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THE Saint Jude Retreats

For almost three decades, research conducted at BRI has been put into practice at The Freedom Model Retreats to prove that a secular, residential social/educational model is- by far- the most successful methodology to overcome substance use and related problems. The Freedom Model at The Freedom Model Retreats is the first and only truly choice-based curriculum in the country. Nearly 30 years of research and experience has been devoted to developing a curriculum that is changing the treatment industry. That same dedication has gone into researching the dynamics of how a facility's structure and amenities can and do positively affect our guests' long term success. The Freedom Model is used within a residential social/educational structure. The retreat atmosphere and social opportunities with staff and other guests are just as important for optimizing outcomes as the structured educational sessions.

The Saint Jude Twin Rivers Retreat

Nestled in the northeastern part of New York State in the picturesque village of Hagaman, one of Montgomery County's historic villages, is The Saint Jude Twin Rivers Retreat. Built in the mid 1800's, the first retreat house for The Freedom Model is a beautiful Victorian mansion that has been completely restored to its original splendor. Set in a gateway village to the Adirondack Mountains, Twin Rivers is one of the oldest restored homes in Hagaman in this friendly, small town.

When guests aren't participating in class sessions, they may enjoy outdoor activities including volleyball, biking, walking, softball, fishing, or simply sitting in the gazebo chatting with friends. Professional chefs ensure the highest standards for each family style meal served with a variety of healthy and flavorful choices for meals and snacks alike - all prepared on site to accommodate individual dietary needs and preferences.

Saint Jude Twin Rivers Retreat

The Saint Jude Executive Retreat

The Saint Jude Executive Retreat is appointed with a host of amenities to make your stay both pleasant and comfortable. Sitting on over 80 acres of privately owned forest, meadows, walking trails, and a bass pond for fishing in warmer weather or ice skating in the winter months, you'll find The Freedom Model Executive Retreat is the perfect relaxing retreat.

Every guest has a choice of a suite or a private bedroom for their stay. Guests have privacy to go over all the practical information they will receive throughout their 4 week stay or to take care of personal or business matters without interruption. All educational sessions are one-on-one to maintain privacy, with daily optional group activities available to explore the area or enjoy local entertainment.

Depending on your culinary needs and dietary preferences, the Executive Chef can accommodate any taste with delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner options prepared on site daily.

Saint Jude Executive Retreat

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