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Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Approach to Addiction Recovery

Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Approach to Recovery Learn about Refuge Recovery, the Buddhist recovery program with meetings across the world. If you’re local to Petaluma, you can join us for our weekly meeting HERE. Overview The Four Noble Truths What is Refuge Recovery? My Experience with Refuge The Refuge Program Refuge Recovery Meetings Getting Started with Refuge The Differences Between Refuge and 12 Step What is Refuge Recovery? Refuge Recovery is a relatively new program founded by Noah Levine. Noah is a Buddhist teacher who has authored several books, including the Refuge Recovery book. His organizations Dharma Punx and Against …

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How Can Meditation Aid Addiction Recovery?

How Can Meditation Aid Addiction Recovery? Meditation is an alternative approach to addiction recovery, but how does it help people and is it as effective as more traditional methods like counseling and psychotherapy? Meditation has a spiritual history and many forms have developed through different cultures. Each form has a similar aim; to reach inner peace and detachment from overwhelming thoughts. Some forms of meditation acknowledge and embrace a higher power whereas others use visualisations to fill the mind which, in turn, leads of an emptiness and a peaceful state. These central objectives translate well into addiction meditation. In addiction, …

Drug Overdoses in Unfamiliar Places

Drug overdose is an unfortunate reality when dealing with people who are struggling with addiction. Most people in recovery probably know someone close to them who has overdosed and died. Many people have also ended up in the hospital from an overdose of their own and been lucky enough to live through it. I have a good friend who I was in sober living and outpatient treatment with who was struggling with detox and recovery for the all the time I knew him. A few years ago I found out that he had died. Hearing this did not shock me …

Kindness Towards my Body

I woke up reaching for a bottle of club soda next to the bed. My lips were dry and swollen as I ran my tongue across them. With each movement my stomach and head seemed to ache more. The stale taste of alcohol lingered in my mouth. Clothes, shoes, and make-up littered my bedroom floor. Why did you do this to yourself again? The afternoon light was filling my room because somehow, again, I managed to sleep through the whole morning. You are so stupid and unlovable. Picking up my phone I was scared to look at the text messages …

Another Buddhist Atheist in Recovery

This post was first published in December 2014 on our old site, The Easier Softer Way. We are reposting it here because of the amount of questions we receive about being an atheist in recovery, hoping that it is of use to someone! I’ve recently been asked several times about my atheistic beliefs and my recovery… Twelve-Step programs seem to require belief in a higher power, with lines such as, “Having reduced us to a state of absolute helplessness, you now declare that none but a Higher Power can remove our obsession,” “We had to find a power by which …

Compassionate Amends

Making amends is an important part of the twelve-step recovery process. As with many things I learned in the twelve-step rooms, the process of making amends is useful to people both in and out of recovery. For anyone who isn’t in twelve-step recovery, amends is a process by which we make amends for any harms we have caused. Amends means recognizing our behavior as harmful, letting the person know we know we caused harm, and improving upong the situation and behavior. I learned to make amends from my sponsor and reading the twelve-step literature, and it really helped me. As …

Finding Refuge

One Mind Dharma is excited to be hosting this wonderful new guest post from our friend, Jeff. Visit Jeff at www.pavlostog.com. Fref Being a natural born shit disturber I’m attracted to a bit of controversy and then I like to see if I can depower opposition by adding a potentially neutral element or perhaps a point of view yet unseen by oppositions too focused on their point to pull into a wide-angle.   I find it interesting that anyone could find Buddhism or Buddhist perspectives as threatening but the birth of