Buddhism can play a significant role in one’s approach to winning the battle against drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse as an affliction in general if one wants. It is a legitimate approach to addiction treatment, especially if one is steadily and consistently abusing drugs and alcohol while still trying to maintain a spiritual and enlightened perspective. Most Buddhist treatment programs incorporate a good deal of overlap between Buddhist psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In fact, Dr. Alan Beck, the founder of cognitive behavioral therapy officially recognized CBT therapy as working quite well in tandem with Buddhist spiritual rehabilitation.
If there’s one thing that can be said to be true for anyone and everyone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol it is that it is quite common for people who get caught up in addiction to talk about a feeling of, “Being disconnected from their life”. From a Buddhist perspective, this is sometimes referred to as a ‘hole in the soul’, and it is a hole that needs to be filled with spiritual strength and resolve to stay away from substance abuse in the future. In fact, the Buddha himself believed that this feeling of being at odds with the universe occurred due to three characteristics of existence that were all in their own way very much so not ideal. These were: impermanence, non-self, and suffering.
There is a lot to be said for a Buddhist approach to drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse relief in general. Buddhist rehab approaches are truly quite beneficial and, because of their secular nature as a focus on the philosophy of Buddhism and not the religion of Buddhism, this approach can be engaged upon by all and can be benefited from by all.
The Buddhist approach is all about using spiritual means, meditation, counseling, therapy, and physically holistic treatment to engage the client in inserting rightness into his or her life where wrongness once thrived. Some of the key points that a Buddhist rehab will try to institute are:
We have studied endlessly and examined the addiction crisis in the nation, not only to formulate our own treatment programs, but to garner a better understanding of the sheer prevalence of addiction troubles in the nation to be able to pass them on to you. To aide us and others in our quest to inform the populace of the crisis that is addiction in the nation today, many different governmental and non-profit organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Trust for American Health (TAH), have all worked together diligently and continuously for several years to codify and understand this problem.
The goal and the aim here was to provide such statistical data and cruel yet very, very true evidence on this very real crisis and problem for all to see and bear witness to so that something can be done about it. The idea is that a heightened understanding of this issue would equate to a greater ability on the parts of those affected by it to be able to do something about it. For example:
Substance abuse and addiction has for some time now been creating very negative effects all across the nation. These are issues that have steadily and gradually worsened as the years have gone by and they truly have shown no sign of getting any better any time soon.
With a Buddhist approach to drug and alcohol addiction, the real world crisis that is addiction can finally be resolved once and for all. Addiction is not something that needs to be creating such a damaging effect on the nation any longer than is absolutely necessary. In fact, this problem really could stop and stop within a couple of years if enough effort was put onto the attempts to handle this once and for all. Addiction is harmful and damaging to say the least, but it doesn’t have to be. With rehab approaches like the Buddhist track, those who are addicted can find recovery soon enough.