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Frequently Asked Questions about the St. Jude Retreats

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Here are some common questions. Please let us know what others you have. We are here to help.

What is the cost of your program?

Regardless of your financial situation, the Saint Jude Retreats will work hard to make sure you can have access to The Freedom Model. Pricing varies depending upon length of stay and which retreat is chosen. Please call our toll free number for current cost information.

Do you have financing available?

Yes we do. There are some affordable financing options available through M-Lend Financing and other leading finance companies. See our Financing Options or please give us a call at 888-424-2626 for more information on these affordable options.

Are my records truly private and confidential?

Any substance abuse treatment program that accepts medical insurance, that receives any local, state, or federal funding, or that falls under any state regulatory agencies for addiction treatment providers must keep medical records of each patient and make them accessible to any government agency, prospective employer, or insurance company, or subpeona upon request. The Saint Jude Retreats does not participate in government funding programs, does not work with health insurance companies, and, as a social-educational course, is not subject to the state regulatory agency requirements for drug treatment providers. We have maintained this independent status specifically so we can keep your records private, and also not be forced to adhere to the false disease concept that is required by many state run drug and alcohol program mandates.

Where are you located?

Currently we have two Saint Jude Retreats. Please call for our locations. (We do not print them for the privacy of those who are already enrolled and desire utmost confidentiality.) With that said, our guests have come from all over the country for the past 3 decades because we are the developers of The Freedom Model, and only Saint Jude's is allowed by contract to provide it to the public in need. People come from all over the country and world to attend The Freedom Model. When you call, ask about assistance with travel arrangements, tours of our locations, and also our Family Liaison Services. We are an open book and encourage those interested to visit, talk directly with our staff, and see with their own eyes the beauty and professionalism of our retreats and what we offer there.

How long is your program?

The Freedom Model is offered in several lengths- from 4 to 6 weeks depending on the needs and personal motivation of the guest. If you or your loved one feels you need a longer duration, or are limited to a shorter length of stay by work or other constraints, or are mandated to a certain program length, we offer personalized options that can fit your needs. Please contact us and we will work to build a solution that works best for you.

Do you offer detox services?

Not on site. But yes, we work with Gallus Detox Centers. We chose Gallus Detox because no other detox center in the country offers a medical method of detox like theirs. We can also arrange detox services in your area as well. Please call for information regarding detoxification or click here for more information.

My Son / Daughter / Loved one is attending School / College. how can you help?

Our full time career and academic advisor will work directly with the school or college to either get your son or daughter's curriculum sent to Saint Jude's or get the work load deferred so you do not lose their college tuition. We also have a team of certified teachers to assist your son or daughter in getting through this difficult time. Do not hesitate to get help for your child based on the fear that their education will suffer. Remember that should they attend high school or college with no solution to their drug or alcohol problems, their school performance and education is sure to suffer. We can teach your son and daughter how to avoid this unnecessary situation while learning the skills to remain sober for a lifetime!

Do you have an Interventionist or offer Intervention services?

We understand that sometimes approaching your loved one about a drug or alcohol problem can be half the battle. While pop television shows may glamorize traditional, confrontational type interventions, research (and our expericence) has shown this methodology to be ineffective and often has the detrimental effect of pushing your loved one even farther away from the help they need. But there is a solution. The Saint Jude Retreats' Family Liaison is not a traditional interventionist, but rather a Freedom Model specialist whose mission is to assist you to effectively walk through the process of finding the help your loved one needs. Please call today for a free consultation. Please Click Here to Learn about our Intervention Services Alternative.

Do you have a program for family members?

Yes, for more information please access The Freedom Model for Families. In addition, Saint Jude's offers a members only website called the Saint Jude Corner to all families upon admission of their loved one to the Freedom Model. Immediately upon booking a reservation, family member(s) will be emailed an invitation to login to the Saint Jude Corner site. This site provides family members access to up-to-date program materials, a reading list, and information about each retreat including a listing of staff, meals, with class, and social activity schedules. It also provides educational information written specifically for parents and family members. Sundays at the Retreats are Family Days and family and loved ones are welcome to visit. A family brunch is served Sunday mornings and a family dinner is served in the afternoon. We hope you can attend often.

Does The Freedom Model have aftercare or any kind of support after the guest completes their stay?

You and your family can have as much contact with program the retreat staff post-program as you want or feel you may need at no additional cost. We are always here to help. Within the first few days of entrance into our program, each guest begins the Future Planning component by meeting privately a minimum of twice per week with one of our Future Planning Advisors. As each person's circumstances, needs, and goals are different, these meetings are designed for the purpose of helping each guest to build a plan for their future post-program. Whereas treatment programs encourage people to focus only on living "one-day-at-a-time", The Freedom Model knows the importance of having a plan and looking forward to the future. By beginning to envision their future after the program from the very first few days in the retreat, our guests start the process of changing immediately. Throughout this process, each guest will decide what, if any, formalized post-program services they feel could be beneficial as they make a personalized plan for their future. Additionally, throughout The Freedom Model, guests build meaningful relationships with our retreat staff. After graduating, many guests choose to maintain contact with program staff via phone, or email for a period of time as they implement the plan they developed while in the retreat. Many guests and their families find this especially helpful within the first few days, weeks, and months after returning home. This service is provided at no additional cost and can last for as long as the guest and the family feel is necessary or desired Read More Here

Can you help with work or legal issues?

We have worked with law enforcement agencies and employers throughout the country for more than 28 years. Upon your request, we can provide enrollment letters, completion letters, drug screening results, and any other information requested by law enforcement or an employer to help you to fulfill your obligations.

What is your success rate? How is it measured?

Periodically, Saint Jude invites an independent research organization to conduct a follow-up survey of our graduate population. A call is made to a random sampling of program graduates to inquire as to their sobriety status. Then a second phone call is made to a corroborating witness for each graduate, usually the person who provided the financial help for the guest to attend the retreat. Currently our success rate is 62%. Sober statistics are based on abstinence from all substances. While there are many graduates who have successfully moderated their substance use and dramatically improved their lives, they still fall into the actively using category for the purposes of statistical analysis. In short, we do not bias results or fabricate data for promotional purposes as other programs do. Research our Success Rate

What are your credentials and are you licensed?

The Saint Jude Retreats are regulated by the Department of Health and the Attorney General Charities Bureau. We are a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization. Our Directors, Assistant Directors, and Instructors come from a variety of professional backgrounds including education, administration, and mental health to name a few. All our Presenters are CBL Certified (learn more about the certification process), the most stringent certification process in all of the substance use education field. The Saint Jude Retreats offer a social/educational approach rather than a medical treatment program. All medical appointments are administered by licensed professionals off site. Transportation to and from these appointments is provided.

Does The Freedom Model or The Saint Jude Retreats have a religious component?

We understand that the Saint Jude name could lead people to believe that we are a religious organization offering a religious program, although we are not. The Freedom Model is not a religious program or experience, nor do we teach people they must "find God" or spirituality to achieve sobriety. There is no hidden religious agenda at Saint Jude's either - the founders, Mark and Jerry, simply happened to be Roman Catholic, so they named the retreats after their patron saint when they founded the research in the mid eighties.

Why are you called SAINT Jude?

Again, the founders of the Saint Jude Retreats are Catholic and have chosen to honor Saint Jude by giving the retreats his name. The Saint Jude Retreats were built from the ground up through the hard work, generosity, and kindness of those who believed in our mission to build the most effective model to help people to overcome substance use. There were many volunteers who helped to remodel our houses and financial supporters who kept our doors open through those first several challenging years. As Catholics, the founders went to Saint Jude, the patron of hopeless causes, to ask for his help as they built the program and today they credit Saint Jude for helping them to make the Freedom Model the most effective substance use model in the world.

Where does your research and program COME FROM?

The non-profit Baldwin Research Institute, our parent organization, has been conducting research since the mid-1980's and continues to develop and track effective approaches to substance abuse. However, the effectiveness of The Freedom Model is independently evaluated by outside research organizations.

Do You Have a Program for Veterans?

Yes, we serve those who once fought for our country and to whom we owe so much, and in light of this respect, we also provide significant discounts for veterans. Learn more about how our program can help them here.

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