Non-Duality, Spiritual Awakening & Addiction Recovery

The Twelve Steps makes much of the idea of “spiritual awakening” and “spiritual experience” as crucial to addiction recovery. Experiences of Non-Duality is a potent form of such awakening.

“Non-duality’ is actually a translation of the Sanskrit word ‘Advaita’, which simply means ‘not two’. It points to the essential oneness (wholeness, completeness, unity) of life, a wholeness which exists here and now, prior to any apparent separation. It’s a word that points to an intimacy, a love beyond words, right at the heart of present moment experience. It’s a word that points us back Home. And despite the compelling appearance of separation and diversity there is only one universal essence, one reality. Oneness is all there is – and we are included”. — by Jeff Foster


Beyond Recovery: Nonduality and the Twelve Steps by Fred Davis. This book offers the tools that we can use to move on from mere abstinence to the natural freedom that is our true nature. Rupert Spira writes in the foreword, “Beyond Recovery’s real quality lies in the honest, humorous and warm-hearted ways in which Fred explores and exposes the complex patterns of avoidance and denial that characterize the resisting, seeking self and the non-judgmental way in which he describes it. Drawing on numerous examples from his own colorful life, he speaks with passion and humility of a path that started for him as an obsessive search for happiness in the acquisition of objects, relationships and states, evolved through addiction, recovery, spiritual seeking and self-inquiry, and continues in an ever-deepening surrender to the undeniable, un-namable reality of what eternally is.”

The Way Of Powerlessness – Advaita and the 12 Steps of Recovery by Wayne Liquorman. We suffer from the most insidious kind of addiction – one we don’t even realize we have. It is the addiction to power itself. Both the Twelve Steps of recovery and the ancient teaching of Advaita reveal that powerlessness is the secret to genuine strength.The proposition that lasting peace in life can come through the recognition of complete personal powerlessness may seem counter intuitive and ultimately ridiculous. Yet, lasting peace is the miracle The Way of Powerlessness makes possible.

Natural Rest for Addiction: A Revolutionary Way to Recover Through Presence by Scott Kiloby. Scott’s book employs his unique mindfulness approach to addictions of every kind. Mindfulness is an emerging, effective treatment for addiction. It is starting to be employed in many substance abuse centers across the U.S. Scott is the author of six books, an international speaker and an addiction specialist. In this book, you will discover how to be present in the moment and not live in the past and future so much, which is where addiction lies. Living in the moment provides a profound peace and freedom. The book also contains Scott’s groundbreaking “Living Inquiries” which provide a way to dismantle the self-esteem issues that underlie addiction.

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself  What would it be like to be free from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? What can you do each day to find this kind of inner peace and freedom? While not directed specifically to addiction, The Untethered Soul offers a simple, profoundly intuitive answer to these questions. Whether this is your first exploration of inner space or you’ve devoted your life to the inward journey, this book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you. “Read this book carefully and you’ll get more than a glimpse of eternity” – Deepak Chopra, Author, Life after Death: The Burden of Proof

The Natural Bliss of Being by Jackson Peterson. While not directed to “addictions” per se, this book points us directly to practices to help release us from the addiction to self – the ego-bound sense of me that is highly conditioned, almost always directing us towards what is comfortable and away from what is unpleasant. It’s the little, self-centered, selfish me that can never be truly satisfied, and the me that leads us into all manner of suffering.

The book is a transformative journey that conclusively reveals one’s own “enlightened self-nature” directly, leaving no room for doubt or uncertainty. It offers explanations, insights and practical methods that can easily be applied without prior knowledge or experience with meditation or Eastern practices. It offer insights and methods into discovering our True Nature immediately and directly, not after months or years of study, meditation and practice. The approach shared is very direct and capable of revealing immediate benefits. The overall goal is the acquisition of a completely new perspective on life that is grounded in spontaneity, freedom, joy and unconditional love for the benefit of oneself and others.