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Hawaii Island is set to open its first nonprofit detoxification clinic this Thursday, a much-needed resource for the community. The Hulihia Ke Ola Detox Clinic in Hilo is the result of a $1.2 million grant from Hawaii County to the Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC), the organization responsible for this new initiative.

BISAC is celebrating its 60th anniversary and is one of the leading providers of substance abuse treatment and behavioral health care services in Hawaii. Dr. Hannah Preston-Pita, the CEO of BISAC, explained that the concept of a detox clinic has been in discussion for about 10 years and is now finally coming to fruition. The clinic will initially cater to up to eight men at a time, 24 hours a day, for seven days. This initiative is especially important since there are limited private rooms available for women at this time.

Detox treatments at Hulihia Ke Ola will be funded through the Hawaii State Department of Health’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division. The clinical director, Lahele Rachel Kruse, will utilize her 25 years of experience in substance abuse and addiction treatment to oversee the operations.

The clinic will offer social detoxification services to manage individuals detoxing from substances like alcohol, methamphetamine, and heroin. It will be the first clinic in Hawaii to provide lomi lomi massage and acupuncture as part of its treatment plan.

In addition to doctor referrals, individuals can self-refer or be referred by family or friends to the clinic. The clinic also aims to provide aftercare services to the families of detox clients once their inpatient treatment ends.

The clinic, located at the site of the old Matayoshi Hospital, aims to be a central location accessible to the community to seek help for substance addiction. The name “Hulihia Ke Ola” reflects its mission to bring about positive change and new life to its clients.

Overall, the opening of the Hulihia Ke Ola Detox Clinic is a significant step forward in addressing substance abuse issues on the island, and it is anticipated that this invaluable resource will have a positive impact on the community. For more information about the clinic, potential clients can contact the clinic directly or visit the BISAC website.

Summery :

– The first nonprofit detox clinic in Hawaii Island will open in Hilo
– It is funded by a $1.2 million grant from Hawaii County
– The clinic will serve up to eight men at a time on a 24-hours a day basis for seven days
– The clinic is open for doctor referrals, self-referrals or referrals through family or friends
– It will offer lomi lomi massage and acupuncture as part of the treatment program
– The clinic will have a range of staff members including medical professionals, substance abuse counselors, cultural practitioners, and case managers

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