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In honor of March as Women’s History Month, here is the first of three posts this month on the Women of Saint Jude Retreats. Women make history each and every day in large and small ways as they pioneer new directions, care for their families and communities, and keep the world spinning.

We have chosen just three of the many dedicated Saint Jude Retreats employees who have worked the longest for the company and show compassion and strength every day. Choosing just three employees was difficult as any one of our employees brings such unique and essential qualities to their position and to the organization as a whole. Here is one of the Women of Saint Jude Retreats to get to know:


  • How My 9 Year-old Girl Changed Our Drug And Alcohol Program Forever

    My name is Mark Scheeren, and I am the Chairman of the St. Jude Retreats, a non-12 Step residential program for drug and alcohol use. I have three children: 2 boys and a girl. My daughter’s name is Gabi, and she is all gold to me; a wonderful, smart, beautiful, and interesting young lady. Anyone with a young daughter understands the value and color they bring to a father’s (and mother’s) world. Not that my boys do not, but the experience with a daughter is just different. As her dad, I have always felt a natural protective instinct and emotional connection with her.

    So what does this have to do with St Jude’s?


  • Dr. Carl Hart and the truth about addictions

    Michelle Dunbar, host of The Saint Jude Retreats Blog Talk Radio Show, interviews Dr. Carl Hart and the truth about addictions is discussed. Dr. Hart is a well known researcher in addiction studies. Dr. Hart wrote High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You K  now About Drugs and Society. His research tested and disproved many myths of drug use and addiction. His new book, Addictions, will look deeper at drug and addiction myths, their effects on society and individuals. Addictions will be available in the fall of 2015. CONTINUE READING

  • Upcoming Radio Show with Dr. Carl Hart

    Well known researcher, educator, and activist in drug abuse and addiction studies, Dr. Carl Hart, will be a guest of our upcoming  radio show hosted by Michelle Dunbar, Executive Director of Saint Jude Retreats. The show will be available on March 2, 2015 for download and streaming on our podcast and Facebook pages.

    Dr. Hart will be discussing aspects of his book, High Price, and its much anticipated sequel, Addiction, during the show as they relate to his research, his life experiences, and current events in the world of substance use. CONTINUE READING

  • An Open Letter to the Frightened Mom with an Addicted Son

    Dear Worried Mom,

    Let me start this letter by saying I know how scared you are. I know how confused you are. I’m a parent of 3, and at one time I was a very troubled teen who was emotionally lost, very depressed, drank and drugged heavily, and struggled to understand the world I lived in. Since those early years I found my way, and grew less frightened and learned how to live productively and create happiness and peace within myself. I grew up, and I am here to let you know that your son can do the same.

    He really can. CONTINUE READING

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