Here’s a piece I recently wrote for Sober Nation. What do you think: Is Buddhism the ultimate path to recovery?
I was a drug addict and alcoholic for twenty-three years. Last month marked my sixth year in recovery. At first I relied mostly on 12-steps and therapy to keep me sober. But I know now that if it weren’t for Buddhism, I wouldn’t be here writing this article today.
For me at least, Buddhism works as a path of recovery in and of itself. It gives me the guidance, humility and self-discipline I need to stay clean.
But even if it’s not the ultimate path of recovery for everyone, I think it has a lot to offer anyone who’s made the decision to work at staying clean and sober.
Let’s just take a look at a few of those things that the Buddhist path can do to strengthen our sobriety.
Ending the Cycle of Suffering
The Buddha’s first great insight into our human experience was that life is permeated by suffering…
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