Bestselling author and renowned Buddhist teacher Noah Levine adapts the Buddha's Four Noble Truths and Eight Fold Path into a proven and systematic approach to recovery from alcohol and drug addiction—an indispensable alternative to the 12-step program.
While many desperately need the help of the 12-step recovery program, the traditional AA model's focus on an external higher power can alienate people who don't connect with its religious tenets. Refuge Recovery is a systematic method based on Buddhist principles, which integrates scientific, non-theistic, and psychological insight.
Viewing addiction as cravings in the mind and body, Levine shows how a path of meditative awareness can alleviate those desires and ease suffering. Refuge Recovery includes daily meditation practices, written investigations that explore the causes and conditions of our addictions, and advice and inspiration for finding or creating a community to help you heal and awaken.
Practical yet compassionate, Levine's successful Refuge Recovery system is designed for anyone interested in a non-theistic approach to recovery and requires no previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism or meditation.
Levine (Dharma Punx) offers Refuge Recovery, the Buddhist-inspired program for addicts that he helped create and implement in various cities throughout the U.S. The first half presents the principles and process of the program, in which the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism are foundational. Similar to Alcoholics Anonymous' stance of faith in the process of recovery and the group or community, Levine's program "does not ask anyone to believe anything, only to trust the process and do the hard work of recovery." The process involves acknowledging the ways in which suffering is brought about and perpetuated. It also advocates individual and group mindfulness practice to break out of the vicious cycle of addiction, teaching addicts to anchor in the present moment, away from unhealthy desires. The second half is a collection of stories from former addicts, recounting their downfall into addiction and their recovery through Buddhist practice and the Refuge Recovery program. Levine offers much to struggling addicts who are looking for recovery programs that are alternatives to the Christian-influenced AA/NA groups. Nonaddicts can also glean lessons for examining and managing problematic desires in their own lives.
This book is a fantastic read and a phenomenal resource!! I've seen this in action and I hope people who haven't found the path to recovery will find a new, perhaps more personally suited, path in this book!
Nothing extraordinary, but can be a good summation of some Buddhist views combined with 12-step-ish work.