helps each individual to deliver himself/herself from negative emotions, thoughts, and ultimately, situations. It changes the way you perceive yourself, others, and the world around you!
The Onyx was developed by John Sherman our Executive Director along with the team at Ku Aloha Ola Mau. The Onyx was placed into action to address the alarming increase in use of stimulants, such as amphetamines, methamphetamines, and cocaine.
The Onyx offers our haumana (students of life) the freedom to choose the days and times which best fits their individual lifestyle. Small groups meet for about 20 minutes where haumana simply “talk story.” The Onyx groups range from two to ten people.
The combination and interaction of haumana, their unique spirit, in conjunction with the guidance from highly trained and experienced counselors, produce a unique and powerful union of thought. Each Onyx group is different-no homework or assignments. The Onyx stimulates a magical union of spirit, a change in perception and thinking.
Most haumana describe the Onyx program as creating a feeling like they belong to their community, an appreciation of self, forging a positive, forward-thinking mind-set that progressively replaces the need and desire to use drugs.
Because when a person uses stimulants, such as methamphetamines or cocaine, it is one more day that this person risks the possibility of permanently losing cognitive (thinking and processing) ability and memory, and, in some cases, permanent loss of brain tissue-it’s like having a “forest fire” in your brain’s receptors. It destroys the human spirit and it destroys our community.
Research shows that over 80% of all crimes in Hawai’i involve methamphetamines – it is the enemy of our Aloha spirit!
“I have been using “meth” for years! I started the Onyx over two months ago and I am now going on 2 months without using!”Haumana
“In the beginning I thought it was going to be boring, but after I attended a few times, it was like sitting around the kitchen table and talking story.”Haumana
“This program literally saved my life. I would probably be another statistic if I hadn’t started coming to Onyx”Haumana 3