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The Health Retreat Recovery Centre

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The Health Retreat Recovery CentreThe Basics

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
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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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