Recovering Joy
A Mindful Life After Addiction

Recovering from addiction takes us through many difficult steps of discipline, humility, and self-realization—and in doing so, many of us lose sight of how to simply be happy. With Recovering Joy, Buddhist recovery teacher Kevin Griffin presents an insightful guide filled with mindfulness-based practices to help us recover purpose, lightness, and joy in our lives while we are on the journey to overcome addiction.



Addiction recovery requires a serious commitment, yet that doesn’t mean it has to be a bleak, never-ending struggle. “Recovering takes us through many difficult steps of discipline, humility, and self-realization,” says Kevin Griffin. “In doing so, many of us forget that we are capable and deserving of basic happiness.” With Recovering Joy, Kevin Griffin fills in what is often the missing piece in addiction recovery programs: how to regain our ability to live happier lives. Whether you’re in recovery or know someone who is, this book is a resource of valuable guidance and self-reflection practices for:

  • Rediscovering a sense of purpose and our own value through our work, relationships, and contribution to the world
  • Developing personal integrity by living up to our own moral and ethical beliefs
  • Using our intelligence and creativity to their fullest extent—at work and at home
  • Cultivating a rich inner life that includes a sense of connection—whether expressed in our spirituality, our interactions with others, or our relationship to the natural world
  • Bringing an element of fun into our lives—learning to embrace our own sense of humor as a resource for healing

Recovering Joy offers an illuminating guide to help us cultivate positive mind states within the challenging context of addiction. With practices and insights drawn from Buddhist mindfulness and the 12-step recovery program, Griffin reveals how we can better act in accordance with our core values, nourish healthy and satisfying relationships, renew our sense of playfulness, and find the unexpected joys in the journey of recovery.


“Griffin offers an amazing number of experiential practices along with gripping personal examples, contemplative wisdom, and a highly creative synthesis of mindfulness and recovery. This book is a gem, showing how lasting, true happiness can be found in a world of constant changes.”
—Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

“An inspiring guidebook to help reconnect us with the aliveness that’s right inside waiting to be awakened.”
—James Baraz, coauthor of Awakening Joy (with Shoshana Alexander) and cofounding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center



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Contents eBook (208 pages)
Filetypes EPUB, JPG, PDF
Date Published June 01, 2015
ISBN-10 1-62203-457-0
ISBN-13 978-1-62203-457-4
Product Code BK04307W

Paperback Book

Contents Paperback book (208 pages)
Date Published June 01, 2015
ISBN-10 1-62203-429-5
ISBN-13 978-1-62203-429-1
Dimensions 6 x 9 inches
Product Code BK04307