This talk continues the exploration of how Buddhist principles and practices can benefit mental health, in this case, addiction. Peter is a Certified Addictions Professional as well as a psychotherapist, therefore he presented a view of the nature of addiction that focuses, not on the clinical diagnostic criteria, but an analysis of how any behavior can become addictive according to five conditions (listed in the document posted below). This was related to the process of craving and clinging, a fundamental aspect of Buddhism. This description was followed by discussion regarding the nature of addiction and how the Noble Eightfold Path can be of benefit for preventing addictive relapse.
Here are the notes prepared for this talk: BUDDHISM AND ADDICTION NOTES
Next week’s topic will address how Buddhist principles and practices enhance the functionality of interpersonal relationships.