Effective healing is never an isolated effort. Those engaging in a transformative recovery program must explore not just how addiction, substance use, mental health disorders, and trauma affect their daily lives but also how these conditions interact for effective healing. Finding the right place to begin this journey is a crucial first step toward a transformed and healthy daily life. Feeling as if a person has found a place to belong and peers who understand their needs and goals is an amazing experience. Jennifer’s journey at Hawaii Island Recovery and her recovery from addiction and trauma highlights the need to find a place to belong in recovery and the transformative benefits therein.

Exploring Substance Use as a Part of a Larger Whole

The use of drugs or alcohol can be dangerous, especially as the effects of addiction and substance use disorder (SUD) manifest. A person can feel the impacts of addiction in every other part of their life – from how it affects relationships to its impact on personal hobbies, academics, professional life, and more. Addiction is a devastating disease not just for its effects on physical health but also for its ability to affect every area of life. For many like Jennifer, substance use and abuse can even begin as a response to other challenges in life, such as mental health disorders and traumatic experiences. 

Effective addiction recovery addresses not just the immediate effects of substance use on a person’s physical and mental health but also its ramifications in other areas of life and the forces that informed the use of drugs or alcohol in the first place. Being willing to do the hard work of self-discovery and confront these challenges and their effects on a person’s use of drugs or alcohol is necessary for truly transformative change. Jennifer’s pursuit of sobriety and overcoming the use of addictive substances as part of a larger healing journey landed her at Hawaii Island Recovery, ready to address the effects of addiction and how the disease affected other aspects of daily life.

Exploring substance use as a part of a larger whole is necessary. This ensures that an individual is developing a plan to address the use of drugs and alcohol in a personalized manner, as well as creating effective relapse prevention plans for long-term recovery. Developing skills to manage urges and cravings is important, but complimenting these skills with strategies to address trauma, anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders is necessary to prevent relapse and create a sustainable, sober life.

However, this kind of healing is complicated. Many people may be reluctant to explore such vulnerabilities with others or may not have the language to effectively communicate these nuanced and complicated needs. Finding a place to belong can empower those ready to challenge the use of addictive substances to explore these aspects of recovery alongside trusted peers, opening new ways to approach these challenges while exploring an array of personalized treatment options and modalities to find what works best for each person and community. 

How Can I Tell the Family About My Addiction?
How Can I Tell the Family About My Addiction?

Taking the first step into treatment and recovery and telling the family about the need for sobriety is a massive step. We can help you learn to talk to your family about addiction, and can even personalize your recovery plan and incorporate family programming to ensure a unified approach to sobriety. For more information about our Big Island substance abuse center, call (866) 390-5070.

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Identifying the Root Cause of Addiction

Each person will have a wholly unique journey with addictive substances, trauma, and mental health disorders. An equally personalized recovery program is necessary for healing. However, those preparing to challenge the use of addictive substances must also be emotionally prepared to explore the potential root causes behind their use of drugs or alcohol. Some factors that may have impacted the use of drugs or alcohol may include:

  • Traumas, whether present or that occurred in childhood, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety, panic, and more
  • Unhealthy personal relationships, especially romantic or familial
  • Cultural influences that may celebrate or expect the use of addictive substances or otherwise avoid the negative consequences of their use
  • Physical injuries, especially if prescription painkillers are involved, or a person is left with lasting scars that may serve as reminders of traumatic events
  • Compromised sense of self-worth

From troublesome or traumatic relationships throughout childhood to present toxic workplaces, there can be many root causes of addiction. An individual may feel compelled to engage in drugs or alcohol at any stage in life. Challenging addiction means identifying why an individual chose to use drugs or alcohol in the first place and working alongside peers and professionals to create holistic change. 

It can be challenging for many to mentally and emotionally prepare to address these topics, with feelings of uncertainty, vulnerability, guilt, or shame being common. Having a place to belong and feeling comfortable and safe in a recovery space is necessary to be able to openly address these difficult topics and truly delve into the root causes of addiction for each individual. Likewise, feeling safe and empowered to talk about these challenges can lead to the best, most personalized approach to every healing program. 

Identifying Addiction in Recently Discharged Veterans
Identifying Addiction in Recently Discharged Veterans

Identifying addiction and its effects on veteran life is the first step toward taking action. We at Hawaii Island Recovery are committed to helping recently discharged veterans adjust to changing lifestyles, cultures, and more while overcoming the effects of trauma, substance use, and more in daily life. To learn how our Hawaii rehabilitation programs can create a comprehensive approach to sobriety and healing for you or your veteran loved one, call (866) 390-5070.

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The Importance of Having a Place to Belong

Finding a place to belong throughout the healing journey, whether an individual is just beginning their recovery journey or looking to further their own healing goals as an alumnus, is paramount to a sustainable and healthy sober life. Hawaii Island Recovery hosts an amazing treatment facility filled with luxury options and the natural advantages of the Hawaiian islands. Still, it is important to recognize that recovery is not a vacation, and Hawaii Island Recovery uses these amenities to explore and challenge complicated topics. Creating an atmosphere that gives those seeking recovery a place to belong can empower each person to take on these challenges at each step of their journey. 

Validating Experiences

Addiction, trauma, mental health disorders, and a combination therein can all feel incredibly isolating. It can be exceptionally difficult for many in recovery to connect with others who have not lived through similar experiences themselves. For some, pervasive stigmas can make an individual wary of judgment or criticism if they open up about such topics, while others may simply feel disconnected from others or as if it will be difficult to develop meaningful relationships or communicate with those who have not lived through these challenges. 

Finding a place to belong at a dedicated treatment facility means finding a community that not only understands the challenges of healing from addiction, trauma, and mental health disorders but also validates the experiences and hurdles that each person has had to overcome throughout each step of their journey. For Jennifer, this kind of validation was instrumental in helping her feel not just heard but truly understood, developing an honest way of approaching these challenges.

Creating a Sense of Camaraderie

A place to belong is a collection of people who work together to create a unique atmosphere, culture, and language. This genuine feeling of belonging comes with not just being surrounded by others who understand a person’s experiences but also a feeling of trust and unity. Hawaii Island Recovery’s spirit of camaraderie across each journey is what binds each person together, from peers to professionals alike to even the culture of the Hawaiian people. 

Feeling like a person belongs in a space and is accepted for who they are and the journey they have been through can be a new experience for many just beginning substance abuse treatment in Hawaii. This feeling of camaraderie blends the feeling of having a place to belong with a spirit of support, change, acceptance, and accountability to create a healthy atmosphere to challenge and overcome the effects of addiction. 

Likewise, this sense of camaraderie and communal support can be an encouraging and highly motivating factor, with a dedicated support system ready to challenge isolation and the challenges of addiction recovery.

Connecting to Communities

Feelings of isolation are common among those overcoming SUD and the factors that inform it. For Jennifer, having people who not only accepted her but with whom she felt a connection was paramount. Camaraderie and these new connections can be birthed by sharing experiences with others, feeling connected through factors like race and gender, or through sharing a clear and positive mission. Hawaii Island Recovery blends people of different communities, backgrounds, and more under a single mission to empower those pursuing their healing to best connect with others, deconstructing barriers and stigmas each step of the way. 

Each of these elements can help an individual feel as if they belong as part of a greater whole throughout healing and is instrumental in empowering those in recovery to allow themselves to explore effective therapies and engage in personal, emotional, and spiritual healing practices.

Hawaii Island Recovery’s Approach to Creating a Place to Belong

The support and acceptance Jennifer found at Hawaii Island Recovery made a massive difference in how she approached her own healing and empowered her to delve into the hard work it takes to create change and sobriety. Her motivation and dedication were used in conjunction with Hawaii Island Recovery’s treatment philosophies and programs. 

Hawaii Island Recovery works to create a supportive place to belong for each person to pursue their best change, embracing new skills, strategies, and perspectives each step of the way. Small residential communities, with a maximum of eight people living on-site at a time, make it so that each person can best create the community and atmosphere that is most conducive to their own healing. These small communities also allow those in recovery to use their voices and share their stories for the most personalized approach to their treatment. 

Hawaii’s aloha spirit is also crucial for creating a place to belong in recovery. The welcoming and accepting atmosphere that makes up not just Hawaii Island Recovery but the Hawaiian culture and people ensures that each person is validated and accepted. 

Creating a Place to Belong Through Varied Therapies

Feeling like an accepted and important part of a dedicated community is crucial; however, this is just the first part of Hawaii Island Recovery’s transformative approach to healing and sobriety. Jennifer experienced not just the feeling of acceptance and belonging to begin her journey but also explored the varied therapy options that make up each treatment program. No two treatment programs will be the same, and personalizing treatment programs to the needs and goals of each individual is paramount for effective healing. 

Some of the unique therapies offered through Hawaii Island Recovery include:

  • Individual and group therapy
  • Natural therapies using nature and oceanic approaches to spiritual healing
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Life skills
  • Proven therapeutic modalities such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and trauma-informed treatment
  • Neurofeedback
  • Cultural engagement and activities
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Nutritional guidance

Having the ability to explore varied therapies, as well as back effective addiction treatment modalities with trauma-informed therapies and treatments, as Jennifer was able to do, is instrumental in reintroducing a feeling of agency over a person’s healing and sober future. 

Using Hawaii’s Natural Advantages

Hawaii is home to a truly unique atmosphere, with the flora and fauna of native Hawaii creating a beautiful, serene environment conducive to physical and spiritual healing. Nature can be a powerful healing tool, as being able to step outside, feel the breeze in the air, the sand underfoot, and more all bring a feeling of freedom or release for many. Hiking trails and exploring the natural energies of Hawaii are all part of a truly transformative experience in recovery. 

Oceanic opportunities are also available, and utilizing the energy of the ocean can be an amazing experience for exploring not just newfound feelings of freedom but also the spiritual energies of the Hawaiian islands. Wading in the water, walking along the beach, and observing Hawaii’s rich natural wildlife can all create new perspectives and tend to the necessary spiritual healing alongside effective trauma, mental health, and addiction treatment therapies. 

Trauma-Informed Treatment

Traumatic experiences can affect a person for the rest of their lives, and there is no simple way of overcoming trauma and its lasting effects. Hawaii Island Recovery offers a unique approach to treatment for those who have had traumatic experiences, with trauma-informed practices and communities ready to support not just a person’s healing from substance use but also how these personal experiences may continue to affect daily life, perspectives, relationships, mental health, and more. 

This trauma-informed treatment can take various forms as well, from helping people like Jennifer address the various traumas experienced in their past to better understand and overcome substance use to dedicated veteran treatment programs to address the traumas of military service – whether from traumas on tour or experienced on base. 

Tending to Spiritual Healing

True healing is a comprehensive effort. Addressing symptoms of addiction, trauma, and mental health disorders in isolation can lead to gaps in a person’s coping strategies. Rather, Hawaii Island Recovery takes a holistic approach to healing, including tending to spiritual needs. Using the natural energies of the Island, combined with dedicated spiritual healing therapies and activities, each person is encouraged to explore what their spirituality means to them and what form it can take for a sustainable approach to continued sobriety and healing.

Social Advantages of Treatment

Finding a place to belong in treatment means having others who accept an individual and building trust, camaraderie, and belief in oneself. Tending to social needs in addiction or trauma recovery is paramount, especially since an individual may have previously felt isolated or alone in their challenges. Using personalized treatment plans and trauma-informed treatment alongside effective group therapy and group activities, as well as engagement with local communities and cultures, creates a new approach to tending to social needs. 

Having others can help introduce new perspectives or ideas throughout any stage of treatment and recovery, all while adding a sense of accountability to daily life, with each person acting as a support to each other throughout recovery.

While some people may look for a place to belong, Hawaii Island Recovery seeks to empower those in recovery to create this feeling of belonging for themselves and their communities. 

Creating a Place to Belong at Home in Sobriety

Healing is always a group effort, and Jennifer’s journey doesn’t end at the doors of Hawaii Island Recovery. Jennifer, as a person, is always open to talking about the need for therapy, and the skills and communities at Hawaii Island Recovery can help each person embrace this same mentality and bring healing back home. The education, skills, perspectives, and aloha spirit of Hawaii are not something that is confined to a location but are rather embedded in the people pursuing their change, making healing something that can be brought back to families, households, and communities. 

New perspectives, self-care strategies, resources, education, and more can help each person engage in personal healing and transform home life into something new in sobriety. Not only does this ensure that each person has the skills to continue their sober journey as an alumnus of effective and holistic treatment, but it is also an example for others about the transformative potential of finding a place to belong in recovery. 

Finding a place to belong can be difficult, and not all people will necessarily resonate with a given treatment program. Hawaii Island Recovery’s dedicated substance abuse treatment in Hawaii champions the opportunity to empower those coming through our doors to be a force in creating their own healing culture, all while engaging in our healing spirit and community. Our unique approach to healing addresses a wide array of challenges for a transformative experience in holistic healing, all while providing a community of support, understanding, and proven treatment modalities. For more information on how we can help you find your place to belong throughout treatment, call to speak to us today at (866) 390-5070.