Saint Jude Retreats Twin Rivers Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Saint Jude Retreats Twin Rivers


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Saint Jude Retreats Twin Rivers facility offers residential substance abuse treatment for men and women in upstate New York. As part of the larger Saint Jude Retreat network, Saint Jude Twin Rivers provides an affordable, co-ed program in a lovely small town setting.

Started in 1988 by career researcher Gerard Brown, the Saint Jude organization offers an alternative to traditional 12-step style addiction treatment using what it has coined “America’s Non Treatment Approach.” In fact, the program’s founders prefer not to even call it “treatment” but rather an educational experience designed to empower substance abusers and teach them new, healthy patterns of behavior. It is also important to note that Saint Jude is not a religious organization. The founders of Saint Jude Retreat are Catholic and chose the name to honor Saint Jude, the patron saint of hopeless causes. The Saint Jude curriculum does not teach that God or spirituality are necessary to achieve sobriety.

Accommodations and Food

Located in a charming village, the Twin Rivers Retreat was the location of the first Saint Jude program. The facility is a refurbished Victorian mansion surrounded by flower gardens. Up to 20 clients at a time are housed in both dorm-style and semi-private bedrooms with Tempur-Pedic mattresses. The property also features classrooms, lounge areas with flat screen TVs, a large dining room for family-style dinners and a beautiful outdoor area with a large deck and a gazebo. There is WiFi throughout the facility and guests are welcome to bring their cell phones and laptops. They are also encouraged to pack musical instruments, sports equipment and anything else they would want with them if they were going on vacation.

Menus are planned with both nutrition and taste in mind. Each meal offers a vegetarian option and there is also a salad bar available at both lunch and dinner. Snacks, fruit, coffee and a juice bar are available at all times.

Treatment and Staff

The Saint Jude program is designed to be six weeks long, but in rare cases can be modified if clients can’t commit to the full 42 days. Clients receive lessons based on a cognitive learning process designed to empower them through education. No detox services are provided on-site but Saint Jude has a cooperative relationship Gallus Detox Centers. When clients are medically stable, they can begin the Saint Jude program.

The method at Saint Jude uses a three-phase educational strategy. The first phase of the program focuses on empowerment, teaching clients that their substance use problem is not a disease and providing an explanation for the problem based on scientific research. The second phase helps residents identify harmful thought patterns and subsequent actions and areas of their lives they would like to change. They begin to develop plans of action for changes they need to make in order to build the lives they want. The third phase focuses on what it will take to put those plans for lasting change into action. Clients are offered the inspiration, knowledge and guidance to bring their thoughts and behaviors back in line with their goals.

In keeping the emphasis on education and not therapy, the team at Saint Jude is comprised entirely of New York state licensed educators. Some have backgrounds in psychology and addiction science. Dual diagnosis support is provided through a referral to an off-site psychiatrist. Clients who require prescribed medication are asked to bring it in the original container with a copy of their prescription.


During their down time, guests have their choice of planned social activities such as hiking, sporting events, sightseeing and other group activities. All guests receive a free membership to a local fitness centers. The campus includes a beach volleyball court , a horseshoe pit and a large grass yard for yoga and other outdoor activities.

In lieu of aftercare, there is a voluntary transitional planning program. There is a two-day family program that provides education and support in a classroom workshop setting.

In Summary

Saint Jude Retreat Twin Rivers offers an affordable, unique alternative to 12-step recovery. Clients get plenty of freedom and fresh air, but also participate in a structured program of education, empowerment and self-exploration. This is a great option for those who can’t wrap their minds around the traditional rehab thing, but want help to stop drinking and using drugs. To protect the privacy of clients, Saint Jude prefers the exact address and location of Twin Rivers is not disclosed.

Saint Jude Retreats Twin Rivers Location

Amsterdam, NY 12010

Saint Jude Retreats Cost

$11,000 (30 days, pro-rated) $16,500 (full program is 42 days). Reach Saint Jude Retreats by phone at (888) 424-2626. Find Saint Jude Retreats on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+

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  1. I wish I could go but I burnt every bridge and no one will help me. I wish they had a work program I would work for free for them as long as it takes to pay it off. My credit is so bad its two digits. I’ve been thru 20 programs here in California the last 20 years, I’ve worked at 5 of them after I finished. I’ve seen so many models but the one that I believe that will work is you’re model. Things do cost money but being free from drugs forever I would work for years for you for free if there was a way to go.

  2. my son has had a heroin and alchohol addiction for 16 years. he is almost 30 years old now. my question to you is this: you treat children that have cancer free of charge for families to try and save their lives. why would you think having an addiction is any different? i have looked into your mountain retreat in upper state new york for my son to save “his” life and no way could i afford the outrageous price. why is saving my son’s life any different from saving a child that has cancer and why is that free treatment and my son’s life is not worth free treatment? i live in massachusetts, and am on disability and my son can’t even hold a job for long because of his addictions. he has neighborhood health in mass. i know he would love the mountain retreat but i guess you think saving his life requires a price tag on it.

    • St. Jude Retreats has absolutely NO affiliation to St. Jude Hospitals. St. Jude Retreats aka St Jude Thaddius Retreats aka Baldwin Research Institutes is an “educational” program.

    • If you are referring to St. Jude’s Retreat’s price of $10,714 as being outrageous, it’s actually extremely reasonable for a 30 day rehab (if you shop around and compare) and a lot of that cost is for room and board. In the past, we’ve paid upward of $20,000 for my son to go a rehab in Delray FL, and friends of ours have paid even more for their kids. Some took out second mortgages. Fortunately, my son loved it, and decided to move there. He’ll be clean and sober one year this June, is working full time, and has a tight network of clean and sober friends who all support each other. One cannot put a price on their child’s life. How far are YOU willing to go to save your son’s? It’s not the retreat’s responsibility to lower their prices. Their responsibility is to help get your child well, IF he wants to. You mention your son has been a H addict for sixteen years. If that’s the case, you’re lucky he’s still alive. You can find cheaper rehabs, and they will most likely be dumps. Here’s a group that might be able to help you in your decision-making. I’ve been a member for several years: The Addict’s Mom. Good luck to you:

  3. Michael Katz on

    You state in the last paragraph that there are other non 12-step programs. Can you give me a list. I have looked at some and most seem to be poorly conceived. Any help would be appreciated. We are looking for a program for our 24 year old son.


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