About the Founder


Nirmala Raniga

Nirmala Raniga CMA is the founder and driving force behind the Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center, (formerly Paradise Valley Wellness Centre) and has been working in the field of addiction and mental health for nearly thirty years. As an addiction specialist, she broke ground in the field of addiction rehabilitation in 1989 by demanding that people in the opiate dependency programs be treated with respect and compassion, not moral disdain or manipulation.

To this end, Nirmala founded and serves as the director of Lower Mainland Drug Freedom Inc., a private organization with five locations in and around Vancouver, BC. A total of 25 physicians and 27 employees administer methadone and suboxone treatment programs along with a healthy dose of caring and compassion to clients who are suffering from addictions. Nirmala believes that “life is precious and priceless; that we all deserve to live in the present and experience joy and healthy relationships.”

In 2008, Raniga’s staff of doctors and counsellors nominated her for a prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Award, which recognizes women whose achievements contribute to the health and future of the community, in the category of Business and the Professions. She was also nominated for the 2008 Celebration of Business Excellence Award in the business category.

In 2009, Nirmala established Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center, originally called Paradise Valley Wellness Centre, which enabled her to expand her dedication to the needs of people with addiction, addictive behaviours, depression, anxiety and PTSD. A state-of-the-art private treatment facility, the Center is endorsed by Dr. Deepak Chopra and the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center, which is located in beautiful Squamish, BC, one hour north of Vancouver, is committed to supporting every guest in recovering from destructive compelling behaviors and reclaiming physical health, emotional well-being and a new sense of meaning and fulfillment in life.

For Nirmala Raniga, work is more than just a career; it’s a calling. By combining her business acumen with her inherent sense of compassion she has enabled hundreds of people with addiction and emotional issues to regain control of their lives. Nirmala is a Chopra Center instructor certified in Primordial Sound Meditation, Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga and Perfect Health Ayurvedic Lifestyle.

She is passionate about sharing timeless wisdom tools for mind-body health, deeper life fulfillment and emotional healing. Nirmala has made appearances for television, radio and live events internationally. She is the host of weekly show, Journey of Healing which airs on JoyTv and Shaw Cable. To date she has released two meditation albums, The Divine Healing Mantra, and Meditation: An Introduction, available on CD and for download on iTunes and Amazon.