The more Dr. Ilardi looked at the commonalities of these mentally healthy societies, the more he was able to tease out certain common variables that he was then able to operationalize in his groundbreaking research dubbed the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Project. He took clinically depressed subjects and then incorporated several of these therapeutic lifestyle changes into their lives for several weeks.

And what were these magical lifestyle changes?

  • Getting regular daily exercise
  • Getting plenty of natural sunlight
  • Getting ample sleep every night
  • Eating an Omega-3 rich diet
  • Being involved in some type of social activity where social connections were made
  • Participation in meaningful tasks that leave little time for negative thoughts or rumination.

The results?

They experienced phenomenal outcomes: people who had suffered from mental health, anxiety, and depression for many years saw amazing–and measurable–improvements. Indeed, these improvements were statistically significant, not only when compared to control groups, but also when compared to people who had been treated only with depression medications.


Playing video games, checking social media, watching You Tube, sending emails, surfing the web Video game playing, social media obsession, porn, smartphone usage… these are now acknowledged as more than just obsessions, but, in some cases, they can be debilitating addictions and clinical disorders that have ruined peoples lives. A whole generation of “Failure to Launch” Millennial’s have seen their schooling, job prospects and/or interpersonal relationships suffer–or even destroyed–as a result of their screen or technology addiction.

  • We’ve incorporated those “Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes” into the clinical protocols of Maui Recovery. Unplugging from our devices, developing a sense of healing community, physical exercise, immersing oneself in nature–those things alone can be more therapeutic than sitting for an hour in a therapist’s chair and venting about your life.Of course, there is value to traditional psychotherapy, which our master’s level clinicians also do at Maui Recovery–but there is something even more special, more healing–and more transformative–when combined with nature immersion and the above-mentioned Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes.Nature immersion alone is an evidence-based intervention. Having adventures in the magical beauty of Maui–hiking up Haleakala, diving off of a waterfall, enjoying a majestic sunset–all have therapeutic value. Especially for people that have fallen into toxic and self-destructive and addictive habits.Indeed, outdoor nature immersion, also known as “Adventure Therapy” has been researched as OBH (Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare), more typically associated with adolescent wilderness-style programs, but which also applies to the nature immersion and adventure therapy we are doing in Maui.


Maui Recovery has a dedicated specialized program to effectively treat this issue. Our Co-CEO and Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Kardaras,  has over 10 years of experience with clinical treatment for hundreds of young people struggling with tech addiction. He is considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on digital addiction and its treatment. He has applied the principals and expertise from his seminal book, “Glow Kids” (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), to develop evidence-based recovery protocols for Maui Recovery to address and treat the addiction of this millennium. 

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The Internet provides comfort and entertainment but can be an escape from the pain, stress, and loneliness in our lives. Going offline can be unthinkable. At Maui Recovery, we strive to help clients heal.

Maui Recovery Strives to Address the Addiction of this Millennium, Technology Addiction

The Internet offers an escape from the pain, stress, and loneliness in their lives. It’s a place that provides comfort and entertainment. Going offline is unthinkable. At Maui Recovery, we strive to help clients heal. By focusing on the sources of the anxiety and unhappiness, we’re able to teach them that they can walk away from bad habits. They don’t need the addictive glow of the screen to feel whole.

15 Years of Healing and Treating

We know first hand the pain and suffering that comes from active addiction. We’re here for you


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