Medication Assisted Treatment

Opioid Treatment Program

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“Together we bring out the beauty and goodness in the people of Hawai’i”

Program Description
The program provides pharmacotherapies such as methadone, primary care, mental health consultation and substance abuse treatment and continuing care services, outreach, interim services, prenatal counseling and HIV and other communicable disease prevention education. The program provides short and long term detoxification and maintenance treatment. A haumana (student/participant) advisory board provides support and feedback to continue excellent services and to empower the participant population.

Suboxone is also provided through Dr. Joseph Turban, and an addiction medicine specialist at Kū Aloha’s site.

The project offers a mix of activities and curriculum which includes relapse prevention, individual and group counseling, family counseling and drug and alcohol education. Support for vocational and educational needs is provided directly or through referral. Case management and individualized services are creative, participant directed and comprehensive, targeted to medical, mental health, social, economical, and spiritual needs. A family counseling service is provided and can do home or office visits.

The program is run by Clinical Supervisors, who are Certified Substance Abuse Counselors (CSAC) or master’s level professionals,. Medical Directors are Joseph Turban, M.D., FACEP, and George Rourke, M.D. in Hilo, both of whom are licensed to prescribe suboxone and methadone. CSAC credentialed and Master’s degreed counselors, psychologists and acupuncturist James Zhong provide excellent services.

Kū Aloha accepts HMSA QUEST, Aloha Care QUEST and Kaiser(with prior approval), UHA, HMAA, OHANA, United Behavioral Health, HMA and Medicaid. Call for private insurances co–pays. Family counseling is provided in house . Cash, check, money order or VISA, MasterCard, Discover, Diners Club International and JCB cards are accepted. We offer State-funded slots for residents of Hawai`i who are under the 300% poverty level.

Incorporated in 1976 as Drug Addiction Services of Hawai`i, Inc. Since then more than 13,000 addicted have been treated and treatment services have expanded to include complementary medicine, family care and a comprehensive continuum of care. Today, Kū Aloha is working towards a full integration of spirituality in all of its programs and services.

Decrease in drug use, increase in stability, decrease in arrest rates for new charges, decrease emergency room visits and psychiatric disturbances and increases in educational/vocational activities and drug free social activities are some of the measures of success.

As of March 2014, 83% of Haumana in treatment are free of illict opioid* use in Honolulu and 92% are free of illicit opioid use in Hilo.

* “opioid” refers to heroin and any synthetic forms such as oxycontin, codeine, etc.