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 restructures 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
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.
Experiential Engagement Therapy is designed to make use of the way the human nervous system is wired to learn. Experience-based therapy is retained more than traditional-style therapy, where you sit and receive information or advice passively. Experiential Engagement Therapy is learning about yourself, your emotions, your beliefs, and your addictions by engaging fully in your experience – not just thinking, but doing! Experiential Engagement Therapy (EET) requires your full engagement and participation in experiencing your emotions, past trauma, and unresolved pain. With Experiential Engagement Therapy, you will learn how to feel and learn from the discomfort and anxiety that arises in your physical body. You will learn to walk through the discomfort and physical pain. In this uncomfortable place, you will find the deepest understanding of yourself, your belief systems, your addictions, your depression, and your anxiety.
Non 12 Step Therapy
In our Non 12-Step methodology, we believe that everyone is doing the best they can, based on the beliefs they hold. Because we deeply understand this, we are able to hold a non-judgmental attitude when working with our clients. We treat our clients with love, compassion, and respect. We treat everyone as if they were part of our “Ohana,” or family. We know that substance abuse is merely a symptom of a deep-rooted issue. We truly understand that drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and eating disorders are an attempt to relieve yourself from anxiety, unresolved past trauma, and depression, to name a few. For that reason, we don’t want to label you or have you identify as your addiction.
Holistic recovery centers focus on addressing the whole person – body, mind, and essence. Holistic drug rehabs integrate conventional and alternative therapies to search for the underlying causes of addiction and co-occurring disorders. Instead of focusing and treating the substance abuse problem alone, a holistic approach includes evaluation of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, spiritual, and lifestyle elements. Holistic recovery programs are equally as successful as more conventional addiction treatment programs. Holistic and integrative physicians use a variety of safe, effective options in the diagnosis and treatment of addictions. They strive to see the entire picture of you and evaluate every aspect that could be contributing to your substance abuse problem.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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."
Meet the Staff
Dr. Julie Brush
Dr. Julie Brush is a graduate of National University of Naturopathic Medicine, in Portland, Oregon. She was the recipient of the Helfgott Research Institute Student Research Scholarship in 2005 for her work studying the immune-stimulating properties of herbs. For the past 12 years, she has been practicing at 2BWell clinics in Lake Oswego and Portland, Oregon as a family physician. In January 2018, she and her family moved to the beautiful Big Island where she served as the Medical Director at the Hawaii Naturopathic Retreat until June 2018.
She has completed additional training with Dr. Ben Lynch on the subject of MTHFR genetic mutations and impact on health, with Dr. Dan Carter to learn Bowen therapy, and with Dr. Dick Thom on UNDA drainage. She is an active member of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians and of the Hawaii Society of Naturopathic Physicians and is certified in IV Therapy.
As a NUNM graduate, Julie has completed extensive medical training in both primary care and naturopathic medicine. She practices under a new paradigm of health care. In this paradigm, you, the patient, are listened to, you are given the tools to achieve optimum health and you are an active participant in your health care. This is an individualized approach that honors your unique history. The naturopathic approach seeks to identify and treat the cause of disease, which both treats acute issues and prevents future health problems.
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!.
Our resident CSAC (Certified Substance Abuse Counselor), Laura’s overflowing acceptance supports people in facing and re-authoring events that hold the most sway in their lives. With an MA in psychological counseling and specialty in systemic counseling for couples and families, she utilizes Core Belief Restructuring, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and experiential exercises to support clients in making lasting changes. As a neurological enthusiast, she weaves psychological education with exercises and skills to release stress from the nervous system and pilots clients in restructuring neural pathways.
She is passionate about creating space for clients to practice authentic and vulnerable communication, which supports people in increasing the meaningful connections in their lives. Utilizing trauma informed practices, Laura worked as a sexual assault crisis counselor, lead groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual assault, and hosted workshops on trauma in family systems, counseling sexual minorities, and spirituality in therapy.
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ABOUT THE EXCLUSIVE HAWAII
Set on a 16-acre private property overlooking the azure waters of the Pacific, The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center in Hawaii is a private, for-profit facility, which make up about 13.7 percent of all treatment facilities in Hawaii; it is one of the 16 (9.5 percent) of Hawaii facilities that offer long-term residential treatment services. The luxury facility offers holistic detoxification and treatment for adults struggling with substance use disorders.
Programming is not 12-step-based, rather using a proprietary treatment modality developed by the center’s founder. Amenities cater to executives. The facility, opened in 2011, is also equipped to address co-occurring mental and physical health conditions, including eating disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
A majority of clients are 35 or older, according to The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center website, although some are in their early 20s. Most clients have previously attempted rehab elsewhere. Treatment plans are offered for 30, 60, or 90 days.
The admission process begins with a 90-minute assessment phone call. Clients start treatment with a 10-day, acupuncture-based detoxification process which also includes nutritional supplements, yoga, meditation, and infrared sauna sessions. Throughout their stay, residents have access to weekly bodywork sessions such as massage and Reiki.
A major component of The Exclusive’s treatment concept is Core Belief Restructuring (CBR), which is based in cognitive behavior therapy. Therapists work with clients to develop self-acceptance and -awareness, purpose, emotional fluidity, and behavioral adjustments. Trauma-oriented eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is also available, along with mindfulness classes, and art and music therapy.
Clients who complete a program of 30 or more days at The Exclusive in Hawaii are invited to participate in 30 days of transitional aftercare, which involves phone or videoconference counseling.
The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center’s medical director is a doctor of osteopathy, according to the facility’s website. Treatment team members also include life coaches, recreational therapists, and consulting physicians, psychologists, and certified substance abuse counselors. Staff therapists are trained in the program’s Core Belief Restructuring, with additional training ranging from master’s level counseling to nursing. The staff-to-client ratio is about 4:1, and team members are joined by a resident therapy dog. The center is one of 105 (62.5 percent) of Hawaii facilities that are CARF-accredited.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The Exclusive of Hawaii residence is an eight-bed, 10,000-square-foot mansion surrounded by tropical foliage and grazing horses and cows. Clients can choose a private or shared bedroom and enjoy access to an on-site fitness facility, waterfall swimming pool, hot tub, and outdoor patios with ocean views. Chefs prepare organic meals and residents may participate in the cooking.
Clients regularly go on such recreational activities as helicopter rides, dolphin swims, and private golf or tennis lessons. A family support program allows loved ones to visit clients on a basis appropriate to each client’s treatment. Personal cell phones and laptops may be used during designated times.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The two alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date rated The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center of Hawaii perfect five stars in treatment effectiveness, holistic treatment offerings, staff’s level of experience and training, and nine other metrics. Both clients praised the facility’s beautiful location and compassionate staff, with one writing that staff members “practice what they preach.” Weaknesses cited included a lack of intravenous nutrient support. Additionally, one alum rated the center’s affordability only one star, the other granting four stars.
A single Yelp review for The Exclusive reported problems with billing,  as did another alum on Facebook.  However, two other alumni on the facility’s official Facebook page, which the facility can manage, awarded a rating of five out of five stars.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Two loved ones polled by Rehabs.com offered praise similar to alumni reviewers. Both highlighted the facility’s unique program and kind staff. M.B. described “real deep level effectiveness.” They selected five-star ratings for 11 out of 15 metrics measured, including family participation and treatment for co-occurring disorders. Available counseling options, however, received just three stars from each. The loved ones indicated that treatment was affordable, with ratings of four and five stars.
By contrast, in a single Yellowpages.com review for The Exclusive, an alum’s spouse reported that the program was not restrictive enough for clients to change. 
WHAT STAFF SAY
Reviews from the three Exclusive Hawaii staff members polled by Rehabs.com all emphasized the center’s customizable treatment and dedicated staff. Their perfect five-star ratings for 12 out of 15 evaluated categories matched feedback from alumni and loved ones. Employee Z.M. wrote in a representative review: “The staff approaches all clients with honesty, compassion, integrity, and support for growth and change.”
The Exclusive Hawaii accepts out-of-network benefits from most medical insurance companies, according to the rehab center’s website. A $5,000 non-refundable deposit is required and an official facility Facebook post indicates that the cost of one month of treatment begins at $39,000.
Published on February 2018
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