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Using Buddhism for Addiction Recovery

Often, people new to recovery can struggle with the idea of seeking an understanding of a higher power. Thus, some traditional 12-step models that have religious overtones may not appeal to everyone seeking sobriety. There are alternatives, like Refuge Recovery meetings in Hanover, PA. The Refuge Recovery method centers on using Buddhism for addiction recovery.

What is Buddhism?

More than a religion, Buddhism is an Eastern philosophy focused on an individual’s spiritual development. The practice of Buddhism does not involve the worship of a god or a relationship with a higher power. The basic teachings of Buddhism are:

  • Nothing is fixed or permanent
  • Actions have consequences
  • Change is possible

These fundamental teachings, in addition to practices like meditation, allow individuals to progress along the path to enlightenment. Ultimately, an enlightened person sees reality with absolute clarity. This clarity allows for the development of awareness, kindness, and wisdom. For this reason, many find success using Buddhism for addiction recovery.

What is Refuge Recovery?

Refuge Recovery is a treatment method that uses the principles of Buddhism to help those suffering from substance use disorder attain a life free from addiction. Through the recovery process, addicts learn to accept life on life’s terms. As a result, a person can begin to look at their life, addiction, recovery, and even previous behaviors through a lens of acceptance and non-judgment. Refuge Recovery offers the Four Noble Truths:

  1. Addiction creates suffering
  2. The cause of addiction is repetitive craving
  3. Recovery is possible
  4. The path to recovery is available

The Ranch PA Groups Using Buddhism for Addiction Recovery

Successful rehab and sobriety are dependent on several factors, not the least of which is self-acceptance. Unfortunately, many afflicted people struggle with traditional 12-step programs because they are based on the belief of a higher power. Additionally, some may find the language outdated and that the one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t fit at all. The Ranch PA offers a traditional 12-step program for anyone who feels the method could work for them. However, we realize that lifetime sobriety is attainable through other non-12-step methods. With Refuge Recovery meetings, clients use mindfulness practices and meditation to become centered. Focusing on the current moment, accepting reality as it is, and taking things as they come helps those in recovery avoid, or at least manage emotional triggers. The Ranch PA is located on 15 acres in the beautiful rolling hills of southeastern Pennsylvania. Undoubtedly, clients enjoy the tranquility of the natural surroundings. Holistic treatment, like our acupuncture therapy program, provides additional outlets for healing. For this reason, it is an ideal place to begin your journey using Buddhism for addiction recovery.

The Ranch PA’s Other Non-12-step Programs

Stages of Change

In contrast, with this model, instead of an abrupt move to abstinence, approach recovery with a plan. The program involves the following timeline:

  1. Precontemplation (not ready for a change)
  2. Contemplation (considering making a change)
  3. Preparation (ready to make a change and to plan to act within the month)
  4. Action (has made significant lifestyle changes within the last six months)
  5. Maintenance (increasing confidence and working to prevent relapse)

SMART Recovery® Meetings

Using Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, SMART Recovery® teaches clients that thoughts become emotions that, in turn, influence behavior. Therefore, if you can change your thoughts, your emotions and behaviors will follow suit. The four-point program focuses on:

  1. Building and maintaining motivation
  2. Coping with urges
  3. Managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  4. Living a balanced life

Whether you think a 12-step program can work for you or not, addiction shouldn’t control you. A residential drug and alcohol rehab center can help you overcome your addiction. Thus, get on the road to recovery by calling us today 717.969.9126.

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