The Place of Change
Our average program population is around 100 residents. We are licensed by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) of the – State of Hawaii Health Department. Habilitat’s proven success rate is among the highest in the world. Habilitat is an alternative to the 12 step programs. We have understood for many years that a long-term drug treatment program alone is not enough to ensure long-term success. Graduation requires the completion of three mandatory phases. All phases are transitional. With advancement comes more privileges along with higher expectations.
Habilitat’s success rate is 3x the national average
PHASES OF THE PROGRAM
In the “treatment phase”, these residents are taught a new way to deal with their feelings. They are given tools and concepts, and most importantly, concern from others who understand. From the examples set by others, it becomes clear that a new life is possible for anyone who makes use of what is offered. This drug treatment program can work for anyone. Individuals will begin to develop regular sleeping and eating habits. Simple principles such as being on time, cleaning up after themselves and other seemingly simple tasks have to be relearned. The treatment phase is a phase of learning and growing. Residents who do not have their high school diploma or GED will be enrolled in our GED program and attend regular classes. It is our goal that everyone leaves the program with a high school diploma.
Contact with people and elements outside of the program becomes mandatory; thereby providing the exposure needed while gradually re-entering society. The encounter group is still a part of their program. Played two evenings a week, it keeps individuals in tune with why they came to Habilitat and what they came to accomplish. After the normal work day, re-entry residents are made to assume various responsibilities which include the filtering down of information to the younger residents. The act of “giving back what was given to you” is an important concept taught in our program.
In the post phase residents have earned a “day off” where they can engage in healthy leisure activities. There are a number of activities that Habilitat offers. Residents are also encouraged to find things off of the facility to do such as movies, beach trips, theater or partake in some of Hawaii’s historical activities. One of the most frequently asked questions in regards to the post phase is “Do you help people find a job when they are done with Habilitat?” It is our goal to get an individual to the point where they do not need help in finding employment. They have the confidence and skill set to “do for themselves.” We believe that without struggle there is no progress and the hardships endured after graduating are what lead to independence and maturity. The Habilitat experience teaches graduates many things about life and themselves. Whether it be the concepts of the program or vocational training, a resident embraces that one thing that later serves as the foundation of their new person.
Elevating your level” is a common phrase at Habilitat, as we are more than just a drug treatment program. For many of our residents this means strengthening their education. For some it’s general health and wellness. We offer a variety of opportunities catering to the specific needs of the individual. We allow residents the time to brush up and further their education, health, fitness and restore their self-respect.
All residents who did not complete high school are immediately enrolled in our mandatory G.E.D. classes. These classes are taught by a certified teacher and are held three times a week. Upon completion of the course residents will take their test and get to walk in our graduation ceremony provided they pass.
Basic Skills Class
The basic skills class is offered to individuals who have completed high school but could use a refresher course. The curriculum is geared toward reading, writing and mathematics. A certified teacher instructs the students during class time and assigns various homework assignments to be completed.
Computer class is an optional course we offer for individuals who show interest in learning or further developing their computer skills. The basic course covers Microsoft applications and basic computer functions. The intermediate and advanced classes are geared toward database creation and graphic design.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Habilitat takes a non-psychiatric approach on all levels. We employ a Registered Nurse that oversees and manages our resident’s minor health concerns. Habilitat consults with local primary care physicians to address our residents advanced care needs.
Before entering Habilitat, not many of the residents stressed daily physical fitness. Many of them came into the program undernourished, having neglected their bodies in favor of drugs and alcohol
Residents of Habilitat are afforded the opportunity of an extensive aerobic workout three times per week. Along with this, a fully equipped weight room, Jacuzzi and Sauna are available for elective use. At Habilitat, we stress physical fitness as well as emotional strength.
Habilitat places a special emphasis on nutrition within our resident population. Although it is left up to themselves to enforce self control when it comes to their own diets, if we notice that a negative or unhealthy habit is forming, we can intervene and redirect. Our nutritionist monitors our residents with special diet needs, and communicates and trains our Culinary Department on everything from portions to calorie intake.