Resources & Inspiration


Community Support Groups
Refuge Recovery – Asheville
Fridays 7-8:30pm & Sundays 6-7:30pm at Urban Dharma 
From the Urban Dharma website: “Meetings are held in the temple area unless there is an Urban Dharma event going on –  in those cases, we will meet in the library upstairs. Meetings are open to anyone interested in a Buddhist path to recovery, whether they identify themselves as addicts, alcoholics, substance abusers, codependents or addictive personalities of any variety. 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,” drawn from the book Refuge Recovery by Noah Levine.

For more information, please refer to the Refuge Recovery website: Anyone planning on attending a Refuge Recovery meeting is encouraged to first purchase the book, Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction.  You can contact the Asheville Refuge Recovery Group at

SMART Recovery
Asheville meeting is held Thursdays 6:00-7:00 PM Grace Episcopal Church
871 Merrimon Ave. 28804
Meeting held in conference room downstairs

Women for Sobriety
“WFS is a self-help Program for women with problems of addiction. It is the first and only self-help Program for women only and its precepts take into account the very special problems women have in recovery – the need for feelings of self-value and self-worth, and the need to expatiate feelings of guilt and humiliation.”
Local Asheville meeting takes place on Thursdays at the YWCA from 6:30-8pm.

The Steady Collective
“The Steady Collective is a non-judgmental, harm reduction based group located in Asheville, North Carolina. We are focused on any positive change and encourage each individual to pick their own path while being supported by community. Our all inclusive collective does not require abstinence to participate; both active and former drug users are welcome.”
Meeting takes place on Sundays from 6:30-7:30pm at 20 Oak Street.

12-Step Groups
Western North Carolina Alcoholics Anonymous
Western North Carolina Narcotics Anonymous 

Here to Help Suboxone Online Support

ConsumerAffairs Drug and Alcohol Guide
ConsumerAffairs recognizes that, for some, entering rehab can be the first step in the journey back to health and wellness and that choosing a rehab – be it for drug addition or alcoholism – can be difficult. Our research team has developed a comprehensive guide to help make the task less daunting.

Project Know
Drug Addiction Education and Information from Addiction Center
Addiction Center was founded by recovering addicts and health information writers. Our goal is to provide the most up-to-date information on addiction as well as reviews of top treatment centers across the country.

EDUCATION ON BUPRENORPHINE (Suboxone, Subutex, Zubsolv, etc.)
Facts about Buprenorphine (Suboxone) from SAMHSA
Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction: Facts for Families from SAMSHA
The State of Buprenorphine Treatment from SAMSHA
Research on Effectiveness of Buprenorphine
Dr. Jana Burson’s Blog

The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment (NAABT)
NIDA_Science of Addiction
How Buprenorphine Works
Precipitated Withdrawal
Emergency Card for Wallet
Overdose Toolkit_2014
Know Your_Rights

Asheville Community Yoga 
Asheville Yoga Center
Soulful Mountain Yoga* with Becca Odom
Vibrant Heart Yoga* with Anna Ferguson
*Anna and Becca offer Yoga for Trauma classes

Great Smokies Writing Program

Writing from the Top of Your Head with Nina Hart
Nina has a gift for teaching the art of letting go and writing from within – whether it be utterly ridiculous or deeply sacred.

Clarity Acupuncture (Sarah Thomas, LAc)
People’s Acupuncture of Asheville

Smoky Mountain Center (LME)
Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP)

Back to Health Consulting 
At Back to Health Consulting, Kara Nash, RN uses her 20 plus years of hospital and case management experience to help you navigate your health care needs. She provides services such as patient medical advocacy, individualized care plans, nurse family liaison and consulting.

Stone Circles at The Stone House in Mebane, NC
Springbank Ecospirituality Retreat Center near Charleston, SC
Animas Valley Institute, various places across the world

What an honor to meet and learn from Joanna Macy right here in North Carolina, May 2012

“Drawing from deep ecology, systems theory and spiritual traditions, the Work That Reconnects (WTR) builds motivation, creativity, courage and solidarity for the transition to a sustainable human culture. First emerging in 1978, this pioneering, open-source body of work has its roots in the teachings and experiential methods of Joanna Macy.”

If you’ve felt a deep despair because of the state of our world and the idea that humans have “power over” vs. “power with” nature, The Work that Reconnects may be an avenue for opening that up to allow you to become an active change agent. In 2012, I was able to meet Joanna Macy and an amazing group of people wanting to engage with what is happening in our world in a responsible way.

Atlanta Out of the Darkness Walk 2011

What Does “Survivors of Suicide Loss” Mean?The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention uses this expression to refer to the family and friends left behind after someone dies by suicide. Survivors are the ones left to pick up the broken pieces and find a way to move forward through grief and emptiness. If you are very new to the tragedy of suicide loss, despair may be your companion. AFSP sponsored the guide Surviving a SUICIDE loss: A RESOURCE AND HEALING GUIDE  to help offer support.

Out of Darkness Walks
As both a therapist and a survivor of suicide loss myself, I had the unique opportunity to participate in and raise money for the AFSP at the Out of Darkness Walk in Atlanta in 2011. This is a silly photo of me and a couple of friends at the event.

Mary Oliver
David Whyte
Rainer Maria Rilke
Jalal al-Din RumI
Kahlil Gibran
Naomi Nye
Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Addiction and Recovery-Focused
Mindful Recovery: A Spiritual Path to Healing from Addiction by Thomas and Beverly Bien
From Chocolate to Morphine by Andrew Weil
The Language of Letting Go by Melodie Beattie

Touched by Fire by Kay Redfield Jamisen
Widening Circles by Joanna Macy
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Artist’s Way
 by Julia Cameron
Creating Mandalas by Susanne Fincher
What We Ache For by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Education on Mental Health
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Golman

Holistic and Nature-Based Perspectives
Nature and the Human Soul by Bill Plotkin
Soulcraft by Bill Plotkin
Wild Mind by Bill Plotkin
Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola-Estes
Dream of the Earth by Thomas Berry
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv

Seven Principles for Making Relationships Work by John Gottman
Passionate Marriage by David Snarch
Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix
Soulmates by Thomas Moore

Spirituality, Awakening and Healing
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
The Places that Scare You by Pema Chodron
Awakening Compassion by Pema Chodron
Whereever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zin
Happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh
Active Hope by Joanna Macy
Loving Kindness Meditation by Sharon Salzberg

Other Contemporary Spirituality
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter
 by Sue Monk Kidd
Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore
Dark Nights of the Soul by Thomas Moore
A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
A New Earth by Eckart Tolle
Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus

The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction by Williams and Kraft
The PTSD Workbook by Williams Poijula
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook by McKay, Wood and Brantley
Relapse Prevention Therapy Workbook: Identifying Early Warning Signs Related to Personality and Lifestyle Problems by Gorski and Grinstead
Coloring Mandalas 1, 2 & 3 all by Susanne Fincher

Guided Meditation Recordings used in Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (available for download from creators of MBRP  -scroll to bottom of page)
Bell Ruth Naperstek
Tara Brach
Thinking Like a Mountain by Joanna Macy

Recovery Plan Outline
Ten Doorways to Mindful Recovery

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