Guest Post On Sober Nation

Here’s a piece I recently wrote forĀ Sober Nation. What do you think: Is Buddhism the ultimate path to recovery?

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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…

To read the rest of this article and more on Sober Nation, click here.

photo by: Malin Helene

About Chris Lemig

In 2007 I finally came out to family and friends as being gay. After twenty-three years of drug and alcohol addiction, I got sober, picked up a book on Buddhism then promptly bought a plane ticket to India. The Narrow Way is the story of how all that came to be.
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4 Responses to Guest Post On Sober Nation

  1. Eric says:

    ~Chris, it’s Eric (from EJ).
    This was quite auspicious. I went back out last March (after 6 years of sobriety). it took 8 months, but needless to say, the bottom came up to meet me. I’m recently sober again, and re-committing to my meditation practice and the dharma.

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom & experience.
    Om Mani Padme Hung

  2. Corey Avery says:

    Thanks so much for the post Chris! It got a great response. I’ll be sure to send over a screenshot of some starts about your article. We would be glad to post your work anyone. It’s an honor.

    Corey from Sober Nation

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