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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meet the Staff
John Hibscher, Ph.D.
Clinical Director & Psychologist
Dr. John Hibscher received both his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Psychology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Prior to moving to the Big Island in Hawaii in 1997, he had a private practice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he also consulted to a variety of hospitals, organizations, health facilities, and government agencies. Dr. Hibscher maintains memberships in the American Psychological Association, the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and Hawaii Island Psychological Association. Dr. Hibscher has 35 years experience as a clinical psychologist, utilizing evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), to treat a wide variety of disorders and problems. As Clinical Director of HIR, Doctor Hibscher oversees all psychological treatment.
Eliza Wille, MS
Program Director & Animal Assisted Psychotherapy Specialist
Eliza holds a Master's Degree in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from The University of Hawaii at Manoa. During her undergraduate work, Eliza worked at renowned dolphin research facility through the University of Hawaii Psychology Department. For nearly ten years, Eliza was involved in cognition and learning research with captive dolphins while also particpating in field research on non-captive marine mammals whenever possible. Her understanding of dolphin behavior and her years of facilitating interactions between humans and dolphins, combined with her credentials in psychology, uniquely qualify her to oversee our Dolphin Assisted Psychotherapy program. In addition, drawing on years of Equestrian training and involvement with therapeutic horsemanship, Eliza also serves as our Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Specialist. Her familiarity with horses has enabled her to create a safe and enriching therapeutic experience for Hawaii Island Recovery clients.
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ABOUT HAWAII ISLAND RECOVERY
Located on the northern tip of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, the residential rehab Hawaii Island Recovery provides treatment for adult men and women struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders such as anxiety and depression in a tranquil environment. Medically-supervised detox services are available on-site. It is one of only 5 facilities in Hawaii to offer residential detox.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Hawaii Island Recovery uses multiple evidence-based, holistic, and experiential treatments to treat a variety of conditions. The facility is exclusive, limiting its patient capacity to eight clients at a time. Each client participates in an individualized program designed to mix treatment options for optimal results. Because of this, the length of stay varies on a person-to-person basis, however, programs run 30, 60, or 90 days depending on the chosen treatment options. It is one of 16 long-term residential facilities in the state.
Individual counseling, group therapy, and 12-step meetings form the backbone of treatment plans, and residents are encouraged to get sponsors and participate in service work. Diverse therapeutic techniques, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EDMR), and hypnosis are used, along with experiential treatments.
Holistic therapies such as Reiki, massage, equine therapy, acupuncture, and yoga are also offered. The program is unique in that it offers wild dolphin therapy in the open ocean.
The staff includes board-certified physicians, psychotherapists, master's level registered addiction specialists, licensed addiction counselors, licensed naturopathic doctors, acupuncturists, among others. Hawaii Island Recovery is one of seven facilities in the state accredited by The Joint Commission.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Residents live together in a large house with an outdoor pool and a porch with ocean views. Meals are prepared by a private chef in the fully-equipped kitchen. Recreational activities such as hikes, snorkeling trips, and excursions to the Volcanoes National Park are organized, and clients are given membership to a gym, along with ongoing personal training sessions. The ten individuals surveyed on the facility's cleanliness rated it 4.6 out of five stars.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni reviews from 25 individuals for Hawaii Island Recovery are overwhelmingly positive. The nine reviewers surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave above average ratings of 4.44 out of five stars for exercise/leisure options and the staff level of training and experience. One anonymous former client wrote: “The therapy I received was exceptional. The staff went out of their way to work with me.”
Several alumni specifically commended the dolphin therapy as a once in a lifetime therapeutic experience. "The dolphin experience was compelling and enlightening. An experience that has forever changed me," Roxanna wrote. Alumni also commented on how the program was life-saving and rewarding. "I'm so grateful for what I found at Hawaii Island Recovery. I have my life back," James wrote.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Only one loved one has reviewed this facility on Rehabs.com to date. Their review was overwhelmingly positive, with five-star ratings in exercise and leisure, counseling options, and staff experience, however, the reviewer did give just two out of five stars for affordability. "IT Has already racked up a grateful network of alumni families that speaks to its quality," the anonymous loved one wrote.
According to its website, the facility accepts most insurance providers. The ten reviewers surveyed on the program's affordability rated it an average of 3.8 out of five stars.
Published on January 2019
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