Finding The Similarity in Solidarity

We all have something. A story, a past, trauma, abuse, experiences. The moments of our lives both good and bad add up to shape who we are. Attaching to the pleasurable refuge given to us by drugs and alcohol, then enduring the consequential sufferings, not uncommon to people who have experienced difficulties in their life. Sadly, due to the ideas of disconnect or not being one with those around us, we start to feel like we are the only ones who have suffered in this way.

Buddhists believe that all of life is suffering in one way or another. Especially when it comes to being attached to pleasurable desires, the experience of anything other than pleasure causes suffering. On this, every human has experienced suffering. Somehow, learning this is shocking to many. Entering treatment for the first time is a perfect example of such a situation. Broken, afraid, suffering from the shame and stigma assigned to addiction, one feels unsure of facing other people. Quickly, by listening, one learns that they are not alone. None of us are unique in our suffering. Through practicing non-judgment, we learn to find similarity in the solidarity of suffering, rather than difference.

To compare one’s suffering to another is to compare apples and oranges. So, they might be different kinds of fruit, but they are still fruit. Our experiences might be different from one human to the next, but we are all still human. Our lives might look different but they are still the experience of human life on planet earth. Separation is an absolute illusion.

Through treatment, everyone will be learning and growing together. You’ll each by confronting the ghosts of your past and letting go of your attachments to them. As children, young adults, or adults experiencing suffering you take refuge not only in harmful substances, but harmful behaviors. One by one you will learn how to let go of these behaviors and work toward a new peaceful way of life.

More importantly, together, you will find a way to enjoy the ease of spiritual living in recovery. Goen will be the days of chaos and pain. Together you will support one another in this shared experience of rebirth and rejuvenation. Friends made in treatment can last a lifetime.


Refuge Recovery Center offers programs of treatment to men and women wishing for liberation from their suffering caused by drugs and alcohol. From detox to transitional care, Refuge offers all levels of care. Inspired by Buddhist principle our program opens the path to compassionate care and sustainable recovery. Call or text us today for more information at 323-207-0276.

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