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A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery January 5, 2010

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 A Burning Desire is a gift for those who struggle with the Twelve Step program’s focus on the need to surrender to a Higher Power. Taking a radical departure from traditional views of God, Western or Eastern, author Kevin Griffin neither accepts Christian beliefs in a Supreme Being nor Buddhist non-theism, but rather forges a refreshing, sensible, and accessible Middle Way. Griffin shows how the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha, can be understood as a Higher Power. Karma, mindfulness, impermanence, and the Eightfold Path itself are revealed as powerful forces that can be accessed through meditation and inquiry.

Drawing from his own experiences with substance abuse, rehabilitation, and recovery, Griffin looks at the various ways that meditation and spiritual practices helped deepen his experience of sobriety. His personal story of addiction is not only raw, honest and engrossing, but guides readers to an inquiry of their own spirituality. In doing so, he poses profound questions, including:

  • How can I understand God from a Buddhist perspective?
  • How can I “turn my will and my life over” as a Buddhist?
  • How can this idea of God “remove my shortcomings”?
  • How do I “improve my conscious contact” with this God?
  • How do I learn this God’s “will”?


About the Author

Kevin Griffin is the author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps, the breakthrough book that established him as a leader in the mindful recovery movement. Since its publication, Kevin has toured extensively, giving workshops and lectures at places as diverse as Harlem, the Colorado Rockies, and Hawaii. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, he teaches “Dharma and Recovery” at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. In addition, Kevin is co-founder and board member of the Buddhist Recovery Network an international organization that serves people in the recovery community through training, treatment, and research. He continues to offer workshops, lectures, and retreats around the country. For more information about him and his teaching schedule, see his website:


HIT HARD October 21, 2009

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HIT HARD the memoir of drummer Joey Kramer of Aerosmith

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It’s All In The Journey ~ A Magazine for the recovery community October 3, 2009

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The only magazine written by, for and about the recovery community.  Not just for the professionals serving the community, but the whole community.

The goal of “It’s All In The Journey” is to show someone still suffering how we did it. To teach, inform, and
entertain our brothers and sisters in recovery. To let family members and the general public know that treatement
for addiction is possible and available to everyone. And that it works if you work it!

Our Mission: The 12th step of the 12-step fellowship says, “…having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we try to carry this message to another alcoholic or addict.”

VISIT It’s All In The JOURNEY and Subscribe!


SoberMoms ~ The Great Book Club August 18, 2009

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For all the SoberMoms out there please come join our community at !

We are starting a new read for fall in our group

The Great Book Club

Addicted Like Me: A Mother-Daughter Story of Substance Abuse and Recovery…

“In telling their shared story from two perspectives, the authors illuminate how recovery can save a family. This is a gripping story that also offers hope and help to families and individuals suffering from addiction.”

Ken Seeley, BRI II, RASi

A&E Interventionist


We are fortunate enough to have mother and daughter here as members at SoberMoms.


David Lee Byrd on IOCC August 12, 2009

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Come read the Improve Our Conscious Contact Blog with Augusts featured writer David Lee Byrd.

Learning to walk a Spiritual Path

Living by Spiritual Principles

by David Lee Byrd – Adapted from “Living a Spiritual Life”


experience, strength, and hope: poems of life’s lessons November 15, 2008

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By Ronald Edwards
A smart man learns from his mistakes, but a wise man learns from others! Ron Edwards spent his life falling short of being a wise man, and had to accept that just being this side of smart is not all that bad. To say that it’s a bit difficult to grow up with him as a father who was still learning how to be “smart” is an understatement. Life is a journey, not a destination and along the way this poet, tried to record my life’s lessons of his journey. Over his 30 years in the engineering aerospace industry, Ron has had many successes and failures in his professional career and personal life. His education, religious beliefs, upbringing, friends and family could not have prepared him for the road of his disease, and acceptance of who, and what he is. His life path has taken him to bottoms and lows most do not recover from, and in his poetry he has found that there is a softer and easier way to live, and that there is help. Ron has in his most humble, honest efforts tried to express his personal “experience, strength and hope” with these poems of his life’s

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Getting Sober: What To Expect November 5, 2008

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*Getting Sober: What To Expect,* is written from first hand experience of a recovering alcoholic. I know all to well the fears you may face when thinking about getting sober.

In this book you will have all those questions answered and more! It is my hope that knowing what to expect when getting sober will make that decision all the easier. *Getting Sober: What to Expect* was written with your best interests in mind. I hope this book makes that decision easier for you once you know what to expect.

Good luck and I wish you the very best on your road to recovery!
C. King, M.Ed.

Common Questions Answered:

Witdrawal- How bad is it?
Relationships- Will they be restored?
Support- Do I have to go to meetings?
How will I feel if I just quit, after all those years of drinking?
How do I avoid a relapse?
Should I talk to my doctor?


~This is GREAT STUFF! The withdrawal stuff explains a lot. – Anonymous

~It helps to read it and know rather than just wing it and be confused. Thank you for this! – Anonymous

~This gave me the courage to begin a sober life, I thought I was going crazy with the sugar craving! I don’t feel so alone anymore. – Anonymous

~This guide helped me so much every time I tried to get sober and am glad to say I finally have been sober for 1 year as I found my courage to! – Anonymous

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