Category: Addiction & Recovery

The 12 Step Buddhist Talks about Compassionate Recovery

  By Darren Littlejohn This is just a little bit of background about what brought me to the notion of a new paradigm for recovery. While my experiences may make it appear that I’m discompassionate to existing frameworks, that’s not the case. I’ve always been a proponent of a “whatever works” philosophy. The truth is that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for anything in life. After more than 30 years in AA, NA, Alanon, ACA and running The 12-Step Buddhist groups and retreats for more than five years, I came to the awareness that there needs to be a...

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The Night I OD’ed

  By Debbie Lynn Yes, I have seen the light and came back to tell about it. It was 36 years ago. I was 19, and it is something I rarely talk about. It took a long time for me to process and somewhat understand the experience, and after all these years, it still seems like a dream. It was 1979, and I was out on my own and partying like a rock star. It was a typical Friday night at our house. Bill (my boyfriend) and I were having our friends over for the usual—beer, whisky, pot and cocaine....

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Dead Set on Living: Making the Difficult Journey From F##king Up to Waking Up {Book Review}

  By Brent R. Oliver Chris Grosso is a man who is full of heart. That heart, in turn, is full of sadness, pain, humor, and hope. He brings all of that to his newest book, Dead Set on Living: Making the Difficult but Beautiful Journey from Fucking Up to Waking Up. It’s especially compelling considering how many times his heart has almost stopped beating. Mr. Grosso isn’t shy about laying out his history of self-destructive behavior, and the fact that it’s something he still struggles with. He writes with a bold and often painful honesty regarding his addictions...

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A Dharma Guide to Staying Sober for the Holidays

  By Tyler Lewke Next to my place is a market filled with overpriced things like almond milk. And hummus. And Wine. It’s the kind of place you go in a hurry when you run out at the last moment. I shop here almost exclusively. At the checkout, just after getting home from a particularly tricky family holiday gathering, I discover a display with a new wine for this holiday season, named Family Time Is Hard. I was immediately hit with familiar mix of jealousy and rage. How do those of us trying to remain awake and unaltered and sober...

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Learning to Surf & A Teacher Half My Age

  By Andrew Costa This summer, I learned much from a 20-year old in just three hours. I am 41 years old, eight months sober, and in recovery from alcohol addiction. I used to think the most important lessons in life were learned from elder teachers we studied under for long periods of time. Many of us could probably name a specific mentor we admired growing up: an academic teacher, parents, grandparents, an elderly neighbor, a coach, or a music instructor. Hollywood has produced many mentors; Mr. Miyagi (The Karate Kid), Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), Yoda (Star Wars), and John...

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