Addiction and Trauma, Mindfulness and Genuine Happiness

Addiction and Trauma, Mindfulness and Genuine Happiness

At this very moment, the problem of addiction is a tragic dilemma in our society. It destroys the lives of everyone involved. As we find ourselves in a culture that faces an ongoing epidemic of stress, anxiety, depression and trauma, the need for self-care is overwhelmingly obvious and without significant remedy.
The over-dependence on medication, alcohol, drugs, food, and digital stimulation is rampant.

The good news is that we can overcome addiction and lead a life of genuine happiness. For us to engage in a lifestyle that supports these ideas, we must come to terms with the realities and difficulties that we face. The development of mindful awareness and empathy will be our most beneficial tools in this process.


Dave Smith is a Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, experienced speaker, and published author. He is empowered to teach through the Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and has received training in Buddhist psychology from the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS). He is the founder of the Against the Stream Nashville Meditation Center and teaches residential retreats, meditation classes and provides mentoring, trainings, and workshops in both secular and Buddhist contexts. He provides consulting for mental health agencies and non-profit organizations, and speaks nationally at addiction and behavioral health conferences. Dave lives in Paonia, Colorado.

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