Frequently Asked Questions

Can I keep taking my prescription medication while I am at Solothurn?

You should also continue to take any prescription medication which has been prescribed by your treating GP or psychiatrist. Please ensure you bring sufficient medication for the duration of your stay, or a prescription for repeats.

I am a carer / parent / partner of someone with a substance abuse issue. They are not ready to go to rehab yet but after reading the website, I feel like I would benefit from coming to Solothurn myself. Is this possible?

Yes, if you feel that you could benefit from the Solothurn experience, you are welcome here too. You will learn a range of tools and techniques that you may be able to impart to your loved one on your return home as well as strategies for your own self care.

Having your lived experience and the perspective of a family member will also help other Solothurn guests reflect on substance abuse from a very different angle and overall, will provide a rich experience for all involved.

We also hope that the Solothurn experience will provide you with some much needed time out and that you will return home feeling restored and well equipped with a range of new insights and practical tools and techniques.

Is Solothurn a Religious Facility

We welcome guests of all faiths and encourage everyone to pursue a holistic approach to healing that incorporates body, mind and spirit.

Can I Be Bailed or Paroled to Solothurn?

Yes, generally we are able to accommodate guests who are on bail or parole (as long as you have the necessary court and other approvals in place). However, we are unable to take anyone who has committed sexual offences (against adults and / or children).

Depending on your reporting requirements and condition, a small additional fee may be charged if we need to regularly transport you off-site to report. Management reserves the right to refuse program entry at their discretion, including consideration of the needs of other guests we may already have at Solothurn at the time.

What does the name “Solothurn” mean?

Solothurn originally operated as a family run farmstay for over forty years. Named after a small canton in Switzerland, the name honoured the founding family’s Swiss heritage and we are proud to have taken over their tradition of providing a welcome retreat from the world based on old fashioned values of country hospitality and the healing power of being close to nature.

The words themselves are also powerfully aligned to the new vision for the property. “Solo” meaning alone or “my own” and “Thurn” – a Germanic family name related to “Watch-tower”; we like to think of Solothurn as a place where you will be under the supportive “watch” of a team of trained professionals; a place of retreat and serenity where you come to build your own “strong tower” – a firm foundation for your future life.

“Sol” also relates to the Sun and relates directly to the concepts of warmth, welcome, the magnanimity of the universe and the spiritual component of healing which are all integral to our holistic model of wellness.

Does Solothurn use the 12 step model?

No, we don’t practice the 12 step recovery model. However we do provide weekly transport to attend a local AA / NA meeting so that you can experience how the 12 step model works and determine if it something you would like to continue attending.

How do I know which retreat is right for me?

Everyone’s needs are different and everyone goes to rehab with slightly different expectations and goals.

Different models of rehab will suit different people and ultimately, it will be a matter of personal choice.

Some of the key aspects you might like to consider include:

Staff – who are they, and what qualifications and experience do they have? Is the retreat proud to show off their staff? It is essential that people who are providing psychological therapy and counselling have a relevant university qualification.

Model – what does their therapeutic model include? Is it delivered by properly qualified therapists? Different therapies work for different people – there is no “one size fits all.” A service that combines multiple therapies will give you the greatest likelihood of success.

Attitude – aftercare is a critical aspect of rehabilitation. It’s about receiving support when you finish your program and go back into the real world. If the rehab doesn’t offer some form of aftercare support, you may be missing out on a key component of recovery.

Rules – what are the “rules” in place at the centre? Do they feel reasonable and realistic? Or are they quite extreme and prohibitive? If you don’t feel comfortable, ask questions. If they can’t provide satisfactory answers about a very strict regime and why it will help your recovery; then it is not likely to be a “good fit” for you.

Aftercare – aftercare is a critical aspect of rehab. It’s about receiving support when you finish your program and go back in to the “real world.” If the rehab doesn’t offer some form of aftercare support; forget it!

What should I bring with me?

The following items will help you to have a comfortable stay at Solothurn:

  • Your prescription and / or any over the counter medication you require.
  • Your own toiletries.
  • Enclosed comfortable walking shoes.
  • Beach wear including togs and towel.
  • Warm clothes, particularly in winter months.
  • Active wear appropriate for yoga and playing sport / using the gym facilities.
  • A torch for us at night.
  • Feel free to bring a journal or diary for writing.

Can I use my mobile phone and computer at Solothurn?

Solothurn operates a digital detox as part of our commitment to facilitating a truly peaceful retreat environment.

Whilst it can take a day or two to get used to; most guests end up reflecting that giving up their mobile phones and internet was an essential part of being able to truly relax and unwind.

And don’t worry; we set aside time each evening where you can still ring home and talk to your partner, children and family if you need to.

Special arrangements can also be made to facilitate important calls outside these times if absolutely required.