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I was entering the world of discovery and not recovery

I can’t thank my HIR family enough, for giving me the tools to live and, not just exist. In the words of Jimmy, I was entering the world of discovery and not recovery. This has been my experience.

From the excellent therapist to the comfortable home

I had previously been to two different rehab centers, and none of them compared to the experience and help I received while staying at Hawaii Island Recovery. From the excellent therapist to the comfortable home.

I would have asked for help a long time ago.

If I would have known what this program had to offer, I would have asked for help a long time ago.

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.

Measures Regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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.

Swimming with dolphins was surreal, serene and exhilarating

I enjoyed participating in all the activities, but the obvious best was dolphin therapy. Swimming with dolphins was surreal, serene and exhilarating. It provided a sense of mental clarity that was extremely helpful when examining my recovery and life in general.

The help I got working on my trauma was top notch

The help I got working on my trauma was top notch and helped clear stuff that had been stuffed down for years. They knew it wasn’t just the drugs and alcohol but they helped me get to the root of my problems that keep me sick.

They break you down and help you build yourself up!

To all my therapists, they made me able to dig deep into my past and bring out events or feelings that I didn’t believe affected my addiction. Fernando, Nance, Eliza and of course Z are cohesively pieced together. They break you down and help you build yourself up!

It’s more than just not using drugs.

My stay at Hawaii Island Recovery has been very helpful.  It’s more than just not using drugs. They helped me understand how powerful my disease is. Read more …

Everyone was very welcoming

I never for felt like this wasn’t my home, everyone was very welcoming. Made me fill like I was part of a family.

I couldn’t have asked for a better experience in treatment

My time at Hawaii Islands Recovery was truly amazing. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience in treatment. I worked with all 4 therapists in individual therapy and I would be happy with any of them to be my therapist in the future.

I don’t have enough words to thank you!

I am so happy that I came to HIR and thankful to the program, all the staff and all that I had experienced in this month. I don’t have enough words to thank you.

I am so incredibly thankful to Hawaii Island Recovery for saving my life

I am so incredibly thankful to Hawaii Island Recovery for saving my life, and for putting me on my path into recovery, and for giving me peace. Read the whole testimonial…

Seeking help is very emotional and stressful experience

One former client of Hawaii Island Recovery has written a testimonial about his experience with his addiction treatment in Hawaii. Read, how stressful and emotional experience for him was to seek help.

Coming to Hawaii Island Recovery was the best decision I have made in a long

Coming to Hawaii Island Recovery was the best decision I have made in a long time and won’t hesitate to recommend it to any of my friends or family.

Testimonial: HIR was instrumental in my recovery

The emphasis was on a strong sense of community at HIR and the groups were small and everyone was included and given an equal voice.

Everyone was relaxed and in good spirits

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.

I was in the grip of alcoholism and suicidal thoughts

Sarah’s life was saved by Hawaii Island Recovery. She was in the grip of alcoholism and suicidal thoughts. Read more how HIR transformed her person from the one who first entered this facility.

Therapists are using current methods of treatment

I consider my experience at Hawaii Island Recovery to be one that is positive. The entire staff is experienced professionals, and compassionate. I felt that all clients are treated equally and with kindness and respect. Therapists are using current methods of treatment.

The Joint Commission Accreditation

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.

All Therapists are incredibly intelligent

All therapists are incredibly intelligent at Hawaii Island Recovery. “I’ve been to therapy before but the 4 therapists on staff from the first visit brought out things about myself I did not know where there and helped me grow.”

I was completely broken, lost and hopeless

Our former client left that testimonial when leaving addiction treatment center in Hawaii According to his words he was completely broken, lost and hopeless. A warming staff in HIR completely changed his outlook on his life.

Over all my experience, benefit and value for recovery has been excellent

Over all my experience, benefit and value for recovery has been excellent. Not only have I achieved sobriety, I also have the tools, desire and courage to sustain it. Please keep this experience, it’s very valuable.

Famous City of Refuge in South Kona

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 […]

Excursion to one of the best beaches on the island

All the clients went for another excursion to one of the best beaches on the island. Makalawena might be the best beach on the Big Island. Our clients really love that beach.

My doctor recommended HIR

When I came to the decision to stop drinking, my doctor recommended HIR. I will always be thankful for that choice for the following reasons: HIR has a staff of therapist and doctor who are caring and competent.

I have spent the last 15 years suffering, but I can spend the next 15 plus actually living!

I have spent the last 15 years suffering, but I can spend the next 15 plus actually living! I came in a completely hopeless, sick, broken and I was loved. Genuinely loved by both the staff and clients. HIR saved my life.

I biked to the active volcano!

After a few days of detox, I had come to the realisation that I can do this. The staff pushes you to do things; they have done this before. Two days after my arrival I biked to the active volcano and I thought I was going to die!

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.

I felt like nothing was ever going to change

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.

Christmas Eve at Addiction Treatment Center in Hawaii

Clients spent the Christmas Eve at one of the most populated/largest white sand beaches on The Big Island. They had a great time swimming in the ocean.

The clients all went snorkeling!

Today we went snorkeling at a place called Two Step. The place is bountiful with flowers, ocean critters, and people.

Paddle Boarding as a Part of Addiction Treatment Program in Hawaii!

Clients went to Kahaluu Bay for paddle boarding. It was amazing to paddle way out in the bay and get a different perspective of the island.

I couldn’t get sober on my own!

I came to Hawaii Island Recovery because I couldn’t get sober on my own. Having only eight people in the house made me feel at home.

Trauma have happened to me when I was younger

When I came here I was a mess. I am going to be getting outside therapy to deal with some trauma that I’ve had happen to me when I was younger.

Alcohol started to control my every life!

I am a 49 yr old male. I am a family man, married and have 5 children. I am very successful and have an amazing life! BUT, alcohol control my life!

News: Clients went for a hike in Pololu Valley

Resident manager at Hawaii Island Recovery Tyler led this excursion for our clients – they had great time together in Pololu Valley.

You clearly deal in life and death terms

I have been honored to be able to spend this time here with your program. This was a great experience so far and I look forward to continuing the process.

I became the strong person, I am very “GRATEFUL”

If I could think of one simple profound word to describe my stay at Hawaii Island recovery (HIR). The word would be “grateful.”

I had no more control over my drinking

I came here to get myself better because I was having a serious problem with drinking. I am a whole new person. I am a kid again!

My 7 years old daughter was my breaking point to go to alcohol treatment

Kristine is talking about her experience at addiction treatment center in Hawaii. Her breaking point to make a final decision to enter a treatment program was her 7 years old daughter. 

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.

President Trump Declares Opioid Epidemic a National Emergency

60% of overdose deaths involve an opioid, and more than half a million people died from drug overdoses between 2000 and 2015. President Trump Declares Opioid Epidemic a National Emergency. Read more!

Saturday excursion to Akaka and rainbow falls

Clients at an addiction treatment program in Hawaii had a wonderful excursion to Akaka and rainbow falls on Saturday.

Coming here was one of the best choices I ever made!

This was a very nice facility. Having only eight people in the house made me feel at home. The staff is friendly and really cares about my recovery.

The living situation was relaxing and comfortable

I came to HIR with an intention of getting my life back, and also addressing a number of medical problems I was facing. Before arriving, HIR allowed me to work with a physical trainer, and made accommodations in helping me reach my appointments. They also helped me receive dental care that I needed, and their […]

I have never felt so secure

I have never felt so secure As I came in I was confused, not knowing what to expect. As the days followed I settled in with 100% focus on why I was here. I have never felt so secure of my surrounding and with the group of professionals I shared my feelings, thoughts, secrets and life’s ups […]

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.

Hawaii Island Recovery is a CARF Accredited Facility

Hawaii Island Recovery can now accept insurance that requires CARF accreditation.

HIR has created and environment with structure and support when needed

The clinical staff was fantastic and provided me a support I needed. The residential staff was supportive and comforting.

HIR’s CARF Review: November 7 – November 9, 2016

Although we must wait for “official results,” our CARF surveyor was extremely positive.

A 30 day rehab and detox from pain pills and cocaine.

If you are addicted to pain pills, cocaine, or other substances, you often feel there is no hope for recovery. I have never been to rehab in my life and I was so afraid of detox and being miserable without pills and drugs.

HIR’s therapist, Zahava Zaidoff, CSAC, taught Non-Violent Communication to our staff

On October 14, 2016, HIR’s therapist, Zahava Zaidoff, CSAC, taught Non-Violent Communication to our staff.

If you have gone through a traumatic experience you are in good hands at Hawaii Island Recovery

If you have gone through a traumatic experience you are in good hands at Hawaii Island Recovery.

My experience here at HIR has been an emotional rollercoaster ride

Thank fully with the amazing love and support of HIR staff, my sponsor, AA, 12 Step program, and my higher power.

Highlights of Hawaii Island Recovery

One of the highlights of my stay at HIR was the staff. They are all extremely friendly.

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 […]

My mind and body feel healthier with in only one month of not using.

Being in treatment really helped me learn how to live life and taught me I can still have fun without drinking alcohol | using drugs.

We are never alone

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.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me change my life

The incredible staff and the program you have created is amazing. I loved the dolphin and animal therapy.

It’s magical, it’s spiritual, it’s life changing.

I was the lucky person who made it to the other side, a person who made a decision to come to Kona to get back everything that I have lost.

Welcome to Hawaii Island Recovery

Welcome to Hawaii Island Recovery

I love this place and would recommend signing up to anyone seeking help with addiction

My staff is very caring and help you every step of the way. They also prepare you for when you leave treatment.

Everybody was so warm and loving to me

Everybody was so warm and loving to me. I was used to and then I came through the counseling and for the day groups and the staff and people were just amazing helped me learn so much more about myself like taught me how to be a person again.

They helped me with learning to cope with things without alcohol | hawaiianrecovery.com

Hawaii Island Recovery helped me with learning to cope with things without alcohol. I had such a great experience at HIR swimming with wild dolphins an great one on one Therapy.

Staying at HIR for a month provided a wonderful opportunity for reflection

I look forward to taking my new found health, happiness, and freedom into the next chapter of my life so that I may better fulfil my potential.

Video: Amazing opiate treatment program for Oxycodone addiction at Hawaii Island Recovery

Amazing opiate treatment program for Oxycodone addiction at Hawaii Island Recovery.

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.

Without them I would not have been able to work trough the loss of my children

HIR changed the the lives of so many in my life by helping me find myself and by giving me the tools I needed to be a better woman and mother.

HIR was a really great experience for my recovery!

If you want to turn your life around and get sober then this can be the right place for you if you choose it to be.

Liam, a professional surfer taught HIR clients how to surf

Watch the video how HIR clients have got a surfing lesson from a professional athlete named Liam.

Debbie, a former client visits HIR

Debbie, a former client has visited Hawaii Island Recovery. She has been sober for more than 3 years. Here is the video:

My experience here at HIR was great and very helpful

I experienced new things and and learned new things about myself. It helped me to figure things out and set many goals for myself.

Hawaii Island Recovery is a life-changing program

Hawaii Island Recovery is a life-changing program. I used alcohol to self medicate to cope with anxiety, sleep and turning off my thoughts. HIR helped me regain my mental, spiritual and physical strength.

H.I.R. saved me in so many more ways than one.

I can honestly say today as I am getting ready to go back home I am a new woman.

I learned coping skill far beyond the 30 days I was here

Coping was the best part that helps you not want to use even when pissed off. When everyone want life to be all about them. Control Baby!

Hawaii Island Recovery helped get me on the road to recovery

Hawaii Island Recovery helped get me on the road to recovery. I learned patience and acceptance. I became more open minded and social. I began waking up at 6 am and falling asleep by 11 pm – naturally!

Video: Client John M. about HIR

It is overall very positive rehab with very therapeutic staff and interesting therapies such as EMDR which helps you with trauma.

Video: HIR has saved my life!

HIR has saved my life. It is more than I can even say. Staff and excursion helps to work on yourself.

The staff are some of the best people I’ve ever met

This was not my first time being in a treatment, but HIR had everything I feel like my past efforts at getting sober missed.

My life free of addiction

Former client of Hawaii Island Recovery is talking about life free of addiction. The staff and unique program provided her the choice to heal and live her life free of addiction.

HIR taught me how to figure out who I am

HIR saved my life. They taught me how to figure out who I am. I am ready to be sober and have a good life forever!

Very emotional video about a young woman facing drug addiction

Bria is a Residential Manager at Hawaii Island Recovery. She is an excellent and smiling person. Her life was not always like that.

Video: Nick Terry

I was spiritually, physically, emotionally broken. I had been trying for about 5 years to recover from alcoholism unsuccessfully.

H.I.R was a completely transformative experience for me!

H.I.R gave me my life back. The counsellors are first rate. The program is honest and full of love. I can get on with my life.

Video: I felt trapped.

Amanda is former client of Hawaii Island Recovery. She has been sober since August 2011. Amanda was addicted to Alcohol, oxycodone and she also had emotional problem (anxiety and depression). See more testimonials

HIR gave me a feeling of warmth

HIR in conjunction with AA gave me a feeling of warmth that only a family offers. My 2 months with them was a life changing experience.

I never dreamed that Recovery could be such a beautiful process

They welcomed me with open arms into a safe beautiful home and loved me until I could begin to love myself. Every staff member has been so kind and helpful.

Video: Story of young woman who has overcome drug addiction

Story of a young woman who has overcome drug addiction Hawaii Island Recovery will stay with Abby forever. Abby is ready to leave the Treatment Center after 90 days of treatment. Abby is looking forward to beginning her new life in the real world. She is going to stay on the Big Island and she […]

Video: What our former clients wrote about us

Many clients have successfully gone through the treatment program at Hawaii Island Recovery. More than 70% of clients are free from addiction for more than a year. You can see what former clients said about Hawaii Island Recovery. Watch the video. See more testimonials

Video: Abby (part 2) – after 41 days in the recovery process

Abby is talking about the recovery process after 41 days in treatment at Hawaii Island Recovery. Watch the video number 2 of this young lady.

Video: “I have been sober for 2 years. I have a new happy life now!” Part 1/2

I have been sober for 2 years. I have a new happy life now. Steve is talking about his life before and after the treatment at Hawaii Island Recovery. His story is really amazing. Watch the video.

Video: I have never had so great experience!

Abby is talking about her great experience with treatment at Hawaii Island Recovery. Watch the video of that young lady. See  more testimonials

Video: I had been fighting alcoholism for 10 years

I had been fighting alcoholism for 10 years. Mick is talking about fighting alcoholism for 10 years. Mick works as professional airplane pilot. Watch the interesting video. See more testimonials

“I’ve met mentors here who have “walked my walk”

I’ve met mentors here who have “walked my walk” and understood what it took to live a clean and sober life.  For the first time in my life, I felt there was hope for me.  I’m slowly gaining trust back from family and friends that I have hurt in the past. Thanks to the experiences […]

“I would recommend your program and facility to anyone.”

This letter is a testimony of gratitude to all of you for all you have done to help our son break free from addiction. I have come to realize that it doesn’t matter what your addiction is, to overcome it you need first to admit you need help and your journey will begin. After that, […]

“You guys saved my life”

Never could I have gone to a better place… It was perfect for me.” You guys saved my life! – Sue S.

“I came there knowing I needed to change.“

I came to Hawaii Island Recovery knowing I needed to change. I learned that at the age of 44, having the same habits developed for half of my life, if I continue to do the same thing and expect a different result that is insanity unto itself. Life! Live, Love! Stay with the Program. It […]

“The therapy I received was exceptional.”

After a family intervention I agreed to go and get treatment at Hawaii Island Recovery. I loved the thought of a community based treatment center. The therapy I received was exceptional. The staff went out of their way to work with me. I stayed 120 days and I knew from the second I left the program […]

“This program got me to believe in me”

As a trainer, I deal with personalities all the time. This program at Hawaii Island Recovery got me to believe in me and my passion for health and fitness and helping others get better. My way of being of service as an AA member. – Vilma C.

“Coming to Hawaii for recovery gave me new lease on life.”

“After going through four treatments my life seemed as hopeless as ever. I knew that I couldn’t stop drinking and doing drugs. I had pushed away my family and friends. I didn’t feel like I was a bad person, I just needed help. Coming to Hawaii for recovery gave me new lease on life. It […]

“You gave me the tools.”

“From top therapy to integrating my post user life, you gave me the tools to make a real difference in the world Life is amazing, and to think, at one point I considered that my only option was to end it all! Now I can hardly wait for each new day – thank you from […]

“I am now able to view things in a different light.”

“Everything seems like its fallen back into place after I returned back here. My break to Hawaii changed things a lot for me and I am now able to view things in a different light. I would have not done it without all you guys help. I am thankful and grateful for all that was […]