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Hawaii Island Recovery offers intensive individual and group therapy

Co-occurring mental health disorders are almost always present with addictive disorders. Because of this, it is imperative to appropriately treat mental health issues concurrent with the addiction. To treat one without the other creates a vulnerability for relapse, and results in the painful cycle of repeated stints in rehab and treatment failures. Hawaii Island Recovery offers intensive individual and group therapy and applies principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Neurofeedback, and Experiential Therapies to help our clients gain insight into their behavior, feelings and thought patterns. For real and lasting change to occur in mood and behavior, underlying feelings,  traumas and beliefs must be identified and resolved.  

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EMDR utilizes the brain’s own healing power to resolve traumatic memories that contribute, without the person’s awareness, to present symptoms and problems. Neurofeedback is a powerful and effective methodology to correct brain dysfunctions of under-arousal, over-arousal and unstable arousal that results in various symptoms such as depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, etc.

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By working from the “inside out”, clients replace negative patterns with positive ones, paving the way for more joy, peace and contentment, a natural deterrent to addictive behavior. Most frequently occurring co-morbid mental health conditions include:


Panic Disorders

Borderline Personality Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Hawaii Island Recovery provides an array of coordinated therapies to address the individual’s specific needs, issues, and problems that occur together with and contribute to his/her addiction. These include anxiety, depression, mood swings, issues of self-esteem and self-confidence, fears, excessive guilt, indecisiveness, lack of goals, low motivation, relationship issues, etc.

One of the evidence-based therapies utilized is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR utilizes the brain’s own healing power to resolve traumatic memories that contribute, without the person’s awareness, to present symptoms and problems. Trauma is easily recognized in the events such as natural disasters, accidents, acts of violence, rapes, deaths, etc. that are diagnostic criteria for PTSD. But trauma may also be evidenced by any event in the past that has a persistent negative effect in the present.

Many of these “little t” traumas occur during childhood when we are not able to provide for our own needs and safety and have little choice, control, or power. When the brain’s natural information processing system becomes overwhelmed by the trauma, the memory is stored in it’s original, non-processed mode, retaining the disturbing emotions, uncomfortable body sensations, and negative cognitions about the self associated with the trauma. The memory is “stuck”, isolated from connecting with conscious and adaptive information processing networks, and although unconscious, the memory triggers present symptoms, attitudes, and behaviors including addiction. EMDR is highly effective in identifying and resolving the memories that contribute to present dysfunction, unhappiness, and addiction.

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Dual Diagnosis Therapy

Dual diagnosis therapy, in the case of the addict or alcoholic, involves treatment of both the addiction and the co-occurring psychological or emotional condition.

The psychological conditions often present symptomatically as:

Panic Attacks


and variety of disorders involving:



Other Impulse Control Problems

Often accompanying these conditions are poor self-esteem, lack of confidence, interpersonal conflicts, unsatisfactory relationships, and a pervasive dissatisfaction with many aspects of life. For successful treatment and relapse prevention, it is essential to address both simultaneously. To achieve a positive outcome, accurate assessment and evidence-based treatment needs to be provided by licensed therapists credentialed in their respective specialties.

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Cognitive – Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach that addresses the individual‘s dysfunctional emotions, maladaptive behaviors, and cognitive processes and contents that underlie his/her disorder and negative symptoms. By employing a number of goal-oriented, explicit, and systematic procedures, the therapist assists the client in exploring patterns of thinking that lead to self-destructive actions and the beliefs which direct these thoughts. CBT helps individuals challenge their patterns and beliefs and replace errors in thinking (cognitive distortions) such as overgeneralization, magnifying negatives, minimization of positives, and catastrophizing with more realistic and effective thoughts which results in a decrease or elimination of emotional distress and self-defeating behaviors.

CBT is an evidence-based therapy which means that it has been proven, in controlled scientific studies, to be effective and superior to many other therapeutic approaches. HIR utilizes CBT and other evidence-based therapies for the effective treatment of:

Substance Abuse Disorders, Mood Disorders

Major Depression




Substance-Induced Depression

Anxiety Disorders

Panic Attack


Panic Disorders with and without Agoraphobia

Specific Phobia

Social Phobia


Post-Traumatic Stress

Acute Stress

Generalized Anxiety

Substance-Induced Anxiety

Somatoform Disorders





Body Dysmorphic

Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa

Compulsive Overeating

Sleep Disorders, and Impulse-Control Disorders

Intermitten Explosive


Pathological Gambling

Treatment for anxiety, depression, or chronic pain (e.g. sciatica nerve, fibromyalgia, etc.), often powerful contributing causes to addiction, must occur together with the treatment for addiction for success and relapse prevention.

Clinical Hypnosis

Clinical hypnosis enables a patient to access a state of deep relaxation to address specific issues such as smoking cessation, weight loss, fearfulness, or negative thought patterns that may be adversely affecting their life. The hypnotic context is generally established by an induction procedure. This may include guided imagery and suggestions for relaxation, calmness, and well-being. The decision to use hypnosis as a clinical application is made by the Clinical Director on a case by case basis as deemed clinically appropriate.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a broad category of therapies that share in common their “Gestalt” approach in which the client, through their own experience, gains insight into their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Experiential therapy encourages clients to identify and address hidden or subconscious issues through experiences such as role-playing, guided imagery, animals, and a range of other activities. Specific examples of experiential therapy include recreation therapy, dolphin assisted therapy, and expressive arts therapy.


Hawaii Island Recovery is excited to offer Neurofeedback as a treatment option.

Hawaii Island Recovery is excited to offer Neurofeedback as a treatment option for our clients who struggle with anxiety, depression and PTSD  in conjunction with substance abuse. While not appropriate for all clients, Neurofeedback has proven effective in the treatment of many mental health disorders including substance abuse and has also been successfully used to improve mood, energy, cognitive functioning and sleep.

Neurofeedback is defined as

“a specialized application of biofeedback of brainwave data in an operant conditioning paradigm”.

Neurofeedback “training” is intended to improve the brains ability to work efficiently and to regulate itself relative to the task at hand. A healthy brain is able to change states readily, modulating levels of arousal as required for optimal daily functioning.

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests trauma may impair the brains ability to self-regulate arousal. Without adequate capacity for self-regulation, a person may be at increased risk for mental illness, substance abuse and cognitive impairments. Neurofeedback is a very promising intervention that endeavors to “train” the brain to better regulate itself and thus reduce or eliminate negative symptoms. Neurofeedback has minimal side effects and lasting results and is an exciting adjunct to our evidence-based treatment modalities.

Neurofeedback as a treatment option

Neurofeedback as a treatment option who sruggle with anxiety, depression and PTSD

What Our Clients Say About Us

  • I have spent the last 15 years suffering, but I can spend the next 15 plus actually living!

    I came in a completely hopeless, sick, broken and I was loved. Genuinely loved by both the staff and clients. HIR saved my life. From the bottom of my very full heart, THANK YOU HIR FAMILY!!!
    S.B., Former Client
  • I couldn't have asked for a better experience in treatment!

    My time at Hawaii Islands Recovery was truly amazing. I couldn't have asked for a better experience in treatment. I worked with all 4 therapists in individual therapy and I would be happy with any of them to be my therapist in the future. The EMDR was a crucial part of my recovery and was crazy how it worked. I processed traumas in my past that I never thought I would get over. They are not out of my memory but they are no longer a bad memory.
  • I appreciated the use of EMDR tapping and meditation

    The entire staff is experienced professionals, and compassionate. I felt that all clients are treated equally and with kindness and respect. Therapists are using current methods of treatment. In particular, I appreciated the use of EMDR tapping and meditation. Overall, I felt the program helped me to better understand my addiction and I have left with a renewed sense of strength, better health, and the ability to go forward with the determination to maintain my newly found sobriety.
    C.C., Former Client
  • Trauma have happened to me when I was younger and EMDR saved my life

    I have participated in all HIR events, without reservations for the most part. HIR has provided a great deal  of positive experience that I will use when I leave. I do feel a lot better and believe that HIR does provide enough information and tools to handle the outside world. 
    Joe, Former Client