Mission Statement

Our mission is to help adults to recover from drug addiction and alcoholism through personal insight, individual therapy, group therapy, education and the principles of Buddhism.


Refuge Recovery  Centers is a Buddhist-based  program providing treatment under the Refuge Recovery model that was developed by Buddhist Teacher and Addiction Recovery Counselor Noah Levine, MA. Through the process of his own recovery, and working with other addicts for over 25 years, he has developed an addiction treatment process that highlights the usefulness of meditation and Buddhist practice in the treatment of alcoholics and addicts. 

Refuge Recovery History / Story

Excerpt from the Introduction of the book Refuge Recovery –

Refuge Recovery is a practice, a process, a set of tools, a treatment, and a path to healing addiction and the suffering caused by addiction. The main inspiration and guiding philosophy for the Refuge Recovery program are the teachings of Siddhartha (Sid) Gautama, a man who lived in India twenty-five hundred years ago. Sid was a radical psychologist and a spiritual revolutionary. Through his own efforts and practices he came to understand why human beings experience and cause so much suffering. He referred to the root cause of suffering as “uncontrollable thirst or repetitive craving.” this “thirst” tends to arise in relation to pleasure, but it may also arise as a craving for unpleasant experiences to go away, or as an addiction to people, places, things, or experiences. This is the same thirst of the alcoholic, the same craving as the addict, and the same attachment as the codependent.

Eventually, Sid came to understand and experience a way of living that ended all forms of suffering. He did this through a practice and process that includes meditation, wise actions, and compassion. After freeing himself from the suffering caused by craving, he spent the rest of his life teaching others how to live a life of well-being and freedom, a life free from suffering.

Sid became known as the Buddha, and his teachings became known as Buddhism. The Refuge Recovery program has adapted the core teachings of the Buddha as a treatment of addiction.

Buddhism recognizes a nontheistic approach to spiritual practice. The Refuge Recovery program of recovery does not ask anyone to believe anything, only to trust the process and do the hard work of recovery.

Why seek treatment?

 The questions asked by many addicts seeking sobriety (especially those with multiple failed attempts at securing a successful long-term sobriety) is: “What can I do differently?” “What haven’t I tried?” “What’s missing?  Refuge Recovery Centers is an abstinence-based program offering traditional recovery tools, taught through the pure lens of Buddhist philosophies.  Our goal is to help those who struggle with addiction, co-occurring disorders, and emotionally charged wounding to experience a fresh perspective of themselves, their lives, and the art of limitless possibilities. Our hope is to re-inspire in our clients the motivation, willingness, and courage to excel to their best selves, and thus live, with integrity, the lives they were authentically meant to lead.