Buddhist Recovery vs. Renewal Lodge’s Mindfulness Recovery

There is a difference between traditional Buddhist drug and alcohol treatment offered at some rehabs and mindfulness recovery offered at Renewal Lodge.

This difference can make a huge difference when working on your own recovery. Recovery is personal and challenging. If you don’t get the program that best fits your needs and best treats your addiction, you can relapse and start the addictive process all over.

Buddhism Recovery and Mindfulness are Different

Mindfulness practices originated from Buddhism. All Buddhist teachings stem from Siddhartha Gautama, who was the original Buddha. Siddhartha taught in India 2,500 years ago. Buddhism is considered the world’s fourth-largest religion based on the Four Noble Truths.

Mindfulness and meditation are practices that came from Buddhism.

However today, mindfulness is being used as a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy.

We help people with addictions and substance use disorders recover. Get mindfulness training and learn the 12 Steps for deeper healing.

What is Mindfulness?

The goal of mindfulness is to become aware of your thoughts including your own reactions and emotions without getting attached to anything.

It’s essentially learning to be present within your own life.

It’s proven that adopting a mindful practice helps manage anxiety, by establishing a greater self-awareness, which helps us acknowledge and work through our emotions.

Buddhism and Alcoholics Anonymous Have Similarities

In one of these pamphlets from the 1940s Dr. Bob co-wrote:

Consider the eight-part program laid down in Buddhism: Right view, right aim, right speech, right action, right living, right effort, right mindedness and right contemplation. The Buddhist philosophy, as exemplified by these eight points, could be literally adopted by AA as a substitute for or addition to the Twelve Steps. Generosity, universal love and welfare of others rather than considerations of self are basic to Buddhism.

(From the Akron Pamphlet; “Spiritual Milestones in Alcoholics Anonymous” edited by Dr. Bob, co-founder of AA)

Inclusive vs. Exclusive

Although Buddhist recovery states that you can come from any walk of life, their teachings are strictly from Buddhism. You can choose to incorporate the 12 Steps with Buddhism, but it is not necessary.

This is the major difference with Renewal Lodge. We believe that since the 12 Steps helped millions of people recover, we incorporate both mindfulness practices with the 12 Steps, which allows our clients to go deeper into the steps for deeper healing.

Belief in God

Mindfulness works with any background or belief that you might currently have and so does the 12 Steps with Alcoholics Anonymous.

However, the 12 Steps requires you to have a belief in a higher power. Mindfulness helps you deeply experience the things blocking you from connecting to something that is bigger than yourself.

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If you want help learning how to apply the 12 Steps and mindfulness to recover from addiction, call our admissions staff today.

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Dear Renewal Lodge Visitors,

My name is John Bruna, co-founder of the Mindfulness in Recovery® Institute, and more importantly, a grateful member of the recovery community. I am incredibly fortunate to have found my recovery in 1984. Of course, I did not achieve continuous recovery through willpower or my own efforts, but through the guidance and caring support of countless others that selflessly taught me how to live through the 12 Steps.

My journey of recovery brought this once homeless, shame-based, traumatized, insecure young man to a life far beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I discovered self-worth, the joy of helping others, the gifts of parenting and grandparenting, and most importantly the ability to live a meaningful and purposeful life with integrity.

One of the greatest gifts of recovery is that I have the opportunity to give back and help others discover their self-worth, dignity, and the skills to fully live lives that they find truly meaningful. This is the inspiration for developing the skills of Mindfulness in Recovery® (MIR) to meet the needs of new generations struggling with alcohol and other substance use disorders. MIR is a set of evidence-based skills designed to help people fully integrate their tools of recovery in ways that are personalized, practical, and in alignment with their deepest values.

While we train counselors and therapists throughout the United States and abroad, I personally have chosen to work directly with the amazing team and clients at Renewal Lodge to develop the model MIR 12-step program for the nation. I choose Renewal Lodge because of the vision of its mission and the dedication of its team. Renewal Lodge is an extremely rare environment in which the staff embodies the very mindfulness and 12-step practices and skills they offer their clients. The results have been beyond my expectations. It is an honor to be here and I treasure my personal time with every client I meet.

With Gratitude,

John Bruna
John Bruna
Director of Mindfulness
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