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Seminar Speakers Discuss Successful Alternate Treatments to Drug Addiction
Faith, Family & Friends More Effective Than Conventional Detox Centers
By: David Deschesne
Fort Fairfield Journal, December 7, 2016
A state-wide speaking tour of Maine sponsored by Camp Constitution featured presentations by Dr. Punyamurtula Kishore, M.D. and Reverend Steven Craft last month. The two spoke at events in Saco, Waldoboro, Lincoln, Houlton and Presque Isle. The speaking tour focused on Dr. Kishore's successful program of treating drug addiction using alternate methods with a success rate of 50% of addicts still sober after one year for pennies on the dollar compared to the mainstream medical establishment's treatments with methadone and conventional detox centers, which only see a success rate of 5% sobriety after one year.
Dr. Kishore is one of the United States' top addiction specialists. He uses non-narcotics, home detox and primary care in addition to keeping the addict's family involved as a support system and a reliance on God and the pastoral community to provide the spiritual support also necessary for a recovering addict.
Dr. Kishore's seven pillars of addiction treatment are: (1) Home “De-addiction”; (2) Sobriety Maintenance; (3) Sobriety Enhancement; (4) Lifelong primary care; (5) Adequately Trained Workforce; (6) Integrated Bio-Psycho-Socio-Spiritual Care; and (7) Treatment on Demand.
His program involves a four-week opening schedule of treatment. The first week is to take the body off the drug and deal with the withdrawals. In the second week are the comfort medicines to help ease the person into his goals; the third week is set up to surround the patients with a support system of people who have already conquered addiction and the fourth week focuses on a group effort to keep the patient away from drugs and the people who formerly kept him or her in their habit to begin with. Most of the treatment is done in the addict's home, surrounded by family members who are able to help with the detox program. Dr. Kishore says this process, which has a much higher success rate than the medical establishment’s clumsy, bloated methadone detox centers, is a much more efficient and effective way of treating drug addiction than the conventional medical establishment offers.
“They're using for small problems, big guns. If there's a fly on the wall we can kill the fly with a fly swatter or a bazooka, both will work but the bazooka brings the house down. That's what's happening. All the taxpayer money's going to programs that are of limited value or no value and potentially hazardous,” said Dr. Kishore. “One of the reasons I am not part of the main line medical establishment is because of my insistence that we go into the homes of addicts and see them.
Dr. Kishore has developed an in-home system of detox using non-addictive drugs as needed to treat withdrawal symptoms. “Withdrawal is what the addict fears. I can treat that at home. The sneezing, sniffling, you can treat that; when they are throwing up, you can treat that; when their bones are stiff like a board, you can treat that; they can't sleep, you can treat that. So I [use] what's called “comfort medicine,” I taught the mom how to give these medicines. The addicts were better in three or four days. You didn't need to have mega, big, gigantic detox centers to go to.”
Dr. Kishore also says the environment within a detox center is not always conducive to helping an addict successfully reach and retain sobriety. “With detox centers, there could be people with good intentions and there could be others with bad intentions. Those with bad intentions could be pimps, prostitutes, dealers or other people there with ill intentions, we just don't know. Now you're putting your child into this mess? So, I'd rather see them at home.”
In addition to surrounding the recovering addict with a positive support system of friends and family in a home environment, Dr. Kishore also integrates seeking help from our Heavenly Father into his program. “We have something called the Bible with a lot of the rules already made. It's the most widely published book in the world. We have a lot of wisdom there. We can tap into the wisdom of our pastors and teachers.”
Dr. Kishore recently moved from Massachusetts to Waldoboro, Maine and looks forward to providing support to addicts in Maine through the National Library of Health and Healing (NLHH). He said Waldoboro could serve as a hub for a statewide network of Addiction - Health and Healing information Centers - much needed in these troubled times when Obamacare has made health care hard to get and addiction is ravaging the fair cities and townships of Maine - and an alarming situation where conventional treatments are not working. “Much of heath and addiction issues are mired in misinformation and disinformation leading to a fragmented and un-working system - our hope at the National Library of Health and Healing is to provide guidance, education, teaching, training, coaching, directing vetting information and inculcating problem solving skills uniquely germane to the local community. In contrast to the Washington-based, big-brother approach this program is community oriented and community responsive. We also seek to inculcate prevention principles and serve as a neutral gathering place for the community and to maintain that neutrality.”
At this time for logistical reasons, Dr. Kishore says there will be no hands-on medical practice at his new location, since he has not fully relocated to Maine. “Once we identify appropriate trained surrogates we will be able to start a practice in parallel to the NLHH.”
Also speaking with Dr. Kishore was Reverend Steven Craft. Rev. Craft, from New Jersey, is a graduate of the Harvard School of Theology. He is a minister, prison chaplain, author and instructor at Camp Constitution in New Hampshire. As a former heroin addict, Rev. Craft spoke of the spiritual aspect of addiction during the seminars and how one must look to the word of God for guidance to a life of sobriety.
“This thing involves life-long care. When we're dealing with the phenomenon of addiction the reason it's so complex is there are so many facets working in this thing and the facet they never touch in the medical community is the spiritual aspect of addiction,” said Rev. Craft. “All the answers to dealing with the spiritual aspect of addiction are in the Holy Bible. The problem is, people don't want to hear the answers. People may ask how to cleanse their way from being a junkie, or how can they maintain their sobriety. The answer is simple, but not easy. The answer on how to stay clean is by taking heed to the word of God. If I want to stay free, I have to live this thing day by day by day. That's what's known as sobriety maintenance and lifelong care. That's the pastoral piece, the theological and spiritual piece, in this thing.”
As a former heroin addict, Rev. Craft spoke of the spiritual aspect of addiction during the seminars and how one must look to the word of God for guidance to a life of sobriety. “There is not only a physical, legal, economic and political component to addiction, the taproot of drug addiction is spiritual. It's a sin. But the Bible does not deal with drug addiction with that type of terminology. The Bible calls [addiction] sorcery and witchcraft. In Western culture, we don't like to talk about witchcraft. Witchcraft isn't just something they do over in the bush in Africa. They do right here and all over the world, they just put a different face on it.”
. For more information about Dr. Kishore's program, visit the National Library of Addictions online at: http://nationallibraryofaddictions.com
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