Addiction Recovery

Highly Effective & Individualized Treatment Plans

How to Treat Alcohol & Substance Abuse

Addiction is an affliction of the body, mind and spirit. To successfully treat addiction, Hawaii Island Recovery employs a multi-disciplinary, integrative treatment approach that ensures our clients receive the most effective evidence-based interventions combined with experiential and holistic therapies to support a full recovery. Hawaii Island Recovery applies the most effective tools and interventions to treat addiction to opiates, benzodiazepines, cocaine, prescription medication, marijuana, street drugs, and alcohol. Under the care of our Board- Certified Addictionologist, our clients are safely and comfortably detoxed. When clinically appropriate, medication including suboxone, may be used on a short-term basis to ease the detoxification process and enable clients to participate in all aspects of our treatment program.

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Hawaii Island Recovery applies the most effective tools and interventions to treat addiction to opiates, benzodiazepines, cocaine, prescription medication, marijuana, street drugs, and alcohol.

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How to Treat Behavioral Addiction

Common behavioral addictions for which people seek help include gambling, food, sex and pornography. These may be as destructive as a substance abuse problem, and require intervention that not only addresses the problematic addictive behavior, but also identifies the underlying emotional and psychological issues that drive the behavior. This is true of all addictions. Using techniques derived from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting and other trauma-informed interventions, our skilled therapists will guide you into a deeper understanding of your addiction, facilitate the resolution of past traumas and provide you with the tools you need to realize your goal of living addiction free.

Clinical Care Services

John Hibscher | Clinical Director

Psychological Services

Hawaii Island Recovery enhances its individual and group therapy sessions with diverse therapeutic techniques. Based on each client’s individualized care plan, these highly effective clinical therapies may include:


Stephen Denzer | Addictionologist

Medical Services

All clients are fully evaluated by a medical professional within 24 hours of entering Hawaii Island Recovery’s residential treatment program.  To provide clients the very best medical care, a physician addictionologist or a licensed physician assistant, conduct the evaluations.

The addictionologist establishes and supervises each client’s detox from alcohol, meth, heroin and other substances. Dr. Stephen Denzer supervises our registered nurse in the detox protocol.  Throughout this phase of treatment, our physician closely monitors the client’s detox-related medical needs so that withdrawal or chronic pain issues can be immediately addressed.

If a client has a pre-existing condition or other non-detox related health need, Hawaii Island Recovery will facilitate access to a local full-service health center or dentist where he or she may use personal insurance or funds to pay for services.

Hawaii Island Recovery provides medically supervised detoxification

Fernando Manon | Therapist

Psycho-educational Services

Individual and group counseling are the foundation for clients’ understanding of the principles of their recovery.  Our specialized counseling helps clients gain improved social and life skills, better self-care and independent living skills.  We also emphasize building good communication skills, as well as providing a nurturing environment to support vocational and occupational stability and growth.

These services are provided by Master level clinical social workers and certified substance abuse counselors under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist.

Improving your Recovery and Wellbeing with Holistic Care

As the Big Island’s premiere residential treatment center, Hawaii Island Recovery offers the most effective holistic therapies available to treat addiction. Our clients experience deep relaxation and intensive healing that rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit.  Returning our clients to a greater state of total wellbeing is at the core of their ability to successfully commit to addiction-free living.

Holistic care at Hawaii Island Recovery

Therapeutic Recreational Activities

Learning new strategies for healthful living is key to a client’s successful recovery from addiction.  Hawaii Island Recovery’s comprehensive program incorporates learning new skills, or rediscovering previous practices, of taking responsibility and care of yourself through good nutrition, fitness and enjoyable recreational activities.

Fitness and Nutrition

To help clients improve their overall physical strength and level of fitness, individuals receive on-going personal training from a licensed trainer throughout their residential program.  Sessions are held at a fully equipped gym where clients may develop a fitness routine that is physically challenging and also fun. Our personalized fitness training and yoga therapy focus on building strength, stamina and flexibility, while improving coordination and motor skills. Hawaii Island Recovery’s chef works with clients to understand and satisfy their nutritional needs.  While preparing delicious and healthy cuisine for clients, our chef also actively teaches how to prepare simple and nutritious meals.  Clients practice this important life skill by planning and preparing meals on weekends with the supervision of staff.

Fitness and nutrition

Recreational Activities

A healthy lifestyle incorporates activities that are rejuvenating and fun.  The goal of Hawaii Island Recovery’s recreational activities is to give clients opportunities to practice appropriate social interactions and improve their physical condition.  The activities also foster positive interests that support long-term sobriety. Recreational activities are matched to the client’s abilities and frequently include an educational component.  Against the backdrop of Hawaii Island’s sheer outdoor beauty, activities include swimming, snorkeling, hiking and other possibilities inherent to this tropical paradise .  Outings to Volcano National Park and the historic City of Refuge are popular and enable clients to learn about Hawaii’s culture and the Big Island’s reputation as one of the world’s most healing environments.

Recreational Activities

Comprehensive Case Management to Ensure Success

At Hawaii Island Recovery, the details of each client’s treatment are carefully managed to ensure optimal benefit from the program and long-term success.  Our entire team of therapists, physicians and counselors orchestrates this treatment program with careful coordination performed by a Case Manager.  As a client’s treatment progresses, the Case Manager also develops a discharge plan to ensure that aftercare needs are thoroughly and appropriately addressed.

When a client requires a service that is not provided by Hawaii Island Recovery, the Case Manager will make a referral to a provider who offers it.


These services may include:

Physical or occupational therapies

Non-detox healthcare

Women’s healthcare

Neuropsychological evaluations

Advanced nutritional counseling

Chiropractic care

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What Our Clients Say About Us

  • HIR has created and environment with structure and support when needed.

    One of the most beneficial therapies happened off-site-out-of-the-office. We had the opportunity to do therapeutic work in nature. For me, being in nature allowed me to heal with out the stigma of an office setting.
    Charlie, Client
  • A successful 30 day rehab and detox from pain pills and cocaine

    I have never been to rehab in my life and I was so afraid of detox and being miserable without pills and drugs. I wish I came to HIR sooner because they made it so easy for me. If you or a family member is considering treatment I will highly suggest Hawaii Island Recovery they have the best staff to accommodate your needs and are very compassionate and accommodating.
    Chris, Client
  • My experience here at HIR has been an emotional roller coaster ride

    Thank fully with the amazing love and support of HIR staff, my sponsor, AA, 12 Step program, and my higher power. I have been brought out of a dark place in my life, and have been blessed with the opportunity to see beauty in myself, others, and living a clean, sober life.
    Anonymous, Client
  • The staff understands what you are going through

    The staff gets you out and allow you to explore all of the wonderful things the Island has to offer, weather it is a trip to the beach, swimming with the dolphins or going on a hike, all were amazing and eye opening experiences.
    Billy, Client
  • I have overcome my fear of socialization

    We all have bad days, ones where we feel alone, or afraid, but here at Hawaii Island Recovery we are never alone and we can face our fears. I have overcome my fear of socialization, even the fear of loneliness. HIR has allowed me to not be so nervous, afraid. It also gave me skills, such as public speaking, giving me positive energy and adding more structure in my life to make me feel like I am not abusing this perfect life that was given to me all along.
    Katarina, Client
  • It's magical, it's spiritual, it's life changing

    I can't express enough gratitude for the staff, the therapists, the amazing excursions the beautiful food and the sunsets that brought me back to life. Never in my life have I experienced such love, non-judgement, patience, understanding  and the genuine desire to help and to heal.
    Anonymous, Client
  • I highly recommend this program to anyone who is ready to change their life for the better

    My month at Hawaii Island Recovery has been amazing. The therapists and staff are fantastic and have helped me overcome traumas I have been holding onto for 13+ years. They have taught me a large variety of skills to manage my anxiety and made my detox as comfortable as possible.
    Anonymous, Client
  • Without HIR I would not have been able to work trough the loss of my children

    I am now stronger and can be there for my other children. I will forever be grateful for this opportunity.
    Roxsana Client
  • Hawaii Island Recovery is a life-changing program

    HIR helped me regain my mental, spiritual and physical strength. I will be forever grateful for everything they have done for me and for my new found life. I can’ t thank HIR enough for their endless guidance, support, compassion, and aloha that they have freely given to me. Thank you for saving my life. HIR. My family and I will never forget how amazing this experience was.
    Sharon, Client
  • Within 72 Hours I was in Hawaii

    I put in very little research into what rehabilitation center I went to. I did decide I wanted to get away from what I thought was a lifestyle. After opening up to my sister. Within 72 Hours I was in Hawaii. When my sister told me I could go to treatment in Hawaii I felt I was undeserving. Sure HIR had a great location. Their therapy helped me understand my addiction and gave me coping skills to get my life back. I was very fortunate to have a great group of People who became my friends in recovery. After the intense therapy, an excursion and laughter were well needed to process I am grateful for this opportunity.

  • I have never felt so secure

    As I came in I was confused, not knowing what to expect. As the day's followed I settled in with 100% focus on why I was here. I have never felt so secure of my surrounding and the group of professional I shared my feeling, thoughts, secrets,  life's ups, and downs, with the time spent here I encompassed and learned so many tools for me to practice for the rest of my life. I am so much freeier, open, honest, and ready and willing to live this new adventure in sobriety. I would highly recommend this treatment facility to anyone needing guidance and direction hope and a new way of life. I can’t thank this place enough  for building such a strong foundation from a structure that was falling apart and missing so many elements to succeed as “normal.”

  • Recovery has provided a life that at one point did not seem possible

    There is something special about this Island and the people here. Kona, the HIR program and the AA fellowship had a life-changing effect on me. So much so, that I decided to move from Tennessee and make Hawaii my home. It was the best decision I have ever made for myself. Recovery has provided a life that at one point did not seem possible. I’m happier and healthier than I have ever been to. I feel blessed to be able to give back to the program that gave so much to me. 
    Sarah B., Former Client

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