Buddhist Recovery Network

The Buddhist Recovery Network (BRN), founded by Griffin, Levine, and others, is an organization with international chapters that offers help to individuals with addictive behaviors through the use of Buddhist teachings, principles, and practices. All Buddhist traditions are welcome and one does not need to identify themselves as a Buddhist to be involved. A strong parallel is drawn between the eleventh step of 12-Step programs and the BRN’s recovery support through the use of mindfulness and meditation. The program is aimed at strengthening one’s recovery through the practice of meditation, a sense of community, and ethical principles (e.g., non-harming) drawn from Buddhism.

Tao of recovery/sobriety

Several self-help books are viewed as classics within the field of mindfulness and addiction. The Tao of Recovery—A Quiet Path to Wellness by Jim McGregor (1997) applies the principles of Taoism to recovery, and is a resource for those suffering from addiction and for the family and friends of those impacted by addiction. The book consists of four sections: Being, Awakening, Recovering, and Living. Its structure of 81 short verses parallels the classic Chinese text of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching (Tzu 1974) and connects teachings to the recovery process, incorporating the author’s experience with recovery. Gregson and Efran’s The Tao of Sobriety: Helping You Recover from Alcohol and Drug Addiction (2002) also applies the Eastern philosophy of Taoism to recovery. The book contains a variety of exercises, including meditations and content for contemplation and affirmations. The book is based on Taoist precepts (guidelines for living) to offer a gentle way for the reader to let go of suffering, particularly by learning how to be free of guilt that may maintain addiction.

 
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