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Category: successful treatments

As our nation continues to fight an epidemic of opiate and opioid addiction, it’s more important than ever to understand the dangers of fentanyl.
01. 12. 2017 Read more
No matter how many times you’ve tried and failed to embrace a life of sobriety, we are ready and able to help you achieve your goals and avoid relapse.
12. 30. 2016 Read more
When new residents enter rehab at Hawaiian Island Recovery (HIR), they often have questions about what life will look like during their stay and how their habits will change throughout the program. One common question we hear residents ask is, "What will I eat while I'm at HIR?" You may not know this, but what you eat during your recovery can have a huge impact on your success.
11. 24. 2016 Read more
Hawaiian Island Recovery (HIR) boasts a 70% success rate and was recognized as one of the top ten alcohol treatment centers in the United States by QuitAlcohol and RehabsFinder in 2016. Now, many other organizations are looking to the small recovery center for clues to stopping the cycle of addiction relapse and replicating these results.
11. 08. 2016 Read more
In the United States, opiate and opioid addiction has become a national epidemic. The team at Hawaiian Island Recovery is committed to helping those who have become addicted to these powerful drugs while also educating the public on the realities of this addiction. Read on to learn more about opiates and opioids—including how prescription drugs are becoming a gateway to heroin.
10. 28. 2016 Read more
Although it’s true that drug and alcohol addiction wreaks havoc on your body, the harm isn’t only physical. Drug and alcohol addiction affects the entire family and can have serious effects on your loved ones.
10. 13. 2016 Read more
When most people talk about bipolar disorder, they are referring to bipolar I disorder, a mental illness where moods swing back and forth between episodes of mania and depression. Sufferers of bipolar 2 disorder face similar mood swings, but the “highs” are not full-blown episodes of mania.
10. 05. 2016 Read more
There are a lot of questions and opinions surrounding suboxone. Is it a painkiller? Can it be used to treat heroin addiction? Is it dangerous or addictive? What are the side effects? What happens if you become dependent? Where is the true .....
09. 26. 2016 Read more
You see them everywhere.Kids and adults intently staring at their smartphones or tablets and pointing toward something that isn’t really there.Pokémon Go has taken the gaming world by storm on college campuses, elementary schools, family get-away sites – Pokémon Go is on the go with you or someone you know – like your kids staring at the smartphone screen in search of another Pokémon character.
08. 31. 2016 Read more
HIR is the first and only known rehab to incorporate non-captive dolphins into a treatment program. HIR believes an unscripted encounter with these extraordinary mammals has a tremendously positive impact on their clients and will support the recovery process.
08. 05. 2016 Read more
Many Alaskans when in need of treatment for alcohol or substance abuse have turned to the Hawaiian Islands for treatment, and with good reason.
07. 13. 2016 Read more
When you finally decide to live a clean and sober life, one of the most frightening challenges facing you is addiction relapse. Addicts will tell you that the first six to eight months of sobriety are the toughest, and in fact, many addicts do relapse during this dramatic change in life.
07. 07. 2016 Read more
Aren’t you tired of cancer? We all are, and it’s time to kick cancer’s butt right here in Kona, and you can be part of the winning team.Each year the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life raises awareness of cancer, and a lot of money to fund research to find cures.
06. 14. 2016 Read more
Hawaii Island Recovery, drug and alcohol treatment center located on the Kona Coast of Hawaii's Big Island has initiated a unique Experiential Therapy program that interfaces their clients with wild Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins. 
05. 30. 2016 Read more
Addicts don’t always want to recover. One fact is flat-out true: no junkie, stoner, alcoholic, or doctor-shopping pill popper wants to go to a rehabilitation facility. They’re afraid of opiate withdrawal, they see the signs of alcohol addiction, hydrocodone is on their shopping list, and detoxing is too “stressful.” That’s why an addict’s fear of withdrawal, regardless of drug of choice, is always a big step.
05. 03. 2016 Read more
Once an addiction grabs a hold of you it does NOT want to let go. For many, it’s too much of a struggle. The pain, once numbed by alcohol or drugs, comes back. Worse than before! You feel like a failure. You’re weak. You had the chance to get clean, to get sober – and you blew it.
03. 29. 2016 Read more
It’s hard being a substance abuser. You have to score, you need a place to kick back, you need money for tomorrow’s bag, tab or rock, and nobody wants to be your friend except other drug abusers.
03. 16. 2016 Read more
Wild Dolphin Assisted Psychotherapy, or WDAP, is an experiential form of substance abuse therapy that uses wild but gentle dolphins that live in the beautiful azure waters off the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii.  
02. 02. 2016 Read more
Addicts don’t just hurt themselves with destructive behaviors and substance abuse, addicts hurt co-workers, they hurt neighbors and friends, and saddest, perhaps, addicts hurt their loved ones – their families.  
12. 28. 2015 Read more
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is growing in popularity among traditional and non-traditional medical practitioners. Why? Because it works.
11. 20. 2015 Read more
Understand how 12-step program is used in recovery. Find some successful treatments and programs like dolphin assisted therapy, equine therapy and other methodologies used by HIR to ensure success.
09. 10. 2015 Read more
Hawaii Island Recovery offered a safe nuturing environment during a time in my life when everything was falling apart. The satff + unique program provided me to choice to heal and live my life free of addiction. read more >>
05. 19. 2015 Read more
Bria is a Residential Manager at Hawaii Island Recovery. She is an excellent and smiling person. Her life was not always like that. Bria lost her life because of Trauma when she was young. Look at the video to see how Hawaii Island Recovery help her to get back on track from very strong addiction.
03. 25. 2015 Read more
Having looked into several rehab programs I came across H.I.R through the recommendation of my priest who had heard many good things about the program.H.I.R was a completely transformative experience for me! Once I decided that I could not combat my alcoholism alone I felt isolated and confused. H.I.R gave me my life back. The counsellors are first rate. The program is honest and full of love. I can get on with my life.   
02. 03. 2015 Read more
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. read more >>
01. 26. 2015 Read more
Hawaii Island Recovery will stay with Abby forever. Abby is ready to leave Treatment Center after 90 days treatment. Abby is looking forward to beginning her new life in the real world. She is going to stay on the Big Island and she is going to work as a personal trainer. One of the most emotional video about overcoming drug addiction which is full of tears and smiles.    
12. 26. 2014 Read more
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. read more >>      
09. 18. 2014 Read more
 Never could I have gone to a better place... It was perfect for me. 
06. 19. 2014 Read more
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.  
05. 25. 2014 Read more
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. read more >>
02. 07. 2014 Read more
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." read more >>  
09. 12. 2013 Read more
Often one of the most enjoyable experiences for clients at HIR is the time they spend in the water with dolphins. This unique experience is one of many therapeutic modalities within a comprehensive program utilized at HIR for treating addiction.
11. 20. 2016 Read more

If you’ve recently experienced relapse along the journey to recovery, you may be experiencing a lot of fear and guilt.

01. 06. 2017 Read more

Not only do we provide access to licensed and caring professionals, but we also offer an opportunity to get out and have life-changing encounters in beautiful Hawaii. You didn't think we'd let you come all this way to hide in a counselor's office, did you?

11. 29. 2016 Read more

The story of a woman who decided to enter a drug rehab because she could not live with addiction anymore.

11. 21. 2016 Read more

Making the decision to enroll in rehab can be overwhelming. You may find yourself asking questions such as, ‘What can I expect? What does therapy look like? Does it really work? Why are there so many different types of therapy? Which one is right for me?’

11. 02. 2016 Read more

When you’ve envisioned what drug rehab may look like, did you imagine coming face to face with a 700 pound horse? At Hawaiian Island Recovery, you’ll have the opportunity to do just that. Equine assisted therapy is one of the many creative ways that Hawaiian Island Recovery will allow you to explore your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs in a nontraditional setting as you pursue recovery.


10. 20. 2016 Read more

Alcoholics and drug addicts don’t just wake up one day and decide to abuse a dangerous substance. Each of these individuals has a life and a story of how they got to a place of drug or alcohol dependency. For many of these men and women, that story begins with a traumatic event in their childhoods.

10. 11. 2016 Read more

President Obama and his administration announced the official Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week as part of a strategy to limit drug use and abuse. This campaign is critical in combatting the opioid addiction challenges facing the nation and in strengthening the current programs already in place.

09. 30. 2016 Read more

Starting recovery can be a tough time, as you face all sorts of emotions and cravings.  There are days that go pretty good and then there are days when you’re really struggling. We’ve all been there.  As you journey the recovery road, it’s helpful to learn some powerful mantras to help you out along your journey. You know, to give you some mojo when you’re feeling out of steam. Yes, mantras are those lifesavers that can keep you safe and feeling hopeful that if you just hold on, you’ll be alright.

09. 21. 2016 Read more

When the US economy tanked a few years ago, a consequence that was not talked about was the alarming number of previously successful men and women who not only suffered severe financial losses, but who turned to drugs, alcohol and pain meds to alleviate their fears, anxiety and frustration. 


08. 11. 2016 Read more

When young people start using club drugs to boost the fun, the next “rave” may change their lives forever.
Club drugs are a broadly-defined collection of well-known party favorites, like Ecstasy, to some concoction some high school chemistry genius cooked up at home. That’s one big part of the club drug problem. You don’t know what you’re actually taking.

07. 24. 2016 Read more

You can find inner peace and serenity through the proven Reiki therapy and calming meditation that centers the self and clarifies the life circling around you.
Learn more about you when you visit Hawaii with a visit with Dr. Susan Gregg, Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

07. 13. 2016 Read more

What is emotional trauma? How does this disruptive condition start? Why are some people affected by emotional trauma more than others?

06. 30. 2016 Read more

The idea of forgiveness was a completely ludicrous concept to me before I came into recovery. My reality at the time, told me that I was a free spirit, I held absolutely no resentments and that I loved everyone. Live and let live, I sang out, as I’d down a triple shot of tequila and snort up an 8-inch line of cocaine.

06. 10. 2016 Read more

If your loved one is among the 52 million people abusing prescription drugs like methadone, you know how hard it is to live with a methadone addict. It’s a roller coaster ride without the fun. In fact, living with a methadone addict requires survival tactics to protect yourself and your family from another’s addiction.

05. 24. 2016 Read more

Early in 2016 Hawaii Island Recovery was selected as one of the top 10 Alcohol Treatment Centers in the U.S.

03. 25. 2016 Read more

You can’t get organized. You’re running late – again. There’s not enough time in the day. You don’t remember your manager’s directions.

03. 18. 2016 Read more

You wonder, all the time, what it would be like to be clean and sober. Every addict dreams of a happier, healthier life without substance abuse and the corrosion it causes the quality of life.

02. 10. 2016 Read more

No one is born an addict.

No one says, “Today I’m going to try a drug that will ruin my life and may kill me.”

01. 06. 2016 Read more

In today’s high-octane business environment you need to be quick and nimble to be successful. Unfortunately, you or someone you know, has an addiction.

11. 24. 2015 Read more

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a relatively new treatment technique that helps people replace traumatic events and memories with more positive emotions. Although EMDR is often used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other forms of trauma, it has also proven to be an effective treatment for depression, anxiety, compulsive behaviors and addictions, all disorders that are often deeply rooted in trauma.

09. 22. 2015 Read more

Discover how Hawaii Island Recovery treats drug addiction and alcoholism. Learn about therapies for alcoholics and drug addicts and how these therapies can help you achieve and maintain your sobriety.

07. 29. 2015 Read more

HIR saved my life. They taught me how to figure out who I am. I am ready to be sober and have a good life forewer!...


04. 22. 2015 Read more

I was spiritually, physically, emotionally broken. I had been trying for about 5 years to recover from alcoholism unsuccessfully. I had become daily user of oxycodone prescription drugs. My life was falling apart that time. I lost everything. My family lost trust in me. I really lost trust in myself. The things, I really believe, saved my life here was one-to-one therapies with counselor at Hawaii Island Recovery. Through the process I learned that Drugs and Alcohol were just symptoms of my underlying issues.

03. 22. 2015 Read more

Amanda is former client of Hawaii Island Recovery. She has been sober since August 2011. Amanda was addicted to Alcohol, oxycodone and she also had emotional problem (anxiety and depression). Watch the video below:

01. 28. 2015 Read more

Aloha, HIR in conjunction with AA gave me a feeling of warmth that only a family offers. My 2 months with them was a life changing experience. read more >>

01. 26. 2015 Read more

Many clients have successfully gone through the treatment program at Hawaii Island Recovery. More than 70 % clients are free from addiction more than a year. You can see what former clients said about HIR. Watch the video.

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12. 09. 2014 Read more

This letter is a testimony of gratitude to all of you for all you have done to help our son break free from addiction. I have come to realize that it doesn’t matter what your addiction is, to overcome it you need first to admit you need help and your journey will begin. read more >>

08. 01. 2014 Read more

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! read more >>

06. 01. 2014 Read more

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. read more >>

03. 19. 2014 Read more

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."


10. 17. 2013 Read more

Hawaii Island Recovery can now accept insurance that requires CARF accreditation.

12. 12. 2016 Read more
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