Eight Step Recovery : Using the Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction


"Give yourself over day by day, thought by thought, moment by moment to this reliable and profound form of nurturance and healing." —Jon Kabat-Zinn, from the Preface

"The MBAR programme draws on a wide range of the Buddha's practical, yet deeply profound, teachings. Over the eight steps you are given a priceless gift the possibility to gain mastery over your mind and heart and find freedom." —Vidyamala Burch, founder and co-director of Breathworks and author of Mindfulness for Health

"Blending MBAR with traditional Buddhist teachings and personal stories, the authors give us a wise and compassionate approach to recovery from the range of addictions. This comprehensive approach will be a valuable tool for addicts and addiction professionals alike." —Kevin Griffin, author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps

Winner of the 2014 USA Best Book Award and the 2015 International Book Award in the Self-Help: Motivational category.

This new edition includes a foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, advice on how to run an Eight Step Recovery meeting, and insight on how to teach a Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR) program, including teacher's notes and handouts.

"The Buddha was in recovery." Taking this bold statement as a starting point, this wonderful book shows how we are all addicted to aspects of life and can all benefit from training our minds and hearts to be free of the tyranny of compulsion.

Valerie Mason-John is the author of seven books. She works as a consultant in Conflict Transformation. She was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2005.

Dr. Paramabandhu Groves is a consultant psychiatrist for the National Health Service in the UK, specializing in addiction. He is ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order.