The Bobby Benson Center in Kahuku, HI

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56-660 Kamehameha Hwy
Kahuku HI 96762

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Bobby Benson Center, located in Kahuku, Hawaii, offers residential and outpatient treatment to adolescents struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. The facility was founded in 1990 and named in honor of a fifteen year old boy who died after struggling with drug abuse. Bobby Benson Center offers treatment for co-occurring disorders to youth who are psychiatrically stable. The organization is a private non-profit.


The facility’s treatment program follows a community-based social-learning model that incorporates the 12-step method and SMART Recovery model. To be admitted, clients must be between the ages of thirteen and seventeen, must voluntarily agree to treatment, and must be mentally competent. Admission preference is given to pregnant women and intravenous drug users.

Throughout treatment, clients participate in a structured daily schedule that includes individual and group therapy, sober activities, and school work. Clients participate in group outings to local attractions every Wednesday, and beach outings on the weekend. Individual therapy methods used at Bobby Benson Center may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Life Space Crisis Intervention, and/or Trauma Informed Care. Group therapy at the facility focuses on building motivation, coping with urges, problem solving, and lifestyle balance. Families are included in the treatment program through family therapy, which aims to help family members cope and heal as a unit.


The treatment team at Bobby Benson Center includes a licensed clinical social worker, certified substance abuse counselor, and a Master of Business Administration.


The facility offers thirty beds for male and female clients across four separate cottages. Two cottages are for girls and two are for boys. The facility is located on Oahu’s north shore, and Bobby Benson Center’s website says the facility is “set on acres of lush tropical paradise, just minutes from pristine beaches.” Each of the four cottages are identical and contain four shared, two-person bedrooms. Each bedroom has a walk-in closet and private bathroom, and each cottage has a shared living room and adjacent therapist office. The facility states that bathrooms were renovated and air conditioning units were installed in 2013.


On the facility’s Facebook page, which it can manage, there is an overall rating of 4.3 out of five stars based on 12 total reviews.[1] Although two reviewers gave the facility only one out of five stars, the rest of the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Alum S.C., who gave five stars, expressed gratitude to the facility. She wrote, “I went to BBC twice. Once for 4 months and once for 6 months. They accommodated me with my life long vegetarian diet. We went on fun outings, did hula, school, & therapy. I couldn't be who I am today without the therapy and support I was given here.” T.Y., another alum, said he can now work and provide for his family because of the treatment he received. He gave five stars and wrote, “Bobby benson center showed me a better way of life without drugs. The staff at BBC have become a second family to me.”


There is currently no information provided by Bobby Benson Center regarding its costs. However, the facility accepts all major health insurance plans. Clients are encouraged to contact the facility directly for additional information regarding the cost of treatment.


Published on November 2017

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Sent daughter 16years old in 2007.she hated me for doing that.. If there was a problem between mom and day why didn't they counsel us.its 10 years later an I hardly see her.feel they told her to forget about me and I was the one person in the family that worried and found her when she was on the run. This has always been questionable. It may have been the facility or what she was telling them.if she told the truth there would have been attention in this matter. And at that age and for six months it didn't help our relationship. I regret putting her in there.I'm sorry it just didn't work for my family.

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