Maui Behavioral Health Resources 2018-01-24T19:40:18+00:00

Maui Behavioral Health Resources

Three agencies, One unified vision:

Every individual has the help they need to achieve and maintain a foundation for lasting recovery and well-being

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Maui Youth &
Family Services

Mission

To empower youth and families challenged with behavioral health issues to become responsible, self-fulfilled and contributing members of the community

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Testimonials

My foster parents opened my heart

At the beginning of this year I went into MYFS’ Therapeutic Foster Care program, where I received encouragement and support for the first time in my life and actually felt like I had a family. My foster parents and I could cook together and crack jokes and I finally got an idea of what a family environment could be. I had never been told that life could be what I wanted it to be and my counselors showed me that I actually had a future to look forward to. Now I am working on getting my GED, have two jobs and will be moving into my own apartment soon. My foster parents opened my heart to wanting to help kids and now I want to go to college so I can open up my own day care. These possibilities never existed for me before.

I thought my future would be horrible

When I was young I thought my future would be horrible. I thought I would be in and out of jail like my brothers and sisters. I didn’t think to look at myself as that independent woman that I am today. Because of MYFS I now realize that I am in charge of me and no matter what hard times I face, I just have to keep my head up and I can overcome anything and still remain on top. I have even regained the courage to let my father back in my life, who I hadn’t spoken to since I was 13. My MYFS Counselor always has my back and gives me a shoulder to cry on. I can’t thank MYFS enough for saving my life from going down the wrong path.

I am very thankful for all of the support

Once I got too old for foster care, I had many difficulties and didn't know how to live on my own. The MYFS Independent Living Program taught me how to apply for a job, pay my own bills and solve my own problems. I'm going to college now and have clear goals for the future. I am very thankful for all of the support I received from MYFS counselors and plan to help other foster kids in the future.

I was 16 when I joined the program

My name is Kevin and I was 16 when I joined the program. I had been in and out of foster homes most of my life. I smoked marijuana, drank regularly and ended up with legal problems. When I first got into the program I was resistant to it and couldn't focus during groups. My counselors helped me with my problems and taught me how to have fun without drugs or alcohol. I completed the program not long after I graduated from high school. I am now sober, working full-time and want to volunteer for MYFS to share my story with other kids

My daughter was so angry

I don't know what we would have done without MYFS! My daughter was so angry and out of control, we couldn't have her at home. Having her placed for a week at MYFS' Emergency Shelter made all the difference. We had time to think calmly and the staff helped us make a family plan to move forward. My daughter is following through on agreements and is a much happier person

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Aloha House

Mission

To promote recovery and healthy lifestyles to individuals and families by providing compassionate, effective and comprehensive behavioral health services with the spirit of excellence and aloha

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Testimonials

I was homeless and could not stop drinking

When I entered Aloha House I was homeless and could not stop drinking. Being here made the light come on for me and made me realize that I needed to focus on changing myself and not the world and that I simply could not see my kids if I was not sober. If it weren’t for Aloha House I wouldn’t have made it one day. Their help changed the way I think and choose to live.

The most significant thing that has happened in my life

Coming to Aloha House has been the most significant thing that has happened in my life. I came in a mess, dysfunctional. Because of the people here and in my therapy groups I am on the road to recovery. Before coming here I didn’t like people because I didn’t like myself. But now I love myself and life is getting a whole lot better.

Because I am sober

If it weren’t for Aloha House I would probably be dead and my kids (11 and 7 years old) would be in Foster Care or adopted. Before, I couldn’t go one day without drinking. Now I have changed the way I think and choose to live. Because I am sober I can be with and raise my kids. This is the best gift I have ever had because when the time comes that I have been sober for 3-5 years, my boys will be young teenagers and will need a role model around. I am so blessed that I can now give my boys a life. All I care about is their happiness. I wouldn’t have anything without Aloha House.

I am grateful to be alive

Ten days ago, I fully expected not to be. I made every effort not to be. I failed, and in doing so, I may have rediscovered a life lost 16 years ago. I’m grateful, grateful beyond words, for the shelter, food, clothing, help, care, concern, genuine concern of everyone there, including the staff, but especially for the friends I’ve made. I see through them lives lived far beyond my troubles. I see in them a profound willingness to survive. I’ve heard them, really heard them, when they have said, “Please don’t kill yourself.” I’m grateful for their heartfelt concern and openness. They have truly helped me see something beyond the fog of what recently seemed nothing more than a failed life. I know their gratitude for life and living will sustain me as I begin anew.

Aloha House has given me strength

Aloha House has given me strength, courage and faith in my recovery and sobriety. It has helped me to rebirth myself into a strong, secure, independent woman. I have plans and goals in my life – goals that are attainable with hard work and perseverance. I love the person that I have become. I believe in myself and my recovery. I have been given tools to use in everyday life and the ability to know when and where to use them. These simple gifts that have helped me so much will be passed on to others and continue to help those in need and myself, not just for today, but for a lifetime.

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Malama Family Recovery Center

Mission

To provide caring, holistic substance abuse treatment to women and children with the goal of empowering families to live safe, independent and healthy lives

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Testimonials

Malama was my light when my life was in total darkness

While in prison I had the chance to do drug treatment at Malama and jumped at the chance. There I learned basic life skills, became more responsible, changed my thinking and realized my core beliefs. After graduating from Malama I obtained both an Associates and Bachelors Degree and then became a certified substance abuse counselor….Malama was my light when my life was in total darkness and gave me back my self-esteem and self-confidence to be what I want to be. Now I have the opportunity to help those that are currently in the situation I once was with a total understanding of where they are coming from and the challenges they are facing in their lives. I am truly blessed with daily reminders of how people can overcome obstacles and accomplish all their dreams.

My mom left when I was 4 years old

The only thing I remember before my parents abandoned me and my brother is taking care of my baby brother while my mom and dad did their drugs. Then my mom left when I was 4 years old. I always just wanted to come home and have my mom be there for once. I felt like an abandoned little girl…lost, depressed and lonely. Then I started drinking at age 10 with my cousins and smoking weed at 11. I would smoke so I didn’t have to fill the feelings of being unwanted, unloved, lost, abandoned and lonely. Which then lead me to stealing, lying, cheating and on the road of destruction. All I wanted was a normal family with love, comfort and support. Since I came to treatment I have inherited a new family that loves me when I’m down and supports me in any way they can. Malama has given me the tools to be independent and to cope with life on my own terms. I was able to be included in a family I never had and strived to have growing up. I was also able to show my real self without being judged. I would like to thank Malama for believing in me and teaching me a whole new outlook on life.

I came to Malama from jail

Here in treatment I have developed a love for myself that wasn’t easy. I also have self-respect and I value and cherish what I have because it feels good, it feels right. I came to Malama from jail. Jail was my bottom, no way out, nowhere to hide, no one to lie to and manipulate. I used this bottom as an opportunity to get well because I knew if I’d gone back out and used, I probably would’ve tried to take my life…my pain and past runs deep. I hurt all the people who loved me and I punished myself for that by staying in my sickness, my addiction. But in treatment I have learned communication, coping skills, about my anger, forgiveness and fear. I have learned so much and gained so much. I have moved forward in spite of what has happened. I know that there are a lot of things ahead of me that I need to deal with. Today I can. I am not afraid and fragile as I was. Today I know what my priorities and responsibilities are. Today I love and respect myself. I care about me and what happens to me, and I know that my disease of addiction will never go away. So I have learned and will continue every day to stay aware and committed to my recovery, doing what I need to stay safe, stay sober. I love being a mother. I love being me. I love being everything I can be. I can walk with my head up continuing to go forward because today I believe in myself.

I am stronger than I thought I was

Before going to Malama I was there physically for my kids but not mentally or emotionally. I felt like I didn’t have the right to even hold or touch my children and that I was an outsider around them. As I began to heal I realized what I was missing and wanted to get better so I could be there for my kids. I had to work hard to see my kids. The staff wanted me to be with them, but they made me earn that privilege. I finally began thinking about the consequences of my actions and how they would impact my family. I also started thinking about what kind of life I wanted for my children and what I needed to do to make that happen. My relationship with my children is still mending, but we are a good team and I love being there for them as their interests develop. I missed a lot of moments that I can’t get back, but now that I’m sober and clean I am so much more active in their lives. I love being there for all the hugs and kisses, the silly moments and the craziness of everyday life. Going through Malama made me realize I am stronger than I thought I was. I fought for myself and my kids. If I hadn’t gotten better my children would have been adopted, and to me, I achieved the unachievable.

Being at Malama changed everything

Being at Malama changed everything because it provided a home where I could get the love that I couldn’t give myself before. My children would not have me today if I hadn’t had such an amazing group of healing people around me. Quite simply, I rose from the ashes and would not have the relationship I do with my children if I had not been able to heal. Malama provided a foundation for me to go through the healing motions of being a mother and staying strong for myself and my children.