Frequently Asked Questions

 Sharing stories with one another about your experiences can validate the pain and confusion of dealing with an addictions.” – Robin Barnett

Below are our most frequently asked questions. The answers below are specific to our Recovery Dharma Dockweiler Family and Friends meeting. If your question is not answered below, you can email us at 

What is Recovery Dharma Global?

Recovery Dharma Global is a nonprofit organization that maintains a list of Recovery Dharma meetings, shares materials, and organizes events to explore and strengthen the Recovery Dharma program. Recovery Dharma Sangha Groups are local members who join together to support each other on this path of recovery. (

Where can I find more information about Recovery Dharma Family and Friends Sangha?

Our most current information is available at:

Where can I find the Recovery Dharma book?

There are a few ways to obtain the RD book. It can be purchased on Amazon, or downloaded from the Recovery Dharma website: (

There is also a community created "all abilities"  version on the book, which can be found here:     ( )

What is a Sangha?

The Sangha is the Buddhist community; it is those who follow the teachings of the Buddha. The term, which in Sanskrit and Pāli means “collection” or “assemblage,” a group of people together for a certain purpose. Each Recovery Dharma meeting is its own Sangha. 

Where can I learn more about Buddhism? 

There are many lineages of Buddhism. The magazine “Tricycle" features a good number of stories and other information in their print and online magazine. They have a section in the magazine just for beginners that covers different topics. On the website, this section topic is a great place to check out their articles geared just for beginners. More information can be found at (

Why use Buddhist Recovery?

Many people with substance or process addictions find that discovering or rediscovering a spiritual connection is helpful in their journey and on their path of renunciation. Buddhism, which is both a religion and a way of life, has elements that can be helpful to those on this journey. These include mindfulness, meditation, and a means of relieving stress. Buddhism is not in conflict with other religious teachings and there are many centers in the United States and around the world which continue to teach Dharma today.  Combining elements of Buddhist philosophy with evidence-based addiction treatment can be a comprehensive and effective approach to recovery.

Why do we share pronouns? 

Routinely asking and providing pronouns helps everyone avoid assumptions and feel comfortable interacting. More information can be found at ( )

Why do we acknowledge indigenous land?

To recognize the land is an expression of gratitude and appreciation to those whose territory you reside on, and a way of honoring the Indigenous people who have been living and working on the land from time immemorial. More information, including which indigenous land you reside on can be found at: ( )

Why do we bow?

In Buddhist cultures modesty and respect for others are conveyed through the simple gesture of bowing. The hands-together bow is used throughout Asia and east Asia countries: Japan, Thailand, Viet Nam, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma (Myanmar), China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. (