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 Chemical Dependency Recovery: Treating the Chemically Dependent as a Resurrection Process 
 

To my knowledge no center or human being has used and combined all of the information available in these three diagnostic and assessment systems to develop a treatment plan. Much treatment is provided and experienced during the diagnostic and assessment process. By the end of this process, the guest knows that you know them at the heart and soul level. No question. This is where you build an incredible therapeutic alliance in a very short period of time. This then allows one to get treatment compliance. You know in this system that once the person starts doing the treatment that they are going to feel better and better which supports them in taking on more disciplines and the harder to do therapies. One produces an upward spiral which directly counter acts their life experience as a downward spiral.

There would then be a multi-disciplinary team where these individual clinicians would present their findings with the guest present and a treatment plan would be developed. This profound in depth assessment process almost guarantees treatment compliance. There is very little resistance to treatment when you reach someone at this level. This process of assessment not only identifies the correct treatment for you but the correct sequence of administering that treatment. No one else has that sophistication. If you find that the person needs massage, what kind of massage, Rolfing, Swedish, etc. How many massages do they need? What should be the sequence and frequency of these massages? All of the answers to these questions come from the above diagnostic procedures, particularly from behavior kinesiology. There is no guess work here and therefore, this is the best risk management program in the world.

In essence your treatment of each guest is extraordinarily customized to their exact needs in the moment. And, you are to detect, on an ongoing basis, changes in health that would require treatment plan updates. No guess work anymore. If they need herbal supplements, you can figure out how many to take, how many times a day and for how long. This level of assessment and treatment cannot be done by the average licensed professional.

The persons hired have to be spirit-guided, heart centered, conscious, and competent. Using Dr. Hawkins Behavioral Kinesiology is a great way to determine the level of consciousness of an individual and whether they would be a good team member. Remember we are operating out of a totally different paradigm. Assessment and diagnostic procedures, hiring practices-human resource department, selection of healing spaces, the choice of treatment modalities etc is all consistent with our new psychospiritual/humanological paradigm.

One would want to create a sacred space in the mountains or near water. It would be built with great consciousness as to materials, placement of building e.g., feng shei, disposal of wastes. It would be environmentally friendly and would demonstrate how to put it all together. It would be a world model of truly integrative addiction services in a health promoting environment.

Wherever I have worked I have won the trust, respect and love of the chemically addicted. I was not the professional staff who aligned himself with the correctional philosophy that these are bad men and need to be punished. I embraced their light and not their darkness. I helped them shine forth. As Nelson Mandela said, "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the Glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own Light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

This philosophy comes from a different paradigm. It is consistent with and exemplifies the psychospiritual approach. Just as one drop of lemon can curdle a glass of milk the reverse is true. People of higher consciousness can neutralize negatively. I know it is my purpose to change the consciousness and vibration of those I come in contact with. I did this through teaching Kundalini yoga, confronting men in group about their lapses into unconsciousness and supporting those in pain with compassion, love, and hope. I also worked with the mentors of the TC so that they would be the support for the other men and help the men free themselves from self-destructive attitudes and behaviors.

Everything I did was consciousness raising. Once a man in a group asked me what he could do to change his life. I gave him an assignment to only tell the truth and if he gave his word he would keep it no matter what. This man reported to the group that just this exercise alone changed his life. Because of so much positive transference from him, he asked me to be his spiritual teacher. I declined but said that I would guide him as best I could. For a drug using gang banging youth to ask someone to be his spiritual teacher seems to represent a transformation. He has new reference points, new vocabulary, new attitudes, and new insights because he has adopted a different paradigm.

Summary
A psychospiritual holistic approach is far more effective in treating the chemically dependent than almost any program which is derivative from the allopathic or social model paradigm. The 3HO SuperHealth Program with certain augmentations represents THE model for treating the chemically dependent. Almost anyone can be trained in the use of these diagnostic, assessment, and treatment protocols. The world needs another program like 3HO SuperHealth.

References
1. Delbert Boone, "Psychology of Addiction", in an Article "Titled Addiction & The Criminal Offender with Delbert Boone", CASA, 1997. (This information was verified in a Telephone Conversation on)
2. David Deitch, University of California, San Diego, Psychiatry Addiction Training Center Curriculum 1991 and Substance Abuse; A Comprehensive Text, Eds. Lowison, Ruiz, Millman and Langrod, Third Edition Williams and Wilkens (97). D. Deitch, Training of Clinical Personnel, pp. 790-799.
3. Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Ed., Text Revised, DSM-IV-TR, American Psychiatric Association, 2000, p.30
4. Same Reference DSM, p. 33
5. Same Reference DSM, p. 34
6. Same Reference DSM, p. 35
7. Sane Reference DSM, p. 192
8. NIDA INFO FACTS, http://drugabuse.gov/infofax/costs.html
9. Ambrose Publishing Videos

Books
Herbert Benson, M.D., Timeless Healing, Scribners, New York, 1996 Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Ed., Text Revised, DSM-IV-TR, American Psychiatric Association, Washington, D.C., 2000
Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., and Gurucharn Singh Khalsa, Ph.D., Breathwalk: Breathing your way to a Revitalized Body, Mind and Spirit. Broadway Books, June 2000.
Yogi Bhajan, Foods for Health and Healing: Remedies and Recipes, South Asia Books, January, 1999
David Hawkins, M.D., The Eye of the I, Veritas Publishing, Sedona, Arizona, 2001 Denny Johnson with Eric Ness, What the Eyes Reveal, Rayid Publications, 2nd Edition, January 1997
Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., Food as Medicine, Atria Books, January 2003 Thomas S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 2nd Edition, The University of Chicago Press, 1970


Sadhu Singh Khalsa, LISW, MSW
Sadhu Singh Khalsa, founder of Total Health Recovery Program has over 30 years of experience as a caring clinician, administrator, researcher, educator, yoga teacher and advocate for the disenfranchised. He has been a hospital administrator of a 100 bed psychiatric hospital in Chicago; program director of the only holistic natural healing residential treatment center for the chemically dependent in America; and recently, the Mental Health Bureau Chief for the New Mexico Corrections Department. He is a man of vision and heart and knows how to design and manifest superior treatment programs without comprising the integrity of the design.

Sadhu Singh Khalsa graduated from the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 1969 with a specialty in Administration and Community Mental Health. He has studied with Yogi Bhajan, a spiritual teacher for over 25 years learning how to apply spiritual principles in the healing arts�mental health, physical health and in the field of addiction. When he saw firsthand what can be done with the chemically dependent using all natural methods, he never wavered in his commitment to create more centers using superior diagnostic, assessment and treatment protocols. Total Health Recovery Program is the culmination of years of research, exploring and networking so that their clients could finally find the best treatment program in the world.

Sadhu Singh Khalsa can be reached at:
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sadhu.khalsa@gmail.com or call 505-310-1340.

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