Our Approach

Domus is an intimate recovery and drug treatment center/retreat providing individually designed options for opiate dependence and addiction treatment, based on an in-depth understanding of each persons immediate needs. Unique in its approach, Domus Retreat professionals focus on your individual core issues which often serve to maintain your cycle of opiate addiction. We believe the key to treating unwanted chemical dependency begins with understanding the conditions and processes that drive the unwanted behavior.

One of the reasons for the extremely high rate of relapse in traditional drug rehabs is that the chemical dependency is seen as the main problem rather than a symptom reflecting an underlying problem.  Often, opiate dependency becomes so significant, that the underlying issues are glanced over and remain unresolved. Once there is a clear picture of the factors causing the unwanted dependency, a treatment plan can be determined.  In addition, guests have an opportunity to regain their physical and mental strength with the supervision and assistance of our specialized staff and therapists.

 We offer flexible weekly based “non-twelve step” programs, with the options to extend if availability permits.

Domus Retreat Opiate Specialized Treatment Center Offers:

  • One-on-one psychotherapy multiple times a week
  • 24/7 in-house individual assistance staff
  • Professional massages for endorphin production
  • Licensed acupuncture therapist
  • Gourmet meals designed to fit your dietary needs and gastrointestinal issues
  • On-site exercise equipment and off-site gym available
  • Yoga/tai chi/meditation – in-house small group and private sessions
  • Psychiatrist may be consulted (available for an extra cost)

Services are provided based on treatment length and options arranged

  • Private Rooms with Plasma TVs
  • Housekeeping
  • Voluntary Activities
  • Individually Tailored Programs
  • Private and Discreet

42-15530351There is also an educational process to help with many of the related causes of unwanted opiate abuse – Such as:  Sleep problems, Chronic pain, Anxiety, and Depression.

Individual Psychotherapy is used to discover the internal and external tensions that drive the unwanted behaviors.  The work is oriented toward understanding underlying needs that are in conflict.  The needs are often unrecognized or minimized which leads to tensions and eventually the use of a substance to relieve the tension.

The way out of unwanted chemical dependency is through growth. Initially, the growth comes through a process of understanding and identifying either the internal tensions that are core deficits or conflicts that are the causes of substance dependency. Once there is a clear picture of the factors causing the unwanted dependency a treatment plan for opiate recovery can be determined.

The cause of unwanted opiate addiction is personal and varied.  However, the underlying driving factors must be understood and can be worked on – but in all cases, this has to do with wanting out of the feeling of helplessness – the helplessness can come in many ways and is often difficult to recognize.

stressFor some, the helplessness or feeling of being stuck comes as a result of an extremely busy and responsibility driven life – on the outside things are often very good – while a successful home and work life is pitted against an emotional life filled with pressures and a lack of emotional well-being.  In this situation, opiate abuse acts as a coping mechanism so that the individual can temporarily feel better while maintaining their responsibilities.  The coping mechanism or chemical may help temporarily, but soon causes its own problems and dangers while leaving the underlying needs unmet and often unrecognized.

For example: Many of our guests report having a good family life and successful work, but feel endless pressure and responsibilities and then use a substance to feel better.  Because the substance initially creates a sense of wellbeing – the pattern is repeated.  In time, physical tolerance increases leading to increased substance use leading to an unwanted and unhealthy physical and emotional dependency.

Now, opiate misuse creates a feeling of helplessness through a cycle of needing to fend off continual states of physical withdrawal.  At this point, even when there is a desire to be out of this painful cycle, the substance use is often continued.

For others, the helplessness is driven by loss, and for others the helplessness is due to physical pain and the limitations imposed by the pain.  Others may have untreated or undiagnosed anxiety or depression – but in all cases, the ability to define and understand the feeling of being “stuck” and how that is the core driving emotional factor allows for a new process to begin.

Often, there is a sense of guilt and shame that accompanies the substance use.  Individual therapy can help create flexibility in interpersonal relationships and allow movement toward achieving desired goals.


The relationship between Mental health and Substance abuse can be extensive.

Opiate Addiction Recovery

Success in any opiate dependence treatment comes from the commitment of both the one helping and the one being helped.  At Domus, we are committed to doing our part by treating everyone with respect, and understanding that it is human to get lost and healthy to be found.  Opiate addiction recovery and growth comes from finding the whole person and then working with the internal factors that disallow the external changes needed for a healthier life.

A healthy support system is crucial to all treatments.  Understanding each person’s needs and preferences helps us determine what kinds of support will be most effective.

The individuals who come to Domus have already begun their journey toward sobriety.  It is from this initial commitment that we begin to understand the factors that support and deter sobriety.


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