Hawaii Island Recovery – Drug Addiction Treatment Center Review

Located in the lively town of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Island Recovery is a premiere residential treatment center that specializes in the treatment of substance abuse, chronic pain, behavioral addictions, and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Offering a continuum of care in a serene and exotic ambiance, Hawaii Island Recovery provides top-quality treatment, high-end amenities, and a variety of fun recreational activities.

Just a walk away from the dazzling Ōneo and Kailua Bay, patients here participate in 12-step meetings and take part in an intensive combination of therapeutic modalities that ensure a safe recovery.


1.      Treatment

Hawaii Island Recovery offers residential treatment for 30, 60, and 90 days, as well on-site medical detox. The center provides evidence-based treatment for substance abuse, and other disorders with co-occurring dual-diagnosis components like depression, anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, and other. It also implements a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Health Realization, and Gestalt and Experiential Therapy to help patients grow emotionally, spiritually, and mentally.

Furthermore, the center provides medically supervised detox in a comfortable and serene ambiance. Clients complete detoxification prior entering the residential treatment. After an initial evaluation, each patient follows their individually tailored treatment plan. All three different types of primary care options include medical approval and assessment, consultations and evaluations with professionals, as well as medications, and individual and group therapy sessions.

In addition, Hawaii Island Recovery also believes in treating addiction with the help of various experiential and holistic therapies. The center offers Reiki, Acupuncture, massage, and yoga to support the healing process, as well as Homeopathic, Naturopathic, and nutritional support. Patients also engage in many recreational activities such as hiking, snorkeling, and swimming, and take part in animal assisted therapies with dolphins and horses once a month.

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Typical Day at Hawaii Island Recovery

Days begin as early as 6 am. Patients get dressed, clean up their room, and head to attend the first 12-step meeting. Breakfast is at 8:30 am and then client have some free time before attending group therapy. Group meets three times a week before lunch, where patients discuss living sober, and process interpersonal challenges. Twice a week, residents have individual therapy. Lunch is followed by physical activity, including acupuncture, yoga, massage, or Reiki. After dinner, residents participate in AA or NA meetings. Residents also work with sponsors, as well as with a personal trainer to discuss fitness goals. Lights go out at 11 pm. Families can visit their loved ones every Sunday from 1:30 pm to 5 pm.

Additionally, recreational activities are of a great importance to Hawaii Island Recovery and include equine therapy, art therapy, nature-based therapy, and trips to a rain forest or to a remote sandy beach. The center also offers dolphin-assisted psychotherapy, as well as hiking, snorkeling, and night trips to the top of Mauna Kea.


2.      Accommodations and Food

Kailua-Kona is a historic and lively seaside town in the heart of the beautiful Kona Coast. Patients live in a spacious, well-appointed, 5000 square feet house with impressive ocean views, high-end amenities, and 24/7 medical staff. The house accommodates 8 patients at a time. Amenities include L-shaped pool, beautiful backyard, elegantly furnished living room, and a large porch. Most residents share a room with a roommate, though private rooms are available as well.

Moreover, residents at Hawaii Island Recovery prepare their own breakfast, while a private chef cooks lunch and dinner. All meals are well-balanced and nutritious, and the chef also accommodates any special dietary requirements. Patients say their most-loved meals include French toasts, steak rolls, salads, and fish.

3.      Staff

The staff at Hawaii Island Recovery includes certified physicians and psychotherapists, experienced addiction specialists, as well as licensed addiction counselors, and licensed naturopathic doctors and acupuncturists. In addition, there are 10 in-house staff members and 8 employees who care for the eight clients at any time. Doctors are on call and available when necessary.

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4.      Reviews

Hawaii Island Recovery has a 4.8-star rating on Google, 4.4 stars on Facebook, and 4.3 stars on Rehabs. Some of the comments include:

Friendly staff. Nice residence. Seems like a “for profit” operation, which it is. Not very responsive in clinical aspects. If one is looking exclusively for a 12-step based treatment, then HIR would likely be a good fit. Staff are friendly and also accommodating. – Ben

Hawaii Island Recovery saved my life. I’ve been clean and sober since my treatment at HIR 14 months ago.  I’m eternally grateful that I found HIR and I’m equally as grateful to be able to share my experience, strength and hope with others to help them embrace life and recovery! Aloha. – T. K

The dolphin therapy is awesome, I have always been a big believer about animals and especially these wonderful animals. I had a truly wonderful experience! Also my counselor knew me better than I know myself, I was scared at first but realized that they know how I feel, what I am going through and how to make changes, I will be forever grateful for Hawaii Island Recovery. – A Google User

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5.      Pricing

Treatment costs at Hawaii Island Recovery start at $31, 500 for 30 days. Moreover,the facility accepts most insurance providers.

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6.      Summary

With a 69% success rate and a comprehensive treatment program, Hawaii Island Recovery is committed to providing the best care available in a serene and comfortable setting.

The location is exotic and ideal, facility is small but comfortable, and staff is strict but always compassionate.

In conclusion, patients at Hawaii Island Recovery get the attention they need in order to recover successfully and return home happy and hopeful about what the future holds in store.

For more information about Hawaii Island Recovery, please visit their official website.

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