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Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm - Swami Vishnu-devananda founded the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm near Grass Valley, California, in 1971. The ashram provides a residential setting where spiritual practitioners of all levels can deepen their practice through the study of classical yoga, meditation and vedanta. Teacher Training and Advanced Teacher Training in Yoga are offered as well as beginner yoga intensives and family oriented retreats.

logo1Inner Peace Yoga Therapy – 300-hour yoga therapy certification program with comprehensive curriculum including Yoga of Recovery (Durga), Yoga for Depression (Amy Weintraub), Yoga for Cancer, Adapting Yoga for Heart Disease (Nischala Joy Devi). Durga is on the Faculty of this school along with top instructors in the fields of yoga therapy and Ayurveda, including: Nischala Joy Devi, Dr Marc Halpern, Amy Weintraub and Neil Pearson.



logo_400x400 ADDICTION HELPER - A treatment service for people with addictions, created by people in recovery – the largest addictions treatment organisation in the UK and has access to the largest selection of addiction rehab and detox clinics in the UK and worldwide. We also provide bespoke services such as home detox, individualised counselling programs and aftercare treatment.  Addiction Helper is about getting you the right sort of help quickly, and providing continued support for you and those around you during and after your treatment.  We understand how difficult the road to addiction recovery is. After all, we’ve been there ourselves. We have the experience and expertise to give you the advice you need, to get you the treatment you need to set you on the path to a healthy recovery.

community-reinforcement-and-family-training-craftThe CRAFT approach is a system for helping family members change the way that they are interact with a drug user or someone is drinking too much. The aim of CRAFT is to help that person get into treatment and on the road to recovery from drugs and alcohol.  

CRAFT provides a comprehensive strategy for how to interact with drinking and drugging family members in a way that has been shown to work to get their loved into treatment and to get their life back from addiction.

CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach to Family Training) originated at the University of New Mexico and was developed by Robert Meyers, Ph.D. and colleagues. Research on CRAFT shows that about 70% of families who receive CRAFT are able to get their loved ones into treatment within a year (Miller, Meyers, & Tonigan, 1999). CRAFT also helps family members improve their own lives, whether their loved one ends up seeking treatment or not.


dvdDVD: Addiction, Recovery and Yoga – Feature documentary film by Lindsey Clennell (85 minutes). How people have used yoga as part of their journey in recovery programs from serious addiction problems to a new life of well-being and emotional stability.





FAVOR-logoFaces & Voices Guide to Mutual Aid Resources. Find out about the growing number and scope of volunteer recovery mutual aid groups. This one-stop resource is for people in or seeking recovery from addiction, their families and friends and for addiction treatment service providers and other allied service professionals. Numerous research studies have shown that mutual aid groups play a significant role in the process of recovery. Here you can learn about the many varieties of online and in-person mutual aid groups that are helping people find and sustain their recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

VqBModels Against Addiction - Be FREE is the New Black!  MAA’s mission is to heighten public awareness about addictions within our society and inspire everyone to be more supportive and knowledgeable about substance abuse disorders, dependencies and addictive behaviors. Also to introduce Yoga & Meditation as a successful practice for all addictions and integrate it with traditional therapies and techniques.



IMG_0745-440x328The Easier Softer Way –  a site and blog covering Buddhism, meditation, recovery, and spirituality.

Santa Barbara Therapy – Founder Dr. Adina McGarr Knabke specializes in the treatment of eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating), alcoholism and addiction (substance abuse, gambling), and self-injurious behaviors (cutting, burning). If you are seeking Santa Barbara Psychotherapy or Psychology services to help with prescription drug addiction, treatment for a drug addiction relapse, please visit


Sexual Addiction Screening Test (SAST):  a cost-free, no-obligation initial assessment test for people with potentially addictive behaviors.  It provides a profile of responses that help distinguish between addictive and non-addictive behaviors.  It was developed in cooperation with hospitals, treatment programs, private therapists and community groups.  If you are struggling with sexual acting-out and addictive behaviors there are 12-step programs for continued education and support.

Research shows that under 10% of Americans who need help with addiction are able to find that help, millions are left unsure of where to turn. Often it takes the support and understanding of those around them to take the next step and seek treatment.  Here are a number of guides for those looking for help when they know someone who’s struggling with addiction and needs help  covering some really useful advice.

MA_logo-hires-2Who is a marijuana addict?  We who are marijuana addicts know the answer to this question. Marijuana controls our lives! We lose interest in all else; our dreams go up in smoke. Ours is a progressive illness often leading us to addictions to other drugs, including alcohol. Our lives, our thinking, and our desires center around marijuana – scoring it, dealing it, and finding ways to stay high.  The primary purpose of Marijuana Anonymous is to help the addict who still suffers. Therefore, public outreach, in the form of education, information, and awareness is an important aspect of our program. In addition to serving addicts, we welcome interest and inquiries from service providers in all areas – medical, the court system, educators, social workers, counselors – as well as from the general public.


200px-US-NIH-NCI-Logo.svgNational Cancer Institute’s Free Help - Smoking Quitline and LiveHelp Online Chat:  Talk with an NCI smoking cessation counselor for help quitting and answers to smoking-related questions in English or Spanish.



Freezone UKFreezone Spiritual Retreat, Dorset, England, UK:

Freezone aims to help people in recovery, working a 12 Step programme or anyone interested in the 12 step philosophy or general meditation, to draw strength from an atmosphere of prayer and meditation.




the-samsara-cafe_0Samsara Mind and Body is a Wellness Studio offering yoga and a range of alternative therapies, including Ayurveda.  Their vision is to enrich the local community by providing friendly and serene environment where people can balance their body, mind and soul, socialise and relax. This studio is ideally situated for those who live in my old neck of the woods – south west London: Wandsworth, Putney, Southfields, Earlsfield and Wimbledon.



resources-keyboardRecovery Stories is committed to helping individuals and families recover from addiction and its consequences.  David Clark is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology and set up the grassroots initiative Wired In (originally called WIRED) nearly 15 years ago as a way of empowering people to tackle substance use problems.



core_buildingCORE, Center of Recovery, is a place of help and hope for problem gamblers and their families – funding is provided by the Louisiana Office of Behavioral Health. CORE is a residential facility located in the historic Highland area of Shreveport and provides 24-hour monitoring of the residents to address complex diagnostic issues, serious relapse factors and medical psychiatric instability. .