Based out of Hilo, Hawaii, a smaller coastal town on Hawaii’s Big Island, Hawaii Naturopathic Retreat is a behavioral health facility that offers a wide range of individualized services. In addition to its more flexible outpatient options, the organization also offers residential treatment in several locations throughout Hilo and Pahoa.
Accommodations and Food
Those who attend a longer-term program are housed in one of three facilities, namely the Aloha Wellness Center, the Kapoho Sanctuary or the Luana Inn. The Aloha Wellness Center has three shared bedrooms, the Kapoho Sanctuary has two shared rooms, a double and a single, and the Luana Inn has five rooms available. While the specifics of each facility may vary, bedrooms are typically shared between two to three clients at a time with twin and full beds, dressers, nightstands, lamps and shared closet space. Still, the Luana Inn offers larger private suites as well with king-sized beds.
The Aloha Wellness Center is a typical residential home with a dining room, shared common areas, sitting rooms and porches. The Kapoho Sanctuary is similar though it also boasts natural gardens, an outdoor spa, a pool and several yoga studios. Finally, the Luana Inn is similar to the Aloha Wellness Center with the addition of cable, Blu-Ray players and flatscreen TVs in every room. In all the above, residents are served three meals a day by a team of on-staff chefs.
Treatment and Staff
Before beginning a program, all clients go through an initial intake and assessment process to help staff members determine their needs. While on-site medical detox is not available, the organization does provide its own naturalistic detox practices including castor oil packs, colonic hydrotherapy, coffee enemas, chelation therapy, juice fasts, water fasts and an infrared sauna. Once participants are stabilized, they can continue with therapy.
As with outpatient care, all programs are individualized and include both individual and group therapy with evidence-based practices like CBT and DBT. Aside from these approaches, however, the facility also offers a range of alternative and holistic methods such as Gestalt therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Reichian breathwork, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), hypnotherapy, mindfulness training, art therapy and other methods.
Although care plans are open to those struggling with addiction, those with anxiety, depression and other mental disorders along with health issues like cancer, fibromyalgia, candidiasis and Lyme disease. Twelve-step participation is not always required but it may be encouraged in some cases. Despite its professed support for co-occurring disorders, the approach is relatively non-medical.
The staff at Hawaii Naturopathic Retreat consists of nurses, naturopathic doctors, hypnotherapists, massage therapists, LMFTs, yoga instructors, acupuncturists and additional Master’s-level counselors.
Participants also do many different physical activities like hiking, surfing, swimming, yoga, biking and other activities. Since all the therapists have their own holistic specialities, potential clients may need to consult the website to get a sense of all the available offerings. Once they complete a primary care plan, residents can also work with the staff to develop stepped down aftercare plans as necessary.
Overall, the Hawaii Naturopathic Retreat is a comprehensive treatment facility with an exhaustive list of holistic and alternative therapies. Though evidence-based therapy does have its place in the curriculum, the emphasis is primarily on relaxation exercises, nutritional counseling, spiritual guidance and other related modalities. While clients in need of more traditional medical or psychiatric counseling may need to seek additional help elsewhere, Hawaii Naturopathic Retreat remains a unique option for those seeking a unique approach to recovery.
Hawaii Naturopathic Retreat Location
239 Haili St
Hilo, HI 96720
Hawaii Naturopathic Retreat Cost
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