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Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction

Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction

by Noah Levine


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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062122841
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/10/2014
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 57,136
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Noah Levine, M.A., has been using Buddhist practices to recover from addiction since 1988. He is the founding teacher of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction ix

The Process xi

Part 1 The Four Truths Of Recovery

1 Addiction Creates Suffering 3

2 The Cause of Addiction Is Repetitive Craving 11

3 Recovery Is Possible 19

4 The Path to Recovery 23

5 Understanding 27

6 Intention 41

7 Communication/Community 49

8 Action/Engagement 55

9 Livelihood/Service 65

10 Effort/Energy 71

11 Mindfulness/Meditations 77

12 Concentration/Meditations 85

13 The Path to Heartfulness 89

14 Breaking the Addiction 93

Part 2 Reflections On Recovery

15 Lynne 105

16 Jordan 113

17 Dave 125

18 Mary 141

19 Pablo 151

20 Enrique 159

21 RuthAnn 165

22 Andrea 183


Mindfulness Meditation Instructions 190

Heart Practices 207

Format for Refuge Recovery Meetings 227

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