Evidence-based Treatment

Hawaii Island Recovery offers 4 powerful evidence-based treatment therapies as part of the well-rounded approach to your 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.

Trauma-Informed Therapy, including EMDR

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

Eliza Wille during therapy session

Heal from trauma with EMDR

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.

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

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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.


Neurofeedback treatments use biofeedback of brainwave data to help you train your brain to self-regulate for healthier functioning on a daily basis.

Neurofeedback at Hawaii Island Recovery

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.

Get Help Today!

If you or a loved one need help, call Hawaii Island Recovery toll-free right now.