Saint Jude Retreat Expert Reviews

World-Renowned Addictions Experts Agree..."The Freedom Model Program Remains the Most Effective Program in the Country."

Dr. Peter Venturelli Saint Jude Retreat ReviewPeter Venturelli, Ph.DValparaiso University in Indiana"How can teaching people they are powerless be helpful? All people struggle at times in life, saying you are powerless is self-defeating and promotes helplessness and depression. The key to getting through your struggles is to tap into your own inner strength and power, find what truly makes you happy and feel good about yourself and move in that direction. The Freedom Model Program is remarkable in that it provides a curriculum and process specifically designed for self-directed change. In going through this approach, each person gains knowledge and tools they can use long after they have left the program. They are then able to face any future struggles with confidence, strength and hope for a better future."

Dr. Peter Venturelli Saint Jude Retreat ReviewStanton Peele, Ph.DAuthor of Love & Addiction. Creator of the On-Line Life Process Program"Steven Slate, Mark Scheeren and Michelle Dunbar have created an indispensable guide through the labyrinth of claims about the nature of addiction to explain how this understanding leads to resolution of addiction and to overcoming it. Indeed, their thoroughly grounded scientific exploration of "the meaning of addiction" IS the basis for such personal resolution. To know that your enemy is not only your addiction, but, more importantly, how you think of it, is the key to freedom from addiction. And no volume in the world can put you in a better position for this resolution than The Freedom Model.""

Dr. Peter Venturelli Saint Jude Retreat ReviewReaume Carrol Mulry, Ph.DClinical Psychologist"The Freedom Model is well aligned with Positive Psychology and Neuropsychology, each offering dramatically new and promising possibilities for rewarding personal change. These exciting developments consistently emphasize neuroplastic qualities of the human brain and our immense capacity for adaptability and creativity. We are always changing, making the opportunity for positive personal growth a genuine alternative at any moment in our life. It is our opportunity to define what is right for ourselves.… Would we want it any other way?"

The Retreats Review by Dr. Laurel SharmerLaurel Sharmer, PhD, MPH, CHES (ret)State University of New York at Potsdam."For more than a century, American society has treated excess alcohol and drug use as an illness in need of treatment, and this attitude has brought about a multi-billion dollar treatment and "rehab" industry. But after decades of providing treatment, the public health figures remain unchanged: cirrhosis of the liver continues to be one of the top ten causes of death among Americans, with alcoholism being the primary contributing factor; nearly one-third of traffic fatalities are caused by drunken driving; fetal alcohol syndrome remains the number one cause of preventable birth defects in the US; and families continue to be torn apart by alcohol and drug addiction. Clearly, the treatment model doesn't work. The Saint Jude Retreats offer not treatment but a path to long-term personal strength and confidence. Independent professional evaluations of the program have shown it is remarkably effective in helping individuals break out of the revolving door of helpless dependence on the treatment system and an external "power." The large majority of those who complete the program find they can indeed overcome physical addictions and achieve their long-term goals of life happiness and self efficacy."

Saint Jude Retreat Review by Dr. Joy BrowneDr. Joy Browne Nationally Syndicated Radio Talk Show Host and Clinical Psychologist "At last, a program for addiction that acknowledges choice and responsibility and can really work. I liked it so much, I agreed to voice the Audio Book for the Saint Jude Retreats Home Program."

Dr. Joy has won numerous awards for her work including the American Psychological Associations President's Award, the Talkers Magazine award for Best Female Talk Show Host, #10 on the list of the 25 Greatest Radio Talk Show Hosts of All Time, and has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Talk Show Hosts. She has been singled out for News/Talk National Personality of the Year as well as Syndicated Talk Show of the Year by Radio & Records Magazine every year since the list was formed.Additionally, Dr. Joy has been a guest on numerous popular television shows such as Lou Dobbs Tonight, The Early Show, Oprah Winfrey and Larry King Live. We were proud and grateful that Dr. Joy served as the spokesperson for the Saint Jude Retreats until her untimely death in 2016.


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