Saint Jude Retreat House

Freestanding – Alternative Program



Number of Beds: 42
Detox Available: No

Last Year’s Admissions:

Total Adolescent Admits: 17
Total Adult Admits: 369
Average Length of Stay 42 days
Percent of Women 27%
Percent under 25 approx. 40%
Percent with College Education: 37%
Percent Covered by Public assistance 0%
Receiving some form of psychiatric medication other than for detoxification: 34%

Admissions Procedures:

Night Admission Available: Yes
Weekend Admission available: Yes
Face to Face Interview or exam required before admission: No



Self-pay Cost: Contact Facility
Public Assistance coverage may be accepted: No
Medicare Coverage accepted: DNS
Insurance Coverage verified before admission: Call Facility
Follow-up Care included at no additional charge: DNS



Licensed by: No License Required
Type of License: Educational Program – Non-Medical
Accredited by: NYS Educ. Dept./State accredited teachers and teachers assistants. Registered Charity and a not-for-profit 501(c)(3)


Self Description:

“We are a social educational program that provides a permanent solution for substance abuse.”

Approach to Dual Diagnosis:

“Many individuals are misdiagnosed with psychological problems because evaluations are done when patients are under the influence.”

Family Program:

“The program is tailored to the guests but mending family relationships is a big part in recovering permanently.”

Position on 12 Step Involvement:

“12 Step programs are ineffective in treating the majority of individuals trying to abstain from drug and alcohol use and, in fact, do more harm than good.”

Position on Confrontation:

“Research has shown that treatment in a confrontational approach is detrimental to individuals trying to overcome substance abuse problems.”

Additional Characteristics:

“We do not in any way adhere to the disease concept. Research has yet to prove that substance abuse is a disease and treating it as such has made problems worse.”

Contact Information:
Admissions Telephone
(866) 932-5985
General Information: (866) 932-5985
Address: 12 Chestnut St.
Amsterdam, NY 12010