The Retreat

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1221 Wayzata Boulevard E
Wayzata, MN 55391
8669283434 Visit Website
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Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities affected by alcohol and drug dependency by providing affordable, effective educational services grounded in the Twelve Step principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. If you’re hungry for recovery, we will provide a dignified setting and surround you with people living recovery at the highest level; you’re going to get what you need. Everywhere you look you’re surrounded by people who believe in you and believe you have what it takes to recover.

The Retreat Reviews and Ratings Details

The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.

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A remarkable experience that changed my life and is still in me. 5 🎖🎖🎖🎖🎖


My loved one attended The Retreat. He just came home a few days ago. I also attended the family program they have. I can\'t say enough about this place. From the food, to the meetings, to the staff, t...


The Retreat is such an encouraging experience. I recommend the Retreat to everyone. 5 stars across the board!! Top notch everything.


I would avoid The Retreat. We sent our daughter the experience was horrible. More about the money than the help.


I found The Retreat to be a money venture. Without the money their is no Retreat. The staff was very rude. They all seemed much more interested in their program and its righteousness than helping the ...


It was a good place.


We sent my child to Retreat for an addiction to pills, alcohol and depression. We wanted a 30 day stay so she could get on the proper medication, be monitored, learn to understand her addiction proble...


It was only $4,000 dollars for a month and they have single rooms. In addition, they have a strong AA base.


They have a self-directed AA model , the staff is knowledgable and all in recovery, it has a lovely setting and amazing food. The weaknesses of the facility were that there was not a staff mell, it wa...


The facility was intimate and very affordable. It is not for emergent medical emergencies but rather for people relapsing.


This is an amazing place for self discovery.


The Retreat...oh, I could go on and on about how wonderful this place is!!! Many of the "guests" were not new to treatment, many had been to other facilities, which were great for the clinical aspect...


The Retreat is a one-of-a-kind treatment program developed by Hazelden, Minnesota's premier addiction-recovery center. By stepping away from the "medical model" so commonly used in treatment and inste...


Great place to recover.


It's based on AA.


The staff are all in recovery, the environment makes you feel comfortable and at home, walking trails, buddy system for newcomers, single rooms for privacy, separation of men's and women's facilities,...


It was the most amazing experience of my life. After 9 different treatment centers I found the Retreat focused on the Solution rather than the problem.


Went to a sober house after I left.

Areas of Focus
Family Program

Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.


The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

Key Staff Members
  • Photo of John H. Curtiss, M.A., LADC, NCRS
    John H. Curtiss, M.A., LADC, NCRS - President

    John is President of the Community of Recovering People board of directors and The Retreat. He is one of the principle designers of The Retreat model. Prior to his employment with The Retreat, John was employed by the Hazelden Foundation for over 19 years. In his years at Hazelden, John served as Vice President of Hazelden’s National Continuum, Executive Director of Hazelden’s Outreach Services, Executive Director of Fellowship Club, Hazelden’s intermediate care facility in St. Paul, MN, Unit Supervisor of two of Hazelden’s primary treatment units and as a chemical dependency counselor. John has a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration from the College of Saint Mary’s, is a graduate of Hazelden’s Counselor Training Program, a licensed counselor in the State of Minnesota and a Nationally Certified Recovery Specialist.

  • Photo of Diane Poole, LADC, CADC III, CADC
    Diane Poole, LADC, CADC III, CADC - Program Director

    Diane is The Retreat’s Program Director. Before joining The Retreat in 1998, Diane spent 20 years providing substance abuse services to adults, adolescents and families for several managed care mental health clinics, including Allina, United Health Care and United Behavioral services. She also served as director of Marty Mann Halfway House in Duluth, Minnesota and worked at inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency treatment programs for Miller Dwan Hospital in Duluth.