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Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction

Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction

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"Eight Step Recovery is a useful resource for Buddhists, addicts, and addiction experts alike." - Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

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ISBN: 9781909314023


Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction
Valerie Mason-John and Dr. Paramabandhu Groves

Human nature has an inbuilt tendency towards addiction. All of us can struggle with this tendency, but for some it can destroy their lives. Fortunately, recovery is widespread too. What can the Buddha's teachings offer us in our recovery from addiction? They offer an understanding of how the mind works, tools for helping a mind vulnerable to addiction, and ways to overcome addictive and obsessive behaviour, cultivating a calm, clear mind without anger and resentments.

Whether you are struggling to stay off heroin or with obsessive thinking, the Eight Steps here take you away from addictive tendencies to discover a fulfilling way of living.

“‘The Buddha was in recovery’. Taking this bold statement as a starting point, this wonderful book shows how we are all addicted to aspects of life and can all benefit from training our minds and hearts to be free of the tyranny of compulsion. The Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR) programme draws on a wide range of the Buddha’s practical, yet deeply profound, teachings. Over the eight steps you are given a priceless gift — the possibility to gain mastery over your mind and heart and find freedom.” - Vidyamala Burch, founder and co-director of Breathworks, author of Mindfulness for Health

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Average Customer Rating: 5 based on 5 reviews. Write a review.

Positive Customer Review
Tony Mitton (Guest)
Should become a classic
This book is beautifully written, well thought through and firm but compassionate in its delivery. While clearly it addresses people who experience the serious end of addictions, I found I could apply it effectively to myself and my own range of more moderate addictive and negative tendencies. Its Buddhist mindset and structuring was clear and upfront, yet its usefulness and applicability to non-Buddhists, half-Buddhists or just anyone came through strongly. I'm on the last chapter as I write this. I found it repaid working-and-living through, rather than just 'reading', which is why it took me so long to writing this review after buying the book. It deserves to join a classic cluster of books whose careful reading in effect delivers a DIY course at home for the reader. I suspect it will also prove a powerful alternative to the traditional 12 step method of addiction treatment for those who find the 'higher power' element in that a conceptual impediment. This element is potentially there in this book, in the form of the Buddha as example and as a model of 'awakened mind'. But non-Buddhist atheists need find no obstruction in that notion as it posits no supernatural obstacle. I found this book helped me with numbers of things : negative thinking, ill-will, attitudes to sex and to alcohol, self-compassion, self-acceptance, self-appreciation to name but a few. I learned that to treat difficult aspects of myself as 'addictions' seemed, curiously, to be very effective and liberating. A fine piece of work, this book. NOT just for 'addicts'. Also it unpacks some aspects of Buddhist thought really clearly. Big thanks to both authors.

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