- The group's health and well-being is of utmost importance. Personal recovery depends on connection with a healthy, safe, confidential and stable community.
- Each group's core intention is to welcome and support those who are seeking recovery.
- Groups are to be peer-led. For our groups to be healthy and successful, there must be a rotating leadership and democratic decision-making process. Group leaders do not act in the capacity of recognized Buddhist teachers, but are trusted volunteers who serve the group for a designated period of time.
- Refuge Recovery is an abstinence-based program. Trusted volunteers are expected to maintain abstinence from all recreational drugs, alcohol, and process addictions.
- Each group operates independently, except in matters affecting other groups or Refuge Recovery as a whole. Just as individuals endeavor to live in accordance with the Eighfold Path, so should each group adhere to these Guiding Principles to maintain group integrity.
- There are no fees for Refuge Recovery membership. Each group is responsible for its own finances, relying on the generosity of its members.
- Ethical conduct can and should be practiced on a group level. As a group, we refrain from violence, dishonesty, sexual misconduct and intoxication.
- Our core principles are mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness and generosity. We commit to being open and accessible to all who seek refuge.
Adopted 6/26/2016 - 2nd Annual Refuge Recovery Conference, Los Angeles, California