About Refuge Recovery

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Refuge Recovery Montreal is the local chapter of an international movement originating in the USA, where the main Refuge Recovery non-profit lives.

Read on to learn about the global principles of Refuge Recovery. To learn more about the key concepts and principles of Refuge Recovery as a Buddhist path to freedom from addiction, please see The Refuge Recovery Path.

A Buddhist inspired path to recovery from addiction

From the RefugeRecovery.org homepage

Refuge Recovery is a non-profit organization grounded in the belief that Buddhist principles and practices create a strong foundation for the addiction recovery process. Wisdom and compassion enable those struggling with any form of addiction to become more mindful of their mental processes while also developing a deep understanding of the suffering that addiction has created and compassion for their own pain. The mission of Refuge Recovery is to support those on this path of recovery by building an extensive and comprehensive network of Refuge Recovery groups, meetings and communities that practice, educate and provide Buddhist-inspired guidance and meditations for anyone seeking recovery from addiction. We hope to serve you, and meet you on the path.

Diverse and welcoming to all

From the RefugeRecovery.org homepage

As a peer-led recovery program using Buddhism as the path to freedom from all addictions, Refuge Recovery is a community that embraces all people regardless of age, race, class, culture, nationality, ethnic origin, religious/spiritual background, gender, gender identity, sexual/affectional orientation, marital status, family structure, social identity, physical ability or appearance, mental health, legal standing, and educational or socioeconomic status. As such, we strive to speak to each other in a compassionate way using wise communication and avoiding hate-speech, intimidation, and violence of any kind. If you seek refuge in our community, we hope you feel welcome and safe.

Guiding Principles

From RefugeRecovery.org > Guiding Principles

  1. The group’s health and well-being is of utmost importance. Personal recovery depends on connection with a healthy, safe, confidential and stable community.
  2. Each group’s core intention is to welcome and support those who are seeking recovery.
  3. Groups are to be peer-led. For our groups to be healthy and successful, there must be a rotating leadership and democratic decision-making process. Group leaders do not act in the capacity of recognized Buddhist teachers but are trusted volunteers who serve the group for a designated period of time.
  4. Refuge Recovery is an abstinence-based program. Trusted volunteers are expected to maintain abstinence from all recreational drugs, alcohol and process addictions.
  5. Each group operates independently, except in matters affecting other groups or Refuge Recovery as a whole. Just as individuals endeavor to live in accordance with the Eightfold Path, so should each group adhere to these Guiding Principles to maintain group integrity.
  6. There are no fees for Refuge Recovery membership. Each group is responsible for its own finances, relying on the generosity of its members.
  7. Ethical conduct can and should be practiced on a group level. As a group, we refrain from violence, dishonesty, sexual misconduct and intoxication.
  8. Our core principles are mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness and generosity. We commit to being open and accessible to all who seek refuge.

 

What is Refuge Recovery?

From RefugeRecovery.org > About Us

Refuge Recovery is a non-profit organization grounded in the belief that Buddhist principles and practices create a strong foundation for a path to freedom from addiction. This is an approach to recovery that understands: All individuals have the power and potential to free themselves from the suffering that is caused by addiction. We feel confident in the power of the Dharma, if applied, to relieve suffering of all kinds, including the suffering of addiction. This is a process that cultivates a path of awakening, the path of recovering from the addictions and delusions that have created so much suffering in our lives and in this world.

 

Refuge Recovery believes that training our hearts and minds to see clearly and respond to our lives with understanding and non-harming can free us from addiction. In the beginning, some of these practices may seem confusing or counter-instinctual, and indeed some of them are, but we believe they provide a clear path to freedom. Whether this path is familiar to you or new to you, we all benefit from the support of a community of peers who share this journey. For that reason, Refuge Recovery seeks to support those on this path by building an extensive and comprehensive network of Refuge Recovery meetings and communities that practice, educate, and provide Buddhist-inspired guidance and meditations for anyone seeking recovery from addiction.

 

Refuge Recovery is independent from any other organization or individual. Refuge Recovery recognizes Noah Levine, the author of the book Refuge Recovery and founder of Refuge Recovery Treatment Centers, as one of our founders. We are not affiliated with or organizationally tied to any other organization that shares a name similar to ours. Any decision by Refuge Recovery to promote, recommend or endorse any good, service, or organization will always be based, first and foremost, on the extent to which Refuge Recovery believes it will benefit Refuge Recovery meetings and communities and will never be based solely on whether this non-profit might receive any sort of fiscal benefit. We will not enter into any arrangement that might compromise our independence in how we do that.

No affiliation with “Refuge Recovery Treatment Centers”

The Refuge Recovery non-profit organization is not affiliated with, or funded by, the Refuge Recovery Treatment Centers, sales of the book Refuge Recovery, retreats, or teacher and facilitator training. We rely on the generous donations of individuals and Refuge Recovery groups for our funding.