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'Saint of Colombia' uses Transcendental Meditation to successfully treat drug addiction
by Global Good News staff writer
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7 August 2012
Father Gabriel Mejia, the founder of Fundacion Hogares Claret, has dedicated much of his life to improving the lot of others, focusing especially on the problem of drug addiction in children and youth.
After seeing the trauma of the affected families and meeting with private institutions that worked more with a sense of profit and exploitation, Father Mejia decided to form a team of volunteers to meet the needs of drug addicts and their families. In 1984, Hogares Claret was founded.
In addition to opening a therapeutic centre in Medellin, Colombia, Father Mejia also created a series of educational programmes broadcast through television that focused on preventing drug abuse in the first place.
With a group of dedicated volunteers, he also began to expand Hogares Claret to include centres in various provinces and cities in Colombia, and finally, in other countries in Latin America.
During this time, Father Mejia traveled to treatment facilities around the world and observed many different therapeutic methods. This observation led him to realize that the traditional methods his centres were employing were not enough.
About ten years ago, Father Mejia saw a way to change and improve the traditional therapeutic approach applied in rehabilitation programmes, by introducing yoga, Transcendental Meditation, as well as the advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi programme.
These alternative therapies have been so successful that they have begun to form the cornerstone of treatment at Hogares Claret, thus assisting the foundation in achieving its goal of helping persons affected by marginalization, addiction, violence, or behavioural problems find their way in life.
Learning of Father Mejia's success, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme, referred to him as 'the saint of Colombia'.
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