Treatment Center Setting
The Exclusive Hawaii Philosophy
The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center is a secluded, small eight-bed facility tucked away on a private estate offering a state-of-the-art non-12 step, holistic addiction treatment program. We believe to conquer addiction, it is essential to treat the whole person rather than a single symptom. We address chemical imbalances created by alcohol and drugs and focus on releasing previous trauma and unresolved pain. Our proprietary Core Belief Restructuring approach restructure the hidden beliefs that otherwise hold clients back and combines experiential learning with cognitive learning.
We offer one of the most customized treatment programs in the country with exceptional services and amenities. From the very first day clients entrust themselves to our care, and running concurrent with their addiction recovery program, clients will participate in relapse prevention and our individualized New Life Direction process. Together we help clients assemble the building blocks they need to live a renewed and passionate life and teach the skills to overcome old addiction triggers. By the time clients leave The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center, their new life has already begun!
We teach clients how being authentic, vulnerable and connected will naturally take the place of addictive behaviors. We share our philosophy of non-judgment and unconditional acceptance, and love of self and others.
We’re committed to creating a cocoon of safety and warmth that allows clients to immerse themselves fully into the program. We realize that when clients are facing their shadow and their past, it may be the hardest thing they’ve ever done, and we make it as comfortable as possible.
Areas of Specialization
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
A form of animal therapy, equine therapy involves visiting, working with and sometimes riding horses as a way to create a metaphoric relationship that leads to life-altering insights.
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.
Before I came to The Exclusive, my life was spiraling down like you wouldn’t believe. I was drinking close to one liter of scotch a day and my wife and kids were ready to leave me. I was feeling worthless and depressed. At The Exclusive I learnt that alcohol wasn’t my real problem, my real problem was things inside me, some beliefs inside me that were hurting me bad enough to where I felt that I had to go and escape through the bottle of alcohol and once I started uncovering those truths, it was pretty amazing the way I started feeling and realizing that, that’s true. Although I know I would never drink alcohol again, I now have the tools that I was taught here at the center, how to really deal with life in a more positive way, where I no longer beat myself up and I’m a lot happier."
I struggled with addiction for years. Working with Jean-François is the only thing that has ever really worked! I use the skills he taught me every day and find them very effective for keeping me on track and moving forward in a positive and healthy way.
I could not imagine I would have grown so much in a month and it was a very challenging and rewarding experience all in one
I'm going home a new person, ready for a fresh start, a completely different person than I was thirty days ago. I’m very happy. I have a plan and methods of use to continue the work on myself into the future.
I feel better physically and mentally. I also really appreciated the new life approach. I feel like I have a clear goal in mind for my future and a path that has been constructed that will lead me to get to my goals.
Meet the Staff
Dr Linda Hostalek D.O.
Dr. Linda is a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic medicine, residency trained in family medicine and fellowship trained in anti-aging and regenerative medicine. Assisting people to return to a life of joy and wholeness is the mission of Dr Linda. Integrative in her approach, Dr. Linda is adept at guiding the physical healing process as well as honoring the mind, body and spirit connection, in a deeply holistic approach. Applying modalities learned on three continents with world class healers, together with her medical training, she strives to assist her patients to balance their inner lives with their outer lives and guides the medical and therapeutic teams at The Exclusive to ensure full wraparound care customized for each client.
Co-Founder & Program Director
Jean-François Benoist is the creator of Core Belief Restructuring (CBR), upon which The Exclusive treatment program is based. He is a certified professional counselor trained at The Option Institute International Learning and Training Center. He began his studies in human development and empowerment in 1983 with Robert Hargrove and Relationships, Inc., and has been deeply involved in mentoring others for over twenty years. Author of The Exclusive Guide to Becoming Deeply Happy, Jean-François has a depth of experience in helping individuals, couples and families address and heal issues involving addictions, physical violence, sexual abuse, relationship concerns, bereavement, critical health challenges, eating disorders, conflict resolution, and depression. He is versed in individual therapy as well as group counseling. The direct correlation between deeply-held beliefs and painful addictions is Jean-François' highly-refined specialty. He is highly experienced and rigorously trained in a Socratic methodology and deep listening, enabling him to impart powerful life-changing skills that create immediate results.
Co-Founder, Center Director & Counselor
Joyce is a longtime consultant and pragmatic problem solver, having worked to empower individuals, families and companies for nearly 30 years. Known for her consistent, authentic and passionate optimism, Joyce inspires her clients to clearly identify their life’s work and do what it takes to move beyond addiction into a truly fulfilling life of purpose. Applying her focused intuition and deep compassion, she serves as a seasoned guide adept at finding real, accessible and even joyful solutions to the often heartbreaking problems that have resulted from substance abuse. Trained and certified in multiple approaches, Joyce has developed a unique style that encompasses palpable tenderness; fierce truth telling; verbalizing the unseen, the unsaid and the forbidden; and embracing the whole person. Joyce’s approach is lively and highly participatory as she leads transformative, innovative programs including: Laughter Yoga, Life Purpose Life Passion, Empowering the Family and What’s Great About It!.
Bob Wiley, LPC, CADC
Therapist, Core-Belief Restructuring Counselor
Bob graduated with a Master’s Degree in Counseling in 1996 and soon thereafter started working as a substance abuse counselor. Bob holds a Professional Counselor License and is also a Certified Advanced Addiction Counselor. In addition Bob attended The Option Institute in Massachusetts where he acquired certification as an Option Process Mentor Counselor. Bob has counseled substance abuse and mental health clients for over two decades. The depth of his experience, combined with his passion and dedication to impact and transform the lives of others, make Bob an indispensable asset to our team and clients at The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center. Bob specializes in Core Belief Restructuring (CBR) to identify the core beliefs that keep clients stuck in the same patterns of being. Together with clients he breaks through to the underlying issues that need to be transformed and create change together with clients. Throughout this process he supports clients with non-judgment and compassion. He enables clients to uncover and understand their deepest beliefs through which they filter and ultimately create their experiences. Bob will question the client’s filters and refine the lenses through which clients create their realities resulting in a liberating state of self-love and self-compassion.
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ABOUT THE EXCLUSIVE ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTER
Set on a 16-acre private property overlooking the azure waters of the Pacific, The Exclusive Hawaii is a luxury, residential treatment program designed to treat adults struggling with chemical dependency or co-occurring mental health disorders. Located on The Big Island of Hawaii, in the seaside community of Honokaa, The Exclusive offers three types of holistic residential programs: 30, 60, or 90 days. The facility also provides an aftercare program, as well as a 10-day holistic detoxification service.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Before beginning treatment, clients participate in both a pre-admission substance abuse assessment and an in-person evaluation to form an individualized treatment program. The Exclusive’s treatment approach is not based on 12-step principles or practices. Rather, the facility combines holistic treatment approaches with specialized evidence-based modalities to address underlying issues contributing to addiction, as well as equip clients with proven-effective tools and skills to sustain sobriety.
Upon admission, clients undergo a 10-day initial detoxification process, which reflects the facility’s adherence to holistic approaches. The detoxification process includes specific nutritional and dietary supplements, acupuncture, therapeutic massages, infrared sauna sessions, meditation, and yoga. During the detoxification process, clients slowly begin to participate in one-on-one therapy sessions and intimate group counseling sessions.
A major component of The Exclusive’s treatment concept is “Core Belief Restructuring,” which is a specialized cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) approach. Emphasized through individual and group counseling sessions, Core Belief Restructuring focuses on five elements to improve the emotional and psychological state of clients: self-acceptance, coping and emotional fluidity, self-awareness, behavioral implementations, and a commitment to purpose.
The Exclusive also utilizes experiential engagement therapy (EET) to navigate issues of shame- and fear-based negative thinking. In addition, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) sessions are integrated into treatment to modify unhealthy responses to trauma.
Along with addressing the psychological factors contributing to addictive behavior, The Exclusive also incorporates a range of holistic treatments into programming. Clients participate in laughter-focused yoga, art and music therapy, equine therapy, intentional breathing sessions, and Reiki (healing touch). Clients also enjoy regular nature outings and participate in physical and recreational activities. A family support program allows loved ones to visit clients on a basis appropriate to each client’s treatment.
Clients who complete a 30-, 60-, or 90-day program are invited to participate in a 30-day aftercare program to ease the transition back into the community. The Aftercare Life Skills Program involves 30 hours of therapy conducted by phone or videoconference. To facilitate counseling sessions relevant to the client, the aftercare sessions can be conducted individually or through couples/family therapy.
The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center employs a highly-qualified team comprised of physicians, registered nurses, licensed professional counselors, recreational therapists (including a therapy dog), and core belief restructuring therapists. Holistic specialists facilitate alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, reiki, and therapeutic massages.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The Exclusive residence is an eight-bed, 10,000-square-foot mansion perched on the ocean cliffs of Hawaii. Set on 16 acres, the estate is surrounded by tropical foliage and grazing horses, while the upscale facility features luxurious appointments and furnishings. Bedrooms are either private or shared, depending on the client’s chosen program. The state features an on-site fitness facility, outdoor pool, infrared sauna, hot tub, and two outdoor patios with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Residents also enjoy organic meals and are encouraged to be active in meal planning.
The Exclusive offers a range of recreational activities for residents to enjoy. Some activities include helicopter rides, tropical forest zip line adventures, dolphin swims, waterfall hikes, and private golf or tennis lessons. Residents are free to choose the recreational activities that they enjoy. Clients are also allowed to bring personal cell phones and laptops to use during specified times.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Two alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date rated The Exclusive Hawaii a perfect five stars in treatment effectiveness, holistic treatment offerings, staff’s level of experience and training, and nine other metrics.
The anonymous alum did rate the facility’s affordability only one star, the other rating it four stars. The alum cited a lack of intravenous nutrient support as a drawback, while alum Kristin wrote: “sometimes the cows moo really loud.” Nonetheless, both clients praised the facility’s beautiful location and compassionate staff. Alum Kristin wrote: “Smelling the Hawaiin air, seeing the beautiful home and property and being met with such kindness and compassion eased my anxiety.”
To date, on The Exclusive Hawaii’s Facebook page, which the facility can manage, one alum rated the facility a perfect five stars, echoing other alumni’s response to the program. However, one other alum rated the facility only one star, citing insurance and payment confusion and difficulties. Alum Keith wrote: “They claim over and over your Insurance will cover 80% or 90% of your $60,000.00 per month bill, they do NOT, they cover 32% at best, so be pre-paired to pay nearly $40,000.00, i did and i am still drinking!”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Two loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date rated The Exclusive Hawaii a perfect five stars in 11 of the same 12 metrics in which alumni rated the facility perfectly. The only metric they differed in was the facility’s counseling options, both rating it only three stars.
Loved one M.B. wished the program was available in more locations, but both loved ones praised the facility’s unique program and compassionate staff. M.B. wrote: “real deep level effectiveness excellent caring staff Unique and life changing program.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
Three staff members polled by Rehabs.com to date rated The Exclusive Hawaii a perfect five stars in the same 12 metrics as the alumni, rating the facility’s affordability four and five stars. Drawbacks they mentioned include ambient cattle noises, a strong commitment required from alumni, and slow Internet, but all the employees praised the facility’s customizable treatment and dedicated staff. Employee Z.A.M. wrote: “The staff approaches all clients with honesty, compassion, integrity, and support for growth and change. The staff works together to insure continuity of care.”
All reviewers rated The Exclusive Hawaii’s 12-step offerings and faith-based treatment mostly one or two out of five stars, as the facility’s website emphasizes it bases treatment upon other models.
The Exclusive Hawaii accepts out-of-network benefits from most medical insurance companies. A $5,000 non-refundable deposit is required upon intake. The facility also recommends bringing $500 for incidentals.
Updated April 2017
Published on June 2017
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