Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

A-Listers Getting Back on Track; Chances Are youa[euro][TM]ve Never Heard about It, but thata[euro][TM]s the Way They like It. JOHN FARMER Explores the Sanctuary, Byron Bay, Where Celebrities, Millionaires, Royalty and Rock Stars Go to Get Clean

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

A-Listers Getting Back on Track; Chances Are youa[euro][TM]ve Never Heard about It, but thata[euro][TM]s the Way They like It. JOHN FARMER Explores the Sanctuary, Byron Bay, Where Celebrities, Millionaires, Royalty and Rock Stars Go to Get Clean

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IDYLLIC SETTING: Byron Bay provides the backdrop for The Sanctuary's rehab program.

FOR MOST people, a mention of arehaba invokes images of small, sterile white rooms in large, locked-down facilities where only thin walls separate patients in the throes of battling demons of addiction, abuse and dependence.

Imagine instead a arehaba set inside million-dollar mansions situated in one of the countryas most idyllic coastal communities.

There are no gates, locks or small, white rooms. Clients will never hear, let alone see each other, and the battle against addiction is done in the lap of luxury.

This is The Sanctuary, Byron Bay.

It is a place the A-crowd a millionaires, entrepreneurs, celebrities, rock stars and even royalty a pay upwards of $28,000 a week to get clean.

Managing director Michael Goldberg, who was chief executive of a highly successful building company during the 1990s, founded The Sanctuary in 2003 after recovering from his own drug addiction.

Today, it is one of the worldas most highly regarded drug, alcohol and eating disorder treatment facilities, with a nearly 90% success rate.

Clients come from across the globe (Mr Goldberg says more are international than domestic) to get their lives back on track.

Never are there more than four clients treated at once, and each receives a treatment regime customised to their individual needs.

They stay in one of 40 homes leased by The Sanctuary that open on to Byron Bayas golden beaches or lush rainforests.

Those million-dollar homes become the clientas own luxury retreat during their stay.

The staff-client ratio averages about 15:1. Clients can get access to a full-time personal chef, a chauffeur, personal trainer, yoga instructor, meditation expert, massage therapist and naturopathic consultant, as well as medical, nursing and psychiatric personnel.

Food is organic where possible and much of it is grown in The Sanctuaryas food forest.

aOur chefs take direction from our naturopath, doctor and nutritionista Mr Goldberg said. …

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