Refuge Recovery is a non-theistic, Buddhist-inspired approach to recovery from addictions of all kinds. We are a community of people dedicated to the practices of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness, and generosity, using meditation and kindness to heal the pain and suffering that addiction has caused in our lives and in the lives of those around us. Our weekly peer-led meetings include guided meditations, readings from the book Refuge Recovery, and group sharing and discussion. Open to people of all backgrounds and respectful of all recovery paths, these meetings are appropriate for anyone in, or interested in, recovery from any forms of addictive behavior. No prior meditation experience necessary. Always free; donations welcome. For more info: Scott McConkey (989) 878-2101 Email: RefugeMidlandMI@gmail.com Web: www.RefugeRecovery.org Refuge Recovery Core Process What is the Refuge Recovery Process? 1. We set the goal of complete renunciation 2. We identify the cause of our addiction as repetitive craving 3. We realize that the cure for craving is letting go 4. We work to develop a practice of meditation 5. We acknowledge that the Four Truths and the Eight-Fold Path are our guide to ending the cycle of addiction 6. We commit to enriching the Sangha as a community and offer the commitment of Service 7. We find a mentor or trusted friend to share our inventories The Four Truths of Refuge Recovery 1. Addiction creates suffering 2. The cause of addiction is repetitive craving. 3. Recovery is possible. 4. The path to recovery is available. The Eight-Fold Path 1. Understanding: We understand that recovery begins when we renounce and abstain from all substances or addictive behaviors. 2. Intention: We begin the work of changing our relationship towards the mind’s tendencies and habits. 3. Communication/Community: We take refuge in the community as a place to practice wise and skillful communication and to support others on their paths. 4. Action: We abstain from all substances and behaviors that could lead to suffering. We practice forgiveness and compassion toward all people we have harmed or been harmed by, including ourselves. 5. Livelihood/Service: We look at our relationship to money. We try to be of service to others whenever possible - being generous with our time, energy, attention and resources. 6. Effort: We commit to the daily disciplined practices of meditation, wise actions, kindness, forgiveness, generosity, compassion, and awareness. 7. Mindfulness/Meditations: We develop wisdom and understanding through the practice of meditation, and applying the truth of the dharma. 8. Concentration/Meditation: We work on our dedicated daily practice of meditation, awareness, and investigation.