About Treatment Center
Located in Amsterdam, New York, The Saint Jude Retreats offers treatment for Addiction, Alcohol Abuse and Drug Abuse. Our dedicated team of addiction specialists aim to provide the highest standard of care and attention to our patients. Our treatment approaches, which include Non 12-Step Program are available to Adolescents, Adults and Seniors or older adults. Beginning with an initial assessment of the patient, we are able to build a connection with the patient and foster a trusting relationship. This, in turn, helps us to identify the best possible methods to implement within the customized treatment plans that we provide to our patients.We have Long-term residential, Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization (Day Treatment) treatment options that are invaluable to the patients’ recovery process. With the right treatment plan in place, our patients can achieve all of their goals. With the guidance and support of our dedicated staff, our patients’ chances for a successful recovery are optimized to the highest degree. We accept Most Insurances as well as many other insurances. We aim to show addicts how to live the life that they’ve always wanted – one that is filled with happiness, peace, and fulfillment. The only way to achieve this life, however, is to abstain from substance abuse. Our treatment center has Free Parking, TV in Waiting Room and Validated Parking for the convenience of the patient.
- Degree: State university of New York/Masters of Science
- Year graduated: 1980
Rehab Center Details
- Adult Residential
- Residential Inpatient
- Alcohol Abuse
- Drug Abuse
- Drug Addiction
- Intervention center
- Medical Detox
- Substance Abuse
- Long-term residential
- Partial Hospitalization (Day Treatment)
- Seniors or older adults
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- Most Insurances
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"Through out this program or as I'd like to refer to it as a journey, I struggled in the beginning, not with the ideas and information I was given but by feeling completely out of my element (comfort level). As I made the choice to stay and actually not combat every alternative to the AA model I started to see a change in myself, not by meer sobriety but by my outlook on life in general. St. Judes gave me more then just clarity, and self awareness St Judes gave me insight to my own emotions, my own triumphs and tribulations. This allowed me to place accountability where it was always lying, within myself. After realizing something I was doing in my life i.e: self medicating wth prescription drugs was solely my own fault ironically I felt freedom for the first moment in a long time. ST Judes placed me back in the drivers seat of This vehicle called life and I've never been more greatful. I found the ability to take accountability for my own shortcomings and downfalls which can work just the same way when used positively. I feel the world has opened up in vast amounts because I make my own descisions, no chemical, drug, or alhaloic beverage possesses the power to drag you to rock bottom. With this new mind set, from my newly found courage and the models laid out from ST Judes I see nothing but success in my future because thats what I CHOOSE as my new pursuit of happiness. I will take these studies, the conversations I have shared with everyone at ST Judes and be forever grateful for their candor, no nonsense approach, and like I said earlier helping me place myself back in the drivers seat :)"
Matthew Freiman, 1 month ago
Me and my wife were in the program in 2010 and it was the best decision.they helped us to detox. And so many different programs, so many helpful staff I wouldn't trade my experience in Saint Jude for anything The owner of the place set down with me and explained everything. you wouldn't get that nowhere. food care trips to various places awesome staff 24 hours. If I had the Time I would go back every year LOL awesome place to get your Head straight and to find yourself sincerely Daniel Vizcarrondo
Daniel Vizcarrondo, 2 months ago
This nations lack of education and awareness on addictions and relevant topics is devastatingly astounding- but Jude Retreats is part of the solution. Conventional treatment didn't work for me. Jude Retreats was not perfect but it was a hell of a lot better than any other place I endured (including a reputable rehab in LA that celebrities attended- I lasted a week in that misery). The stellar founders of Jude's, the black sheep of the industry, taught me a lot about life. They and all the others I met are in my heart forever motivating me to be a better person. Many of us arrived with multiple addictions and piling baggage from life, and we saw positive results very quickly. Most of us were not messing around with our recovery and the camaraderie was a huge part of our success. A big part of it was being willing to walk away from my past and realize I needed to start again- this was difficult considering I was on the brink of great success in my career field, but I knew if I kept going without dealing with my issues, that success would be worth much less, not last, or worse I'd be dead. Many of us were willing to stay as long as it took- and some of us stayed as long as we could, easing back into the world with our new found sobriety. The program was a great start for a new life- and my spiritual growth and learning needed to continue when I returned home. Today, I am feeling incredibly optimistic, strong, and excited about life. I have a successfully evolving business, an awesome family, and never see myself returning to those horror-days, so many years ago now.
Me Anonymous, 4 months ago
This nations lack of education and awareness on addictions and relevant topics is devastatingly astounding- but Jude Retreats is part of the solution. Conventional treatment didn't work for me. Jude Retreats was not perfect but it was a hell of a lot better than any other place I endured (including a reputable rehab in LA that celebrities attended- I lasted a week in that misery). The stellar founders of Jude's, the black sheep of the industry, taught me a lot about life. They and all the others I met are in my heart forever motivating me to be a better person. Many of us arrived with multiple addictions and piling baggage from life, and we saw positive results very quickly. Most of us were not messing around with our recovery and the camaraderie was a huge part of our success. A big part of it was being willing to walk away from my past and realize I needed to start again- this was difficult considering I was on the brink of great success in my career field, but I knew if I kept going without dealing with my issues, that success would be worth much less, not last, or worse I'd be dead. Many of us were willing to stay as long as it took- and some of us stayed as long as we could, easing back into the world with our new found sobriety. The program was a great start for a new life- and my spiritual growth and learning needed to continue when I returned home. The ever growing health based-holistic movement was and is of great support to me- but each individual is different and has alternative lifestyle options to choose from (or invent). Although it was never my goal to remain entirely abstinent from all substances forever, my sobriety continued for five years after walking through their door, and I have never returned to the dark places I endured before that day. Today, I am feeling incredibly optimistic, strong, and excited about life. I have a successfully evolving business, an awesome family, and never see myself returning to those horror-days, so many years ago now.
Me Anonymously, 5 months ago
Madonna at St. Jude's Retreat was the best person to coach me through what to do. She cares so much about helping save lives ; she was most definitely not trying to sell me on something. When someone has drained you and used you to feed their addiction you need support from a better perspective and to make decisions. Searching where to start in finding help for my husband; I knew what Had NOT worked because I was living it. I started by reading their free E-book. Read It!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was the first educated and informative research and explanation on substance abuse I have ever read! The only thing I could find was programs that were almost like a luxury getaway with gorgeous ammenities and they pictures of the facility with a brief description of the treatment plan; which all patterned a 12 step process. It is completely impossible to stop a life wrecking cycle if the final number is 12. Because the success and potential to someone's life should not end at 12. What about the rest of the steps to help them actually accomplish goals in their life. If the only purpose of a program is to just help them not use every day... that's no life at all. And if their typical pattern is to use when choices get hard.... starting over at step #1 isn't super motivating, in fact it's insanity. Madonna helped encouraged me and answered my millions of questions and validated the emotions of hurt and resentment and feeling betrayed but having the faith to believe that such a huge financial sacrifice in someone you don't even trust can be a pleasant process. This program has invested their money into the heart of this solution... the PROGRAM ....I didn't want this to be a vacation to a resort with massages and yoga and to be catered to; I want him to learn tools in a safe controlled environment that motivates people to actually enjoy their lives because choices can bring fantastic things and they are not a product of a disease where their only option is to hopefully get to step 12 and stay there on that one step and don't move or you will be powerless all over again.
T S, 6 months ago
My life will never be the same after all that I learned at the St. Jude Retreat House. For the first time in my life the information given to me made sense and it works! The staff was attentive and kind- they truly care. I'm so grateful to everyone there. Special thanks to Chef Brandon!! The food is amazing!!
Dave Scott, 7 months ago
St. Jude Retreats saved my life!!! Going through this program is the number one most important thing I've done in my life because without it I would have nothing. I went through St. Jude's in 1996. I was struggling with drugs and alcohol and had a new baby that was living with my parents while I was homeless. My drug use was so bad that I went into premature labor at 7 1/2 months weighing only 115 lbs. The hospital managed to stop my labor and I went to term. Thank God my baby was born healthy. This, however, did not stop me from returning to the streets and using drugs. I had been to a lot of well intentioned professionals throughout my life but none of what I tried helped me. I showed up to St. Jude's believing there was no hope for me. I knew in my heart that it would be like everything else I tried, a complete failure- that I was a failure. Within a day of being there, I felt differently for the first time. I felt a sense of real hope and I decided to give it a shot. 21 years later I have a life that I never dreamed possible. I have 3 beautiful children and a wonderful husband. And I'm happy!! That was something I was NEVER able to say. Not ever. When i finished the program I still had a lot of work to do putting my life together. I had 5 outstanding charges against me which caused me to lose my license for a year and a half. I had a baby to take care of. I had to go to work and school. Every day i sat and waited for rides in the heart of the city where a month prior I was homeless and abusing drugs. Every day I ran into people I used drugs with or bought drugs from. Honest to God, it never once occurred to me to use again. i finally knew that that life was behind me! I felt quite confident leaving the program but this was the real test for me. This is when I knew that my life was changed forever. The program and its facilities are astounding! As I said, I have 3 children and if, God forbid, any of them ever needed a program, there would be no decision to make- I would send them to St. Jude's in a heartbeat. i have had several family members go through this program and I have had the joy of watching them change their lives as well! Thank you St. Jude's!!
Linda Harris, 7 months ago
When I began look for a residential program, I was already attending therapy and tried an outpatient 12-step program. My therapist was already telling me that I had a "disease" and the outpatient program tried to drive that home, but I did not buy into it. I KNEW that it was my choice to drink and that I was not powerless. However, I wanted and needed help to bring forward better choices. It was easy to pick up the bottle, what wasn't easy was to seek help. I was scared of the "labels" or that feeling like I had a problem. I researched for months and I always came back to SJR's website. I made the call, and Victoria stuck with me through the entire process (even though it took me a couple of months to decide, because it is a life changing thing!). She was not pushy and she understood my fears. I mean, I was going to be going to a place I have never been before, away from my family for 6 weeks which I have never done. What helped was that I have an excellent family unit who fully supported me...when I arrived, the SJR staff became my extended family support unit! I attended the Mountain Retreat, Theresa, Marina, Adam and the rest of the staff made me feel like I have known them all my life. I was treated like an adult. Not like other programs where you are "locked up" during your "treatment". I had constant contact with my family back home and there was always something to do! Even when I had gotten a small case of the flu for a couple of days I was looked after and fussed over, just like someone who is my family would have done! One of the major things that helped me was how SJR runs their program. It is structured, but you are not treated as a "patient", you are treated like family. Could I have over come my struggles on my own? Yes...but I would never ever change my decision to attend SJR! It has been over a year since I have been there and I think of them often and still keep in contact with the majority of those that touched my life while there! I have made life long friends! Since leaving the Mountain Retreat, I have been in college working towards my degree in Addiction Counseling using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy technique. I have completed 5 semesters. 1 semester being on the Dean's list, 4 semesters on the President's list holding a 3.96 GPA. I would be lying if I said that SJR did not play a part in my decision to pursue this career. I actually miss being up there! So peaceful and quaint small town (which I like)! If you are someone who is struggling, you are not alone and you are NOT powerless! You do not have a disease! You have choices! The best choice would be to attend SJR!
Kathy Witzel, 9 months ago
Absolutely the very best! Here your a person who made bad choices, your not broken forever. No 12 step BS!
Kyle Plamondon, 1 year ago
I attended this program after over a decade of unsuccessful attempts to get my life together. It's still a work in progress, but this program seriously changed my life. Rather than focusing on the negative, telling myself that I'm a sick and diseased addict, SJP brought to light the simplest concept imaginable...Just replacing those unhealthy habits with healthy ones. The most important part was giving myself time to adjust, and once I was feeling better physically, I started going to the gym with them on a regular basis - that was paramount to changing my life...I didn't completely get it the first time. I stopped those "healthy habits" and I decided to go back to SJP for "continuing education." That, along with the encouragement from the wonderful staff, and the laid-back & comfortable atmosphere is what allowed this change to occur within myself. In a very comfortable setting, I had time to relax and think, let things "soak in." In a traditional 12 step program, it truly is a control vs. freedom issue. I've stayed at Twin Rivers, and the Executive Retreat, and I've visited the Mountain Retreat (we kicked their butts in softball :) ) and while they are all beautiful, I would have to say that I would go back to the Twin River's retreat in Hagaman any day...I made so many meaningful relationships and bonds with people that were going through the same thing as me. The Executive retreat was unbelievably nice, but as a matter of preference, I'm a "people person." I have recommended this program to everyone that I know. I strongly believe that if a person is dependent on going to meetings every day, there is still something fundamentally wrong there. It's just so simple and glaringly obvious - practice new habits that make you feel good, while you're in a safe place with the good people at St. Jude Retreats, and continue them when you're back at home. Forever indebted to SJP!!! -Doug E.
Douglas Ernst, 3 years ago