Hawaii Island Recovery

4.4 (28 reviews) ADD YOUR REVIEW
75-170 Hualalai Rd c311a
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
8664918009 Visit Website

Paying for Treatment

  • Insurance is Accepted
  • Financing is Available
  • Medicare is not Accepted
  • Medicaid is not Accepted

Treatment Insights

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.

Hawaii Island Recovery Reviews and Ratings Details

The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.

Reviews at a Glance

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Jeffrey

Effective, caring, and worthwhile Short staffed Outstanding facility taking my needs a priority. Very effective counseling.

NC

Great evidence based 12 step program. Food and accommodations are excellent. Most staff is compassionate and helpful. Some staff members, in my opinion, could be more compassionate to clients needs ...

ET

caring disheveled with too many clients was highly introverted and painfully shy, the facility helped me break the shell that was holding me down. Learned how to feel a sense of community i had never ...

Ben

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 wou...

SL

Staff, size was a strength. Weaknesses: none. Very intimate setting with lots of support for clients

JF

Strengths: Everyone is great and i was able to learn valuable tools to take with me and use in the future. Let go and go with the flow, follow directions no matter how silly they seem. It will all wor...

Elizabeth

competent understanding helpful knowledgeable. I've been to a lot of treatment centers in the past and HIR was the only one that worked for me.

Roxanna

Therapy, food, location and activities were nice. The occupancy is limited which offers a more personal experience. The dolphin experience was compelling and enlightening. An experience that has forev...

Lily

Special treatment methods : EMDR, Dolphin Assisted Therapy, professional staff. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me change my life. The incredible staff and the program you have creat...

Jcs

Overall decent experience with the exception of the medical staff. Dr. especially was incredibly rude, refused to look at my medical history regarding long-term injuries and positive tests pointing to...

Sherry

Do not send your family member or loved one here if they are addicted to opiates. Waste of time and money. They go to a lot of free meetings on the island. They do not know how to treat opiate addic...

JCS

Do not believe what this facility states on its website. This facility is a rehab facility, not a mental health facility, and does not provide luxurious amenities or a full suite of alternative care ...

Anonymous

IT Has already racked up a grateful network of alumni families that speaks to its quality. For teens, this is a solid package: clinical expertise, holistic experiential therapies, 12-step support, and...

Lani

Absolutely amazing, thanks Got, they save my life

VSG

The staff was extremely supportive and they had wonderful holistic offerings. However, they needed better exercise options.

Steve

I have been sober for 2 years after treatment program at Hawaii Island Recovery. You have saved my life. Thank you

Cris

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! ...

Molly

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 ...

Rup K.

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 do...

Sam L.

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 ...

Anonymous

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...

Sue. S.

Never could I have gone to a better place... It was perfect for me.\" You guys saved my life!\"

Tony

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 learn...

Tammy

Before I came to Hawaii to get sober I was dying in the hospital from a blood infection. My parents told me, \"Every time the phone rang we expected it to be a call telling us you were dead\". I knew ...

Molly

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...

James

I'm so grateful for what I found at Hawaii Island Recovery. I have my life back! Thank you to the caring staff. Aloha!

John

Treatment Program is Amazing!! I loved the most Dolphin and Equine Therapies.

Larry

Terrible program unqualified staff


Areas of Focus
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.

Key Staff Members
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    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.

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    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.