Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Program
We are a comprehensive addiction treatment program, integrating a full continuum of evidence based services, which are based on drug and alcohol rehab outcomes that are documented and successful. From intervention and medical detox thru the first celebrations of recovery, we remain attentive to each unique person and situation. Our program recognizes and addresses drug and alcohol addiction as a biological disorder, with social, psychological, and spiritual components. Our program is a nationally recognized luxury rehab.
Ideal Healing Environment
Our program is located in the oceanfront community of Kona, Hawaii. Kona is famous for year-round excellent weather. Outdoor activities – from a day at the beach to the famous international IronMan Triathlon – are always within reach. The Island of Hawaii is the largest and most southern in the Hawaiian chain, and it is also the most ecologically diverse. The Big Island is known for its natural beauty. From tropical rain forests to an active Volcano, from snow peaked mountains to white sand beaches, our clients have access to all.
Our client-focused professional team possesses extensive experience in all aspects of the treatment needed for problems with drugs and alcohol. Our professionals are all Kona residents; have a long history of working together; and have impeccable credentials. A better team cannot be found, not even in high profile, high-cost chemical dependency treatment facilities. Our clients receive unwavering commitment and respect from us in their treatment journey.
Our intensive, dual-diagnosis, holistic treatment program produces results. Our guarantee to you is that if you complete a 90 day program and subsequently finish a 30-90 day transitional program, and you experience relapse within a one year period, you may avail yourself of a free, one week intense recovery session at Hawaii Island Recovery.
Imagine the day… You are standing before family, friends, staff , therapists and fellow recovering addicts, as a sober person. You have walked the walk to get to this point, you have worked hard in your treatment program to reach this day. In your darkest hour, you thought this day would never come, when you would overcome your addiction and celebrate your sobriety amongst your loving supporters. This is your graduation day from Hawaii Big Island Recovery Treatment Center.
12 Step vs Non-12 step Programs
At Hawaii Island Recovery we think the most important part of therapy is individualism. Every client is different and every addict will respond to treatment in a different way.
We give our clients the opportunity to explore 12 step programs but also provide the option for them not to. We’ve found that this all-encompassing approach offers excellent results because while 12 step programs do work with some individuals, with others they actually create resistance.
There are a couple of reasons why this resistance might appear. The first is the idea of surrendering to a higher being which is inherent in 12 step programs. With approximately 20% of Americans not believing in any kind of higher power it’s quite understandable that the idea of religiosity would create a resistance to the treatment. After all, these individuals view the concept of surrendering to God positively unhelpful.
A 12 step program is also very rigid and as you probably know from observing people in real life, not every deals with structure in the same way. Some people thrive on discipline while others firmly resist it. We are able to factor this resistance into therapy to ensure that an individual is treated as effectively as possible.
By keeping an open approach we’re able to treat many of our clientss effectively. This also forces us to be very accountable and to create the best therapy program possible for the individual.
For more information c all 866-906-6911.
Alcohol Addiction Treatment
If you’ve never been addicted to alcohol it’s easy to look at alcohol addiction and wonder about it. After all, at the end of a good night most people drink a glass of water, get some sleep, and in the worst case wake up feeling a bit unwell.
Alcohol addiction is nothing like this because it is possible to get physically dependent on the drug when consumed chronically. Depending on the severity of the addiction detox can be downright dangerous.
Accordingly there are many alcohol addiction treatment centers around America that offer services that range from detox to residential and sober living to long term aftercare.
There are a couple of reasons why an addict wouldn’t want to go at alcohol addiction alone. First, it really is dangerous. In 2010 a study by the AAFP illustrated that alcohol withdrawal could involve seizures and even death. It is crucially important that an individual is aided through this process. Medication is available that can greatly reduce withdrawal symptoms and make the process much easier.
Second, alcohol dependency is not easy to beat alone. If a person gets through detox safely and without medication they’ll be left with the psychological desire to continue consuming. Residential and sober living programs combined with therapy and peer support can go a long way in ensuring that the addict does not begin drinking again. There are even aftercare programs that can support an addict once they return to their regular lives.
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Alcoholism is marked as when an individual has a physical desire to consume alcohol that stands greater than their restraint to control it and acts beyond the bounds of common sense. As a general rule, an alcoholic will not know when or how to stop consuming.
Marked as a long term disease, this impacts millions upon millions of people worldwide:
- In the UK 1 in 13 people are alcoholics according to National Health Service statistics
- In America 15% of the population are considered problem drinkers with a small percentage of those people who are dependent on alcohol, according to the National Institutes of Health
- The World Health Organization states that there are at minimum 140 million alcoholics in the world, the majority of which receive no treatment.
It’s clear that alcoholism is very widespread. Not that this justifies or excuses it, but it’s far from an uncommon problem.
Alcoholism has many symptoms which include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Drinking alone and in secret
- Frequently blacking out and not being able sizeable amounts of time
- Being unable to dictate how much alcohol has been consumed in a period.
- Ignoring hobbies that were previously an important part of a person’s life
- Feeling compelled to drink
- A feeling of irritability when not drinking, especially if alcohol is unavailable
- Having stashes of alcohol hidden away
- Regularly chugging drinks just to get drunk faster
- Drinking induced issues with work, family, and friends.
- Drinking induced issues with the law or money.
- Nausea, shaking, and sweating when not drinking
- The demand for a significant amount of alcohol in order to feel any effects.
An alcoholic will experience withdrawal symptoms when not drinking which will only add to the compulsion to continue consuming. As such alcoholics experience problems physically, socially, and psychologically. To an alcoholic consumption takes precedence over everything else yet they can be surprisingly functional, often being able to hide their habit for many years.
Becoming dependent on alcohol takes place over time and can take a few years to even decades before it really becomes a problem, though some people who are vulnerable to addiction can reach dependency in just a few months.
The physiological change happens with the brain chemical GABA which controls impulsiveness and glutamate (which stimulates the nervous system). Excessive drinking also impacts dopamine production. Over a period of time these brain chemicals become altered which makes the person crave alcohol – alcoholism is in fact an addiction.
There are several factors which impact a person’s propensity toward alcoholism:
Individuals who have alcoholics in their family have been found to have 6 times the chances of becoming alcoholics themselves.
Age when drinking began
The younger a person was, the higher the propensity toward alcoholism.
Yale University found that non-daily smokers are 6 times more likely to have problems with alcohol when compared to individuals who never smoked.
Since alcohol is so easy to attain and relatively cheap, this may play a considerable role in the equation.
The core takeaway is to realize that alcoholism is a full-blown addiction and that it will require treatment. Speak to a health professional about rehab or detox options if necessary.
If you are an alcoholic call 866-906-6911. Help is a phone call away.
Benefits of Holistic Therapy
Holistic therapy is a modern trend within drug rehab that is becoming increasingly popular of late. This stems from the fact that addicts require not just physical recovery but psychological as well. This type of therapy generally concerns treatments focused around well-being, like acupuncture and massage.
Why the focus on holistic therapy? Detoxing takes care of the physical side of addiction and therapy is very effective psychologically but holistic treatments are extremely calming. Drug addicts are often filled with guilt and turmoil and while therapy can assist with this the truth of the matter is that the calming nature of holistic therapy can do a great amount of good.
A patient can expect to experience a relaxed feeling after undergoing holistic therapy. At Hawaii Island Recovery we utilize reiki, acupuncture, massage, and more.
Acupuncture is the ancient chinese technique that has been used for centuries. Fine needles are placed just under the skin at specific points in a painless way. This often creates a relaxing feeling.
Reiki is a healing modality that works via channeling energy through a Reiki Master’s hands. This releases energetic blockages in the body that can put a halt to injury of the mind and body – extremely helpful during detox. Note that a client is not physically touched during Reiki though many individuals do report feeling a powerful sensation in their body.
Massage is a standard holistic treatment and it’s no surprise – it’s shockingly calming and does a body a world of good.
At Hawaii Island Recovery we’re proud to offer a number of holistic treatments. You can learn more about each of them here: http://www.hawaiiislandrecovery.com/holistic-drug-treatment-center/
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
HIR provides a dual diagnosis treatment program which addresses not only the addiction per se but also the co-occurring causes and conditions that have contributed to and maintain the pattern of substance abuse. In addition to these contributing and maintaining causes, there are the many negative consequences of the addiction itself that create dysfunctional patterns, emotional pain, impaired relationships, and low self-esteem which necessarily have to be resolved if freedom from addiction is to be accomplished.
To be successful in recovery and prevent relapse, it is imperative to identify and address the hidden depths of pain that manifest in alcohol, drug and other addictions but also in anxiety, phobias, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, sleep disorders, panic attacks, unresolved grief, eating disorders, abusive relationships, eating disorders, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, and a multitude of fears and self-doubts which interfere with individual progress, growth, and happiness.
Jean- Paul Sartre said “Freedom is what we do with what’s been done to us.” In addition to genetic predisposition, addictions become part of a defensive pattern to numb painful emotions related to past traumas, both large and small, which are unresolved and triggered in the present. These include childhood abuse, abandonment, neglect, incest, molestation, traumas, rape, humiliations, threats, and any other event of circumstances overwhelming one’s ability to cope at the time.
Hawaii Island Recovery provides evidence-based treatment for the addictive disorders and the co-occurring, dual diagnosis components which invariably accompany them. The goal is not only to provide a strong recovery and prevent relapse, but to be free of psychological and emotional stress and maximize personal growth and happiness.
Facts About Ecstasy Addiction
Ecstasy, aka MDMA is a stimulant, a hallucinogen and is an illegal substance. It’s most often sold in capsule, tablet, or powder form. The tablets come in a variety of sizes, colors, and purity – some don’t even have any ecstasy in them at all
Purity is a major concern with ecstasy consumption. Since the drug is illegal it’s manufactured by the underworld where there are no concerns about quality, purity, or a guarantee of freedom from substitutions.
Tablets frequently contain caffeine, ephedrine, methamphetamine, LSD, PCP, or ketamine as they reduce the cost of production because less ecstasy is required. While some tablets are stamped with a logo this is not any kind of guarantee of the purity of the pills. There is also something known as “herbal ecstasy” which does not contain any MDMA but instead make use of ephedrine which has been linked to stroke, heart attack, and fatalities.
Ecstasy has a number of short and long term effects. Note that because of the purity concerns the side effects can be unpredictable and may differ between persons and occasions. The severity of the effects depends on age and weight, mood, other medication, dosage, and use of other drugs (including alcohol).
After oral ingestion effects will start to be felt within an hour and can last for 3 to 6 hours in total. A person will generally feel a sense of well-being, friendly, empathetic, and close to others. They’ll get a surge of energy and confidence but will also feel anxious and may have panic attacks.
Anxiety and panic attacks are by far the more minor side effects that can occur. Everything from nausea and vomiting to increased heart rate, increased body temperature, severe dehydration and electrolyte disturbances may happen. Severe effects include perceptual distortions, hallucinations, confusion, delirium, paranoia, and convulsions. Individuals have died while taking ecstasy.
Long term abuse can cause damage to the kidneys, liver, and heart plus will have an impact on the brain. There have been studies done (on animals) that demonstrated lasting brain damage. These studies have not been replicated on humans.
When taking other medications toxic reactions can occur as well as other issues like weight loss, chronic exhaustion, and sleeping troubles. Mentally long term concerns include flashbacks, delusions, hallucinations, and psychotic symptoms that will continue to persist after ecstasy has worn off.
Ecstasy is considered an addictive substance. Physical dependence is rare however psychological dependence does happen. It doesn’t help that individuals do become tolerant to the drug very rapidly with regular use.
Interestingly, there was recently an article that came out of Canada suggesting that taking pure ecstasy could be “safe” for adults. You can read the story here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/06/14/bc-ecstasy-adults-safe-health.html
The article points out that taking pure MDMA is impossible because the underground just isn’t that stringent about quality. While food for thought, the individual making the claim points out that in no way is he recommending people take street level ecstasy.
For more information about ecstasy call 866-906-6911.
Free & Low cost vs Self-paid Rehab
With the proliferation of addiction around the world and especially in America there are plenty of rehab options available. These options can generally be broken into 3 distinct groups.
Free, Low Cost, and Self-Paid centers are the main way of categorizing rehab facilities. As with everything in life you get what you pay for when it comes to drug rehab. Looking at each of these three groups there is no denying that free and low cost center provide the lowest aggregate levels of care.
At a free or low cost facility there are multiple concerns that stem from the lack of revenue received by the facilities: the quality of the staff on hand, the quality of therapy received by an addict, and the physical surroundings and environment.
Self-paid facilities have revenue and are therefore able to attract more talented people. They’re also able to spend more money developing a comprehensive therapy program that is tailored to an individual. Finally, the physical environment of self-paid facilities is normally superior. This includes the menu as well as other amenities (at Hawaii Island Recovery we’re oceanside and have a pool).
We’re proud of our facilities and the fact that our top quality staff that are at the forefront of drug recovery and addiction. We’ve put time into developing diverse therapy programs that work, and we couldn’t have done it as a free or low cost provider.
Of course this isn’t to say that nobody has ever recovered in a free or low-cost facility, it’s just worth noting that compared to standard self-paid rehab centers and luxury facilities the level of care is much higher.
GLBT rehab is at the core a very simple concept but comes with an astounding implication. This specialized rehab is only for individuals of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transexual community.
Why would an individual want to attend a GLBT rehab? The primary reasons are to eliminate stress, discrimination, and to focus on psychological issues stemming from sexual orientation.
When detoxing and trying to recover from a psychological addiction there are enough things to worry about. Being at a rehab center where another patient – or worse the staff themselves – are anti-GLBT could have a devastating impact on an individual, even if this is only expressed in offhand or non-direct ways.
At a GLBT rehab center clients do not have to fear discrimination stemming from their sexual orientation. Since they’re surrounded by like-minded individuals and caring staff there is little to be worried about.
This is important because beyond the pressures and stress of bullying or discrimination, it’s generally regarded that psychological addiction as well as physical addiction must be addressed and treated when it comes to drug addiction. Something that sadly is all too common is that societal pressures from GLBT orientation can spark an issue with addiction (similar to trauma avoidance). In a GLBT center this concern will regularly come up and can be specifically treated by experienced professionals.
Beyond these reasons GLBT rehab is rather similar to regular rehab centers. Most will offer high quality treatments that cover a range of methods, they just put more focus on being GLBT friendly.
For more information call 866-906-6911.
Individual One to One Therapy
At Hawaii Island Recovery we have a number of therapy options available that can help an addict recover in a lasting and effective way. We offer everything from holistic to group therapy, but we’ve noticed that nothing is more effective than individual therapy. We provide one to one cognitive therapy with a PHD Psychologist with over 40 years experience and 3 other master level therapists.
When an addict is able to spend time with a psychologist or therapist without the distractions of other people there is something awe inspiring that happens – they’re forced to open up.
Perhaps the hallmark of the addict is the fact that they’re often closed off. The issue with this is twofold:
- It makes it hard for friends and family to get emotionally close
- Being closed off makes it extremely difficult to recover as they are literally shut off from themselves
With individual cognitive therapy we can help our clients overcome difficulties and change their behavior, thinking, and even emotional responses. In this way they are able to develop new skills and resistances to help them stay away from drugs in the future.
Since one to one therapy is so effective we provide a regular and ongoing program through recovery. Every addict in our facility meets with a therapist minimum twice a week, up to each day depending on their needs. We create an individual program for each addict based on their specific issues. Our team of clinical staff is led by our resident psychologist who has a PHD and over 40 years of experience in the field.
For more information call 866-287-8770.
If you’re looking for a beautiful place to recover in an excellent setting with top quality care and amenities than a luxury rehab center is what you’ve been looking for. While more expensive than a regular rehab center, these facilities provide a level of care that is unparalleled.
While you might think that all luxury rehab centers would be extremely expensive the truth is that many are priced very reasonably. At the extreme prices can range from $90 – $180k each month, up from a much more reasonable $15 – $30k monthly.
Luxury rehab centers are extraordinarily sensitive to issues of privacy. Due to the often public and high-powered positions held by many of those who attend such a facility word simply cannot leak out (it would do a CEO little good for shareholders to discover that his vacation was really a stint in rehab).
Perhaps the most important part of a luxury rehab center is the fact that the quality of therapy greatly increases. At Hawaii Island Recovery we’re at the lower end of the price scale for luxury centers but are staffed with top quality professionals who are at the forefront of addiction recovery.
These professionals are able to offer a level of care that simply cannot be matched elsewhere. Therapy is personalized to each individual and very diverse.
More than that, we have a beautiful oceanside facility and employ a chef on site who prepares gourmet meals. There is a pool as well as services like acupuncture and massage therapy at our facility.
Simply put, you get what you pay for when it comes to a rehab center.
For more information call 866-906-6911.
Psychological Disorders We Treat
Hawaii Island Recovery provides evidence-based treatment for the addictive disorders and the co-occurring psychological disorders which often contribute to maintaining the addiction or precipitating relapse.
These include Mood Disorders (Major Depression, Bipolar, Dysthymic, Cyclothymic, Substance-Induced Depression), Anxiety Disorders (Panic Attack, Agoraphobia, Panic Disorders With and Without Agoraphobia, Specific Phobia, Social Phobia, Obsessive-Compulsive, Posttraumatic Stress, Acute Stress, Generalized Anxiety, Substance-Induced Anxiety), Somatoform Disorders (Somatization, Conversion, Pain, Hypocondriasis, Body Dysmorphic), Eating Disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa), Sleep disorders, and Impulse-Control Disorders (Intermittent Explosive, Kleptomania, Pathological Gambling).
The goal is not only to provide a strong recovery and prevent relapse, but to provide relief from psychological and emotional stress and maximize personal growth and happiness.