Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction (Paperback)

Valerie Mason-John (Vimalasara)
Dr. Paramabandhu Groves

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)

Whether you are struggling to stay off heroin or with obsessive thinking, the Eight Steps here take you away from addictive tendencies to discover a fulfilling way of living.

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Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction
Valerie Mason-John and Dr. Paramabandhu Groves

Human nature has an inbuilt tendency towards addiction. All of us can struggle with this tendency, but for some it can destroy their lives. Fortunately, recovery is widespread too. What can the Buddha’s teachings offer us in our recovery from addiction? They offer an understanding of how the mind works, tools for helping a mind vulnerable to addiction, and ways to overcome addictive and obsessive behaviour, cultivating a calm, clear mind without anger and resentments.

Whether you are struggling to stay off heroin or with obsessive thinking, the Eight Steps here take you away from addictive tendencies to discover a fulfilling way of living.

Winner of the 2015 International Book Awards and the 2014 USA Best Book Awards.

“‘Eight Step Recovery’ is a useful resource for Buddhists, addicts and addiction experts alike.” – Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

“‘The Buddha was in recovery’. Taking this bold statement as a starting point, this wonderful book shows how we are all addicted to aspects of life and can all benefit from training our minds and hearts to be free of the tyranny of compulsion. The Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR) programme draws on a wide range of the Buddha’s practical, yet deeply profound, teachings. Over the eight steps you are given a priceless gift — the possibility to gain mastery over your mind and heart and find freedom.” – Vidyamala Burch, founder and co-director of Breathworks, author of Mindfulness for Health

7 reviews for Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction (Paperback)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ginnie

    As an aspiring Buddhist and avid self help book reader I can confidently say that this book is streets ahead of anything else I have read. The level of perception and understanding is extremely reassuring, and approaches mindfulness and self knowledge in a refreshing and comforting way.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paul Garrigan

    I don’t refer to myself as a Buddhist, but the teachings of this tradition have been a great help to me over the years. One of the nice things about this book is it takes some of this wisdom, and divides it into actionable steps to improve our life following addiction. This may be of help to those who just don’t have the time or motivation to deeply investigate Buddhism and are looking for some practical advice. These Eight Steps can also be a useful guide for practising Buddhists who want to apply these teachings more fully in their recovery.

  3. Sarah Bowen

    Through Buddhist teachings, personal experiences, and case examples, this book provides a wise illustration of the fundamental processes underlying a broad range of addictive behaviors. Mason-John and Groves offer here a practical and compassionate step-by-step guide to freedom from the deep trappings and suffering of addiction.

  4. Kevin Griffin

    Blending the MBAR program with traditional Buddhist teachings and personal stories, the authors give us a wise and compassionate approach to recovery from the range of addictions. This comprehensive approach will be a valuable tool for addicts and addiction professionals alike.

  5. Vidyamala Burch

    The Buddha was in recovery.’ Taking this bold statement as a starting point, this wonderful book shows how we are all addicted to aspects of life and can all benefit from training our minds and hearts to be free of the tyranny of compulsion. The Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR) programme draws on a wide range of the Buddha’s practical, yet deeply profound, teachings. Over the eight steps you are given a priceless gift “the possibility to gain mastery over your mind and heart and find freedom”.

  6. Chris Cook

    The eight steps outlined here provide a simple, wise and practical approach to recovery from a wide range of compulsive patterns of behaviour associated with suffering. They provide a spiritual pathway to recovery for people from any faith tradition, as well as for those who are not religious, and for those who suffer from addiction as well as those who are simply aware of the suffering associated with the human condition. This is a book for everyone!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tony Mitton

    This book is beautifully written, well thought through and firm but compassionate in its delivery. While clearly it addresses people who experience the serious end of addictions, I found I could apply it effectively to myself and my own range of more moderate addictive and negative tendencies. Its Buddhist mindset and structuring was clear and upfront, yet its usefulness and applicability to non-Buddhists, half-Buddhists or just anyone came through strongly. I’m on the last chapter as I write this. I found it repaid working-and-living through, rather than just ‘reading’, which is why it took me so long to writing this review after buying the book. It deserves to join a classic cluster of books whose careful reading in effect delivers a DIY course at home for the reader. I suspect it will also prove a powerful alternative to the traditional 12 step method of addiction treatment for those who find the ‘higher power’ element in that a conceptual impediment. This element is potentially there in this book, in the form of the Buddha as example and as a model of ‘awakened mind’. But non-Buddhist atheists need find no obstruction in that notion as it posits no supernatural obstacle. I found this book helped me with numbers of things : negative thinking, ill-will, attitudes to sex and to alcohol, self-compassion, self-acceptance, self-appreciation to name but a few. I learned that to treat difficult aspects of myself as ‘addictions’ seemed, curiously, to be very effective and liberating. A fine piece of work, this book. NOT just for ‘addicts’. Also it unpacks some aspects of Buddhist thought really clearly. Big thanks to both authors.

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Talks and Links

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Watch Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John's TEDX talk: We Are What We Think. This fifteen-minute talk explores bullying, 'stinking thinking' and how we can stop it.

Watch Dr. Paramabandhu Groves discuss Eight Step Recovery. In this six-minute video, Paramabandhu explores how the Buddha's teachings can help us in the modern world.

Watch an interview with Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John filmed at the Recovery 2.0 Conference, Feb 2016. In this fifty-minute interview, Vimalasara explores her life, the role addiction played, and how we can gain freedom from addictions and mental habits.

Join Vimalasara on her four-week online course in July and learn how to apply the eight step model to find freedom from thoughts.

Listen to Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John at the African American Summit 2016. In this forty-five-minute talk, Vimalasara explores mindfulness and gaining freedom from mental habits that cause suffering.

Winner of the 2015 International Book Awards and 2014 USA Best Book Awards