The Liberation Institute takes a unique approach to recovery. we have been utilizing holistic practices in the treatment of addiction for over 25 years. our approach integrates the 12 Steps with yoga and contemplative practice. this work is profoundly indebted to Robert Sardello and his School of Spiritual Psychology. Spiritual Psychology is a Heart and Earth centered approach; as such, it is invaluable for addicts, who are almost invariably alienated from their deeper selves and the being of the natural world. We offer educational workshops, retreats, and specialized trainings for those who are called to work with those in early recovery. This is a modality that really “works" - a genuine alternative to the prevailing medical model that is dominated by Big Pharma.

Dislocation Theory

The work of the Liberation Institute is shaped and informed by Bruce Alexander’s Dislocation Theory of Addiction. Alexander defines addiction as any “overwhelming involvement with a substance or activity that is harmful to oneself and one’s social relations.” This means that one is addicted if the time, money, or energy he spends on a given substance or activity comes at the expense of his marriage, parenting, or work performance. This means that one can be as addicted to smart phones and shopping as to vodka or heroin. The United States has long been the most addicted country in the world. Dislocation theory holds that the problem is actually social in origin, that addiction only arises as a result of widespread societal breakdown and the loss of shared communal values. Addiction is actually an adaptive behavior; we turn to substances and behaviors in a vain attempt to soothe ourselves. We believe that addicts and inmates alike need to be informed of the myriad social forces that led to their predicament. These include (but are not limited to): globalization, the institutional corruption (e.g. Big Pharma), the War on Drugs, systemic racism, and multigenerational trauma. We agree that the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, but connection. And we believe that this also holds true for any number of emotional, interpersonal, and societal issues.


Piers Kaniuka (MA, MTS) consults with families, individuals, and organizations. We can also tailor our programming to meet your specific needs. Piers has worked in numerous capacities over the years, from colleges to prisons and treatment centers. He has a special interest in working with families and faith communities. for additional information and press kit please contact us.