When you are looking for substance abuse and addiction treatment for you or a loved one, there are numerous options you can pursue. No matter the treatment program, psychotherapy (also known as talk therapy, group therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy) is an invaluable tool to help those addicted get sober. While you may have heard [...]
What is Ecstasy | Myths | Medical Uses | Side Effects | Treatment
Ecstasy is an exciting, energizing drug that’s popular with people in the nightlife, club, and rave scenes. Learn about; What is ecstasy, the effects of ecstasy, myths, medical uses, side effects, treatment, and more.
Methamphetamine or meth: everything you need to know
Methamphetamine is a strong illegal drug that causes a number of stimulating effects. It’s highly addictive with nearly a million active users each month. Plenty of misunderstanding surrounds the drug and its users, though. Learn more about methamphetamine and the impact it has on those who use it.
What is Ketamine | Ketamine Myths | Side Effects of Ketamine
What is Ketamine? Ketamine is a powerful anesthetic and analgesic medication in medical settings but it’s also become a popular club drug over the past few decades. Learn more about Ketamine myths, side effects, dangers, and treatment of ketamine addiction.
What Are Some of the Most Effective Ways to Fight Depression
Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States. It is estimated that 40 million adults struggle with some form of depressive disorder. For many who struggle with depression, powerful medications such as Prozac and Zoloft are effective tools to minimize its effects. While effective, medications are not a cure and [...]
What are the Steps for Rehabilitation from Heroin?
If you are struggling with heroin addiction and are looking to get clean, you need to understand there is a process that leads towards rehabilitation. The following are the steps you need to take in order to make rehabilitation from heroin a steppingstone for long-term recovery.
Take a peek at Kailua Kona’s famous tourist spots, grab a pen and paper to plan your next vacation getaway with this list of exciting things you can do in this beautiful place at The Big Island! Visit Kailua Kona!
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.
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.
Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs on the planet. Users who take heroin “just to experiment” often find themselves becoming addicted the first time they use the drug. That is the reason why can’t heroin be used responsibly.
A History of Our Relationships with Animals and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)
Animal assisted therapy is an emerging therapy option that helps promote calm and healing in treatment. For centuries, animals have helped people heal physically and psychologically.
There are several opportunities on this site to hear a resident expert discuss the details and therapeutic benefits of AAT.
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.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy seems to be the baseline for nearly every therapist around the world. Are there any alternative therapies to addiction? Find out more about the various kinds of therapy available and how they help recovering addicts find sobriety.
Although the majority of people who drink keep it within normal levels, binge drinking seems to be on the rise. This dangerous drinking behavior leads to a number of side effects, from poor decision-making to alcohol blackout. What exactly is alcohol blackout and what causes it to happen?
How Could Social Distancing Due to Coronavirus Increase in Some People’s Depression?
There is no doubt that Coronavirus has affected many areas of people’s lives. The most obvious is how people interact with each other. A social distancing becoming the new problem. It can cause depression and other psychological issues.
Is CBT for Addiction an Effective Form of Treatment?
Addiction is a complicated and intricate disorder. There isn’t one single way to treat addiction; instead, using a combination of approaches works best. CBT for addiction is a common portion of many treatment plans for clients in treatment centers. Is cognitive-behavioral therapy effective?
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?
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?
Heroin is one of the most dangerous and harmful drugs available. It causes an alarming amount of deaths due to overdose each year yet use continues rising. What exactly is heroin and why is it that people use it? Learn more about the drug, its effects, and how to find treatment for addiction.
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?
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.
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.
Hawaii Island Recovery remains open for those in need of substance abuse treatment. We are continuing to employ all measures to ensure the continued health and safety of our patients and staff. Our patients who struggle with addictions need our compassion and support now more than ever.
Coronavirus Creates an Increased Risk of Domestic Abuse
One of the most disheartening effects of COVID-19 is the increase in domestic violence and abuse. According to estimates provided by the United Nations Population Fund, a 20 % rise in domestic abuse cases could result from a three-month quarantine.
There is no doubt that COVID-19 is causing enormous feelings of fear and anxiety throughout the U.S and all over the world. These feelings not only can give rise to depression, but it can also compound the feelings of hopelessness for those already coping with this illness. With an emphasis on social distancing, people struggling […]
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.
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.
Dual diagnosis, co-occurring disorders, comorbidity. Whatever you might know it as, those with a substance use disorder and mental illness need focused treatment. Read more about what dual diagnosis means, how to treat dual diagnosis, and how to find help for a loved one who is struggling.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder often affects a person’s ability to function in their everyday life. What are some PTSD causes and how can it be managed? PTSD is a devastating mental condition. Oftentimes people suffering from PTSD turn to substances to cope and end up also addicted to drugs and alcohol.
Prescription opioids are a popular medication used to treat moderate and severe pain. They have developed a notorious reputation over the past two decades, though, for their incredible addiction potential. Learn more about what prescription opioids are and how they affect the people who use them.
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.
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.
Do you know someone who struggles with sex addiction? It’s difficult to properly diagnose the condition because there’s no official diagnosis. Although the DSM-5 doesn’t include it, seeking CBT therapy for sex addiction is still a common way to deal with the problem. Is this an effective form of treatment?
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?
The Big Island, Hawaii – A Beautiful Spot Where Trouble Vanishes
The big island of Hawaii is a perfect place to conquer your drug addiction. With its breathtaking scenery and favorable year-round climate, the big island of Hawaii is just what the doctor ordered. Relaxing environment rolled up into one where trouble vanishes.
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?
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?
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.
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 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?
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?
Do you realize the impact of binge drinking in the United States? Alcohol is a large part of society in the United States but most people drink at normal levels. Some lose control of their drinking and get to the point of binge drinking or worse. What are some of the effects of alcohol use?
Cocaine is a drug notorious for its place in the clubbing and nightlife scenes of major cities throughout the world. What exactly is cocaine, how is it made, where does it come from, and what does it do? Learn more about the impact of cocaine on the body, on society, and more.
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 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.
There isn’t only one way to treat addiction and alcoholism. There are a few staple methods used by clinicians during addiction treatment, though, and cognitive behavioral therapy is one of them. There is an extensive role for CBT in addiction treatment. Find out more about how it’s used.
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.
Cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT is a leading therapeutic approach today. It helps millions of people with a variety of different problems, from everyday struggles to serious mental illness. What exactly is cognitive behavioral therapy and how did it come to be the influential method it is today?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy developed in the late 1980s by California psychologist Francine Shapiro. It is used primarily in the treatment of patients who suffered a single traumatic event, such as rape, or are currently suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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.
Treating pregnant women with substance abuse problems comes with both social stigma and extra difficulties. This doesn’t make them any less deserving of treatment, though. She and her developing fetus need help. What are some of the ways you can find addiction treatment for pregnant women?
10 Waterfalls in Hawaii That’ll Take Your Breath Away
The climate and landscapes of Hawaii create the perfect environment for some of the world’s natural wonders. Waterfalls in Hawaii are unlike any others, often bordered by lush emerald hills like a postcard come to life. Find out a few different waterfalls to visit by foot, car, ocean, or air.
The Best Tips to Visit the Big Island | Mental Health Reasons
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.
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.
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.
Depression and addiction are common co-occurring disorders. If you suffer from depression and addiction, seek specialized help immediately. Research shows that substance addiction and depression are a dangerous combination. Can this combination cause a dueling demons?
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stigma is a major roadblock for those seeking recovery. This article defines stigma and ways you can reduce or eliminate stigma and get the help you need. Is there a more reviled word? Is there any other noun so fervently avoided?
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?
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the most widely-used forms of therapy available today. It’s a versatile form of therapy capable of helping people with all types of problems, from simple goal-oriented problems to mental illness. Find out how CBT works for all different kinds of people.
Drug and alcohol addiction affects the entire family
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.
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 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.
Gender differences are present for all of the facets of drug abuse, which includes initiation, then the escalation of use and the progression to addiction. Gender differences in addiction and recovery can present many obstacles for those seeking help. Fortunately, gender-specific help is available.
Domestic Violence: Heterosexual men who abuse their partners
We focus on heterosexual men who abuse their domestic partners and on women who are abused by men. This population often seeking substance abuse treatment. Domestic partner violence is a serious medical and social issues. Domestic violence leads to a variety of conditions including substance abuse.
The Primary Differences Between Substance Abuse and Substance Dependence. At the extremes, the differences between abuse and dependence are clear-cut. Substance abuse is a complex condition that gradually takes over an addict’s life. This article helps define substance abuse, dependence, and addiction.
New research reveals that there are common underlying characteristics of many different manifestations of addiction. True recovery is the continued acceptance of addiction and the continuous monitoring of the addictive personality in whatever form it may take.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.