Habilitat in Kaneohe, HI

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(3.7 of 5)
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45-035 Kuhonu Pl
Kaneohe HI 96744

Habilitat Philosophy

We are not a 12 step program. We believe in powering an individual to take control of their own life. We have developed techniques for creating the qualities lacking in many people’s character: self-esteem, self-worth and self-discipline. We motivate the unmotivated and often succeed where other programs have failed.

Areas of Specialization

  • Holistic Therapy
    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.

  • Residential Treatment
    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

Facility Highlights

A+ BBB Rated

Fitness Center

Amazing Vocational Training Programs

Meet the Staff

Jeff Nash

Executive Director

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“We’re not about feeling sorry for ourselves. We’re about choosing life.”

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Located in Kaneohe, Hawaii, 11 miles north of Honolulu, Habilitat is one of 16 (9.5 percent) of long-term residential treatment facilities in the state. It provides a comprehensive, three-tiered program for individuals seeking treatment for chemical dependency and antisocial behaviors. Operating since 1971, Habilitat helps clients by providing education, vocational training, and work-therapy. Habilitat does not offer medical detoxification services on-site.


Habilitat does not adhere to the disease model of addiction but rather views addiction as a lifestyle choice. Although programming incorporates elements of behavioral therapy, such as group meetings, Habilitat strongly emphasizes vocational training, regimented schedules, and self-discipline as the keys to overcoming destructive behaviors. In Hawaii, only 84 (50 percent) of treatment facilities offer vocational training during treatment.

Habilitat’s three-phase program is fully immersive, and requires a minimum commitment of two and a half years. The first phase, or Treatment Phase, features a daily schedule of social and work obligations, such as morning meetings, daily seminars with guest speakers, and recreational activities, performing daily tasks and learning basic life skills. During this phase, residents who do not have their G.E.D. are enrolled in classes to receive their diploma (and some graduates go on to pursue college degrees). An optional computer class is also available.

After approximately six months of the Treatment Phase, clients transition into the Re-entry Phase, which is designed to prepare clients for daily living and self-sufficiency. Residents choose one of several required vocational skills: construction, administration, medical assistance, sales and marketing, culinary arts, and clinical work. Habilitat facilitates employment outside of the facility, and clients earn a stipend for their services while learning effective budgeting practices.

The third phase, the Post Re-entry Phase, enables clients to reconnect with family members and their communities while continuing to maintain their work obligations. During this final stage, residents are given “days off” to promote off-site leisure activities, such as beach trips, movie outings, and attending community activities.

During all phases of treatment, Habilitat emphasizes health and wellness as important components to sustaining healthy lifestyle changes. It is one of 59 (35.1 percent) of statewide facilities with health education programs. Once a client completes the Post Re-entry Phase, Habilitat provides six months of aftercare services, which includes structured monitoring, follow-up, and aftercare sessions at the Habilitat facility.


Apart from an on-site nurse to ensure residents' safety, most employees are former residents, but on-site educators are state-certified to provide classroom instruction. For those who wish to work at the facility, Habilitat provides a trainee program. The facility maintains a staff-to-client ratio of 1:8.


Located on Kaneohe Bay, Habilitat is a large, oceanfront campus with a capacity for up to 150 residents placing well above Hawaii’s average facility capacity of 29 beds. Residents are housed in dorm-like, gender-specific rooms that accommodate four to five clients per room. The campus features Jacuzzi and steam room, fully-equipped gym,state-of-the-art aerobics studios, basketball and volleyball courts, an on-site barbershop, a computer room, a game room, and a library.

The facility also features its own pier and boats, and residents have access to a range of outdoor activities, including boating, kayaking, sailing, swimming, hiking, and surfing. Staff also regularly led optional kickboxing and aerobics classes.


The four alumni polled by Rehabs.com about Habilitat at the time of this writing offered very polarizing opinions of the facility, with two positive and two negative reviews. One alum, Ken, maintained that the facility was highly effective. “Habilitat taught me to be greatful for the things I have, they taught me how to work.hard!” Ken wrote. However, alum Jordan had a starkly different opinion of the facility. “I went there and its beyond messed up the way they treat you...” Jordan wrote, citing extended hours of cleaning the facility.

On Google, Habilitat has an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars from eight reviews at the time of this writing.[1] Positive feedback was given for the facility’s billing policies of not billing “people’s insurance” and providing care on a “sliding scale payment system.” Others wrote about its “tough love” approach that is “unlike any model I have been apart of before.”

On Facebook, where the facility can manage its page, Habilitat has a maximum five-star average rating from 32 reviews.[2] Alumni and loved ones alike describe a “supportive” staff and a highly effective program full of coping skills. A.M. wrote how she uses “the tools I was given every single day.”

On Yelp, nearly all of the 62 reviews to date (including 45 that are not currently recommended) are positive. [3] [4] Reviewers indicate that graduates of the program continue to help out with current residents and that the program “saved their lives.” On CiteHealth, two reviewers gave the facility five out of five star reviews.[5]


The seven loved ones polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mixed opinions of Habilitat. The feedback is divided into four positive and three negative reviews. Loved ones did not enjoy the very small number of clients and the lack of holistic offerings. An anonymous loved one wrote, “They have people who have been through treatment and understand what it's like to struggle with dependency,” but they also added, "Not too much after treatment support."

One loved one, L.H., provided positive feedback about the facility, reporting sustained recovery, and ongoing employment for their son. “After trying many other short term programs my son finally got clean here and has been working and doing well on his own for several years now.” Regarding the facility as a whole; however, an unsatisfied loved one added: “It's better than nothing.”


Habilitat funds itself through donations and the labor services performed by residents. Insurance is not accepted and scholarships may be available.

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.facebook.com/pg/Habilitat/reviews
[3] https://www.yelp.com/biz/habilitat-kaneohe-2
[4] https://www.yelp.com/notrecommendedreviews/habilitat-kaneohe-2
[5] https://citehealth.com/rehab-centers/hawaii/cities/kaneohe/habilitat-inc

Published on August 2019

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Habilitat has been the greatest blessing my families life. My son would be dead or in jail by now. His unpredictable, self destructive erratic behavior consumed our families emotional time an health. Habilitat have given all of us our life back. We are all so grateful and blessed to not loose a really important member of our family become the healthy man we know he can be.


Our son was initially accepted into this program. However, as things were moving quickly, and we were making flight arrangements, we changed our mind at the last moment due to some concerns after further scrutinizing the final paperwork. We are disappointed in that we wasted a lot of important time in seeking to enroll our son in this program. But the biggest red flag came when we requested that a very minor, but very important, medically documented need be provided to our son. We felt the admissions counselor was dismissive. Additionally, all private communications are closely monitored.


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The fact that Habilitat describes it's approach to treatment as "holistic" is shocking as a graduate of the program. They do not "treat the whole person"--they tell you to shut up and stop whining about the past. They tell you that any medical disease you think you have is a bunch of BS...and that's only the beginning. Yeah, this "school of survival" will teach you how to function (and thrive!) in a complete non-reality and not much more.. Male and female residents live amongst eachother but are strictly penalized for any personal interaction. Every mistake that you make is considered a "behavior" and must be written up. The penalties are extreme as extreme can be. They are a crooked program. They place a lot of importance on their "vocational training program" which prepares you for entry-level work anywhere. Awesome, huh? It really is a work-camp. You work 10 to 12 hour days. They take control of any assets you may have when entering the program. You give them power of attorney upon entering the program. You will never be able to communicate with your family privately--all letters are read by both an older resident and a staff member and every call is monitored as well. Calls are ended if you say anything negative about the program. It's total insanity. Difficult to describe because it is so crazy. And what about their high success rate? It's totally fake. They base on a survey that they send to graduates for five years after the program...but i only ever received one of these surverys...and i promise you, most of the people who fail will lie or not return the survey. So the statistics are flawed.


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This place only has 4 people in it at any given time, and I have heard through nephew who went there said it's just a poorly run facility with a staff that doesn't have the credibility to run such a facility, and left after two weeks. Stay away.

Official Facility Response

Aloha Jeff, I am truly sorry that things did not work out for your loved one that came to Habilitat. Since 1971 the lowest our population has been is in the 80's. Our normal count of individuals being treated and housed here is typically between 100-120. Our facility is 1.5 acres, nested on Kaneohe Bay and is one of the better kept facilities you will find anywhere. If you are here on island, I would love the opportunity to give you a tour of our facility. Our staff is comprised of completely dedicated and qualified individuals and you would have the opportunity to meet them as well. Again, I'm sorry to hear your nephew's perspective. Our program is not for everyone, and we understand that. I hope that he finds his way to a happy and clean life.


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I have not heard very good things about this place. My friends daughter went and there was not adequate staff and she ran away within the first week, due to a lack of containment.


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I am a graduate of Habilitat. I was in and out of jail and also in and out of other rehabs where I had a disease and it wasnt my fault. The other programs didnt work. Habilitat did! They got me to stand accountable to my mistakes, to change the way my thinking was. They didnt baby me. And because of Habilitat I am still clean, I am no longer on probation, I am a CNA at a elderly care home, I am back to my childrens lives! Habilitat taught me to be greatful for the things I have, they taught me how to work.hard! And today I still use the tools they taught me! If the program was anyother way I probably wouldve left like I did the other ones. But Habilitat works! And the best thing is they dont expect you to pay them back after you graduate. All the ask is that you give back what was given to you by tapping back in and talking to the residents in the program today and share your story! I am proud to be a Habilitat Graduate!


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Watching a \"loved one\" self distruct in front of your eyes is a terrible experience. Trying to \"fix\" a loved ones addiction without the addicts \"dedication to change\" was impossible. Habilitat, Inc provided the \"system and processes\" necessary to help save my loved ones life. Habilitiat, Inc is a; tough, no nonsence, long term treatment program that is going to help indiviuals make better life choices and become productive citizens. It\'s an \"inside game\" and if you are not really serious about \"productive healthy life long change skills \", Habilitiat is probably not for you! Thanks Habilitat, for continuing to provide a unique alternative to traditonal treatment programs for over 40 years.


DONT EVER GO TO THIS REHAB! I went there and its beyond messed up the way they treat you and its not about you Addiction at all, they think it\'s a choice...And half the day you spend cleaning the facility. Literally cleaning all day everyday. No TV, no contact with the outside world. Its behaviour modification at its worst. I hope you read this staff members. This is a real review. They try and make it sound nice when really you\'ll hate it. I can\'t stress enough no to go to Habilitat, STAY AWAY! At all costs


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Habilitat: Review Introduction As known, addiction is a complex personal, family and societal issue. Biologically, besides negatively affecting the brain, it can destroy other life sustaining organs. Coupled with the psychological, legal and financial costs of being addicted, the reality is that effective treatment is necessary if those addicted are going to get their lives back and become the people they were meant to be. Following is my review of Habilitat and why its effectiveness in addiction treatment is so pronounced. It must be stated, too, that Habilitat and its approach is not for everyone but that’s true for any program. Some people will not be able to handle the structure Habilitat has designed as part of its treatment strategy nor is everyone ready to do what he or she needs to do to change as they enter treatment. Some potential residents of Habilitat will not do well with the personal accountability factor. Many people see the lengthy time frame as too long. But, let’s dig deeper so that the value of Habilitat becomes apparent. Habilitat, historically, has been an effective long-term, therapeutic community treatment program for addictions, and it continues to exemplify effectiveness in its approach. From examining Habilitat from inside to exploring it from outside, I find the following strengths in the program, which has made it, and continues making it, an outstanding option for many addicted people. Holistic Approach First, Habilitat’s program addresses multiple problems of its residents, through focusing on their personal, social, vocational needs, as well as the need to alter their lifestyle. This represents a holistic strategy, which is key to treating addictive individuals because the whole person is being assisted. Fun activities such as offsite hikes, picnics, beach visits, and bike rides are included as important aspects of Habilitat’s approach. These events offer a balanced experience between treatment and down time. Treatment Timeframe Second, since Habilitat’s model is long-term, residents have the opportunity to stay in treatment over an adequate period of time. Time in treatment is a crucial factor to successful addiction treatment. Since teaching about and working with addictive individuals for a number of years, I have observed that without sufficient time for attacking addictive behavior, programs have less positive outcomes and their participants have a greater likelihood of relapse. Program Structure Third, Habilitat incorporates a structured environmental setting, which teaches the importance of using the mind before acting, good decision-making, accountability, and healing family relations. New ideas for living without substances, and within the confines of personal self-discipline, are critical outcomes from this well-regulated surrounding. Therapeutic Approach Fourth, Habilitat utilizes various group and behavioral therapies in its treatment through which it reinforces residents’ motivation for change, development of skills for problem solving, and, so important, stressing a life of purpose. Knowing people, personally, who have graduated Habilitat this reviewer has seen the foregoing in action over significant timeframes. Further, having carried out a recent informal study of Habilitat program graduates who are now staff members there, the preceding observations were reinforced by the study participants. Additionally, during the 2016 spring term, graduate students of mine at the university where I teach conducted a project in which they compared and contrasted Habilitat’s model of treatment with other programs. They reported that Habilitat addresses more of the strengths that make treatment programs effective than many of the other programs they reviewed. Individual Treatment Plans Fifth, Habilitat creates individualized treatment plans, which are assessed and modified as necessary over the duration of a resident’s stay. This ongoing process helps residents maintain the changes necessary for positive results. Substance Free Zone Sixth, unannounced drug testing is conducted on all residents and staff as part of Habilitat’s plan for maintaining a substance-free facility. Visionary Leadership Seventh, and last, I’m impressed with Habilitat’s leadership in that they are constantly looking to improve their strategies, enhance involvement in the local community, address the unique needs of resident from all ethnicities being admitted for treatment, and strengthening their graduates for the next step after program completion. Given my belief in Habilitat, I continue referring people to the program. Dr. Gary Professor, Higher Education, Trainer, and Consultant


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Habilitat isn\'t your run of the mill treatment center. Its a highly structured long term program. After trying many other short term programs my son finally got clean here and has been working and doing well on his own for several years now. I am very grateful to the people at Habilitat for working so hard to help him. Now if we could just get his brother to go get help.


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They have people who have been through treatment and understand what it's like to struggle with dependency. Not too much after treatment support. My brother went to this treatment center and is and have been drug-free for 3 yrs now.


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It's better than nothing. There was very little staff and it was low quality. However, they were kind enough to take in my relative when there was no where else to go.


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