St. Gregory Retreat Centers offer gender-specific, evidence-based substance abuse rehabilitation through residential and outpatient programs. Treatment options are “empowerment-based” rather than shackled to the 12-Steps, and aim to address the underlying biological, psychological, social and spiritual causes of addiction. Treatment at St. Gregory includes detoxification, cognitive behavior therapy, chemical imbalance repair, life skills coaching and aftercare.
ABOUT ST. GREGORY RETREAT CENTERS
Located in Des Moines, Iowa, St. Gregory Retreat Centers offers medically-assisted detoxification and residential substance abuse treatment for men and women. The facility’s programming is not based on the 12-Steps. Instead, the center aims to provide empowerment-based treatment that addresses the underlying factors of an individual’s dependency upon drugs and alcohol. Based on survey responses submitted to Best-rehabs.com, the standard duration of treatment is eight weeks.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to St. Gregory Retreat Centers’ website, the facility uses evidence-based interventions to treat clients holistically. Programming considers each individual from a biological, psychological, social, and spiritual perspective. Clients receive guidance on nutrition, exercise, and sleep while undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), neurotransmitter therapy, and neurocognitive therapy. Therapeutic activities, including service projects, emphasize the importance of community, and residents are encouraged to explore and develop their spirituality.
On-site chapels are open 24 hours a day, and Catholic sacraments are available to those who wish to participate. Clients are not required to partake in any religious services, but daily seminars focus on “virtue” and personal reflection.
According to St. Gregory Retreat Center’s website, the facility employs a full medical, psychiatric, and wellness staff, as well as a number of chaplains.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
According to the center’s website, St. Gregory Retreat Centers maintains two gender-separate facilities,both of which are in “rural settings free from distraction.” The homelike facilities offer shared bedrooms, communal gathering areas, and exercise rooms. Food is considered a key program component, and all meals are prepared with a focus on health and nutrition.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the six alumni surveyed by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing, two provided positive reviews and four expressed dissatisfaction with the care they received at St. Gregory Retreat Centers. Both Annette and C. found the program to be helpful and specifically highlighted the quality of the center’s food and amenities. “The staff was extremely caring and friendly. The food was also good Steak every Thursday night 24 hour salad bar a full gym right down the road along with some equipment in the house,” C. wrote in their review.
However, the four other alumni provided negative reviews that cited questionable billing practices, medication mismanagement, and a lack of adequate staffing. “The medical staff, including my limited interaction with the main Doctor, was a joke. The basically ripped away all of my medications within 5 days!!!” A.C. wrote, giving the center’s treatment effectiveness a rating of one out of five stars. Shannon expressed similar concerns regarding her care. “Most counselors that practice do not have a degree and/or are working on their degree while there. We were lucky to see doctor on site once a week,” she wrote. S.S. reported extensive problems with the administrative staff. “The finance and billing was a nightmare that I had to get a lawyer for,” they wrote.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The two loved ones who were polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing shared drastically different reviews of St. Gregory Retreat Center. Karol expressed satisfaction and appreciation for her son’s comprehensive treatment. When asked how likely she was to recommend the facility to others, she provided a rating of five out of five stars. “They took such good care of my son and kept us updated often,” she wrote. “During the program they kept him encouraged and motivated to continue to learn tools to stay sober and never return to the addict lifestyle. When he came home they called him once a week for 2 months to keep in contact with him.”
However, T.M. gave the facility’s treatment effectiveness a one-star review and referred to the program as “a complete joke.” Her chief complaint was a lack of family involvement. “Once I dropped him off I never saw him again. I was not allowed to visit. They provided no information other than this was a treatment facility who teaches men to be strong,” she wrote, noting that her husband did not become sober after his treatment.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The four former staff members surveyed by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly negative reviews about St. Gregory Retreat Centers. Each staff member noted they would not recommend the center to someone seeking treatment. Respondents indicated that they distrusted the facility, as it was understaffed and poorly managed. “Need to learn patient to nurse ratio, make a policy and follow it. Under staffed,” one anonymous staff member wrote in a representative review. Roxanne, also a former staff member, indicated that the facility’s success rates were low. “While I was a staff member, guests returned to the facility numerous times, the success rate was not very good. …Staff would not communicate with the guests… They are only in it for the money,” she wrote.
St. Gregory Retreat Centers does not publish its fees for treatment, but its website indicates that the center accepts private insurance.