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.
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.
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.
That is quite normal for all of our students. Besides addiction, we are trauma-specific. We focus on providing dual diagnosis treatment to help address both mental health and addiction struggles. 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.
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.
Yes. If you and the therapist agree on contact from family and friends, we will facilitate that.
As long as she is medically stable, that is not a problem. We have nursing staff available 24/7. Our Medical Director will see your daughter during her stay. We have a psychiatrist on staff if psychotropic meds need to be monitored. Medical concerns outside these can be managed by office visits facilitated by our staff. We transport for braces, dermatology visits, and the like.
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.
All rooms are shared with three to four students per room.
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.
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 is 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.
Call our admissions professionals. After a brief conversation, they will send you an electronic intake document that you will fill out and return.
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.
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.
Kokua is a Hawaiian word that translates as “extending loving help to others.” Our addiction and dual diagnosis treatment uses this guiding principle to create lasting change.
Our emphasis is on the science of substance abuse and trauma recovery, and all of our components are based on researched aspects of wellness. We provide intensive therapy, trauma-specific treatment, family involvement, educational support, a sense of community, and outdoor adventure therapy. All these aim to repair the needs of addiction.
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.