Here are some facts about the Kiloby Center, to answer questions we often get from the public:
1. The Center is officially recognized by the state of California as a certified addiction treatment center. This means our program, personnel and policies passed all the steps necessary to treat addiction just as any other center does. We are regularly evaluated by the state to make sure we are in compliance. We are the first U.S. addiction treatment center to focus mainly on mindfulness.
2. We work with people on addiction, anxiety and depression but many spiritual seekers come just to take advantage of one on one and intimate, small group sessions for awakening purposes. Addiction and spiritual seeking have a lot in common, so the group work is often rich regarding these parallels.
3. We accept insurance for drug and alcohol addiction and have a full utilization staff with nurses who work to make sure a client’s health insurance covers them at the center. We also work with an agency that helps uninsured people get covered under the new Obamacare regulations.
4. We have a medical director on board who has worked for the biggest treatment center in the country.
5. We don’t offer only the Living Inquiries and Natural Rest. We have two certified facilitators of EMDR. We also offer yoga, meditation and other modalities. We have a daily skills training that helps people stabilize in awareness.
6. We have on our staff a experienced California Licensed Psychologist and a California Marriage and Family Therapist. They are here to offer counseling when needed. I am working towards certification as an Addiction Specialist in California. If all goes well, that certification will happen very soon. Our facilitators are also working toward an addiction specialist certification.
7. The center leads the way for further development of the Living Inquiries and my work generally and then trains the online facilitators based on what we are learning and developing at the Center.
8. Scott Kiloby rarely travels to do satsang and weekend retreats anymore because of how much easier it is for him to help people at the center than at a three or five day retreat. However, in 2015, He may begin to travel more and share what he is doing at the Center for folks who can’t make it there.
9. Our rates are not higher than the average treatment center. They are on par actually. We did a lot of research before setting our rates to make the center as affordable as possible. Our rates fluctuate on a sliding scale. We have accommodated many clients who lack the income to pay our full rates. We want to work with as many people as we can, from all income levels while still maintaining the ability to pay our bills and keep the doors open.
10. One of our long term goals is to find grants and other state and federal funds to help those with the lowest income who cannot become insured for whatever reason.
11. The reason we advertise and promote the center is because it is a business, like any other treatment center. If we don’t let people know about us, they may lose the opportunity to try a program that is much different than other programs.
12. The overall national average success rate for treatment centers is very low – 10%. We are doing much better. Although we are still young, every client who has come to the center for drugs or alcohol and who has participated with us for at least 21 days is currently still clean and sober. We have an extensive aftercare system that helps them maintain sobriety after they leave. We want to continue monitoring our success rates and publish them truthfully at the end of the year. Relapse does happen, so we do not expect to be at a 100% success rate. But our current statistics show great promise, precisely because we do not focus on just abstinence or busy spiritual and therapeutic work but on dealing with the underlying issues of identity, anxiety and trauma that often accompany and fuel addiction.
13. So far everyone who has come presenting anxiety or addiction at a 4 or 5 on a scale from 1 to 5 (with five being the most extreme) has left our center around 0 to 1 on that scale. Our aftercare system allows them to maintain that level of clarity and peace. I am in constant contact with most of our former clients, helping them get the support they need.
14. We don’t want to paint a false picture. There have certainly been challenging cases where people experienced difficulty after they left, but most of those people participated with us for a very short time, even though we recommended a longer time. We are very careful to recommend longer participation where there is extreme depression, anxiety or addiction. Even in those cases where people experienced difficulty, followup communication with them has revealed that they are deepening and finding more freedom in their lives through our aftercare system.
15. Everyone who participates at the center gets full, unlimited, lifetime access to the audios and videos that helped them while at the center.
16. We do not believe that healing addiction is just about helping people refrain from use of substances and activity. We believe freedom from addiction comes through awakening, while honoring our human embodied experience so that the deepest pain is unearthed and released. Anything short of that makes relapse more likely.
17. We do not assert nor do we refute the notion of addiction as a disease. Disease is defined as “an alteration that impairs functioning”. Given that most humans are addicted to something (even thoughts, work, internet, etc), to say that addiction is a disease would be to assert that every human is suffering from a disease. This creates feelings of deficiency, which is exactly what we help people see through. The disease model itself can be a damaging diagnosis in some cases. We believe addiction is hardwired into our human experience but that there is a way out, if one takes awakening seriously instead of looking for short-term magic bullets. Nonetheless, the disease model of addiction does have something to teach us about the serious consequences of addiction on the brain and in our daily lives and relationships. Addiction comes from the sense of separation in the mind and body. How do you treat separation? Is it a disease or is it just how we have developed thus far as a human species? Instead of treating separation, we question it so that people find out for themselves that separation is simply a mistaken identity. This is what allows addiction to naturally relax.
18. We often get the question, “Does someone have to have a background in mindfulness or nonduality to come to the center for addiction, anxiety or depression?” The answer is a clear no. Some of our most successful clients had no such background and are doing well today after being with us. We meet people where they are.