Category: Research / Many Paths

Meditation

A Buddhist Path to Recovery

A more diverse world of treatment options casts a wider net for addicts who’ve fallen through the cracks. By Mark Hay Originally published in GOOD on February 18, 2016 At the age of 18,...

Survival

Ten Ways to Stay Sober

Self-care is critically important, especially in early recovery. Here are some methods to stay balanced, for 12 steppers and non-12 steppers alike. By Katie MacBride Originally published on March 8th on The Fix: 10...

Willenbring

Substance Abuse Treatment Begins With Research

Foreword by Chris G: This article describes Dr. Willenbring’s history of research, and the clinic he has set up to provide treatment based on the best scientific evidence available – something typically ignored by...

Gabor Mate

Addiction and Suffering – Gabor Maté

Dr. Gabor Maté specializes in the study and treatment of addiction and trauma. He is well known for his firmly held belief in the connection between mind and body health. Dr. Maté’s bestselling books...

Brainexamine

Is Substance Use the Treatment or the Disease?

Editor’s Note: Most of us seem to believe that alcoholism is a kind of treatment: an attempt to resolve an underlying trauma or a “spiritual void” and not, initially at any rate, a “disease” of...

Water Lily

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention

The treatment protocol targets the very roots of addictive behavior. by Carolyn Gregoire Originally published on November 18, 2015 on The Huffington Post A new wave of research on meditation shows that mindfulness-based treatments...

Tunnel

Ayahuasca and Addiction

Over the past two decades there has been renewed interest in the therapeutic use and potential healing effects of psychedelics. Much has been written about that of late, including an article published in the...

The Buddha

The Buddha and Bill W.

By Regina Walker Originally published on March 3, 2015 in The Fix. AA is often accused of being a Christian cult, but it has a lot more in common with Buddhism than many may...

Anon

Al-Anon Agnostica

By Lisa M. Hi, my name is Lisa and I am not an alcoholic. I am, however, the daughter, the ex-wife and the mother of alcoholics. I was raised in a house with a father...

buddha wallpaper

AA as “stealth Buddhism”

By Thom L I’ve sometime heard at meetings in western Massachusetts that AA is “stealth Buddhism”. I like to think of the historical Buddha as one of the first addictions counselors. He observed that...

Plato's Cave

Recovery: Climbing out of Plato’s Cave

By Peg O’Connor Originally published on January 8, 2012, in The Stone, a section of the New York Times. Reposted with Permission. Philosophy is one of the oldest areas of inquiry. Out of control behavior...

Smart Recovery

SMART Recovery

By Jim Braastad Smart Recovery Distance Training Coordinator A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to represent SMART Recovery® in a panel discussion “Alternative Recovery Models” at the Hazelden Graduate School of...

Buddhas

Buddhism and the 12 Steps

By Roger C. There would appear to be much in common between Buddhist thought and the 12 Step recovery program practised by some in AA. A number of books have made the connection between...

Recovery Capital

Recovery Capital

Nourishing and Toxic Attitudes in Recovery By Allen Berger, Ph.D. © 2014 Recovery capital is a relatively new concept in the field of recovery. Our recovery capital is determined by the number of external...