Founded in 1976, Po’ailani is a substance abuse treatment organization, specializing in dual diagnosis support, in Kailua, Hawaii. Their belief is that co-occurring disorders and chemical dependency often go hand in hand and both issues need to be addressed with equal seriousness. Po’ailani provides a continuum of care for clients that includes residential care, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), transitional care and sober living. They have six facilities in Oahu.
Accommodations and Food
Po’ailani operates two co-ed facilities that each lodge between 12 and 16 clients, sharing gender-specific double or triple-occupancy rooms. One is designated as residential treatment and one is transitional housing. Additionally, they manage two sober living houses accommodating between two and three clients in apartment-style units.
Residents in rehab and transitional living are served three hot meals, along with several healthy snacks, a day. One might expect to find Hawaiian cuisine on the menu, but although Po’ailani follows nutritional guidelines, the entrees are basically comfort food. Sober living clients fend for themselves. The residents contribute funds towards the purchase of groceries and take turns preparing meals in fully equipped kitchens.
Treatment and Staff
Prior to entering treatment, clients undergo a lengthy screening process. They are required to present recent documentation that includes a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, physical exam, TB clearance and medication list. Length of stay in residential is typically between 60 to 90 days, followed by transitional living for another two or three months. After that, clients have the option to step down to sober living.
Both residential and transitional clients must attend day treatment at the main facility—which is the same protocol as IOP. This consists of group therapy from 9 am to 3 pm, Mondays through Fridays and individual therapy once a week. Evidence-based group topics include co-occurring disorders, life skills, healthy relationships and relapse prevention. After transitional living, clients can step down into sober living. While encouraged, clients are not mandated to attend 12-step meetings.
Sober living clients attend a weekly aftercare group, as well as a required weekly house meeting. Clients work with the staff to design a structured plan of care that supports ongoing recovery, which includes employment, education and community involvement like church or AA/NA. There is no set curfew, since residents are expected to work and attend school, but the house manager must be aware of each person’s schedule.
The staff includes CSACs and Master’s-level therapists.
Life skills training is provided which includes support for those who need help with cooking, chores, shopping and money management, as well as personal hygiene. Clients participate in weekend recreational activities designed to help them bond, thus promoting healthy relationships.
Po’ailani offers affordable treatment to financially challenged clients in beautiful Hawaii, a haven from the rest of civilization. Those seeking a comprehensive 12-step-approach might want to look elsewhere, but for mean and women who need a comprehensive program that is sensitive to co-occurring disorders, Po’ailani is an excellent choice.
Po’ailani Inc. Administration Office
970 N. Kalaheo Avenue
Suite A102 Kailua, HI 96734
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