What is Eight Step Recovery?

What is Eight Step Recovery?

Eight Step Recovery is an alternative recovery program to the 12 step program of Alcoholic Anonymous. It uses the Buddhist Teachings to overcome addiction. This Eight Step program  is a set of mindfulness teachings outlining a suggested course of action for recovery from addiction, stinking thinking, negative mental states, and  compulsive and obsessive behaviours. This program was cofounded by Dr Valerie Mason-John M.A (hon.doc) and Dr Paramabandhu Groves Ph.D. in 2013.

Can you be in a 12 step program and benefit from the 8 step program?

Yes. The Eight steps can be seen as the 11th step of any 12 step program, where people seek “….through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.”  Many people struggle with the 11th step in their 12 step recovery program, and when people have worked all 8 steps in the Eight Step program it has benefited many and complimented their 12 step recovery.

Do you have to be a Buddhist?

No.The Eight Step Recovery is open to everyone. Don’t let the Buddhist teachings get in the way of your recovery. The Buddha was not a Buddhist. The word Buddha means awake, or awakened one. Therefore no matter what your religion, or spiritual tradition is, this program can be integrated into your belief system and or life style.