Know What to Do

1. Take the alcohol self-assessment test

Learning what is considered a normal consumption of alcohol can help determine whether you or someone you know may have a problem in need of attention. The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) was developed by the World Health Organization and is widely used as a screening test for alcohol abuse.

2. Confront the issue

Taking the first step by admitting there is a problem is the only way to begin the journey to recovery.

3. Seek professional guidance

There are many organizations to help overcome alcohol dependency. Hina Mauka offers a holistic approach to alcoholism and addiction in a safe and nurturing setting. Clients are treated with dignity and respect as they begin the journey of a lifetime.

As with any disease, alcoholism and addiction need to be treated. It’s not simply a matter of willpower. The outcomes of any treatment, whether it is for high blood pressure, diabetes or alcoholism, depend on the follow through of the individual. We can help, because treatment works.

Residential Treatment:
woman readingResidential treatment is a chance for people to set aside some time in a safe and stable environment for honest self-assessment of their alcohol and/or drug use, to learn about addiction, and to discover how to live a more fulfilling life without drugs or alcohol.

Residential treatment can last from several weeks to several months depending on each person’s situation. An individual treatment plan is prepared and agreed upon with input from the client. The client will then reside in our dormitory-style rooms at our facility in Kaneohe and will be expected to partake in goal-setting, educational classes, group sessions, recreation and more.

Hina Mauka also treats individuals with co-occurring diagnoses, such as a person with an alcohol problem and depression. To address this, we develop an integrated therapy program tailored to the needs of each individual using a combination of personalized psychotherapy, group counseling and social rehabilitation.

Outpatient Programs:
Not everyone needs residential treatment. Clients are placed at the least restrictive level of care because research has determined that people have a better chance of recovery if they are in familiar surroundings, such as their home environment.

Outpatient treatment is typically three days or nights per week for three hours per session. Outpatient treatment is offered in Kaneohe and Waipahu.

For more information on alcohol abuse, please call Hina Mauka’s walk-in clinic at (808) 236-2600 or visit

4. Maintain a strong, positive attitude

family pictureLife in recovery can be overwhelming, but there are support services available to help maintain sobriety.

Like Hina Mauka’s residential program, the end goal of outpatient treatment is the reintegration of the individual into society. This means helping each client toward a stable life and acquiring the skills necessary for living life in recovery. This is what aftercare is all about. Working in real-life situations with other people is the most effective way of making that transition. Our clients participate in aftercare for up to 12 weeks following their discharge. The group meetings are once a week for an hour-and-a-half at a time.

The first step of any journey is the hardest one to take.

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