Refuge Recovery is a peer-led support group founded by Buddhist teacher Noah Levine. Members practice Buddhist principles to free themselves from the suffering their drug or alcohol addiction causes them. They believe that by systematically following traditional Buddhist teachings and meeting regularly to share their progress, anyone has the power to free themselves from their addiction.
The group bases its teachings on the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths, which they apply specifically to addiction recovery:
- Suffering: Just as the Buddha taught that life involves suffering, Refuge Recovery believes addiction creates suffering in our lives.
- The cause: The cause of suffering is cravings, which is especially apt in the concept of addiction.
- The end: The end of suffering is possible — we can recover with an awakened mind.
- The path: We can find the road toward recovery and freedom by growing our minds, living ethically and practicing regular meditation.