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Religions 2014, 5(4), 985-1000; doi:10.3390/rel5040985

Buddhist Approaches to Addiction Recovery

Camden and Islington Foundation Trust, Islington Specialist Alcohol Treatment Service (ISATS), 309 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8QS, UK
Received: 31 July 2014 / Revised: 10 September 2014 / Accepted: 11 September 2014 / Published: 9 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion & Addiction)
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The Buddha recognized addiction problems and advised his followers accordingly, although this was not the primary focus of his teachings. Thailand and Japan, which have long-standing Buddhist traditions, have developed Buddhist influenced responses to addiction. With its emphasis on craving and attachment, an understanding of the workings of the mind, as well as practices to work with the mind, Buddhism lends itself as a rich resource to assist addiction recovery. The twelve step movement has been an impetus to making use of ideas and practices from Buddhism. In particular, mindfulness, has started to be used to support addiction recovery, with promising results. Exploration of other areas of Buddhism is beginning, and may provide additional benefit in the future. View Full-Text
Keywords: Buddhism; addiction; recovery; mindfulness, twelve step; Thamkrabok; Naikan Buddhism; addiction; recovery; mindfulness, twelve step; Thamkrabok; Naikan
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