Chemical Dependency Groups at the Bobby Benson Center

The Chemical Dependency Program at the Bobby Benson Center consists of gender-specific groups to include:

  • Chemical Dependency Education Groups (held Monday and Friday during the daily schedule)
  • Relapse Prevention Groups (held Thursday during the daily schedule, and Tuesday during the evening schedule)
  • 12-Step Work Groups (held Tuesday during the daily schedule)

BBC Home Group “Aloha Ke Akua” -- Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting (held at the Old Kahuku Sugar Mill behind Kahuku Grill on Monday nights from 7:30 to 8:30; attendance is optional, co-ed, and open to the community).

Other supplemental groups focused on Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, and Life Skills are held throughout the week’s daily and evening schedules.  Clients also attend other Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and/or NA meetings held throughout the island of Oahu during the week’s evening schedule.  Additional information on the various types of groups/meetings that our Chemical Dependency Program offers at the Bobby Benson Center is noted below:

Chemical Dependency Education Groups: clients learn about substance abuse effects on the body and regarding consequences of the use of specific substances.  Many clients have a “drug of choice” and have not had exposure to the truth, reality and effects of other drugs.  These groups are geared to guide clients to refrain from using other substances they may not have had contact with, as well as deter them from returning to using substances they are familiar with and have used in the past. 

Relapse Prevention Groups: clients learn to identify triggers that lead them to using substances.  Trigger may include: people, places, emotions, and circumstances.  Clients also learn to explore and identify coping skills and mechanisms that will help them deal with such triggers.  A variety of activities (i.e. sports, arts, crafts, cooking, baking, etc.) are incorporated into these groups to help clients experience different options that may serve as a release during triggering situations.  Often clients learn new skills and activities to consider and implement in place of substance use.

12-Step Work groups:  clients follow the AA/NA “12-Step Program”, using worksheets geared to help them explore the lessons, topics, and themes outlined in the AA/NA 12- Steps.  Clients participate in an activity geared to teach about the 12-Steps, and then work individually on a specific step in the program.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting: by attending AA and NA meetings, clients will learn the format and social norms of attending these 12- Step support groups.  Clients are also given the opportunity to network with experienced individuals who have successfully utilized the 12-Step Program to maintain continued sobriety that serve as sober supports and sponsors.  Clients are encouraged to establish NA/AA supports and obtain a sponsor to create a solid sober recovery network.   An NA/AA sponsor adds to the support offered by the client’s family and therapeutic team.  Clients will be able to differentiate which 12-Step program is best suited for them (either AA, NA, or a combination of both), as well as what type of groups are best suited to their recovery style (e.g., closed, open, gender-specific, speaker or book study).

Additional Chemical Dependency Groups: two new additions to the Chemical Dependency Program are: the Hawaiian Islands Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous (HICYPAA), and SMART Recovery.  These are closed meetings faciliated at the Bobby Benson Center that are specifically created for our clients.

For more information on Hawaiian Islands Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous (HICYPAA), please visit:

The SMART Recovery Group is structured on a "4-Point Program" for self managment and recovery.  These points include:  1) Building and Maintaining Motivation; 2) Coping with Urges; 3) Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors; and 4) Living a Balanced Life.  For more information, please visit:

Choices are supported and encouraged within the Chemical Dependency Program.  Understanding these choices and options ensure that each client gets the individualized care and recovery support necessary for them to be successful in living a clean and sober life upon graduating from the Bobby Benson Center.