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The foundation for the Refuge Recovery Program dates back many years ago, with a man from India named Siddhartha (Sid) Gautama. Today, he is widely known as a Buddha, and his spiritual practice is known as Buddhism. 

The Refuge Recovery Program is one of the many recovery programs offered by West Coast Recovery Centers. This program can specifically benefit you or a loved one struggling with addiction when not seeing results from other recovery programs. 

This program includes daily meditation practices, consisting of deep exploration into the causes and conditions of habits as well as finding and creating your community. In this article, we will explore the life of Sid and the history and meanings of his philosophies that have shaped the world today. Additionally, we will look deeper into the Refuge Recovery Program and how it can specifically help you and your family. 

What Is Buddhism?

Buddhism can be considered a non-theistic spiritual practice that began in South Asia around the 5th Century B.C. with Siddhartha. Individuals who practice Buddhism believe that human life consists of suffering, and every person suffers in their own way. However, in Buddhism, it can be possible to escape suffering through good behavior, meditation, and spiritual and physical labor. Buddhists believe that if you are able to escape suffering, you have reached Nirvana or enlightenment.

The 4 Noble Truths

The 4 Noble Truths within Buddhism are said to help one achieve enlightenment or Nirvana. These are the essence of the Buddhist teachings and basically explain that suffering exists, why it exists in the first place, that it’s possible to escape, and how to escape. They include:

  1. Suffering (Dukkha): This truth shows you that everyone is suffering in different ways. 
  2. Origin of suffering (Samudaya): This truth states that all forms of suffering come from desire. 
  3. Cessation of suffering (Nirodha): This truth shows that it is possible to stop suffering and achieve enlightenment.
  4. Path to cessation of suffering (Magga): This truth shows the steps needed to achieve enlightenment. 

The Eightfold Path

One other very important aspect of Buddhism is the Eightfold Path. This consists of the eight steps that the Buddha believed were necessary to achieve enlightenment:

  1. Right understanding (Samma ditthi) 
  2. Right thought (Samma sankappa)
  3. Right Speech (Samma vaca)
  4. Right action (Samma kammanta)
  5. Right livelihood (Samma ajiva)
  6. Right effort (Samma vayama)
  7. Right mindfulness (Samma sati)
  8. Right concentration (Samma samadhi)

The Importance of Karma

Within Buddhism, Karma is vital because of the wheel of re-birth. The wheel of re-birth decides which body you will be born into for your next life. Karma is essential within Buddhism because it is based on your actions from the past and how they will affect your future. The main idea is that if you are a good person in your past life, you will be rewarded during the re-birth phase. The same goes if someone has done more negative actions in their life. Buddhists believe you would be born again as something less desirable. 

The Refuge Recovery Program

To begin, the Refuge Recovery Program does not ask anyone to believe in anything. The main focus of the program should be on recovery and putting in the necessary work to insure a long healthy and happy life. If done with the right intentions, this program can ensure lifelong success. Essentially this program has adopted the core teachings of the Buddha and is using them as treatments for addiction. 

Their 4 Noble Truths

  1. Addiction creates suffering: Understanding the suffering you may have experienced throughout life. 
  2. The cause of addiction is repetitive craving: Understanding the causes and conditions that may have led to addiction and letting them go. 
  3. Recovery is possible: The understanding that recovery is possible and starting to learn the path of recovery. 
  4. The path to recovery is available: Starting the process of the eightfold path that leads to recovery. 

Their Eightfold Path

  1. Understanding 
  2. Intentions 
  3. Speech and community
  4. Actions
  5. Livelihood and service
  6. Effort 
  7. Mindfulness 
  8. Concentration

Within Buddhism, meditation plays a vital role. This is no different for the Refuge Recovery Program. This program incorporates meditation because it can lead to understanding and healing the root causes of your addiction. This part of the program will benefit you or a loved one because you have the opportunity to learn the best way to remain present in your healing journey. They provide both in-person meditations and audio meditations that include mindfulness, heart practice, and forgiveness meditations.

Resources Available for You at the Refuge Recovery Program

There are also many resources available for you or a loved one during this program, and you can find them all on the website. Some of these resources include pamphlets, in-person and virtual meeting resources, and individual inventory worksheets. 

Next Steps

In the end, if you are struggling with an addiction, it can be beneficial for you to reach out for more information on the Refuge Recovery Program. 

Struggling with addiction is hard, whether you’re watching someone you love struggle or you are coping with it yourself. It’s important to remember that you are not alone during this process. Your story may be unique, but there is hope for recovery from addiction. Our team at West Coast Recovery Centers is here to support you and guide you through this new transition in life. If you have not seen success in other addiction recovery programs, then the Refuge Recovery Program can help. We offer a unique approach that includes meditations and time awareness, when combined with dedication, can ensure a successful recovery. For more information, reach out today at (760) 492-6509