Refuge Recovery Meetings

Refuge Recovery Meetings

FindASit is proud to offer a directory of Refuge Recovery meetings across the United States. Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-oriented path to recovering from addiction, offered as an alternative to traditional twelve-step recovery. You can take a look at some of our meeting listings below, or click the button to find a meeting in your area!

All of the thoughts and opinions on this page are solely from FindASit and are our own words. We are very active in our local Refuge Recovery communities, and have a solid understanding of the program.

What is Refuge Recovery?

Refuge Recovery is a program that began in 2014 in Southern California. Born from Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and the Dharma Punx movement, Refuge Recovery was created by Noah Levine and his team of teachers as a program of recovery based on the Buddha’s teachings.

Refuge Recovery uses the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, and the Buddha’s teachings on compassion and forgiveness to aid individuals through the recovery process. Like other recovery support groups, refuge recovery meetings may have a speaker and/or time for sharing. Meetings generally start with a guided meditation, and some have periods of reading from the book.

There is a program in Refuge Recovery of action, much like is present in twelve-step programs. There’s a book called Refuge Recovery with inventories and an outline of the program. The back of the book contains stories from those that have used Refuge to recover from varying addictions and afflictions. There’s also a mentor-mentee relationship where individuals take others through the program.

How Does it Differ from Twelve-Step

Although Refuge Recovery pulls heavily from the programs that came before it and Refuge Recovery meetings are quite similar to twelve-step meetings, there are some major differences. First, there is no emphasis on finding a “higher power” in order to recover. Rather, this program encourages us to use the principles of self-investigation, mindfulness, and compassion to look at our behavior and habits. Belief in a higher power is acceptable, but not stressed as an integral part of the program.

Another way Refuge differs from twelve-step is in the people. Although there are a few meetings around that are specific to certain groups, they are generally open meetings. Rather than having different groups for those facing alcohol addiction, heroin addiction, or cocaine addiction, everyone sits in one room. Furthermore, people may participate in Refuge Recovery if they’ve been struggling with or recovering from a process addiction, mental health disorder, or seeing a loved one go through the process of addiction.

Take a look at some Refuge Recovery meetings below, or visit our Refuge Recovery listings page to view a map of Refuge meetings!

Defy the Lie

Wednesday 7:00pm - 8:30pm

mapMarkerGrey 1658 West 13th Avenue, Eugene,...

Sit Happens

Tuesday 6:30pm - 8:00pm

mapMarkerGrey 1685 West 13th Avenue, Eugene,...

Refuge Recovery

Monday 7:00pm - 8:30pm/h3>

mapMarkerGrey 2190 Garfield Street, Eugene, ...