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Meditation Treatment for Addictions

Organized by: Brian Gwozdz

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I am a licensed addictions counselor who has worked in the field of addictions treatment for many years. I am also a recovering alcoholic and addict myself with over 26 years of continuous sobriety. In the course of both my professional career and my own personal journey of recovery, I have witnessed many inspiring recoveries. Addicts and alcoholics in seemingly hopeless circumstances and situations who miraculously recovered, gaining back their lives and families in the process.

Sadly, along with the many amazing recoveries I have also witnessed all too many heart breaking tragedies. Even within my own family, addiction has taken its toll and has caused the untimely death of young family members. I doubt there is a family in America who hasn't been affected, either directly or indirectly, by the disease of addiction. Many families, unfortunately, in a profoundly devastating and life changing way.

A few years ago I began meditating and immediately noticed the many benefits I derived from this ancient practice. I also started attending a local meditation center where I meditated in community with others. The collective energy produced by a group of people meditating together was palpable, and I found the experience extremely therapeutic. I began introducing several recovering alcoholics and addicts to the practice of meditation and mindfulness, and the results were quite remarkable. Of those who consistently meditated, all reported a great strengthening of their recovery.

My goal is to travel to Southeast Asia to closely explore the practices of meditation and mindfulness as they has been practiced for centuries, and to bring back concepts, insights and approaches that I can share with recovering addicts and alcoholics here at home. Among my principle travel destinations will the Thamkrabok Monastery in Thailand. Founded in 1957, this one-of-a-kind institution run by a unique order of Buddhist monks and nuns has been dedicated to helping people recover from addiction for several years.

I am highly confident that approaches to meditation and mindfulness as practiced at this monastery and elsewhere in Southeast Asia could greatly benefit countless addicts and alcoholics who are struggling here at home. Among them, many long suffering addicts who have not been able to achieve sobriety or any significant clean time. Upon my return, I hope to established a sober house where the traditional 12-step model will combine with the ancient practices of meditation and mindfulness to give addicts and alcoholics increased hope and better treatment outcomes.

Please find it in your heart to assist me in my extremely worthy fund raising goal so that I might ultimately help others to find more hope, help and recovery from addiction. I am not savvy in the realm of social media, so kindly share my plea with others who also desire to help people recover from addiction.




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