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The face of addiction and alcoholism is a face that many have seen before — it may be a celebrity, a colleague, or even a family member. And though the 12-step program by itself can often bring initial success, many addicts find themselves relapsing back into old ways and old patterns, or replacing one addiction with another. Author Darren Littlejohn has been there and back, and presents a complimentary guide for recovery to the traditional twelve-step program, out of his own struggles and successes through the study of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism.

Working with the traditional 12-Step philosophy, the author first shares his own life path, and how he came to find the spiritual solace that has greatly enhanced his life in recovery. Then, he details out how his work integrating Buddhism into the traditional twelve-step programs validates both aspects of the recovery process. While being careful not to present himself as a Tibetan lama or Zen master, the author shows how each step — such as admitting there is a problem, seeking help, engaging in a thorough self-examination, making amends for harm done, and helping other drug addicts who want to recover — fits into the Bodhisattva path. This integration makes Buddhism accessible for addicts, and the 12 Steps understandable for Buddhists who may otherwise be at a loss to help those in need.

The 12-Step Buddhist is designed to be a complimentary practice to the traditional 12-step journey, not a replacement. While traditional twelve-step programs help addicts become sober by removing the drug of choice and providing a spiritual path, they rarely delve deep into what causes people to suffer in the first place. The integration of Buddhism with the traditional process provides the wisdom and meditations that can help addicts truly find a deep, spiritual liberation from all causes and conditions of suffering — for good.

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"According to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, almost 10 percent of people aged 12 or older needed treatment for drug or alcohol problems in 2006. That astonishing number suggests a need for books such as this, written by recovering drug and alcohol addict Littlejohn, who is also a student of Buddhism. The author, who has also studied psychology and research methods, has most definitely been there. Using the Buddhist idea of attachment as a key insight into addiction, Littlejohn correlates the 12 steps of recovery programs with Buddhist ideas and practices, drawing from both Zen and Tibetan traditions. This approach can especially benefit those who may have trouble with more conventional understandings of a Judeo-Christian God as a Higher Power, since 12-step programs depend on acceptance of such a power. Some of Littlejohn's practical exercises-certain Tibetan visualizations, for example-can be abstruse, and an appended glossary could provide more help with Buddhism, issues that more rigorous editing could have addressed. But the author has guts and clarity; this book is a welcome beacon on the troubling ocean of addiction." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Darren Littlejohn is not a Tibetan Lama or a Zen master; he's a recovering addict who has been to hell and back. In this refreshing look at the true reasons behind destructive, addictive behavior, Littlejohn combines Buddhist wisdom with the traditional twelve-step program, presenting a guidebook to inner peace and spiritual sobriety that is aimed at those for whom the traditional approach does not work.

Working within the 12-step philosophy, The 12-Step Buddhist incorporates exercises, meditations, and inner dialogues that validate all aspects of the recovery process. Darren Littlejohn’s approach makes Buddhism accessible for addicts, and the twelve steps understandable to anyone. The 12-Step Buddhist also addresses why addicts struggle with relapses, and how they can address the deepest aspects of themselves to find healing and wholeness.

The 12-Step Buddhist is designed to be a complimentary practice to the traditional 12-step journey by providing wisdom and meditations that can help addicts truly find a deep, spiritual liberation from all causes and conditions of suffering — for good.

About the Author

Darren Littlejohn has the personal experience of living the life of a full-time addict. After taking the rough road of recovery, he went on to earn a BA in Psychology, and became a practitioner of Zen and several systems of Tibetan Buddhism, including Vajrayana (Tantra). Already practicing what he preaches, Darren has dedicated his life to speaking out to others who are seeking a way out of their destructive habits of addiction. He also corresponds with prisoners from the Liberation Prison Project, which brings Buddhist teachings to inmates nationally. He lives in Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit his website at www.the12stepbuddhist.com.

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donovanlaw, April 8, 2009 (view all comments by donovanlaw)
The Buddha reminds us that there is "no self" (anatman). Therefore, who is addicted? A difficult part of 12-Step for me is the requirement to surrender to a higher power. The Buddha would say that a true understanding of the nature of reality would lead us to conclude that we are our own higher power and that the nature of our being is emptiness. The Dhammapada teaches: "There is no separate self to suffer. The one who understands this is free. This is the path of clarity"
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781582702230
Author:
Littlejohn, Darren
Publisher:
Beyond Words Publishing
Foreword by:
Thurman, Robert
Foreword:
Thurman, Robert
Subject:
Inspiration & Personal Growth
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
General Body, Mind and Spirit
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Religious life
Subject:
Twelve-Step Programs
Subject:
Spiritual
Subject:
Self-help techniques
Subject:
Religious life (buddhism)
Subject:
Recovery and Addiction-12 Steps
Subject:
addiction; alcoholism; self help; recovery; healing; buddhism; zen; Tibetan Buddhism; twelve-step program; sobriety
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 9.975 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "According to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, almost 10 percent of people aged 12 or older needed treatment for drug or alcohol problems in 2006. That astonishing number suggests a need for books such as this, written by recovering drug and alcohol addict Littlejohn, who is also a student of Buddhism. The author, who has also studied psychology and research methods, has most definitely been there. Using the Buddhist idea of attachment as a key insight into addiction, Littlejohn correlates the 12 steps of recovery programs with Buddhist ideas and practices, drawing from both Zen and Tibetan traditions. This approach can especially benefit those who may have trouble with more conventional understandings of a Judeo-Christian God as a Higher Power, since 12-step programs depend on acceptance of such a power. Some of Littlejohn's practical exercises-certain Tibetan visualizations, for example-can be abstruse, and an appended glossary could provide more help with Buddhism, issues that more rigorous editing could have addressed. But the author has guts and clarity; this book is a welcome beacon on the troubling ocean of addiction." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Darren Littlejohn is not a Tibetan Lama or a Zen master; he's a recovering addict who has been to hell and back. In this refreshing look at the true reasons behind destructive, addictive behavior, Littlejohn combines Buddhist wisdom with the traditional twelve-step program, presenting a guidebook to inner peace and spiritual sobriety that is aimed at those for whom the traditional approach does not work.

Working within the 12-step philosophy, The 12-Step Buddhist incorporates exercises, meditations, and inner dialogues that validate all aspects of the recovery process. Darren Littlejohn’s approach makes Buddhism accessible for addicts, and the twelve steps understandable to anyone. The 12-Step Buddhist also addresses why addicts struggle with relapses, and how they can address the deepest aspects of themselves to find healing and wholeness.

The 12-Step Buddhist is designed to be a complimentary practice to the traditional 12-step journey by providing wisdom and meditations that can help addicts truly find a deep, spiritual liberation from all causes and conditions of suffering — for good.

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