Treatment You Can Trust

Discover the evidence-based treatment therapies we offer to help you overcome your substance or behavioral addiction.

When Rehab Fails

Searching for the right addiction rehab program can be overwhelming. If you pick one with an ineffective approach to treatment, any hard-won victories in rehab can quickly be lost upon graduation from the program. 

We don’t want you or your loved one to get trapped in the painful cycle of rehab stints, treatment failures, and relapse. That’s why our staff brings you the latest evidence-based therapies for scientifically-proven treatment you can trust.

What Is Evidence-Based Treatment?

As you search for a rehab program for you or a loved one, you will come across a wide variety of treatment methodologies. Only those therapies which have been proven effective in numerous research studies can be designated as evidence-based treatments. 


At Hawaii Island Recovery, we offer four powerful evidence-based treatment therapies as part of our well-rounded approach to your treatment.


Eye Movement desensitization and reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is highly effective in identifying and resolving the traumatic memories that can drive addiction.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) empowers individuals to overcome dysfunctional and self-destructive thoughts, patterns, and behaviors.

Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Dual Diagnosis treats addiction and any co-occurring psychological or emotional conditions together for better results



Neurofeedback utilizes brainwave data to “train” the brain to self-regulate and reduce or eliminate negative symptoms.

Heal from Trauma with EMDR


Many types of trauma can contribute to addiction, including…

  • Natural disasters
  • Accidents
  • Rapes
  • Acts of violence
  • Deaths
  • Even seemingly small events where you lacked choice, control, or power

Traumatic memories can get “stuck” in your mind and cause you to relive the painful emotions, physical sensations, and thoughts you experienced at the time. Even an unconscious unprocessed memory can trigger the symptoms, attitudes, and behaviors that drive addiction. 

 Using EMDR, our therapists help you tap into your brain’s healing power to resolve those traumatic memories, rid yourself of the disturbing symptoms, and ultimately achieve sobriety.

Replace Unhealthy Patterns with CBT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach that addresses dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and beliefs that can drive addiction and other disorders. 

Our therapists can help you explore the thought patterns that lead to self-destructive behaviors, such as… 

  • Overgeneralizations
  • Magnification of negatives
  • Minimization of positives
  • Catastrophizing

Then, using goal-oriented procedures, you’ll learn to replace those patterns with new, healthier thoughts to decrease or eliminate emotional distress and self-defeating behaviors. CBT gives you the skills you need to get sober and stay sober… for life.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Make a Full Recovery with Dual Diagnosis

Full recovery with dual diagnosis

Substance abuse disorders and behavioral addictions don’t occur in a vacuum. They are often driven by past trauma, co-occurring mental health disorders, poor self-esteem, interpersonal conflicts, and more.

By offering dual diagnosis, we can diagnose and treat the co-occurring disorders that influence your addiction, so you can make a full and lasting recovery. Click below to learn more about our dual diagnosis therapy.

Dual Diagnosis Addiction Treatment >>

Fight Anxiety, Depression, or PTSD with Neurofeedback

You already know that anxiety, depression, and trauma can make everyday life a challenge. But did you know that they can also impair your brain’s ability to self-regulate? When your brain is unable to change states readily and modulate levels of arousal appropriately, you’re at an increased risk for mental illness, substance abuse, and more.

With neurofeedback, therapists can use biofeedback of your brainwave data to “train” your brain to self-regulate, reduce those risks, and eliminate negative symptoms. Neurofeedback can help you… 

✓ Heal from anxiety, depression, and/or PTSD

✓ Improve your mood, energy, and sleep

✓ Achieve optimal cognitive functioning

With minimal side effects and lasting results, neurofeedback is a powerful and effective treatment option that can help you achieve sobriety and enjoy a happier, healthier life.

Neurofeedback | Hawaii Island Recovery

What About Experiential Therapy?

We are very proud of the evidence-based treatments we can offer you here at Hawaiian Island Recovery. But we’re also proud to offer them alongside experiential therapies for a unique and well-rounded approach to rehab. 

Experiential therapies allow you to gain unique insights into your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, so you can identify and address hidden or subconscious issues while in rehab. We offer you two types of experiential therapies:

Holistic Health Services

Reiki As a Part of Holistic Health Services

Experience the power of reiki, acupuncture, massage, yoga, and nutrition to achieve holistic healing of your mind, body, and spirit.

Wild-Dolphin Assisted Therapy

Dolphin Assisted Therapy

Encounter wild dolphins in the ocean for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that can transform you and empower you on your journey to recovery.

When to Use Evidence-Based Treatment

Evidence-based therapies have been scientifically proven to effectively treat a wide variety of disorders. Evidence-based treatment can help you or a loved one overcome…

Substance Abuse and Mood Disorders

Major Depression


✓ Dysthymic

✓ Cyclothymic

✓ Substance-induced Depression

Somatoform Disorders

✓ Somatization

✓ Conversion

✓ Pain

✓ Hypochondriasis

✓ Body Dysmorphic

Anxiety Disorders

✓ Panic Attacks

✓ Agoraphobia

✓ Panic Disorders

✓ Specific Phobia

✓ Social Phobia

✓ Obsessive-compulsive

Post-traumatic Stress

✓ Acute Stress

✓ Generalized Anxiety

✓ Substance-induced Anxiety

Eating Disorders

✓ Anorexia Nervosa

✓ Bulimia Nervosa

✓ Compulsive Overeating

Sleep Disorders and Impulse Control Disorders

✓ Intermittent Explosive

✓ Kleptomania

✓ Pathological Gambling

Evidence-Based Treatment Works

Evidence-based treatment therapies have been proven effective in scientific studies, and we’ve seen them change lives here at Hawaii Island Recovery. Read these reviews from a few of our clients to see how these therapies can work for you.

  • 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

Are you ready to tackle your addiction with proven therapies you can trust?