New Horizons Hawaii is a non-12-step rehab founded in 1980 by two sisters. One opened a facility in Phoenix, Arizona, and the other sister opted for Oahu, Hawaii. Mark Turansky, a professional counselor with more than 20 years’ experience, took over the Hawaii location in 2008. New Horizons offers a six-day residential treatment camp, Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP) and outpatient programs for those suffering from chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. They use evidence-based practices during therapy while providing a tranquil setting for recovery.
Accommodations and Food
The intensive residential program takes place on Camp Mokule’ia on the north shore of Oahu, a tropical oceanfront haven complete with striking island sunsets, the lulling sound of waves hitting the beach, sea turtles and an occasional monk seal. While it is referred to as a camp, the actual facility is a luxurious lodge. Treatment camps are intimate and limited to 10 attendees to make each resident feel like they are part of an “ohana” (family). Each client has a spacious room and private bathroom, with views of the Pacific Ocean. The lodge has a kitchen and common family area. Cell phones and laptops are allowed and bags are not checked.
A chef prepares a variety of fresh cuisine, served three times a day. Residents eat together in the dining room. Since this is Hawaii, there is plenty of fresh seafood and a mix of Hawaiian and Asian cuisine. For those who prefer something more American, choices like steak or spaghetti are served. In addition, there is a salad bar stocked with a variety of leafy greens. The chef customizes meals for vegetarians, vegans and for those with special dietary needs.
Treatment and Staff
While New Horizons Hawaii doesn’t offer detox or Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), Turansky works closely with clients to get them those services, if necessary. Prior to attending camp, residents need to have completed detox or been stabilized on a medication-assisted protocol. A combination of CBT, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and attachment-based psychotherapy is used during treatment. New Horizons Hawaii does not use the 12 steps, in the belief that labeling residents as having a “disease” is detrimental to their recovery and the negative connotation of the word might set the stage for relapse.
Treatment camp includes meditation, daily group therapy, individual therapy, equine therapy and music therapy. Group therapy includes topics like stress management, dual diagnosis support, relapse prevention and relationships. The cost for the treatment camp is $1,560 for six days.
Aftercare, IOP and outpatient programs are at the main Mililani facility. The IOP meets three times per week for two-hour sessions at a cost of $750. Treatment includes individual and group therapy and the program lasts 30 days. The outpatient program meets weekly for two months at a cost of $600. Topics and treatment modalities in IOP and outpatient are parallel to those offered in the intensive camp. Aftercare is included with all programs, for an unlimited time, at no additional cost. SMART recovery is part of the aftercare curriculum.
Staff includes five CADCs, including Turansky. The client-to -staff ratio during the treatment camp is two-to-one. Jennifer Lau, a licensed acupuncturist, provides acu-detox services at her private practice in Waialua, for an additional cost.
Recreational activities offered during treatment camp include swimming, beach strolls and a movie night that usually features a feel-good blockbuster movie.
New Horizons Hawaii offers anger management courses, marriage and relationship counseling, family counseling, a Marriage 911 three-day retreat for two couples at a time, a court-approved DUI alcohol education class, Skype sessions at $75 per one-hour session, and a four-day intensive, private one-on-one camp for those suffering from chemical dependency.
New Horizons Hawaii also provides treatment services to those suffering from shopping, internet porn and gambling addictions.
Turansky is passionate about recovery and helping his clients. While the camp is only six days, the treatment is intensive, the setting is gorgeous and the price is right. For those seeking an alternative to the 12 steps plus a trip to Hawaii that is therapy in itself, this might be the perfect solution.
New Horizons Hawaii
95-580 Naholoholo St
Mililani, HI 96789
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