Refuge Recovery group starting in Vancouver

I, along with others interested in Buddhism and recovery from addiction, are co-creating Vancouver’s first Refuge Recovery group.  This is a model of recovery developed by my teacher Noah Levine and outlined in his recent book. I have volunteered to facilitate this group for the first six months, and we’ll see where it goes from […]

Out of Step: Substance Use Recovery outside the 12 Steps

I practice sobriety. And I haven’t done any of the 12 Steps. Let me be clear: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other 12 Step programs have helped thousands (millions?) of people to come into sobriety. Some of these people include mentors of mine, close friends, and teachers. Many of my clients have benefitted from this […]

First published article

Hi all, Happy to announce that I’ve managed to publish by first-ever peer-reviewed journal article, with my colleague Barbara Baumgartner: STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS: NARRATIVE PRACTICES IN SUPPORT OF FRONTLINE COMMUNITY WORK  WITH HOMELESSNESS, MENTAL HEALTH, AND SUBSTANCE USE We wrote this with the intention of offering a free downloadable article that might […]