Eight Step Recovery

Eight Step Recovery is an alternative recovery program to the 12 step program of Alcoholic Anonymous. It uses the Buddhist teachings to overcome addiction. Eight Step Recovery, cofounded by Dr, Valerie Mason-John M.A (hon.doc) and Dr. Paramabandhu Groves Ph.D., is a set of mindfulness teachings outlining a suggested course of action for recovery from addiction, stinking thinking, negative mental states, and compulsive and obsessive behaviors.

The Eight Steps:

  1. Accepting that this human life will bring suffering.
  2. Seeing how we create extra suffering in our lives.
  3. Embracing impermanence to shows us that our suffering can end.
  4. Being willing to step onto the path of recovery, and discover freedom.
  5. Transforming our speech, actions, and livelihood.
  6. Placing positive values at the center of our lives.
  7. Making every effort to stay on the path of recovery.
  8. Helping others to share the benefits I have gained.

Eight Step Recovery is open to everyone. Don’t let the Buddhist teachings get in the way of your recovery. No matter what your religion or spiritual tradition is, this program can be integrated into your belief system and or life style. Additionally, you can be in a 12-step program and still benefit from the 8-step program. The eight steps can be seen as the 11th step of any 12 step program, where people seek “….through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.”  

Find an Eight Step Recovery meeting near you here.

I am facilitating Eight Step Recovery meeting every Tuesday at 9am Bali time (Central Indonesia Time).

For more information please join our private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/347613959942781.

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