Within addiction recovery, sometimes there doesn’t seem to be a unique way of getting treatment, but that just isn’t the case. There are so many different options in maintaining sobriety and your recovery journey. Some people choose to attend 12-step recovery meetings after rehab, like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics anonymous. If you don’t feel like those are for you, or if you know someone who is struggling and looking for other options, Refuge Recovery could be it! Refuge Recovery meetings are a peer led support group, which have no specific qualifications to join. At RAD Living, all of our residents are required to attend an addiction support group of their choice. 

What Are Refuge Recovery Meetings in Addiction Treatment?

Refuge Recovery meetings are a buddhist inspired practice that provides healing for those who are suffering from an addiction. Even though this is a buddhist inspired practice, the meetings do not require participants to be buddhist or believe in buddhism. These meetings are for people that come from all walks of life; Refuge Recovery is a community that welcomes anyone and everyone. The Refuge Recovery program is a unique approach to the treatment and recovery of addiction, including fluctuations in severity and type of drug. The program focuses on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. There is also no cost associated with attending Refuge meetings, as it’s a non-profit organization. 


  • The Four Noble Truths – The Four Noble Truths consists of: (1) Addiction creates suffering, (2) The cause of addiction is the repetition of cravings, (3) Recovery is possible, (4) The journey/path to recovery is available.
  • The Eightfold Path – The Eightfold Path to recovery and sobriety consists of: (1) Understanding, (2) Intention, (3) Community/Communication, (4) Action, (5) Service/Livelihood, (6) Effort, (7) Meditation/Mindfulness, (8) Meditation/Concentration. 


The purpose of Refuge Recovery meetings are to ensure recovery and sobriety from addiction. This program is also supposed to help attendees feel a sense of well-being and happiness throughout their life. Other aspects of Refuge Recovery are gaining mindfulness through meditation practices and building a network of support through meetings, groups, and community. 


How Are Refuge Recovery Meetings Different From AA?

Refuge Recovery meetings are a buddhist inspired practice/path to healing, which stems from the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Alcohol anonymous meetings are inspired by the twelve steps and the twelve traditions to addiction recovery.  The 12-steps are principles that participants follow to help further the success within their recovery process. 


This is a universal treatment that many people use, and it was previously based on the Christian faith, but does not focus on it much today. AA focuses mostly on alcohol compared to other substances, whereas Refuge Recovery meetings focus on all substances and anything that can become an addiction. Like the Refuge Recovery meetings, AA welcomes anyone, especially those who would like to change their drinking habits. AA is also free, there is no charge associated with attending meetings. 


How RAD Living Recovery Residences (Sober Living) Can Help

Here at RAD Living Recovery Residences, we seek to help men in recovery maintain long term sobriety. When you live in our sober living, we have rules and guidelines for everyone to follow. Part of the guidelines to stay in our houses is to attend some sort of support group to help maintain sobriety, like Refuge Recovery! Whether you choose to attend Refuge meetings, or other meetings like AA, is totally up to you. 


If you or someone you know is in recovery and looking for a safe space to live, contact us at RAD Living today. Our sober living home provides men in recovery with a place to live while working on their long-term sobriety. 

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