There are many paths to and of recovery. Some are short term interventions, some are lifetime commitments. Here, is an approach to Buddhist recovery that is based on the following multidimensional/multidirectional practices.
Truth, Truthfulness and Commitment (Sajja or Sacca) : pain is inevitable - suffering is optional. The truth of the way things really are; and our commitment to change.
Generosity (Dana) : a generosity of heart and mind. A willingness to give to ourselves whatever it is that we need to heal the heart and mind in recovery.
Ethics (Sila) : the aspiration to live skillfully through the Five Precepts using these gifts to prevent relapse and to reduce the harm in my life.
Loving-kindness (Metta) : the regular practice of loving-kindness meditation to lift my self-esteem and promote my well-being, and the well-being of all those around me.
- Forgiveness (Khama) : the regular practice of forgiveness meditation to skillfully examine and let go of the past; healing my present and embracing my future - whatever it holds.
Mindfulness (Sati) : the regular practice of mindfulness meditation of body, mind and feelings to support my recovery.
Sajja, the first foundation of this plan, is the starting point of my recovery and it can also be the end point of this approach.
However, it is my experience that the more layers of practice that you include in your life, the more assured you can be of a relaxed, comfortable and happy recovery.
It is important to note that you do not have to be a Buddhist to practice Sajja, Sila or any of these meditation practices.