We focus on supporting your physical body through detox and recovery on every level we can by bringing your physical body to a more balanced state of health.
Our holistic approach to recovery utilizes very specific nutritional supplements and healthy gourmet meals that will replenish the vitamins and minerals necessary to rebuild your body systems, strengthen immunity and return you to an optimum state of health. Our integrative physician customizes your care with specific attention to amino acid therapy for your neurotransmitters.
A weekly schedule of mindfulness therapy, body/mind integration, acupuncture, massage therapy, structural integration bodywork, meditation, exercise and yoga further helps eliminate residual substance abuse toxins from your body tissues. You will have access to infrared sauna to deepen your detox. We also incorporate the healing qualities of nature and our equine buddy Tommy The Horse!
As a result of our integrative approach, participants report that they experience great relief from physical and psychological pain. They become relaxed, sleep better, and notice improved memory, as well as an increasing sense of presence, self-awareness and self-control. Enhanced mental clarity then supports the process of learning the skills of recovery. Old cravings fall away and in their place the person develops a vigorous attitude for engaging with life.
We typically deliver the 10-day National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol at the start of the program (the first ten nights with Sunday off). The value of acupuncture for the treatment of chemical dependency has been well established. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services branch of the US government (SAMHSA) statistics show that over 500 addiction specialists in the US now use some form of acupuncture.
The NADA protocol is an ear acupuncture protocol and it was originally developed for addiction treatment, but has been adopted by many other health settings. The protocol uses up to five ear points: shen men, sympathetic, kidney, liver and lung. According to NADA the technique is referred to by many names in the literature. NADA acupuncture, acu detox, acupuncture detoxification, and the five-point protocol are some names used.
At The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center we simply refer to it as the NADA protocol and we offer it as part of a comprehensive, holistic addiction treatment protocol. Our acupuncturist also adds on other acupuncture treatments beyond the NADA protocol for each individual. With our acupuncture sessions, we addresses other issues including body pain, nausea, appetite issues, etc.. Acupuncture treatment is customized for each individual and typically last one hour per evening.
The NADA protocol is said to garner the following benefits for most patients:
- Takes away cravings for alcohol and drugs, including nicotine
- Minimizes withdrawal symptoms
- Calms the nervous system which creates less agitation and better sleep
- Brings relief from stress and emotional trauma
- Creates an easier connection for the client with counseling
- Contributes to a discovery of inner quiet and strength
- Helps with the intention for recovery
The combined application of acupuncture with our integrative counseling methods, holistic detoxification, nutritional rebuilding, exercise and stress reduction methods creates a powerful, collaborative force for successful recovery physically, emotionally and mentally.
The program typically includes one bodywork session per week such as massage, structural integration or craniosacral therapy. The type of bodywork session is determined by the medical team together with the needs of the individual. The goal is always to choose the method most appropriate to move you along the process of recovery, releasing pain and discomfort.
Massage therapy is well-documented and well-established for facilitating growth, reducing pain, increasing alertness, diminishing depression, reducing anxiety and enhancing immune function.
Studies show that massage therapy can be as affective as psychotherapy as far as the immediate benefits of the session in the treatment of depression and anxiety. The reason for this is the biochemical effects massage therapy has on the body. It increases the levels of serotonin and dopamine and decreases the level of cortisol. Decreased cortisol brings stress relief for the body while more serotonin and dopamine contribute to a positive state of motivation, productivity and wellbeing.
Simply put, touch is extremely important for human beings. We all need to be touched. Touch changes our biochemistry and literally makes us happier. We are designed to be connected to others. Technology and modern society has changed our sense of connection in that people increasingly live alone, and have virtual friends they cannot hug or high-five!
Based on the significant impact of massage therapy on the nervous system and mood of our clients, we highly recommend clients to incorporate additional massage sessions into their programs.
Essentially our bodies are moving through the air in relation to gravity. With Structural Integration, the primary goal is to improve the alignment and movement of the body. It trains your body to have better alignment with gravity.
The focus of this method is actually not on the body’s muscles, but on the muscle’s protective layer, called fascia (connective tissue). Structural Integration aligns and balances the body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia. The lengthening of the fascia helps the body to move more efficiently.
The effect of Structural Integration reaches far beyond the physical structure. When we align the physical body then emotions, attitudes, belief systems and behavior patterns are affected too. Your potential, your self-confidence and your ability to handle change (resiliency) are all positively affected through this work.
Cranial bones are the bones in our skull that create a protective cavity to house the brain and brainstem. Over a hundred years ago, Dr. William Sutherland made the observation that cranial sutures express small degrees of motion and that this motion is essentially produced by the body’s life force.
The life force (chi in Chinese medicine) produces a series of subtle rhythms in the body that are palpable by a practitioner. A person’s life force is an expression of health, yet, it is influenced by life experiences, stresses and traumas. When stresses and traumas are overwhelming, they become lodged in the body as ‘sites of inertia’ until a time when the individual is able to access the strength to process and release these sites of inertia.
The focus of craniosacral therapy is to help resolve the stagnancy that is contributing to disease and fragmentation in the body and mind. This is accomplished by the therapist sensing the body’s subtle rhythms with her hands and hence any pattern of inertia or congestion.
Cranio sacral practitioners can read the story written in your physical body and identify areas where the life force is held stagnantly. Cranio sacral treatment enhances the body’s own self-healing and self-regulating capabilities propelling recovery forwards.
In accordance with our holistic philosophy at The Exclusive, craniosacral therapy takes a whole-person approach to healing and the inter-connections of mind, body and spirit are deeply acknowledged.
Craniosacral therapy is an effective adjunct treatment for addiction recovery, insomnia, anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
Healing Touch / Reiki
From time to time there are clients who request healing touch work or Reiki for bodywork. We happily facilitate this request.
Reiki is an energy type bodywork that, like cranio sacral work, addresses the ‘life force’ in the body. The word Reiki is made from two Japanese words – Rei which means “Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. The session will affect emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects like relaxation, improved health and a wonderful feeling of peace.
Nutrition & Diet
Fresh Delicious Food
At The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center, our chefs create a delicious and healthy menu designed to help restore your natural vitality. Our chefs will entice your culinary senses and nurture you back on track to the body you want.
Our innovative nutritional plan contributes to detoxifying your system while easing your release from addiction. As you develop a new relationship to food you will feel energized and gain the strength and clarity of mind you need to support permanent recovery. Our wholesome and delightful cuisine will complement the emerging new you. Special dietary needs are joyfully accommodated. We honor each person’s right and responsibility to choose food that best fits their needs and tastes. All foods, even desserts, are made with whole foods, organic and locally sourced whenever possible.
Do you love to prepare food or do you want to learn from artists of healthful cuisine? Our chefs welcome participation alongside them and in special culinary classes. This program is about empowerment in life! Feeding ourselves well is essential to vitality and wellness.
What Kind of Food is Served?
Gourmet foods are often quietly augmented with sugars and bad fats that are not fit for a vital, healing body. Even people trying to eat well often ingest hidden toxins.
Our kitchen is the exception.
At The Exclusive we serve delicious wholesome, anti-inflammatory foods that address deficiencies common in those with substance abuse history. We serve fresh organic and local foods as much as possible (and take care in selecting healthful imported foods*) prepared with love by chefs who care about replenishing your body and helping you feel great. Our food presentation is lovely and it fills your palate with delight. A recent client said, “How can it taste so good and be awesome for my health at the same time?”
*Our cuisine is organic whenever possible, 100% natural, gluten free, GMO free and focused on low glycemic, whole foods. Our chefs are versed in adapting to special diets including vegan, dairy free, and other restrictions upon request. And if you have a request (even junk food) just ask! Why? Although the diet is focused on clean, fresh, whole foods, we practice no “food dogma” and we do respect each individual’s choices, hence providing other foods upon request.
Although the diet is focused on clean, fresh, whole foods, we practice no “food dogma” and we do respect each individual’s choices, hence providing other foods upon request.
Our staff dietician will meet with you for nutritional counseling and help you transition to nurturing your body with fresh, phytonutrient rich foods.
The dietician will make healthy eating accessible to you by coaching you according to your unique individual lifestyle and circumstances. She will share food preparation tips to incorporate into your lifestyle and make it work for you.
You will learn about building a healthy gut microbiome as a very high percentage of serotonin is produced by the bacteria in the gut and not solely in the brain as previously thought. Working on building good microbial diversity in the gut will help to improve and stabilize your mood.
Nutritional deficiencies of key amino acids, vitamins and minerals will be addressed together with our integrative doctor.
Consideration will be given to digestive problems such as Leaky Gut Syndrome, and the malabsorption of nutrients. Food allergies or sensitivities to common foods such as corn, wheat, sugar, and dairy are also addressed.
With co-occurring disorders, your nutritional plan will also address any other occurring medical challenges with tangible strategies to bring relief.
Yoga, Exercise & Fitness
We plan yoga stretching and fitness classes as appropriate for each individual. Our fitness program helps you get beyond the old self-sabotaging beliefs that may have been keeping you from enjoying a fun and fit lifestyle. Together we create an uplifting physical fitness program for you. Our activities are geared to your current body condition and personal fitness desires. Imagine experiencing a genuine love for physical activity and rebuilding your health. People who truly enjoy living in their own bodies are far less likely to abuse them.
With addiction recovery, the stimulation of serotonin production through exercise can is helpful tool to improve mood and shift stagnant energy. It is common for people who struggle with addiction to also have lingering depression. Getting the heart rate up and stimulating lymph and blood flow also helps to move toxins the body may be releasing from illicit drugs, pharmaceutical, drugs, alcohol or other toxins.
Since our program is customized for individual needs, we can also arrange for additional private instructors upon request such as high level trainers for athletes.
With nature therapy, we use outdoor and adventure therapy practices to connect clients to the healing benefits of nature. In its most basic sense, nature therapy is about the healing and psychological benefits of being in nature. The focus is promoting good mental and physical wellbeing through outdoor activity in a green environment.
The Exclusive’s tropical location and picturesque cliffside setting on the breathtaking Hamakua coast of the Big Island makes the immersion in nature immediately accessible. The island provides inumberable places of natural beauty to explore during excursions. Therapists offer counseling sessions while walking on the property which allows for nature to enter counseling sessions as well.
Beach Sundays to bathe in the turquoise ocean waters and to frolic in temperate salty water while being caressed by the sun—Ah, now that is Hawaii!
Research shows the mental health improves significantly after activities in nature. One of the very first discoveries of the impact of nature on mental health was made more than fifty years ago when psychiatric patients were moved to live in tents outside a hospital due to an outbreak of tuberculosis. Doctors were surprised to find their condition improved as long as they continued to have a relationship with the outdoors.
The Exclusive Hawaii is a secluded 10,000-square-foot, 16-acre property. A tropical countryside surrounds this estate—grazing horses, cows and island sunsets are just the epidermal layer of this sober sabbatical. We have horses grazing on the estate and we can include therapeutic ground-work activities with horses to promote emotional growth for our clients as part of their treatment plan.
Like art therapy, equine-assisted therapy is about engaging with horses in an experiential way. It’s not about horse riding talent and pre-existing horse handling knowledge. For example equine-assisted therapy does not n involve riding, but may include grooming, feeding and ground exercises. Through engaging with horses in an experiential manner, you will learn about yourself as you discuss feelings, behaviors and patterns that may arise as you interact with horses. You will benefit in social, emotional and behavioral ways from these experiences.
Horseback riding is an additional opportunity, scheduled off site and by individual request.