Experiential Cultural Programming
Experiential therapy is a therapeutic group modality that engages our patients in activities designed to inspire feeling states and insights that will help foster long-term recovery.
Experiential therapy is a therapeutic group modality that engages our patients in activities designed to inspire feeling states and insights that will help foster long-term recovery. Active addiction often results in disconnection from one’s community, peers, family, and perhaps most consequentially, from oneself.
Experiential therapy is intended to cultivate awareness and inspire feelings of connection, purpose, curiosity, and wonder, bypassing the “monkey mind” that is often plagued by persistent negative thoughts which inhibit positive emotions. Active engagement with peers, with the community, and with the natural environment restore connection, a necessary building block in a successful recovery.
Hawaii Island Recovery provides an array of experiential settings to support the growth of our patients. Our experiential offerings include nature-based therapy, ocean-based therapy, and learning about Hawaiian culture. Each experience is intended to be immersive, be it hiking in a rainforest, snorkeling in crystalline waters, or planting indigenous trees. The peace associated with a quieting of the mind as feelings of connection are restored is a potent reminder of why we choose life over active addiction.
Ocean Based Therapy
The Big Island of Hawaiʻi also boasts one of only four known green sand beaches in the world. Monk seals, Spinner Dolphins, 40 species of Sharks, and the mind-blowing experience of the first encounter with Manta Rays. Hawaii truly is magical.
Migratory Humpback whales travel great distances from Alaska and can be seen off Hawaii Island’s Kona Coast from November to May. Hearing their magical and haunting songs is an experience to cherish. Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles (honu) are most abundant on the Big Island. Of the seven species of sea turtles in the world, five make their home in Hawaii’s waters. Breathtaking Colored-sand beaches will leave anyone speechless.
Many of Hawaii’s marine species are endangered, and some interactions could violate the Endangered Species Act. Hawaii Island Recovery has eminence respect for every land and marine encounter and their ecosystem. To keep wildlife and their habitat protected, we do not feed, touch or chase wildlife or disrupt their natural environments. A “no disturbance” policy is a good rule of thumb in wildlife watching, whether underwater or on land. This includes dolphins. Interacting with dolphins during their rest phase may alter their behavior. Hawaii Island Recovery does not interact with captive dolphins.