The rehabilitation clinic “Medical Center of Doctor Nazaraliev” (MCN) has an informal name that has been used for a long time among drug addicts. They call it “the last pier of hope” and refer to Professor Zhenishbek Nazaraliev as “Doctor Life.”
In December 1991, the clinic received its first patients. The queue of those wishing to undergo treatment for alcohol and drug addiction in Bishkek, the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic, included people from all over the former Soviet Union, which had a population of over 250 million people.
Doctor Nazaraliev’s treatment method, which he created, was written about widely in Russian media namely in the “Komsomolskaya Pravda” newspaper. Today, after a quarter century, his unique treatment method is still the subject of interest and has been discussed in publications such as The New York Times, Al Jazeera and Russia Today.
Over 17,000 people from more than 20 countries have passed a rehabilitation course in MCN since its opening. Out of these, 87.5% of them have withstood the annual remission and have not relapsed into drug use.
Everyone who arrives at the clinic is advised to come with a relative or someone close because the clinic works with not only dependent people but also with the co-dependents, those who have become psychologically dependent on the other’s disease.
During the first two weeks at the clinic, a comprehensive survey and regime of medicinal treatment are conducted. The key procedure during this period is the Central Cholinolytic Blockade (CCLB). Professor Nazaraliev received his first patent for atropinization therapy at the end of 1980s. Since then the technology has undergone clinical trials and has been significantly improved and protected by dozens of additional patents. It is based on blocking the sympathetic nervous system for four to five hours with the deduction of norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine. In parallel, work with parasympathetic nervous system is conducted. As a result, doctors achieve a balance between the two systems. The procedure helps to stop the physiological cravings for the drug and move on to the psychological recovery of the individual.
In 1994, the National Institute of Drug Abuse in the United States (NIDA) offered $1 million to study this method. However, Professor Nazaraliev rejected this proposal because his did not consider himself comfortable with the nuances of American intellectual property law. It was also highly evaluated in a meeting of the scientific council of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences and National Scientific Center of Narcology of the Agency for Public Health of the Russian Federation that was held in Moscow in 2011.
During the second phase at MCN, patients visit the south side of the beautiful alpine lake Issyk-Kul, considered the pearl of the Kyrgyz Republic. In the Kyrgyz village “Ak-Tengir” (translated from kyrgyz as “bright space”), which is located near where the first cosmonauts were trained, in an exceptionally peaceful and natural environment, patients are taught Eastern and Western psychological control over their thoughts and bodies. The Mindcrafting (meaning ‘mind polishing’ in English) program includes the world’s best practices – from the holotropic breathing of transpersonal psychiatry to the dervish dance of the Sufi tradition. Special attention in the clinic is given to the spiritual life of the patients: for the Muslims there is a prayer room on the nearby mountain Tashtar-Ata, and they can always talk with a personal spiritual mentor.
When a person has broken his dependence physiologically and mentally he is offered the option of another spiritual procedure in the third stage of rehabilitation. Pilgrimage with a “soul gem” that is should be thrown on the Tashtar-Ata – salvation mountain. Patients travel about 250 km through the picturesque Tien Shan Mountains to accomplish this task. Alternatively, they may choose stress-energy therapy which is held in the clinic and represents a mixture of hypnosis with neuro-linguistic programing.
In addition to treating patients, MCN provides training and professional qualification development for psychiatrists and narcologists from different countries. Also, the clinic is heavily involved in a charity program that helps the drug-dependent patients from Arab countries called “The world needs you!” which is run by a public organization, the World League “Mind free of drugs.”
The clinic is a member of various professional associations, including the World Federation for mental health — FMH (Springfield, U.S.A.).
“We do not promise, we give a chance” – these words are written above the main entrance to the clinic. “I took a chance” – patients say and you can hear the hope in their words.
Besides being “Doctor Life,” founder of the clinic and the creator of the methods discussed above, Professor Jenishbek Nazaraliev is also known as a public figure engaged in educational work and charity. In 2002, at the meeting with former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Professor Nazaraliev received approval for his initiative to establish the social organization of the World League “Mind free of drugs”.
In the 1990s, Professor Nazaraliev visited more than 40 countries for scientific research where he studied the positive treatment for drug abuse and methods to combat drug trafficking, and that is how the idea was born. In 2002, he published a book based on his research called “Fatal Red Poppies.” It has been translated into 10 languages and soon will be released in Arabic.
Over 15 years of existence, World league “Mind free of drugs”, more than 300 world famous politicians, businessmen, religious and public figures, scientists, athletes and celebrities were made honorary members of the World League.
In 2010, the World League held an international competition “The world against drug addiction.” Two years later, an educational TV project called “Doctor Life” was launched. It is about the treatment of eight patients with drug addiction from the U.S.A., Germany and Russia. In 2014, the Professor held out his hand to addicted people in the Middle East.
The charity program “The World Needs You!” has helped people from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria, Lebanon and Turkey. Human rights campaigners from Yemen after the evaluating the World League’s contribution to solving the drug abuse problem took the initiative to nominate Professor Nazaraliev for the Nobel Peace Prize – as the main warrior against the plague of the 21st century.