St. Gregory Retreat Centers

By The Fix staff 08/10/17

A much needed resource in The Hawkeye State, St. Gregory Retreat Centers utilizes a variety of approaches with the aim to uncover the root of each individual's addiction. 

St. Gregory Retreat Centers
Location : 601 2nd Street Bayard, IA 50029
Phone : (888) 780-4340
Price : Call for pricing
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Introduction and Basic Services

For over a decade, St. Gregory Retreat Centers has offered gender-specific holistic and evidence-based treatment in the town of Bayard, Iowa. A much needed resource in The Hawkeye State, the organization utilizes a variety of approaches with the aim to uncover the root of each individual's addiction. The empowerment-based methods are designed specifically for men and women struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders.

Facility and Meals

The men’s and women’s campuses are situated several miles from each other in a rural area, with the intent to provide a distraction-free atmosphere. The staff of St. Gregory views treatment as a “retreat” rather than a rehabilitative, clinical experience, and the housing units reflect that. Both locations offer suites with semi-private sleeping quarters, private bathrooms and showers. The men’s facility accommodate up to 56 clients, and the women's holds 28. Both buildings have on-site laundry, a computer lab, living room areas with plasma TVs and gyms. There are also classrooms and therapeutic meeting spaces on the campus.

Food is served cafeteria-style and includes a fresh salad bar and a variety of meal choices. Coffee is available throughout the day as well. Meals are prepared by house chefs with menus designed by a staff nutritionist.

Treatment Protocol and Team

The treatment programs offered at St. Gregory are multi-leveled, focusing on the biological and psychological effects on a person who struggles with addiction, and addressing the social and spiritual impact as well. Treatment is not 12-step based. Rather, evidence-based practices such as CBT, brain fitness and nutritional coaching are implemented. There is also a SMART Recovery model included in programming. Safe, medical detox and pain management can be administered at a different St. Gregory-affiliated facility in Des Moines.

A large part of treatment is volunteering and giving back to the community and repairing family relationships and communication by focusing on accountability. There is a year of aftercare services included in treatment that also incorporate SMART Recovery and coaching by staff. Additionally, daily meditation practices and virtue practice aid in each client's success in recovery.

St. Gregory boasts a huge staff between the men and women’s residential facilities and detox. The treatment team consists of medical doctors and nurses, CADCs, LPCs, dieticians and residential staff.

Bonus Amenities

St. Gregory emphasizes health and wellness through exercise, and has a number of amenities in both residential locations like basketball courts, bikes, pool tables and saunas for relaxation.


A combination of evidence-based and holsitic care, along with peer support faciltiated through SMART Recovery and a comfortable, serene setting, all make St. Gregory Retreat Centers exceptionally unique. The staff doesn’t force any certain modality or spiritual belief but instead encourages and empowers with a focus on each client as an individual, not just another person struggling with substance abuse. In terms of treatment offerings in the state of Iowa, the St. Gregory network offers a thorough but relatively affordable resource for men and women ready to set the foundation for recovery.

St. Gregory Retreat Centers

601 2nd Street

Bayard, IA 50029

(888) 780-4340

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