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Admirable Friends and Spiritual Fellowship

Joining a ‘recovery’ group of any type is an act of generosity and compassion both for yourself and for the other members of that group. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a Buddhist community, a 12-Step Fellowship or a SMART group. As long as you can get and give support as appropriate.

If you decide to join -
or even start - a Buddhist recovery group then you might also consider an occasional ‘retreat’ to refresh and energise your recovery and your practice.

In the ancient Buddhist texts, there is a conversation between the Buddha and his cousin and disciple Ānanda in which Ānanda enthusiastically declares,

    'This is half of the spiritual life, lord: admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie.‘
    The Buddha replies:
    'Don't say that, Ānanda. Don't say that. Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie is actually the whole of the spiritual life.

Recovery groups are:

    • For mutual support
    • For sustenance
    • For community

Related resources:

Buddhist-oriented recovery retreats : Hungry Ghost Retreats

Topics for contemplation & investigation : Spiritual Friendship (Kalyana-mittata)

Audio Link : Spiritual Friendship a talk by Ajahn Succito   (103:40)

Online recovery support UK:

Wired-in-to-Recovery Forum :      www.wiredintorecovery.org

Online talks and videos: for example:

Insight Meditation Centre :


Dharma Seeds :


Against the Stream : 





Books, downloads and links :        www.buddhistrecovery.org/resources.htm


Buddhist Retreat Centres in the UK


The Barn : (a gentle caring introduction to mindful living)


Gaia House : (for more experienced meditators)


London Insight :  (short non-residential retreats)






Wat Thamkrabok Drug Treatment Center – Thailand

Official website :


Independent website :


Thamkrabok Support Forum :





International Recovery Community - Thailand

New Life Foundation :



Please note that this page and the linked pages below are a ‘work in progress’ so please check back here from time-to-time for updates.

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