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Habilitat

3.9 Very Good (14 Reviews) |
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3.9
Very Good
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45-035 Kuhonu Pl
Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744

Financial & Insurance Details

  • Insurance
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Financing

Services

  • Oceanfront

Facility Highlights

Changing lives since 1971

Amazing Vocational Training Programs

Fitness Center

Philosophy

We are not a 12 step program. We believe in powering an individual to take control of their own life. We have developed techniques for creating the qualities lacking in many people’s character: self-esteem, self-worth and self-discipline. We motivate the unmotivated and often succeed where other programs have failed.

Facility Center Details

  • Residential Treatment
  • Detox Services
  • Behavioral Disorder Treatment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Outpatient Services
  • Intensive Outpatient Services
  • Sober Living Home
  • Day School
  • Private Rooms
  • Pet Friendly
  • Exceptionally LGBT Friendly
  • Men Only
  • Women Only

Accreditation/License

  • CARF
  • JCAHO
  • ADP
  • NAATP

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Meet The Staff

Jeff Nash
Executive Director

“We’re not about feeling sorry for ourselves. We’re about choosing life.”

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5.0
Excellent
I was in habilitate either in 1988 or 1989. I agree with one of the other post they work you to death. The encounter groups are crazy sit in a circle and scream at each other. Let’s not forget to shave head contracts. I don’t know if they still do it but when I was there they came across intercom at like two in the morning because Vinny wanted to have a meeting and everybody had to scramble to the cafeteria I can’t remember what the word was but it sucked. The vocational part of the program is towards the end. They send you out to do carpentry work, cut lawns and various other things to make Vinny money. The majority of that money went into Vinny Marinos pocket may he Rest In peace. Needless to say I didn’t complete the program I was there for probably 4 to 5 months. I was court ordered to be there so when I left it was a violation of my probation and I was from Texas. Yes I admit it I ended up going to the penitentiary for violate my probation. The thing I loved about it the most was being in Hawaii it is beautiful there. Just so you know I am sober now it took a few years after leaving there couple trips to prison that’s what got me straight I don’t wanna go back to prison. It may work for a lot of people but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
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5.0
Excellent
Helping residents at Habilitat prepare for their high school equivalency diploma has given me some gratifying insights I didn’t expect. Undoubtedly this is a clear indication of how genuine and well-conceived the organizations’ structure and operating plan is. The three qualities I saw immediately in the residents are: 1.) They were completely accepting of one another with no signs of labelling or judgement. There are no cliques or classes, just brothers and sisters. 2.) The residents simply refuse to quit on this chosen path to their recuperation. Regardless of their previous backgrounds or their current stage in recovery, their commitment to regaining their lives is clearly evident. 3.) They also understand that accountability is central to their success. There is no talk of the past or distribution of blame; they simply choose to press on. These are qualities that will contribute to society. These are also changes that must be developed by living them over an extended period of time. The basis of this recovery process is not built on medical research or psychiatric theory but on the life experience of the founder. And from what I see in the classroom, the most certain truth is experience. It is my privilege to work with these incredible students, within this well envisioned, sincere organization.
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5.0
Excellent
Habilitat changed my life and my perspective. As a prior resident and now a graduate, i can say I found their treatment method to be very effective. Before I came into the program I was a heroin user and was on many different psych medications and had just about every diagnosis given to me in the book. I was practically a slave to these things believing that i could never be truly happy unless i was on something. Habilitat tought me that by making better choices, developing a positive mindset, positive affirmation, helping others before myself, developing my own belief system and standing by it, and many other things, that I could get over my need to use. It is a difficult program, not for the weak minded individual, but for those who truly want change and freedom, but upon finishing it (I graduated almost 6months ago) I can say I am happy and I am not on any medications anymore. No, life is not perfect. But it is good, i am grateful, I have realized in order to truly live i must learn to feel things and be uncomfortable at times. To be successful i have to step outside my comfort zone and work hard to achieve my goals. Habilitat may not be a traditional rehab program offering psych meds and 12 step meetings, but honestly none of those programs worked for me. They were bandaid programs not solving the problem long term. I was able to make excuses for myself in those programs "I have a disease, relapse is part of my story" so on and so forth. So despite what some "scientific data" might spit out about these different programs and how they are better, I can offer a real experience of someone who truly wanted to better her life. I have taken responsibility and accountablity for my own life today. I pay my own bills, I exercise, I have a full time job, I am 24 years old and have dreams and goals that would have not been made possible if it weren't for the "tough love" that I recieved. To realize that we have a choice is a very powerful thing that i think many people fail to take into account. Most of the time i think its for fear that then they have to actually be responsible for the things they do. Anyways, great program! Definetly gave me the tools i needed to be successful! Thank you Habilitat! Also there are scholarships available for those who need them. I went on a full scholarship.
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3.7
Very Good
Approaching 10 years since I went into the program and clean ever since. Also learned a found my passion for sales in the “Enterprise” department. You eat well, work hard and most of all get your shit together. It’s been years since my graduation, I still miss the place. The community is a better place because of Habilitat. I will tell you the place will push you in ways you’ve never been pushed and if you’re not truly ready to do whatever it takes then you prob won’t make it.
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No Rating
I have been reading allot of good reviews, and a few negative reviews. The negative reviews, they mention how strict the program is, also how there is no contact with the outside world, no television or entertainment. This rehabilitation center, to me sounds like they're dedicated to results. I started drinking at a young age (12yo) due to losing a very close family member. Shorty after drinking. I came face to face with other substances and narcotics. From the age of twelve to the age of sixteen, I was binging on alcohol and certain drugs. Coc + marijuana to be specific. At (16yo) I voluntarily enrolled my self into The youth challenge academy. I Than successfully graduated the program being mentally and physically strong. At my graduation dinner. I’ll' admit, I drank and got drunk. That following week. I got my first job at shakeys pizza parlor. That job didn’t last very long. Not due to my performance. I’ve been told to always work my hardest, even if your job is being a dishwasher. Because with hard work comes surprises. The actual reason was alcohol and drugs. I’d get so intoxicated I wouldn’t be able to get up. So I would be considered (no call no show) Furthermore. I was unemployed till about (18yo). I landed a small gig with a temp agency, firewatching in pearl harbor. few close calls occurred for tardiness, Because I stayed up drinking with the boys. At (19yo) I decided to join the army national guard. I did 4 outstanding years. Which brings me to my age now, 23. After being honorably discharged. A domino effect of unfortunate events, hit me till I was rock bottom. Which led to? You guessed it, the devils nector & treats. I am Currently unemployed and I am thinking about enrolling at Habilitat. In conclusion. Everyone’s different. We may or may not experience the same things. But there’s one thing that US addicts have in common. We all made the choice to drink, sniff, smoke the first hundred times. Right after that you’re on auto pilot. So if there is any one reading this, that’s trying to reach out and get help. Just keep in mind “You have to lose some, to win some" give up a few things so you can take control of your life. Don’t forget the help with education and the multiple workforce choices they have to offer. Also, If you don’t like your job now, and you think its time for a change. In my opinion. This program would be a great stepping stone to get to where you want to be., And be the best version of yourself. This draws me to the morale of my story. If you want to be molded into a survivalist, learn the ways to stay clean and sober, utilize all the tools they throw at us so we can be on a higher frequency and finally know what its like to live. Then in my opinion. Habilitat sounds like they can bring that to the table. But If you want to live like a king and mainly focus on becoming clean. Go to a luxury rehabilitation center. Mahalo and thank you for reading.
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Habilitat has been the greatest blessing my families life. My son would be dead or in jail by now. His unpredictable, self destructive erratic behavior consumed our families emotional time an health. Habilitat have given all of us our life back. We are all so grateful and blessed to not loose a really important member of our family become the healthy man we know he can be.
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Our son was initially accepted into this program. However, as things were moving quickly, and we were making flight arrangements, we changed our mind at the last moment due to some concerns after further scrutinizing the final paperwork. We are disappointed in that we wasted a lot of important time in seeking to enroll our son in this program. But the biggest red flag came when we requested that a very minor, but very important, medically documented need be provided to our son. We felt the admissions counselor was dismissive. Additionally, all private communications are closely monitored.
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4.7
Excellent
I attended Habilitat over 30 years ago. They do take a different approach than other rehabs I.e. addiction is a choice and not a disease. Science has shown that drugs do change one’s brain chemistry. However, it is someone’s choice the first time they use drugs. For many, their addiction will lead to years of despair if not death. Habilitat does take a hard line approach. One is held accountable for their actions. There are many rules and restrictions which is an enormous change coming from an environment where none existed. Habilitat’s program model is that you enter broken and their methods build up your self-esteem and confidence over time. It makes one to take a hard look at their behaviors and to understand how they ended up in Habilitat in the first place. Their success is that it is long-term, they teach life skills, vocational training and bonds are created with other residents (we are all in this together mentality). Yes, over time, I have known many former residents who have relapsed and even have died. But Habilitat gives one the foundation to lead a sober and meaningful life. Again, it is choices. This time they are the one makes after they graduate from the program. I managed to graduate from college, have a professional career, marry and have a family. Not everything has been rosy over the years but Habilitat did give me the “tools” as to what I needed to do and how to go about it. So after many, many years of sobriety, I can affirm that Habilitat’s methods and programs works for those who are sick and tired of being sick and tired.
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2.7
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The fact that Habilitat describes it's approach to treatment as "holistic" is shocking as a graduate of the program. They do not "treat the whole person"--they tell you to shut up and stop whining about the past. They tell you that any medical disease you think you have is a bunch of BS...and that's only the beginning. Yeah, this "school of survival" will teach you how to function (and thrive!) in a complete non-reality and not much more.. Male and female residents live amongst eachother but are strictly penalized for any personal interaction. Every mistake that you make is considered a "behavior" and must be written up. The penalties are extreme as extreme can be. They are a crooked program. They place a lot of importance on their "vocational training program" which prepares you for entry-level work anywhere. Awesome, huh? It really is a work-camp. You work 10 to 12 hour days. They take control of any assets you may have when entering the program. You give them power of attorney upon entering the program. You will never be able to communicate with your family privately--all letters are read by both an older resident and a staff member and every call is monitored as well. Calls are ended if you say anything negative about the program. It's total insanity. Difficult to describe because it is so crazy. And what about their high success rate? It's totally fake. They base on a survey that they send to graduates for five years after the program...but i only ever received one of these surverys...and i promise you, most of the people who fail will lie or not return the survey. So the statistics are flawed.
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From 1973 to 1976 i was a resident (patient, customer,member) of habilitat. I graduated at the age of 18. I'm now 60 years old. I highly recommend it to a person who is done playing games with with their future success. Habilitat is the best way to clean up your act and get a fully equipped fresh start on a second chance at a bright future. This place is only for the serious person, not a wishy washy game player.
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2.0
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This place only has 4 people in it at any given time, and I have heard through nephew who went there said it's just a poorly run facility with a staff that doesn't have the credibility to run such a facility, and left after two weeks. Stay away.
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Official Facility Response
Aloha Jeff, I am truly sorry that things did not work out for your loved one that came to Habilitat. Since 1971 the lowest our population has been is in the 80's. Our normal count of individuals being treated and housed here is typically between 100-120. Our facility is 1.5 acres, nested on Kaneohe Bay and is one of the better kept facilities you will find anywhere. If you are here on island, I would love the opportunity to give you a tour of our facility. Our staff is comprised of completely dedicated and qualified individuals and you would have the opportunity to meet them as well. Again, I'm sorry to hear your nephew's perspective. Our program is not for everyone, and we understand that. I hope that he finds his way to a happy and clean life.
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2.0
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I have not heard very good things about this place. My friends daughter went and there was not adequate staff and she ran away within the first week, due to a lack of containment.
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I entered this program when I was 15 and left when I was 18,it was traumatizing for me at first,the first night there,they shaved my head,took me into a back room where three big guys basically yelled at me about how much of a loser I was and why I needed they're help.To be honest I was so scared I just did whatever they told me to do.After that I stood in front of all the residents in the program and screamed for help for 10 minutes straight.I eventually settled in and bought into what they were teaching,I moved up quickly in the program and ended up working everyday doing telemarketing selling Christmas trees and books written by the founder of the program which was basically useless experience when I left.I did a clean program and followed all the rules for two and a half years until I noticed my peers where not doing the same,a few examples are male residents having sexual relations with female residents and I also figured out that about half of my peers where bringing drugs into the program,I eventually left before graduating and had a hard time,as an 18 year old I had horrible social skills and was lost,I eventually got back into drugs again and didn't get clean till I was 25 ,I have been clean for ten years now and realize that entering this program was a horrible decision,I did not understand what I was getting into.I know a lot of people who benefited greatly from this program but I just want people to know what they are getting into because they will not tell you these things before entering.I could go on and on about my experience in Gabi Lita the but I won't,this is just my honest opinion.
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Habilitat can give you your life back, no matter how far you have sunk, offering the tools needed to return to society a productive individual. But, you have to want to change!!. I entered Habilitat in 1973, from the mainland, and would recommend any family who fear their child is in a downward spiral, and have tried different forms of rehab, without success, give Habilitat serious consideration.
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Do not go here or send anyone you know or love here!! This place is a cult like setting that is against anything or mention of religion. Ask the right questions if you don't believe me and don't settle for vague answers. The induction office is run by current residents that are under STRICT instructions to manipulate you. I was there for 6 months and decided to stay in Hawaii after I got out. I ran into to about 4 to 5 people I knew in there that actually graduated and they were back outo on the streets using within a month. The graduates fromy there did WORSE than the splittees as Habilitat calls them. Almost all of the following reviews are written by staff members or are fake. It looks like there's one other besides mine that's possibly real. Just remember to ask ASK, ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. I can't stress enough that this place is a CULT LIKE SETTING TOO. Also if your dead set on going, remember that they will make your loved one sign up for welfare so they can take their government assistance checks and food stamps from Hawaiis govermentry programs. I had a friend I talked too that actually had to pay fines because Habilitat was still collecting checks under his name even after he left. This place is a scam...your choice though. In my opinion Salvation Army worked best for me....and on top of everything it's free and has religious beliefs.
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5.0
Excellent
I am a graduate of Habilitat. I was in and out of jail and also in and out of other rehabs where I had a disease and it wasnt my fault. The other programs didnt work. Habilitat did! They got me to stand accountable to my mistakes, to change the way my thinking was. They didnt baby me. And because of Habilitat I am still clean, I am no longer on probation, I am a CNA at a elderly care home, I am back to my childrens lives! Habilitat taught me to be greatful for the things I have, they taught me how to work.hard! And today I still use the tools they taught me! If the program was anyother way I probably wouldve left like I did the other ones. But Habilitat works! And the best thing is they dont expect you to pay them back after you graduate. All the ask is that you give back what was given to you by tapping back in and talking to the residents in the program today and share your story! I am proud to be a Habilitat Graduate!
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4.3
Great
Watching a \"loved one\" self distruct in front of your eyes is a terrible experience. Trying to \"fix\" a loved ones addiction without the addicts \"dedication to change\" was impossible. Habilitat, Inc provided the \"system and processes\" necessary to help save my loved ones life. Habilitiat, Inc is a; tough, no nonsence, long term treatment program that is going to help indiviuals make better life choices and become productive citizens. It\'s an \"inside game\" and if you are not really serious about \"productive healthy life long change skills \", Habilitiat is probably not for you! Thanks Habilitat, for continuing to provide a unique alternative to traditonal treatment programs for over 40 years.
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DONT EVER GO TO THIS REHAB! I went there and its beyond messed up the way they treat you and its not about you Addiction at all, they think it\'s a choice...And half the day you spend cleaning the facility. Literally cleaning all day everyday. No TV, no contact with the outside world. Its behaviour modification at its worst. I hope you read this staff members. This is a real review. They try and make it sound nice when really you\'ll hate it. I can\'t stress enough no to go to Habilitat, STAY AWAY! At all costs
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5.0
Excellent
Habilitat: Review Introduction As known, addiction is a complex personal, family and societal issue. Biologically, besides negatively affecting the brain, it can destroy other life sustaining organs. Coupled with the psychological, legal and financial costs of being addicted, the reality is that effective treatment is necessary if those addicted are going to get their lives back and become the people they were meant to be. Following is my review of Habilitat and why its effectiveness in addiction treatment is so pronounced. It must be stated, too, that Habilitat and its approach is not for everyone but that’s true for any program. Some people will not be able to handle the structure Habilitat has designed as part of its treatment strategy nor is everyone ready to do what he or she needs to do to change as they enter treatment. Some potential residents of Habilitat will not do well with the personal accountability factor. Many people see the lengthy time frame as too long. But, let’s dig deeper so that the value of Habilitat becomes apparent. Habilitat, historically, has been an effective long-term, therapeutic community treatment program for addictions, and it continues to exemplify effectiveness in its approach. From examining Habilitat from inside to exploring it from outside, I find the following strengths in the program, which has made it, and continues making it, an outstanding option for many addicted people. Holistic Approach First, Habilitat’s program addresses multiple problems of its residents, through focusing on their personal, social, vocational needs, as well as the need to alter their lifestyle. This represents a holistic strategy, which is key to treating addictive individuals because the whole person is being assisted. Fun activities such as offsite hikes, picnics, beach visits, and bike rides are included as important aspects of Habilitat’s approach. These events offer a balanced experience between treatment and down time. Treatment Timeframe Second, since Habilitat’s model is long-term, residents have the opportunity to stay in treatment over an adequate period of time. Time in treatment is a crucial factor to successful addiction treatment. Since teaching about and working with addictive individuals for a number of years, I have observed that without sufficient time for attacking addictive behavior, programs have less positive outcomes and their participants have a greater likelihood of relapse. Program Structure Third, Habilitat incorporates a structured environmental setting, which teaches the importance of using the mind before acting, good decision-making, accountability, and healing family relations. New ideas for living without substances, and within the confines of personal self-discipline, are critical outcomes from this well-regulated surrounding. Therapeutic Approach Fourth, Habilitat utilizes various group and behavioral therapies in its treatment through which it reinforces residents’ motivation for change, development of skills for problem solving, and, so important, stressing a life of purpose. Knowing people, personally, who have graduated Habilitat this reviewer has seen the foregoing in action over significant timeframes. Further, having carried out a recent informal study of Habilitat program graduates who are now staff members there, the preceding observations were reinforced by the study participants. Additionally, during the 2016 spring term, graduate students of mine at the university where I teach conducted a project in which they compared and contrasted Habilitat’s model of treatment with other programs. They reported that Habilitat addresses more of the strengths that make treatment programs effective than many of the other programs they reviewed. Individual Treatment Plans Fifth, Habilitat creates individualized treatment plans, which are assessed and modified as necessary over the duration of a resident’s stay. This ongoing process helps residents maintain the changes necessary for positive results. Substance Free Zone Sixth, unannounced drug testing is conducted on all residents and staff as part of Habilitat’s plan for maintaining a substance-free facility. Visionary Leadership Seventh, and last, I’m impressed with Habilitat’s leadership in that they are constantly looking to improve their strategies, enhance involvement in the local community, address the unique needs of resident from all ethnicities being admitted for treatment, and strengthening their graduates for the next step after program completion. Given my belief in Habilitat, I continue referring people to the program. Dr. Gary Professor, Higher Education, Trainer, and Consultant
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4.3
Great
Habilitat isn\'t your run of the mill treatment center. Its a highly structured long term program. After trying many other short term programs my son finally got clean here and has been working and doing well on his own for several years now. I am very grateful to the people at Habilitat for working so hard to help him. Now if we could just get his brother to go get help.
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4.3
Great
They have people who have been through treatment and understand what it's like to struggle with dependency. Not too much after treatment support. My brother went to this treatment center and is and have been drug-free for 3 yrs now.
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I was in this place years ago then it was a shootof f synanon daytop Phoenix house encounter games were abusive and unfair. They shaved men\'s heads if they thought they did something wrong by their rules women wore stockingcaps and scrubbed bricks I have no idea what its like now
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3.7
Very Good
It's better than nothing. There was very little staff and it was low quality. However, they were kind enough to take in my relative when there was no where else to go.
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