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The 12-Step Buddhist: Enhance Recovery from Any Addiction Paperback – March 10, 2009
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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.
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"The 12-Step Buddhist is one of those rare books that transcends genres by seamlessly integrating the 12-step approach, Buddhist principles, and a compelling personal struggle with addiction and a quest for spiritual awakening." -- Donald Altman, M.A., LPC, author of Living Kindness and Meal by Meal
"The 12-Step Buddhist is a unique synthesis of the traditional 12-Step model and the liberating wisdom of Dharma....This personal presentation of the tools Littlejohn used to find his own liberation from addiction is certainly never boring, and well worth reading." -- Mandala Magazine
"This book is written not based on theory or assumption, but by a person who actually went through the experience of recovery and from that experience has seen the benefits of this system as a way to help other people who are facing the same circumstances. This will be an important contribution to the literature of Buddhism and of recovery in the West." -- Yangsi Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist teacher and president of Maitripa Institute
"If the 12-Step program leads to recovery, Buddhist practice and philosophy can provide the spiritual underpinnings needed to stabilize that recovery. [Darren Littlejohn's] interpretation of the 12 Steps as seen through the lens of this wisdom tradition is fascinating and useful. A very practical and inspired guide." -- Susan Piver, author of How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life
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The 12 Steps in the book are reinterpreted as dealing with work on the following principles at each step: (1) Acceptance of the problem; (2) Confidence in a Higher Power; (3) Surrender to your Higher Power (Littlejohn leaves it open so that your ideal could be a set of moral standards, communion with other people, or a mindful state of consciousness, or what have you); (4) Self-examination regarding the wrongs you have done because of your problem; (5) Self-honesty in confession of wrongdoing to yourself, your Higher Power, and a close confidant; (6) Willingness to let your HP remove your shortcomings; (7) Humility toward your HP and asking for help to remove your shortcomings; (8) Forgiveness toward those who have harmed you and the hope that others will forgive you for the harm you have done to them; (9) Restitution toward those you have harmed; (10) Admission of further harm or wrongdoing; (11) Seeking through prayer and meditation toward a better life; and (12) Unconditional Love toward other people.
What was especially helpful in Littlejohn's book is his exercises where you are supposed to address different aspects of yourself, for example your inner Sufferer, inner Addict, inner Sanity, and so on, and the role-play questions he set up for you to interact with these different aspects of oneself.
highly recommanded for any 12steper from one to another. esp. one that dosnt have a christian view on God.
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