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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (June 10 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062122843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062122841
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Refuge Recovery is a proven practice, a process, a set of tools, a treatment, and a path to healing addiction.

Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-oriented, nontheistic recovery program that does not ask anyone to believe anything, only to trust the process and do the hard work of recovery. In fact, no previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism is required. Recovery is possible, and this book provides a systematic approach to treating and recovering from all forms of addictions. When sincerely practiced, the program will ensure a full recovery from addiction and a lifelong sense of well-being and happiness.

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.

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Embracing the principles outlined in Refuge Recovery has allowed me to take my recovery to the next level. This is the future of recovery.
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Terrific Book for a non-theist approach on recovery.
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HASH(0x9a2bf798) out of 5 stars The Buddhist Big Book June 19 2014
By Brad F. Koch - Published on
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In one word: Brilliant.
I work as a therapist in a treatment center. We treat 400-500 alcoholics and addicts each year. Many people resist the Judeo-Christian themes in 12 step work. For those people, there are few viable alternative recovery roads. Noah has illuminated for all suffering addicts the Buddhist path as a road to sustained recovery from addictions. He does an excellent job highlighting the truth of addiction, solid and deep inventory to explore, the necessity of abstinence in order to recover, the actions and practices (the path) one can take to contented long term sobriety, and the joy of fellowship and mentorship to sustain us as we travel the recovery and dharma road. Refuge Recovery can serve the purpose of helping newcomers get on the road to recovery, as well as benefit those who have been in recovery for some time but who may have gotten a bad case of so-dryety over the years, and now can re-discover contented sobriety through this powerful pathway.

Refuge Recovery seems well suited to those who want to do 12 step programs AND Buddhist recovery/Refuge Recovery - as well as those seeking a different path to recovery than currently dominate the recovery world. There are many wonderful books that create a bridge between meditation, Buddhism and the 12 steps. What has lacked to date is the equivalent of a `Big Book' for recovering people open to Buddhist philosophy and teachings. This book is a great 'Big Book' for the 21st century - keeping the best of what is offered in 12 step philosophy - while removing antiquated aspects and language. Refuge Recovery is a complete recovery program, which if followed, can and has brought about complete recovery from addictions of all kinds. This path laid out in this book provides a way of living that will be compatible for those seeking a non-theistic way of walking the spiritual road of recovery. As an addiction treatment professional, I have extreme gratitude for Noah's efforts, as well as for those who share their stories in the back of this wonderful book. I hope the treatment community embraces this powerful movement. May Refuge Recovery grow and flourish, for the benefit of all beings.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a2bf9e4) out of 5 stars This is what's been missing for so long! Aug. 30 2014
By MickeyMouth - Published on
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This is definitely a book that has been sorely needed for a long time. Refuge Recovery, unlike so many other alternatives to 12-Step recovery, hasn't thrown the baby out with the bathwater. Everything that works in 12-Step recovery appears to be present in Refuge Recovery including thorough introspection (called inventories), personal responsibility and action-taking, interdependence with a supportive community, and a course of action on a spiritual path. But RR offers a non-theistic practice of spiritual principles as rich for the freethinker as for those who have a God as part of their belief system. There are other books about recovery and the 8-fold path, but this one has a whole community behind it. Great resource.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a2bfc24) out of 5 stars Read it, do it and recover July 10 2014
By Rick Wadsworth - Published on
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As an individual in long term recovery and what that means for me is that I have not used a drink or drug recreationally since March of 1986, I recommend this book. My recovery began in 12step programs and I am grateful for their existence. As my understanding/sobriety increased, I was drawn to "Buddhism" particularly Zen. Noah has generously articulated much of what my experience has been in recovery and while as one reviewer pointed out empirical evidence is lacking, what he has written resonates. The language and process in his book is practical and easy to follow, without some of the magical thinking found in some programs. I plan to host a meeting.
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HASH(0x9a2bfea0) out of 5 stars A game changer! June 16 2014
By Courtney Birch Webster - Published on
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Noah Levine lays it out - Simply and directly - with support, compassion and love.
I got into recovery using the traditional 12-step model but this book gives me different ways to look at things and a new approach on my spiritual path. As someone who thinks RECOVERY ROCKS - I am so excited for people who are looking for a different way out of their addictions to find one with this book. Thanks, Noah!
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HASH(0x9ab271b0) out of 5 stars Have you freed your heart? June 10 2014
By Anna from InannaWorks - Published on
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Refuge Recovery outlines a recovery program which is based on a non-theistic foundation. While not contradictory to AA and the Twelve Steps, it uses different language and focuses on the issues surrounding addiction and recovery through a different lens. For those who struggle with traditional Judeo-Christian terminology, it offers an alternative anchored in spirituality but which is not faith-based.

The Refuge Recovery protocol relies on the Buddhist Path to Enlightenment but requires no experience of or allegiance to Buddhism. It requires meditation, soul searching, mindfulness, and community. It asks addicts of all kinds to think about the differences between recovery and renunciation, wanting to have things and having to have them, and selfish motivation versus altruistic motivation.

Mentored by Jack Kornfield, Levine has become a respected teacher of Buddhism and speaks with authority and experience as he reassures readers that the Refuge Recovery protocol will lead them to a life of self direction and self esteem. He offers no illusions about the hard work that recovery will require. Instead he lets readers know that recovery is possible and provides very clearly written instructions for how to achieve it.

( received a free copy of this book.)