What is a “Recovery Family”?

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What is a “Recovery Family”

Recovery from addiction or mental health issues can feel isolating and overwhelming. One of the most meaningful aspects of attending rehab is forming what’s known as a “recovery family.” This term describes the unique bond formed between individuals who attend treatment together. There are few communities that experience the unique connection found within a recovery family.

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The Recovery Bond

When clients enter treatment they may feel, for the first time, like they’re no longer alone. Surrounded by people who face similar struggles, who are similarly powerless over drugs, alcohol, or mental health issues, they realize there is a solution. Progress made by one member of the recovery family becomes a beacon of hope for the other members. In these shared experiences, a profound bond is formed that can be akin to a family.

Why Community Matters

Recovery is a unique journey that can be hard for those who haven’t experienced it to fully understand. Being part of a community that “gets it” can be incredibly validating and comforting. By sharing their experiences in group therapy or 12-step meetings, members of a recovery family can learn from each other’s successes and mistakes, gaining insights that might not be possible in isolation. Members can also provide support during tough times and hold each other accountable long after treatment has ended, which can be crucial in preventing relapse. The bonds formed in recovery often last a lifetime.

Maintaining Relationships with Family at Home

While a recovery family is vital, it’s also important to remember the importance of family at home. Having a diverse support system that includes both a recovery family and actual family can provide a more well-rounded and resilient network of support. In fact, recovery can be an opportunity for both the individual and their family to grow, understand each other better, and forgive past hurts. Maintaining good family relationships also helps in reintegrating into everyday life post-treatment, providing a sense of normalcy and stability. At The Ohana, we involve families in the recovery process, helping to repair and strengthen these vital relationships.

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About The Ohana

Nestled in the serene landscapes of Hawaii, The Ohana is more than a treatment facility; it’s a natural sanctuary for healing and growth. Here, we’ve seen recovery families develop and flourish, offering invaluable support to each other during and after treatment. 


Our approach to recovery blends traditional therapeutic methods with the unique healing powers of our environment, fostering a deeper connection with nature, self, and others. Our holistic treatment model addresses not just the physical and psychological aspects of addiction, but also the spiritual and emotional dimensions. We also offer adventure therapy, which helps clients push past personal boundaries, build self-esteem, and foster a sense of accomplishment. Whether it’s hiking through lush forests or exploring the island’s volcanic landscapes, these experiences are pivotal in the journey of self-discovery and recovery.


Our holistic treatment approach is designed to heal the whole person. By combining traditional therapy with alternative practices like yoga, meditation, and cultural immersion, we provide a well-rounded path to recovery that nurtures mind, body, and spirit.


Importantly, our approach to recovery is deeply rooted in the principle of community. If you’re seeking a place where you can heal and grow in the company of a supportive recovery family, The Ohana awaits you.

Why Travel for Treatment?

Traveling to treatment is the first step in a transformative adventure. For many, it’s a physical and symbolic departure from their old environment, habits, and struggles, moving towards a space of healing and new beginnings. 

Is The Ohana Right for Me?

Wondering who we serve? We work with individuals from all walks of life, each with their unique story and path to recovery. Our inclusive environment embraces diversity, ensuring that everyone feels welcomed and valued in their journey towards sobriety.


Learn more about Ohana by reaching out to our admissions team and starting the process. We’re here to make it easy and financially accessible for you to live the life of your dreams. 

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