Hawaii Island Recovery Philosophy
Hawaii Island Recovery is the Big Island’s premiere residential drug and alcohol treatment center. The facility offers a comprehensive continuum of care in a comfortable, tranquil, and serene setting. Evidenced-based treatment modalities are combined with holistic and experiential therapies (such as the program’s unique Dolphin-Assisted Psychotherapy) to give clients a well-rounded recovery experience. Individualized treatment plans, a low-client-to-staff-ratio, and compassionate care pave the way for a full and lasting recovery from addiction, co-occurring disorders, and chronic pain.
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.
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desenzitizaion and Reprocessing)
Hawaii Island Recovery provides an array of coordinated therapies to address the individual’s specific needs, issues, and problems that occur together with and contribute to his/her addiction. These include anxiety, depression, mood swings, issues of self-esteem and self-confidence, fears, excessive guilt, indecisiveness, lack of goals, low motivation, relationship issues, etc. One of the evidence-based therapies utilized is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). EMDR utilizes the brain’s own healing power to resolve traumatic memories that contribute, without the person’s awareness, to present symptoms and problems. Trauma is easily recognized in the events such as natural disasters, accidents, acts of violence, rapes, deaths, etc. that are diagnostic criteria for PTSD. But trauma may also be evidenced by any event in the past that has a persistent negative effect in the present.
Wild Dolphin Assisted Psychotherapy
Experiential therapies are intended to inspire insight and healing through one’s own exploration of their feeling state relative to a new experience. Unique the world over, Hawaii Island Recovery’s Wild Dolphin Assisted Psychotherapy is a powerful experiential therapy that interfaces our clients with wild dolphins in the open ocean. Imagine the intelligence of a creature that approaches us by choice in its natural environment, motived by curiosity and a mutual affinity to seek out our company. Our likenesses are many; we share in common rich and complex inner worlds, we are sentient, self -aware mammals who experience a wide spectrum of emotion and foster deep attachments. To look a wild dolphin in the eye, is to feel the presence of something extraordinary. That is what will define your WDAP experience, what YOU feel at that moment. Maybe it will transform you, ignite feelings of joy, aliveness, gratitude, and calm. The experience is yours to uniquely discover.
Fitness and Nutrition
Hawaii Island Recovery clients have membership at a fully equipped gym and receive on-going personal training from a Licensed Personal Trainer. They attend TRX and yoga classes to build strength, stamina and flexibility while improving coordination and motor skills. Our chef works with clients to support their nutritional needs and also provides cooking instruction on healthful, simple meals clients can prepare on their own. Clients are responsible for planning and preparing nutritious weekend meals under the supervision of staff.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Hawaii Island Recovery’s Equine Assisted Psychotherapy program engages our clients with horses in unexpected ways. Horses have been said to mirror our emotions back to us, and what they reflect often surprises us! Equine Assisted Psychotherapy can help clients access feeling states that were not accessible through talk therapy and may also aid with verbal and non-verbal communication, improved self-awareness and expanded capacities for lateral thinking, problem solving and team work.
Animal Assisted Therapies
Addiction is a complex condition which affects all aspects of a person’s life. Left untreated, addiction is a chronic, debilitating and often life threatening disorder that diminishes one’s health, happiness and capacity to live a productive and fulfilling life. Hawaii Island Recovery approaches addiction as an affliction affecting body, mind and spirit. To support a full and enduring recovery, all manifestations of an addiction require attention to ensure a lasting return to wellness. Our experiential and holistic therapies are designed to inspire, stretch, sooth and restore you to a natural state of wellbeing.
Wild Dolphin Assisted Psychotherapy
Unique the world over, Hawaii Island Recovery’s Wild Dolphin Assisted Psychotherapy is a powerful experiential therapy that interfaces our clients with wild dolphins in the open ocean. To look a wild dolphin in the eye is to feel the presence of something extraordinary. That feeling will define your WDAP experience, what YOU feel in that moment. Maybe it will transform you, ignite feelings of joy, aliveness, gratitude, and calm. The experience is yours to uniquely discover.
Recreational activities include but are not limited to swimming, snorkeling, hiking, golfing, fishing and surfing. Regular outings to areas of cultural significance are scheduled with the input of clients. These include Volcano National Park and the City of Refuge. Recreational activities are planned according to client ability and are designed to have a physical component to improve motor skills and conditioning, a social component and/or an educational component. It is the goal of our recreational activities to provide clients with a supervised setting in which to practice appropriate social interactions, improve their physical condition and foster healthy interests that support long term sobriety.
Holistic Health Services
As the Big Island’s premiere residential treatment center, Hawaii Island Recovery offers the most effective holistic therapies available to treat addiction. Our holistic therapies used in combination with traditional modalities provide our clients with a synergistic array of healing practices to ensure their full recovery from their addiction in body, mind and spirit. Hawaii Island Recovery offers Reiki, Acupuncture, massage, and yoga to support the healing process. Homeopathic, naturopathic and nutritional support are also available.
EMDR, Dual Diagnosis,CBT, Hypnosis
awaii Island Recovery provides an array of coordinated therapies to address the individual’s specific needs, issues, and problems that occur together with and contribute to his/her addiction. These include anxiety, depression, mood swings, issues of self-esteem and self-confidence, fears, excessive guilt, indecisiveness, lack of goals, low motivation, relationship issues, etc. One of the evidence-based therapies utilized is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). EMDR utilizes the brain’s own healing power to resolve traumatic memories that contribute, without the person’s awareness, to present symptoms and problems. Trauma is easily recognized in the events such as natural disasters, accidents, acts of violence, rapes, deaths, etc. that are diagnostic criteria for PTSD. But trauma may also be evidenced by any event in the past that has a persistent negative effect in the present.
As a trainer, I deal with personalities all the time. This program got me to believe in me and my passion for health and fitness and helping others get better. My way of being of service as an AA member.- Vilma C.
After going through four treatments my life seemed as hopeless as ever. I knew that I couldn't stop drinking and doing drugs. I had pushed away my family and friends. I didn't feel like I was a bad person, I just needed help. Coming to Hawaii for recovery gave me new lease on life. It works! It really does. Life is great and my family is excited.- Sam L.
Everything seems like it´s fallen back into place after I returned back here. My break to Hawaii changed things a lot for me and I am now able to view things in a different light. I would have not done it without all you guys help. I am thankful and grateful for all that was given to me.- Rup. K.
From top therapy to integrating my post user life, you gave me the tools to make a real difference in the world Life is amazing, and to think, at one point I considered that my only option was to end it all! Now I can hardly wait for each new day - thank you from the bottom of my heart.- Molly C.
After a family intervention I agreed to go and get treatment. I loved the thought of a community based treatment center. The therapy I received was exceptional. The staff went out of their way to work with me. I stayed 120 days and I knew from the second I left the program I was going to make it.- Anonymous
I learned that at the age of 44, having the same habits developed for half of my life, if I continue to do the same thing and expect a different result that is insanity unto itself. Life! Live, Love! Stay with the Program. It is not easy but the rewards will reward you like you cannot believe.- Cris
I’ve met mentors here who have “walked my walk” and understood what it took to live a clean and sober life. For the first time in my life, I felt there was hope for me. I’m slowly gaining trust back from family and friends that I have hurt in the past. Thanks to the experiences at HIR, I’ve truly learned to live a happy and sober life. Mahalo to all at Hawaii Island Recovery!- Tony
Hawaii Island Recovery is a life-changing program; It has saved my life and help hold my family together. When all hope seemed to be lost, HIR managed to help me bring myself back to the light. I initially struggled to get out of my mind where my thoughts consumed the darkness and me took over. I used alcohol to self medicate to cope with anxiety, sleep and turning off my thoughts. HIR helped me regain my mental, spiritual and physical strength. I will be forever grateful for everything they have done for me and for my new found life. I can’ t thank HIR enough for their endless guidance, support, compassion and aloha that they have freely given to me. Thank you for saving my life. HIR. My family and I will never forget how amazing this experience was. All our love and Aloha to the entire HIR staff and program.- Sharon and Ohana (family)
Hawaii Island Recovery helped get me on the road to recovery. Kind of like a jump start and a push in the right direction. They also provided the tools I will need along the way and the encouragement to keep going. But that wasn’t all. The overall experience gave me a new lease on life. It happened without me even noticing! I learned patience and acceptance. I became more open minded and social. I began waking up at 6 am and falling asleep by 11 pm - naturally! I have strengthened my relationship with god. I formed lifelong friendship and gained source of support. I feel energized throughout the day, I am able to deal with stressful situations, but most of all, I am happy! And for that, I am incredibly grateful.- Marina
When I came to H.I.R. I was broken and sick and scared of my own shadow. I can honestly say today as I am getting ready to go back home I am a new woman. I have found myself and my future and a new family. H.I.R. saved me in so many more ways than one. I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I love you all.- Tiffany P.
After struggling with addiction and recovery for over half of my life I finally surrendered my will and care over to Hawaii Island Recovery. They welcomed me with open arms into a safe beautiful home and loved me until I could begin to love myself. Every staff member has been so kind and helpful. This has been an experience in self growth beyond my wildest dreams. From detox to working on the root of my problems I have felt save, comfortable, and in the right place. I never dreamed that Recovery could be such a beautiful process in such a beautiful tropical oasis I you are struggling, or near death as I was, HIR is without a doubt the place to go to Recover. Thank you everyone at HIR for saving my life and for all of the fun times we have had in the process. Love Always.- Jessie C.
Hawaii Island Recovery has been such an amazing experience for me. This was not my first time being in a treatment, but HIR had everything I feel like my past efforts at getting sober missed. This staff are some of the best people I’ve ever met in my life and were beyond instrumental in my recovery. I was able to pour the foundation to a new sober life and for that I’ll be forever grateful to HIR and would recommend it to anyone struggling with addiction.- Haley S.
Meet the Staff
John Hibscher, Ph.D.
Clinical Director & Psychologist
Eliza Wille, MS
Program Director & Animal Assisted Psychotherapy Specialist
Fernando Manon, MSEd., CSAC
Stephen H. Denzer, M.D., FACP
Board Certified in Addiction and Internal Medicine
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