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

Absolutely. We encourage you to continue taking any 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.
We can also assist you to reduce your reliance on medications such as Valium if this is part of your goals for your program at Solothurn.

I am a carer / parent / partner of someone with anxiety, depression, PTSD or a substance abuse issue. After seeing the website, I am sure they would benefit from a retreat at Solothurn but I don’t know how to talk to them about it. What should I do?

Sometimes it can feel overwhelming trying to broach the subject of rehab and getting help with your loved one.

Feel free to give our friendly staff a call and we can talk you through some different strategies that may be useful in your particular situation.

We are also available to talk to your loved one over the phone and answer any questions they may have about what to expect from a treatment program at Solothurn.

Remember, regardless of which approach you use; love, support and understanding are fundamental to a successful outcome.

Is Solothurn a Religious Facility

No, Solothurn is not a religious facility. The beautiful hand built chapel you can see in some of the photos was already here when we took over the property and is still used for weddings sometimes.

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). We will ask for a full disclosure of your criminal history from your legal representative prior to accepting you in to the program.  However, we are unable to take anyone who has committed sexual offences (against adults and / or children)under any circumstances

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 recognise that attendance at AA / NA meetings can be a useful part of the ongoing support network required to sustain meaningful change and encourage guests to consider whether this is an option they might like to pursue in the future.

How do I know which retreat is right for me?

Everyone’s needs are different and everyone goes to a retreat with slightly different expectations and goals depending on what combination of stress, anxiety, depression, addiction and PTSD they are wanting to address

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 and registration with a relevant governing body such as AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency).If the retreat has a psychologist on staff, find out if this person will be doing one on one sessions with you or your loved one; not just delivering group based programs. If they do one on one sessions, ask how often these will occur.

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

what are the staff like to deal with? What sort of language do they use? Do they speak about you or your loved one with care and respect? Do they have a good attitude to customer service? These are good signs to look out for.

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?

Don’t worry, once you have been accepted in to our program you will receive a welcome letter outlining everything you need to bring with you so you can be fully prepared for a fantastic retreat experience

Can I use my mobile phone and computer at Solothurn?

Solothurn operates an optional 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.

If you choose not to participate in the digital detox, we ask that you refrain from having your phone with you during appointments and treatment sessions and that you only use it in the privacy of your own room so that you are not disturbing the peaceful environment for other guests.

Can I stay on an opioid replacement program while I am at Solothurn (e.g. Subutex or Suboxone)?

Yes. If this has been prescribed by your GP or health specialist, you can make arrangements to visit the local chemist for dosing.

We can also work with you to wean off this medication if this is part of the goals you set yourself for your Solothurn program.

Can my partner and / or family and / or kids visit me at Solothurn?

Yes. Solothurn is very supportive of people maintaining and building strong family and interpersonal relationships.

Weekends are usually set aside as a time for your loved ones to visit.

We do ask that you have no visitors for the first fortnight while you are settling in to help you get the most out of the program. After that, visitors must be approved at least 48 hours prior to their arrival and must sign in and out of the property. It is very important that all guests also adhere to the drug and alcohol free environment.

Partners and children may be granted to permission to stay overnight depending on how well you are settled in to your program. Children remain your responsibility to supervise at all times as the farm environment has a number of natural hazards such as large animals (horses and cattle), unfenced dams and barbed wire fences.

We do have a designated kids playground area and children often love being involved in feeding the chickens and the ducks.

Feel free to talk to one of our friendly staff for more information about our Visitor Policy.