My guest is Noah Levine, a Buddhist teacher, author, and counselor who created a unique approach to healing addiction using the teachings of the Buddha, called Refuge Recovery.
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Levine has 25 years of experience in addiction and recovery and serves on the Board of Directors for the Mind Body Awareness Project, a non-profit that teaches meditation to incarcerated youth. He is the author of Refuge Recovery, Dharma Punx, Against the Stream: A Buddhist Manual for Spiritual Revolutionaries, and The Heart of the Revolution: The Buddha’s Radical Teachings on Forgiveness, Compassion, and Kindness.
Noah holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from CIIS and was trained as a Buddhist teacher by Jack Kornfield of Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
He is also the founder of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society–with active centers in Los Angeles and San Francisco and more than 20 affiliated groups across the US. Against the Stream’s mission is to create and sustain communities of healthy, accountable, wise and compassionate people from every walk of life.
In this episode you will discover:
- Noah’s story of being addicted to drugs and alcohol as a teen.
- How he got interested in the intersection between Buddhism and recovery.
- How the approach of Refuge Recovery is different than what’s already out there.
- What’s missing in most addiction recovery programs?
- What does the trauma informed care approach that Refuge Recovery Centers uses look like? Why do they use it?
- What can parents do to prevent drug use in their teens?
- His sense about why so many young adults are addicted these days.
- What causes people to relapse and start using again?
- What things can parents do to help themselves when their kids are in crisis?
- Plus, Noah shares a powerful meditation with us.
- Ways to find out more.
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This episode of Kids in Crisis originally aired on BoldBraveMedia.