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The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center


The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center Review

Of the many things the main island of Hawaii has to offer, there’s also a high-end recovery resort offering a luxurious healing experience on the tropical shores of the Pacific. Founded by two people who’ve been in the recovery business for 25 years, The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center has been offering a 12-step alternative to treatment for the elite since 2011.

Accommodations and Food

First and foremost, The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center is a completely secluded 52-acre property. A tropical countryside surrounds this estate—ocean views and island sunsets are just the epidermal layer of this sober sabbatical.

A maximum of eight guests have the privilege of staying in spacious, private suites with private bathrooms, in addition to the options of semi-private and shared rooms.

A team of gourmet chefs prepares a myriad of gluten-free, dairy-free and mostly sugarfree foods. The ingredients are all non-GMO, and this diet avoids bad fats & oils—it’s all very wholesome. Additionally, The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center customizes diets for residents who may have specific needs—e.g., those who have celiac disease, vegans and the like. Although the diet is focused on clean, fresh, whole foods, The Exclusive doesn’t practice any “food dogma.” In other words, specific food requests can be accommodated.

Treatment and Staff

Comprised of highly credentialed professionals and peer counselors, the 30 staff members ensure clients get the best out of this recovery resort. During the evening periods, night aides are there to administer any over-night assistance.

Group therapy and individual sessions occur throughout the day. If clients wish, they have the choice to do a 60- and/or 90-day program. More, this facility does have CBT, as well as EMDR for trauma, psychodrama and psychodynamic processing. The medical director is on site frequently throughout the week and oversees numerous medical professionals. Detox is dependent on the medical director’s assessment; The Exclusive’s nurses supervise said detox if necessary. Dual diagnosis support is also offered for those suffering from secondary issues; anxiety, depression, bi-polar.

Contrary to most residential treatment programs, computers and mobile phones are an integral part of The Exclusive’s treatment protocol. The therapists have residents use the Internet for researching things they want to immerse themselves in upon returning home—such as contacting the local community center in an attempt to coach basketball or teach an art class. Basically, clients are taught new ways to engage in their lives rather than shutting themselves out from the world. In terms of user frequency, the recovery group staff is allowed to determine whether or not a resident seems obsessive with electronic usage.

This facility also offers a range of intensive family programs. Mainland family members can visit the site for a few days to engage in addiction education and family counseling. Therapeutic visits from those who support clients are welcome; in most cases, this means customized couples or family sessions are scheduled in person and via video conferencing with a therapist.

A typical daily schedule involves breakfast followed by Core Integration Fitness, hikes, volleyball, and other exercise options that fit the interests and abilities of each client. The rest of clients’ days are filled with therapy sessions and therapeutic activities. Four times throughout the day, clients and staff participate in conscious breathing exercises for relaxation and self-regulation.


Amid this unique, holistic treatment, homeopathic techniques include massage therapy, acupuncture, laughter therapy, art therapy, therapeutic hikes with counselors and more. Residents get to partake in extra-curricular outings—visiting botanical gardens, snorkeling, swimming with wild dolphins, horse-back riding, ATV riding, zip lining, paddle boarding, body boarding, surfing, kayaking, fishing, visiting waterfalls—it’s Hawaii—or folks can just bring a sack lunch and kick back on the beach.

In Summary

The Exclusive is aptly named—this is holistic therapy at its most exclusive. With all the amenities and activities offered, it would be impossible not to realize how much fun living sober can be—with a price point to match. The trick is taking all of this and applying it at home.

The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center Location

31-631 Old Mamalahoa Hwy
Hakalau, HI 96710

The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center Cost

Starts at $39,000 (30 days). Reach The Exclusive Hawaii by phone at (808) 775-0200. Find The Exclusive on Facebook and Twitter 

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