Addiction treatment is one option that can help you get off of the substances you use and get back to life as you once knew it. Many people wonder, “ How long are drug rehab programs? ” The answer depends on a number of different factors. Find out how long addiction treatment might last for you.
With rates of opioid abuse and overdose rising each year, there has never been a greater need for help. The loved ones of people addicted to these drugs struggle in their own way, often as much as the addicts themselves. Do you know someone who needs help to treat opiate addiction?
If you or your loved one reached the point in the cycle of addiction where quitting seems impossible, treatment can help. One of the biggest concerns, though, is how much of addiction treatment insurance covers. Learn more about treatment options and how to find out what your provider covers.
Mental illness isn’t easy to cope with all the time. It’s exhausting living with symptoms that make it difficult to get through your life on a day to day basis. It might seem like drinking makes it easier to get through but find out why alcohol and depression don’t make a very good mix.
Depression is a complicated mental illness with many factors at play. One important aspect of treating it, though, has to do with diet. There are certain types of food for depression that can help lead to a better overall mood. If you struggle with your mental health, which food should you eat?
Addiction and alcoholism often lead people to isolate and spend most of their time alone. If you’ve spent months or years drinking and using you might find yourself in the same place. Now that you want to quit it makes sense that you want to overcome addiction by yourself. But is it possible?
When Does General Depression Become Clinical Depression?
If you know someone going through a challenging time it’s normal for them to feel down or in the dumps. When their symptoms last longer than a few weeks, though, they might have clinical depression. How do you know when it’s time for someone you care about to seek help for their symptoms?
What is Medication-Assisted Treatment for Drug Addiction?
Addiction treatment isn’t a one-size-fits-all. No two people are exactly the same, making it difficult to treat. Facilities that use medication-assisted treatment for drug addiction understand the need for well-rounded, individualized approach. Do you know what medication-assisted treatment is?
Since many of the symptoms look so similar, it’s difficult for most people to tell the difference between BPD and PTSD. From the outside looking in they might seem like the same exact disorder. But to a trained psychologist armed with a patient’s history, the differences between the two are clear.
The 4 Types of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms
More than half of the population will experience at least one traumatic event in their life. Some of these individuals develop post traumatic stress disorder symptoms as a result, though. Could someone you know have PTSD? Find out some of the signs and symptoms to keep an eye out for.
The Relationship Between Alcohol and Mental Illness
Alcohol and mental illness do not mix well. While many people can relax at the end of the day with a drink over dinner, the majority of people with mental illness can’t. Why does alcohol interact so poorly with mental illness conditions? What happens if someone with a mental illness drinks?
As new technologies roll out, treatment professionals see new things every day. The surge of popularity surrounding cryptocurrency in recent years led some to develop an addiction to Bitcoin. Similar to gambling addiction, people struggling with Bitcoin behaviors might be at just as high a risk.
Are the Effects of Long Term Use of Klonopin Dangerous?
Benzodiazepines like Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin continue pushing into popular culture. People looking for a new high turn to these drugs without realizing their impact and find themselves quickly trapped. What are some of the effects of long term use of Klonopin and other benzodiazepines?
The meaning of the word codependency has jumbled up over the years. No used to describe nearly anyone in a dysfunctional relationship, it initially described behavior patterns developed after dealing with an alcoholic. Codependency in alcoholism is difficult to overcome but you can learn how.
The Importance of Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment
It’s difficult to have a substance use disorder or a mental illness. Having both at the same time is an entirely different experience. Learn how integrated dual diagnosis treatment takes into consideration the complexity of co-occurring disorders and addresses both sides of the condition.
Heroin is one of the most dangerous drugs available in the United States today. It’s a highly addictive substance that traps users in its grip and does all it can to not let go. Heroin withdrawal is one of the biggest reasons people avoid getting clean. Find out what heroin withdrawal feels like.
What is the Role of Codependency in Substance Abuse?
The term codependent is often misunderstood today after the wide generalization of the word. It used to refer to the role of codependency in substance abuse, especially in the adult children of alcoholics. How does someone’s substance abuse or alcoholism affect their loved one?
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy specifically helps victims of trauma. Codependent people most likely experienced at least one traumatic episode at some point in their life but is EMDR effective for helping those who struggle with codependency? Should they involve other forms of treatment as well?
Dual diagnosis, coexisting disorders, co-occurring disorders. Whatever you call them, they’re not the easiest conditions. Mental illnesses and substance abuse are challenging. When you have both it makes recovering even harder. Learn some top tips on how to deal with dual diagnosis.
10 Reasons Dual Diagnosis Treatment is a Necessity
Living with a mental illness or substance abuse problem is difficult. When someone has dual diagnosis, or both mental illness and a substance use disorder, they have an even greater challenge. Find out why these individuals see the best results from treatment specific for co-occurring disorders.
Methamphetamine is a dangerous, toxic drug that leads to many different side effects. Whether you use it for a few months or find your meth use long-term, the drug has an impact. What are some of the ways the drug affects your health, both physical and psychological?
If you struggle with substance abuse or addiction, you’re familiar with withdrawal symptoms from drugs. You understand the difficulties that come with trying to quit. Do you know all the effects you might experience when you stop using, though? Read to find out more about drug withdrawal symptoms.
The Difference Between Drug Addiction and Drug Abuse
If you have no experience with drug addiction and drug abuse, the two might look the same to you from the outside. After all, if someone does drugs doesn’t that mean they’re an addict? Not always. Learn about the differences between abuse and addiction.
Both substance abuse and mental illness are widely misunderstood. This makes it difficult for people to openly share their struggles. When someone uses drugs heavily and develops mental illness as a result, they find themselves in an even darker place. How can substance abuse lead to mental illness?
Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse: What is the Difference?
Understanding the difference between alcoholism and alcohol abuse can be challenging. On the outside, they sometimes look like similar conditions but there are a few big differences that separate the two. Do you know which factors you should look for to tell them apart?
It’s safe to say nearly everyone understands the dangers that come with heavy drinking, from getting hurt to driving drunk. You might not realize how many health conditions it can cause, though. This list of alcohol related diseases will give you an idea of the serious results of alcohol abuse.
Heroin addiction continues claiming the lives of thousands of people across the United States every year. The overdose rates show no sign of stopping soon so what can you do? If you worry that a loved one might show signs of heroin addiction, this might help you understand what to look for.
People who drink heavily develop alcohol dependence, and some end up with an alcohol use disorder diagnosis. It’s much more difficult for them to quit drinking after developing a dependence on alcohol. They will likely experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms when they quit. What exactly are they?
Alcoholism is a serious problem in the United States today. Alcohol addiction, or Alcohol Use Disorder, affects about 16 million adults nationwide. Find out some of the signs of alcohol addiction you should look for if you worry someone you love might have a problem with their drinking?
There has never been a better time to get sober. You have many different options available to help you find a way to escape your alcohol addiction for good! What is the Treatment for Alcohol Addiction? Read more!
The dangers of the addiction stigma surrounding those who struggle with drugs are apparent. What are some of the most common myths about addiction? Learn more about a few of the most misunderstood myths about addiction and how the stigma impacts addicts worldwide.
We talked on the beach for a long while, basking in the sun and forgetting about everything but the moment. Everyone was relaxed and in good spirits. Read more how clients spend their free day at Hawaii Island Recovery.
Alcohol abuse leads to all types of health problems, with liver damage residing near the top of the list. It’s no secret that heavy drinking severely impacts your health and causes numerous complications. Not everyone realizes how serious these health issues can be, though.
How and When to Talk to Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol
Talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol while they are young can decrease their likelihood of drug abuse in their teen years. Read this blog for more information on having age-appropriate conversations about drugs and alcohol with your child.
Signs of drug abuse in teens can be both obvious and subtle. If you don’t know what to look for, though, they may slip past your radar entirely. However, if you have an idea of the small things to keep an eye on you have a better chance of noticing early on.
Hawaii Island Recovery was pleased to receive Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission (TJC), the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation. “We recommend Hawaii Island Recovery for its efforts to elevate the standard of care it provides.
Learning More About the Effects of Depression on the Brain
Depression affects millions of Americans each year. While some receive treatment, many do not address their symptoms. What happens to those who are undiagnosed? Learn more about the effects of depression on the brain.
Alcohol, drugs, gambling—as many as one in eight Americans are addicted to a substance or activity to the point of self-destructive behaviour. Two former clients are talking about an exhilarating center for Treatment and Recovery.
There are many misconceptions about bipolar disorder, a mental disorder that affects more than 5 million Americans. Learn more about the true definition of bipolar manic depression and how to manage it.
There comes a moment in every alcoholic’s journey that they realize their drinking goes beyond normal social behaviors. Once you realize alcohol has become an addiction for you, you may try quitting, only to give up when withdrawal is painful and difficult. If that’s your story—or if the fear of painful alcohol withdrawal symptoms has […]
If you know someone addicted to drugs or alcohol, you may feel frustrated at their apparent unwillingness to quit. You can look at the trouble their substance abuse is causing and think, ‘Why don’t they just stop? Can’t they see how much this is hurting them and the people they love?’
Whether you’re coming to Hawaii for a tropical getaway or to join us for alcohol and drug rehab in a tranquil, healing environment, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the beauty and wonder the Big Island has to offer. Check out these 8 can’t-miss places to see and things to do on the Big Island.
The clients were doing yoga when I arrived on a beautiful Saturday morning. Everyone ultimately blissed out and ready for the day, we got into the van to go to the famous City of Refuge in South Kona. The place is a historical site that provided shelter to misplaces Polynesians in the 1500’s. Wooden […]
When an addict hits “rock bottom,” it can be tempting to choose a drug rehab close to home out of fear. Before you or your loved one decides against traveling for rehab, take a moment to explore the benefits of drug rehab in Hawaii and consider if Hawaii Island Recovery might be right for you.
Read on to learn more about prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medication abuse, including commonly abused medications, dangers of drug abuse, signs of drug abuse, and what to do if someone you know is abusing prescription or OTC medications.
When it comes to substance abuse and addiction treatment, there are numerous options. As a matter of fact, many forms of talk therapy prove to be a useful tool. One popular option is psychotherapy. But, what is psychotherapy? What benefits does this therapy provide? How can you support someone dealing with these problems? What is […]
Prescription drug abuse is one of the leading issues when it comes to the addiction epidemic we face today. The problem is that people using the most abused prescription drugs don’t realize the risk they’re taking. Once the person develops an addiction, it’s extremely difficult for the person to acknowledge they have a problem. By […]
Transition into a deeper relaxation by the yoga teacher in Hawaii
The day as usual started off with an hour long yoga session, succeeded by a transition into a deeper relaxation by the yoga teacher in Hawaii. Alyssa brought her harmonium and sang while the sonorous melodies filled the house. At 9;30, everyone was in the van ready to go to an undisclosed location.
Before coming to H I R my life was a complete mess, I had so many things going on all at once and just felt like nothing was ever going to change. With the help of the wonder staff and therapists it did change and for that I will always be grateful and each one of them will always hold a special place in my heart.
We all had fun in the back of the pick-up trying to hold on for dear life!
We all had fun in the back of the pick-up when took a long drive to the southern most point of the island to go to a beach illustriously titled, “Green Sands.” There was a quiet anticipation in the car, everyone was excited to get there and bask in the truly bizarre glory of the place.
Addiction has far-reaching consequences. It affects your health, relationships, career, ability to work, and so much more. But is addiction a disease? More specifically, is it a sum total of bad personal choices? It Might Start with a Bad Decision Taking that first drink or hit of a drug is a personal choice. But nobody […]
Holistic Therapies for Addiction: Do They Really Work?
Holistic therapies have the unique goal of healing a person’s entire being—body, mind, and soul-rather than focusing purely on physical health. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, Hawaii is the perfect place to escape from the pressures of daily life.
10 Things You Should Do Before Starting Drug Rehab
Check out these ten ways you can both take care of business and prepare your heart and mind for the journey ahead. You’ve admitted you have an addiction to drugs, alcohol, or unhealthy behavior. You’ve picked up the phone and called a rehab center. Now, it’s time to prepare for your stay in drug rehab.
Many are surprised to learn that behavioral addictions, such as gambling addiction, can be just as destructive as addictions to drugs or alcohol. Read on to learn more about the dangers of gambling addiction and how you can seek help for yourself or a loved one.
Instead of starting the new year with a drunken night you won’t remember, check out the 5 best ways to stay sober on New Year’s Eve. If you can’t abstain from alcohol when it’s all around you, it’s best to avoid the temptation altogether. Learn more about how to stay sober on New Year’s Eve.
When new residents enter rehab at Hawaii Island Recovery, they often have questions about what life will look like during their stay and how their habits will change throughout the program. “What will I eat while I’m at HIR?” Read on to learn more about rehab and nutrition
Our 12 step program will play a key role in helping you form new, healthy relationships that will play a beautiful part in your recovery story. Discovering that others just like you have walked this road and emerged victoriously will help you in your own journey.
Children of Addicts and Alcoholics More Likely to Abuse in Adolescence
Dr. Tian Dayton of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA) offers insight on how and why drug and alcohol addiction affects the family unit as a whole, especially the children of addicts.
EMDR Therapy: Helping Addicts Heal from Childhood Traumas
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 them, that story begins with a traumatic event in their childhoods. EMDR therapy can help!
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? Here at Hawaii Island Recovery, we are always available to answer your questions and help you process […]
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. As you journey the recovery road, it’s helpful to learn some powerful mantras to help you out along your journey.
Pokémon Go has taken the gaming world by storm on college campuses, elementary schools, family get-away sites. You see them everywhere. Kids and adults intently staring at their smartphones or tablets and pointing toward something that isn’t really there.
You may be used to driving buzzed. You may have been lucky and not hurt yourself or someone else. However, the more you drive buzzed, the more likely it is that your luck will run out and your buzzed driving is going to hurt someone – maybe you.
The ADAD inspector was impressed by the commitment and passion of our staff
Hawaii Island Recovery has passed its Hawaii Adult Drug and Alcohol Division’s (ADAD’s) review on 7/28/16 with a 100% rating. To remain an addiction treatment center in the State of Hawaii, we are required to maintain accreditation with ADAD by passing their annual inspections. On their website, ADAD states that accreditation means that the program […]
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.
True Story: Forgiveness Challenge by Sybil Paige (Paige De Ponte)
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. Read the following story which was written by Sybil Paige.
The King Kamehameha Celebration Parade And Free Concert in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Set your sights on some good-time summer fun the whole family will enjoy. The King Kamehameha Celebration Parade. How about a free parade and concert in one of the most beautiful places on Earth – the historic Kailua Village on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Hawaii Celebrates Its Bounty During National Park Week
It’s hard to believe but the U.S. National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday this year and you’re invited to one of the pearls that make our nation’s landscape so beautiful. The National Park Service protects the beauty of our natural resources.
Bad Habit or Full-Blown Addiction? When Should I Get Help?
If you’re asking the question “when should I get help” you already know the answer. If you’re asking “when” the answer is now. It’s not always easy to tell the difference between a bad habit and an addiction. Both are voluntary behaviors. Both provide some satisfaction or pleasure. A Bad habit or full-blown addiction?
The Hawaiian Islands have been a vacation destination for years. This tropical paradise offers a long list of must-see, must-do sights for any adventurous vacationer. So, wax up your board, put on your Hawaiian celebration shirt, and let’s discover the secret treasures you’ll find on The Big Island of Hawaii.
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. Enablers often maintain the status quo, believing that confronting the problem will exacerbate the problem.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Living in Fear is No Fun
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, results when individuals experience some type of physical or emotional trauma, and while we all experience traumatic events in our lives, people who suffer from PTSD revisit the cause of their trauma obsessively.
The use of medical marijuana is growing in popularity in the U.S. with more states approving the use of medical marijuana to treat a variety of ailments including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the effects of chemotherapy on cancer patients, glaucoma, nerve pain, seizure disorders, and other conditions.
Every addict dreams of a happier, healthier life without substance abuse and the corrosion it causes the quality of life. Every addict dreams of a happier, healthier life without substance abuse and the corrosion it causes the quality of life. Find, your better life.
When you think of Hawaii, you probably think of sparkling beaches, tropical breezes, luaus, and giant waves where world-class surfers test themselves. Hawaii is also a place where history is respected, where a walk through the historic Kailua-Kona and other communities will open your eyes.
It may be hard to believe but here we are in 2016. The New Year’s Eve celebrations were joyous, and perhaps some New Year resolutions were made. The New Year is the perfect time to resolve to improve. It’s a new beginning. A fresh start. So, is this the year you take an honest look at a substance abuse problem?
Has Addiction Hurt Your Family? 10 Questions to Ask
Addicts don’t just hurt themselves with destructive behaviors and substance abuse, addicts hurt co-workers, they hurt neighbors and friends. Has an addiction – your addiction hurt your family? Ask yourself some questions and be truthful in looking for answers.
What is Co-Dependency and How it can Affect One’s Addiction?
Understand what is co-dependency, how it looks like and the typical symptoms of a co-dependent. Learn why you should get treatment for co-dependency and the most effective treatment available to help you beat co-dependency for good.
If you’re new to the sports world, you weren’t around to hear about Len Bias ’ tragic death on June 19, 1986, and you may not be familiar with the athlete who many say is the greatest player who never played at the professional level.
A Major League outfielder who played with the Mets, Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants, Daryl Strawberry was an unforgettable figure. Admired by many for his athletic skills, Strawberry was idealized on baseball cards, action figures, and posters.
Herren was a high school basketball star and McDonald’s All American who was slated for the big time and featured in several national publications as the next NBA star. Former NBA basketball player Chris Herren nearly lost everything before finally conquering an addiction that controlled him since his late teens.
The Success Rate at Hawaii Island Recovery is Over 78%
Discover why the success rate at Hawaii Island Recovery for clients who remain sober for more than one year, is over 78%. Learn more about its unique treatment methods and how it helped clients recover from addiction based on client’s testimonies.
Dwight Gooden: Substance-Free and Going Strong at 50
Dwight Gooden “Doc” Gooden was a baseball phenomenon with an impressive career that spanned 16 years, and a hefty drug and alcohol habit that lasted even longer. Gooden is also proof that recovery is possible, even after numerous relapses, a stint in prison and at least six go-rounds in rehab.
There’s no doubt that Michael Phelps is a gifted athlete, and with a grand total of 22 medals (so far), he is the greatest Olympic medal-winner of all time. However, a couple of run-ins with the law put his career on hold and nearly derailed his chance of participating in the 2016 Olympic games at Rio de Janeiro.
5 Things Family Members Get Terribly Wrong About Drug Addiction
Until you accept these five wrong ideas about the drug addict you can never help him or her the way you should. Check whether or not you are guilty of these five biggest mistakes families of drug addict usually make.
Jolie says that for her, drug use and other dangerous, risky behaviors were connected to a deep depression that began in her teens. It’s no secret that Angelina Jolie struggled with drug abuse for several years when she was in her early twenties. But, what was the reason?
5 Travel Tips When Visiting the Big Island to Improve Your Mental Health
Travel Industry to Locals, Here is the Top Travel Tips to Keep in Mind When Visiting the Big Island. If you want to improve your mental health, the Big Island is the most therapeutic place to be. From active volcanoes, vast rainforest and more.
Why Individualized Addiction Treatment Works Better Than Other Treatment Methods
Learn what individualized addiction treatment can do to help a drug addict in ways that 12 steps and other rehab programs cannot. Hawaii Island Recovery is a residential substance abuse rehab facility that offers individualized addiction treatment in a relaxing and healing environment.
How To Find The Right Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center
Stay away from large facilities with huge bed capacity and find the smaller drug & alcohol treatment center where is more personalized attention. Don’t worry about what other people may think, take care of yourself. Show everyone that you have taken control and have the power to get on the road to wellness.
Hawaii Island Recovery, A Licensed Alcohol and Drug Treatment Facility, Is Now Accepting Insurance
Hawaii Island Recovery is a licensed, 8 bed, special treatment facility on the Big Island of Hawaii. It combines the most effective treatment modalities. The team comprised of licensed professionals who practice the most effective evidence-based therapies to treat addiction, mental health disorders, and chronic pain.
The Big Island Hawaii: Upcoming Events in Kona this May 2015
Which upcoming events are going on in The Big Island Hawaii in May 2015? Chocolate Festival, Charity Walk, Village Stroll, Lei Making and others. Find your favorite therapeutic and fun activities out here!
A Quick Glance on What Life Is Like after Addiction
If you’re in withdrawal pain and terribly anxious, feeling like there’s no way out, read on and take a glimpse on the life after addiction as told by former addicts who recovered from addiction. The road to recovery is not easy but these former addicts confirm that life after addiction is definitely possible.
Anxiety Disorders affect about 40 million American
Anxiety Disorders affect about 40 million American adults age 18 years and older in a given year, causing extreme fearfulness and uncertainty. Unlike the relatively mild, brief anxiety caused by a stressful event, anxiety disorders last at least 6 months and can get worse if they are not treated.
A comparison of inpatient vs. outpatient recovery programs requires a general understanding of the goals and purposes of both programs. Outpatient therapy usually refers to full daytime treatment within a facility and the patient returns home at night.
See the warnings signs of addiction to social networking sites and find out if you are beginning to act like a social media addict. Here are the tell-tale signs that your heavy social-media habits are pulling you down to the mire of addiction, and that you need help before it’s too late!
Addiction, Recovery, and the Grieving Process (Part 1)
The reality is, that for all involved in the life of an active addict, there will be trauma even as the recovery path leads to a favorable outcome. One of the less addressed issues in the public discussion of addiction and recovery is the concept of grieving process.
Quick ways to tell your loved one has heroin addiction
Awareness of the warning signs of a loved one’s heroin addiction may help you save his (or her) life before it’s too late. Learn about the full-blown signs and symptoms of your loved one’s Heroin Addiction in the discussion below.
If you’re looking for a place which looks like a garden, pack your bags and go to Kauai. It is known as the Garden Isle of Hawaii. Learn why Kauai is one of the most favorite tourist destinations in the Big Island.
Any activity, substance, object, or behavior that has become the major focus of a person’s life to the exclusion of other activities or that has begun to harm the individual or others physically, mentally, or socially is considered an addictive behavior. Read more about addictive behaviors.
At one time, John Lucas II was an up-and-coming athlete with an addiction that nearly destroyed his career. Today, he has several years of recovery under his belt and spends his time helping young athletes make good choices so they don’t make the same mistakes he made.
Chris Washburn: Wasted Opportunities and Life “On the Skids”
It seemed that Chris Washburn had nothing but clear skies ahead when, as one of the nation’s top three high school recruits, he signed on with North Carolina State University in 1984. However, trouble came soon when the young athlete was charged with stealing a radio from a dorm room.
Behavioral activities such those cited above, are conducive to addiction because they provide the opportunity for immediate reward. The term (Chemical Addiction) is increasingly used to refer to a range of excessive behaviors, such as gambling, video game playing, and others.
Returning Veterans, Moral Injury, & Substance Abuse
Americans should keep in mind the enduring debt we owe to our country’s military returning veterans. As we honor the efforts and sacrifices of our soldiers on distant battlefields, Americans should keep in mind the enduring debt we owe to our country’s military veterans.