Buddhism and Recovery
Buddhism is a path to freedom from all forms of suffering. All suffering originates in the addictive quality of the mind and our habitual tendency to grasp at pleasure and push away pain. This is the first and second noble truths of the Buddha. All unenlightened beings experience craving for pleasure and aversion to pain, but those of us whom have become addicted to pleasure producing substances or behaviors have an even more extreme form of repetitive craving, that usually includes a disregard for the negative consequences of satisfying such cravings.
The Buddhist path offers a spiritual and psychological process of transformation that has proven to be a most effective treatment for our human addiction to the mind and all the suffering we create when we obey the cravings the mind and body produce. Buddhist meditation is the most potent tool there is for recovering our freedom and finding a wise relationship to pleasure and pain.
Intended Audience: Counselors – LCSW, CMHC, SUDC (Utah Substance Abuse credential)
Skill level – All Levels – Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Educational objectives for the course.
1. Attendees will be able to identify the central role of forgiveness in addiction recovery.
2. Attendees will be able to identify the the difference between concentration meditations and mindfulness meditations.
Aaron Olson, CMHC
Aaron Olsen. is a primary Counselor at Cirque Lodge. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he has made Utah his home for the past 18 years with the last 4 years practicing at Cirque Lodge. Prior to Cirque Lodge, Aaron was working in a mental health recovery program in Salt Lake City and developed a deep compassion for individuals struggling with both addictions and mental illness. Aaron has also worked in the fields of juvenile justice, serious and persistent mental illness, and various levels of addiction treatment. Personally, he enjoys travel, reading, and baseball.
Course Date and Agenda
Friday, July 7th, 2017
There is no cost for the event
Grievances All grievances must be in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org, and will be replied to within 5 – 10 business days.
ADA assistance This workshop is held a facility which is in compliance with the Americans Disabilities Act. Please contact Stephanie Fierman 801-222-9200 if special accommodation is required