping positive, happy and grounded but if that is what it takes for me to continue feeling good and pass that on to loved ones then I am all for it.

    Regards,
    Ian

    • Well done Ian, as you know our aftercare is brilliant and we have a open door policy for day visits.
      Hope you like the weekly email prompts to keep you on track.

      Hope to see you soon

      The Team at the Health Retreat

  21. William Peterson on

    Hi all
    It’s Will, well I have been 100 days today without alcohol and I’m not going to say it’s been easy because it hasn’t especially the last few weeks.. I was going to come for a surprise visit today but because of the weather I have to put it off.. can u please say HI to everyone for me and I hope to see you soon.
    Love Will xx
    PS: Thanks again for everything xx

    • Well done Will. You are living prof of what an amazing many you can be. The process of NOT telling people what to do, but guiding people to where they need to be really is effective. Having AHPRA approved a Doctor, Psychologists and naturopath, and other staff who are accredited with the appropriate statutory bodies, an amazing program which addresses real life skills, self worth, triggers, challenges to a persons body, stress management, really work.

      call 0754484488 or email [email protected] for help for yourself or a loved one.

  22. Finley Crawford on

    The place is a con for money.

    It’s expensive but it does not deliver. Ask Sir Francis on how many people actually leave after paying up for two weeks. Ask him about when he loses his temper when people chose to leave.

    Ask the fraud when he turns up every odd morning and says “it’s a beaudiful dayyyyy” – he is an unhealthy overweight money grabbing man who has significant staff turn-over.

    White euro cars, a son with a hankering for big euro watches, conned young kids and freaks that lecture.

    If you have a family member, friend or spouse you care about then take then to a hospital ER room and into medical rehab.

    Francis is a well known con artist. Don’t get conned. Your money funds lunatics.

    Richard the psych was the best man there – he is no longer.

    WHAT A JIP JOKE this unclean dump is.

    • Unfortunately we have had what we believe is a concerted attack on the internet from competitors against the Health Retreat.

      This usually happens when your program is far superior to others, and you offer services very comprehensive for a fraction of the cost they charge.
      Finlay Crawford is a false name from a person who has never attended the retreat. These forums are a tool for people to ascertain the quality of service supplied for themselves or a loved one. Unfortunately others use them to attack programs, defame others and their families. We have contacted rehab reviews and asked for the details of the poster so that we can address this issue further legally. Please go to our website thehealthretreat.net.au and view all of the unsolicited and mostly handwritten testimonials from people who actually attended a program and their families. Also view the photos of every part of the property, the facility is beautiful, and if you want to see for yourself come and and have a look for yourself, as it is a very impressive property, the post is very inaccurate in describing the property.
      I think it is very sad when someone attacks your son, who by the way doesn’t have a expensive watch, it shows the mentality and personal attack that this post is. Many of you have been in the waiting room for ER, been in and out of Medical rehabs, so understand the problems associated. Please see this for what it is, a personal attack from someone, who has never attended the program, and I really hope it doesn’t stop you from getting the very best care for yourself or a loved one.

      All Doctor, Psychologists and other staff are AHPRA approved professionals that have been staff members long term.

      If you attend the Health Retreat we will exceed your expectations. We look forward to hearing from you.

      [email protected] or 0754484488.

  23. The Health Retreat DOES NOT tolerate Illegal Behaviour, Drugs, alcohol, drug implements, violent behaviour and possession of weapons. The Health Retreat do not tolerate talk of harm to people or animals. We set standards which nearly every client rise to, therefore changing their life, their tools and the outcomes going forward. That is why people who attend love the Retreat, LOVE the staff, LOVE the food, and LOVE the outcomes.

    The Health Retreat is the most effective program in Australia. Please read all of our website thehealthretreat.net.au to read the comments from hundreds of clients unsolicited testimonials.
    The Health Retreat is an educational program which has a Doctor, Psychologists, Natural Therapists and Naturopath. This Holistic approach is very effective with great food and accommodation. The Health Retreat is not a Hospital or Clinic.

    • I am considering this program for my 20-year-old son who has depression, anxiety, and very poor self-worth. Can you give more details on why it was disappointing?

    • The Health Retreat DOES NOT tolerate Illegal Behaviour, Drugs, alcohol, drug implements, violent behaviour and possession of weapons. The Health Retreat do not tolerate talk of harm to people or animals. We set standards which nearly every client rise to, therefore changing their life, their tools and the outcomes going forward. That is why people who attend love the Retreat, LOVE the staff, LOVE the food, and LOVE the outcomes.

      The Health Retreat is the most effective program in Australia. Please read all of our website thehealthretreat.net.au to read the comments from hundreds of clients unsolicited testimonials.
      The Health Retreat is an educational program which has a Doctor, Psychologists, Natural Therapists and Naturopath. This Holistic approach is very effective with great food and accommodation. The Health Retreat is not a Hospital or Clinic.

  24. GREAT SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT!!

    TOOK ME MONTHS TO WORK UP THE COURAGE TO ATTEND AND WISH I MADE THE CALL EARLIER

    LIFE CHANGING!

    • He is correct, it isn’t what it is marketed to be. It is more than just a Health Retreat, It is the finest program anywhere. Brilliant Doctor. Brilliant Psychologists, Brilliant Naturopath, Brilliant Natural Therapists, Brilliant accommodation, Brilliant food and most importantly a Brilliant program achieving Brilliant long term outcomes. Please read the unsolicited testimonials on thehealthretreat.net.au which really tell the story of what a wonderful nurturing retreat The Health Retreat really is.

  25. Alex Crandon on

    It might not be the cheapest or the dearest but it’s certainly the best. After 20 years of various rehab rounds with various organisations in NSW and Queensland, two weeks at The Health Retreat last year and our son is a new and different person; they have turned his life around. It’s a miracle!

    Thank you so much to Francis ad his wonderful staff.

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