Adventure Therapy: The Ohana’s Role in Boosting Self-Confidence for Addiction Patients

When most people think of treatments for substance abuse disorders, they envision medications, long hospital stays, and support groups. While they can still be part of an addict’s recovery, a new option has emerged – adventure therapy. Incorporated into addiction treatment plans at The Ohana Addiction Treatment Center, adventure therapy helps patients accomplish what meds cannot do on their own: break their isolation, increase their resilience, and grow their self-esteem. The result is a firmer foundation for the patient’s lifelong commitment to active sobriety.

The Ohana is a luxury rehab and Hawaii’s only dual diagnosis and evidence-based holistic program. The 6,000-ft.2 facility is located in Kailua-Kona on the slopes of Hualalai. Its three acres of land are full of trees, flower and vegetable gardens, wildlife, walking trails, and views of the Kona Coast and Pacific Ocean. Inside the immaculate buildings, licensed staff guide patients in The Ohana’s evidence-based, personalized addiction treatment programs, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, ecopsychology, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Additionally, the facility offers a family therapy program as well as WiFi so that patients can work or study remotely.

Founder Elliott Smith explains that to provide holistic, personalized addiction treatment for each patient, The Ohana also incorporates adventure therapy. “You can think of it as a combination of nature, community, and exercise,” he says. “People with drug or alcohol addiction very often avoid dealing with their fears or stress. They struggle to trust themselves and other people. All of those issues can be obstacles to recovery. The Ohana’s Adventure Therapy Program encourages patients to overcome these hurdles and have more self-confidence.”

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