Pacific Quest in Hawaii is a wilderness therapy facility that aims to help adolescents and young adults struggling with a range of issues including alcohol and substance use disorders, Internet addiction, academic struggles and mental health conditions like anxiety, OCD and trauma. Founded in 2004, Pacific Quest provides individualized care with a wilderness approach that integrates psychological testing, life skills training, academics, holistic practices, community service, exercise, self-care, nutrition and traditional therapy. With a physician and a psychiatrist on staff, medication management is available for individuals in need of dual diagnosis support.
Accommodations and Food
Situated on the coast of Hawaii’s “Big Island,” Pacific Quest is an 8,000 square foot facility that lies on five acres of open space and farmland. It provides a beautiful environment as well as a peaceful and supportive group of peers. Clients enjoy trips to nearby beaches, volcano national parks, botanical gardens and an observatory. The facility offers rustic accommodations where residents sleep in same-sex bunkhouses. A collaborative, client-sustaining facility, residents are responsible for performing chores and setting up their own schedule.
With a large communal kitchen, clients are responsible for both the meal planning and preparation. Clients enjoy an organic, whole foods diet with fresh farm to table fruits and vegetables. All dietary preferences and restrictions are accommodated.
Treatment and Staff
Pacific Quest facilitates individualized treatment in an experiential environment. The staff extensively reviews each client before he or she begins care in order to design a care plan customized to their unique needs and goals. Each individual client’s day is different, with a vast array of program options including self-care, horticultural therapy, communication classes, goal setting, exercise, volunteering and meditation.
While experiential activities are the cornerstone of the Pacific Quest experience, the facility integrates a large health and wellness component that includes nutrition assessment, physical fitness and community service. Clients engage in two individual sessions a week, several group sessions a week as well as psychological and neuropsychological assessments. Families take part in a weekly therapy session over the phone as well as a two-day parent workshop. The facility also offers an academic curriculum with classes such as psychology, social sciences, language arts and horticulture.
Pacific Quest employs a multidisciplinary team of PhD-level clinicians, naturopaths, horticultural therapists, a board-certified pediatric neuropsychologist, registered nurses, psychiatrist and consulting physician. For clients in need of dual diagnosis support, medication management is available.
Pacific Quest believes in a continuum of care. As such, the facility offers alumni events for clients that have completed the program.
Located in beautiful Hawaii, Pacific Quest specializes in the care of adolescent and young adult clients struggling with issues ranging from mental to behavioral health as well as learning disorders. The facility offers a uniquely powerful experiential program in an outdoors environment, with residents held responsible for chores and meal preparation. Pacific Quest also incorporates individual and group therapy, family therapy, a health and wellness model and academics into the approach. For parents seeking a development program for their child, Pacific Quest is top of the line.
15 Kanoa St
Hilo, HI 96720
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