Daily therapies include both one-one counselling and group therapy.

Our therapists offer the following counselling strategies and therapies for addiction management:

  • Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Psycho-dynamic Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Brief and Early Intervention

Complementary therapies

We also believe addiction recovery responds well to specialised medical intervention alongside complementary therapies.

For this reason, all clients are offered complementary therapies for their withdrawal and rehabilitation phases as a personal choice.

Finding emotional balance and mental relaxation is vital to prevent relapse. Our team will help you design a wellbeing routine that will suit your recovery program.

The following substances require withdrawal support:

  • Cocaine
  • Alcohol
  • Methamphetamine (Ice)
  • Amphetamine (Speed)
  • MDMA (Ecstasy)
  • Cannabis
  • Hallucinogens (LSD, PCP, Magic Mushrooms (psilocybin), DMT, Ketamine etc)
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Heroin
  • Other Opiates; Codeine, Morphine, Pethidine, Fentanyl etc
  • Pharmacotherapy/Opiate Substitute withdrawal (Biodone, Methadone, Buprenorphine, Suboxone)

Pharmaceutical withdrawal and/or tapering down under direction of your treating doctor.

Our complementary therapists offer a range of modalities to complement your detox, including:

  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure, Reflexology and Bowen therapy
  • Naturopathy
  • Diet, supplementation and nutritional advice
  • Swimming, water and spa therapy
  • Far Infra-Red therapy

If therapies are not your thing, the beach or the rainforest is only a short distance. Sometimes a walk along the beach is the best medicine.

Food & nutrition

We believe in the health promoting effects of home cooked meals and the benefits of enjoying your meals. Our kitchen provides healthy gourmet-meals designed and supervised by a qualified Nutritionist. Meals are prepared according to fresh wholefood principles, with foods that promote detoxification, mental health and energy such as fresh fruits, salads and vegetables. Eating local seasonal produce is important to us.

Enjoying food is important during your detox, so we also love to lash out and have freshly made cakes for afternoon tea and desserts after dinner. Clients are offered coffee and tea with breakfast, followed by decaffeinated beverages after lunch. Fresh juices and smoothies are available during the day.

Hermitage Centre caters to all food requirements and tastes. If you have any food cravings during your stay, we would be only too happy to accommodate you. If you have a craving for chocolate, we’ve got chocolate. Our cook is happy to accommodate for vegetarians, vegans and allergy sufferers. The menu does include dairy, fish, chicken and red meat for nonvegetarians.


The Hermitage Centre is a private drug and alcohol addiction recovery retreat located on the Gold Coast. Clients are offered a supportive and safe space for a supported rehab residency in a relaxed retreat-style environment. We focus primarily on supporting the physical detox recovery process with privacy, care and understanding. We also offer rehabilitation programs, counselling, massage, therapies such as yoga and meditation, family support, court documents, classes and workshops.

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