We use dolphin and/or equine therapy during which clients have one-on-one time with the animals to experience release in a non-judgemental space. Here they experience acceptance and reflection through the animals.
A signature adventure at The Ohana; clients will board a private chartered boat to go and explore the Kona coast. Along their journey they will learn about the history and points of interest surrounding the Big Island. This is a perfect opportunity for clients to practice their mindfulness skills as they completely envelop themselves in this amazing adventure. The boat guides will take clients to areas where whales and dolphins are often spotted. They will then have the chance to swim with the dolphins and hopefully, view some whales along the way. Time permitting, the boat will then escort them to a private cove to experience world-class snorkeling and enjoy lunch.
Snorkeling provides us with an amazing opportunity to practice mindfulness and focus on the breath. Clients will slow down, submerge themselves into a different natural world, and practice seeing things from a different angle.
The island offers a series of world-class hiking trails for folks of all skill levels. Clients can either hike through a field of butterflies or hike to a private waterfall oasis. Each hike will offer a new and unique perspective of all the beauty Kona has to offer.
Ziplining is another activity we will use as a team building exercise. Some clients may be afraid of heights or afraid of trusting a structure designed to hold them up. Others will be so excited to go for it. The mix of the two will help clients build trust, and be able to communicate the vulnerable feeling of fear in a safe space with a team of leaders.
What we believe about addiction and addiction recovery treatment: -We believe that most addiction stems from trauma and that getting to the root cause or, the “why,” leads to healing. -We believe that addiction is a complex disorder and is most effectively treated by professionals through a biopsychosocial approach which takes into consideration biological, psychological, and socio-environmental factors. -We believe that setting and environment play an important role in an individual’s healing. By removing triggers and taking the time to reconnect to nature in beautiful Hawaii, we optimize the individual’s ability to heal. -We believe that individuals need a program that provides them with structured recovery support while also allowing them to practice personal accountability and stay connected to the outside world. -We believe that one of the major issues of addiction is isolation which can be overcome through healing work that re-establishes our ability to connect and create Ohana.
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Peter Shorts is a seasoned clinician who has practiced in the mental health and addiction recovery landscape for 25+ years. As an integrated practitioner, Peter utilizes cognitive and dialectical models, neuroscience, complex trauma, and spirituality to create an authentic healing approach. As a member of both the American Psychological Association and National Association of Social Workers, Peter continues to provide evidenced-based, trauma-informed, individual and family therapy. Peter brings a compassionate approach to The Ohana; striving to meet all clients where they are at.More
Lee Jason Friend is a mindfulness practitioner and motivational speaker who has shared his message of sobriety through mindfulness and self-acceptance around the world. He is the author of New Thought, New Action, New Life which is a consciousness coaching tool that has been used by recovery and treatment centers to help clients have a better understanding of their connection to their spiritual selves. He is the creator of a life transforming workshop and The Ohana Tree, which has helped so many on their path of recovery and self-discovery. Lee’s gentle and spiritual approach to recovery helps those seeking personal transformation discover their connection to personal freedom and opportunities.More
Elliott Michael Smith opened his first business at the age of 18 and by 21, had over 300 employees working at his agency. From a young age, he gained a lot of experience in leadership and management. Elliott produced over a dozen major motion pictures, but working in the industry did not come without its pitfalls. Having struggled with a substance use disorder on and off from the age of 17, Elliott found himself constantly retriggered. After various attempts at sobriety and treatment, Elliott attained long-term recovery after an intensive outpatient program helped him get to the root cause of his addiction. Elliott sees a need and a unique way to reshape the addiction treatment industry by providing extended care and removing the hurdle of having to leave everything behind to attain it. At The Ohana, Elliott is accountable for creating an environment and culture that focuses on fulfilling the organization’s mission, vision, and values. His tasks include operational management, program development supervision, strategic planning, and more.More
Chad Campbell is a lifelong surfer and Yoga lover from the Big Island of Hawaii. After a major surf injury, Yoga was the movement that helped him heal. Chad is certified by Julie Rader (aka Sensei), and Linda Baffa of Mukti Yoga and has been teaching Yoga since 2010. His focus is on fun, alignment-based flow. Some of his influences are Aaron Duncan, Julie Rader, Shane Dorian, Jack Kerouac, Tenzin Gyatsu, Jack Burton, Wu-Tang Clan, and the Ocean.More