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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my teen be in the program?

The minimum length of stay is six months. The research is compelling that it takes that length of time to create positive changes in the brain to be permanent. Ending earlier would risk losing the gains that have been made. Some students stay up to eight months but that is typically the maximum time in the program.

How much will it cost?

The first two months are the most intensive as your teen is stabilized and brought up to treatment speed. The good news is that we have a good track record of getting insurance funding for the first part of the stay. Some families pay absolutely nothing for those first two months. Do not let finances keep you from looking into treatment. We have a talented team that can help find insurance, public, and scholarship funds for many families.

Is there any type of exclusionary criteria?

Consistent violence toward others can be a rule out. So can active suicidal ideation. Some significant sexual acting out that would make our community unsafe would also be problematic. If you are worried about any of these issues a quick phone call will allow us to ask a few questions and tell you if your child will fit in our program.

My child has addiction issues but other mental health issues as well? Is that a problem?

That is quite normal for all of our students. Active psychosis may be beyond our ability to help but most other co-occurring mental health issues are amenable to our treatment. Most important to ensuring a programmatic fit is that addiction is the primary presenting problem.

Will my teen have access to phones and computers?

Yes. For a short time at the beginning of treatment we do not allow access but your child will quite quickly be allowed to safely interact with technology. Completely controlled environments absent phones and such do not prepare recovering teens for life at home. We feel that introducing technology in our controlled environment is prudent.

Can friends and family visit?

Yes. If you and the therapist agree on contact from family and friends we will facilitate that.

My teen has a medical condition. Can she still be in treatment?

As long as she is medically stable that is not a problem. We have nursing staff available 24/7. Our Medical Director will see you daughter during her stay. We have a psychiatrist on staff if psychotropic meds need to be monitored. Medical concerns outside these can me managed by office visits facilitated by our staff. We transport for braces, dermatology visits, and the like.

Does my teen have to participate in outdoor activities?

Yes. Sobriety is difficult to maintain without major healthy lifestyle changes. We go to the gym at least three days per week. We snowboard or snow ski. We hike frequently. The program is an active one. The activities are extremely fun and rewarding and we almost never have students who do not want to participate.

What is the average age of students?

We have teens from 13 to 18 years old but the average works out to be 16.4 years old.

Do the students have private rooms?

All rooms are shared with three to four students per room.

Do students have chores?

Yes. We believe that part of treatment is being responsible for our community. Keeping rooms clean. Helping out in the kitchen. Vacuuming. These kinds of opportunities are a helpful part of contributing to the team.

What is a typical day like at Kokua Recovery?

The day for the student begins with breakfast at 7:00 a.m.  On weekdays our students attend school until about 2pm. On weekends a group and/or community meeting are scheduled in the morning. Students attend specialty groups and family programs, depending on their needs and diagnoses, in the afternoon on weekdays. Weekends are active outdoors or at the gym. Sundays have some relaxing downtime with two groups included—one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Dinner is served around 5:00 p.m., followed by evening lectures, relapse groups, counseling, assignments, and Twelve-Step meetings. Kokua’s rich day of programming usually ends at 9:00 – 9:30 p.m. Also throughout the day, students attend specific lectures and consult with doctors and specialty therapists, according to their specific needs. Other therapeutic activities may include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acupuncture, Equine-Assisted Therapy, Challenge Course, Yoga, fitness, and other healthy recreational activities.

How do I attempt to enroll my teen?

Call our admissions professionals. After a brief conversation, they will send you an electronic intake document that you will fill out and return.

Does Kokua take insurance?

Kokua Recovery has a dedicated insurance resource team. We take almost all major insurance. Some or all of your stay is likely covered by your private insurance. With a short phone call to us we can likely give you an idea of what might be reimbursed by your carrier.

Does Kokua Recovery accept Medicaid?

Kokua Recovery does not accept Medicaid for treatment. For Colorado Residents please contact your local crisis center for a referral to resources that accept Medicaid. Find more information at www.ColoradoCrisisServices.org or call 1-844-493-8255. For out of state residents please call the customer service number on your Medicaid card for direction.

Learn more about how Kokua can help you today.

Why Kokua

Kokua is a Hawaiian word that translates as “extending loving help to others.” Our addiction treatment uses this guiding principle to create lasting change.

How We Help

Our emphasis is on the science of recovery. We provide therapy, family involvement, a sense of community, and outdoor activities to replace the needs of addiction.

Who We Help

Kokua Recovery is an adolescent recovery program designed to help young men and women between the ages of 13-17 get help with recovery. Our clinical focus is on healing the trauma that leads to addiction.