Posted: 18/10/2014 at 17:55
Hey RC firstly well done on a year off booze secondly my father has never drunk due to migraines but suffered with depression all his life he is now off of anti depressants and is on a spiritual path with Buddhism and alot better these days, are you religious? A faith of some sort may help you, i also need to start meditate as advised by my counciler and have been making inquires
I've been involved with Buddhism for a few years now; I even did a heavily scholastic two-year Foundation of Buddhist Thought course. It was okay. I'm an atheist and Buddhism kinda sounds rational to begin with, but dig a little deeper and there's plenty of 'woo woo' stuff in there too.
I don't chuck the baby out with the bath-water though; Buddhism can be extremely psychological too. Science has investigated many Buddhist practises, such as meditation, and mindfullness is a mainstream psychiatric practise today.
There's a school of thought that alcoholics drink because we have problems with emotional processing. Booze gives us a sense of ease and comfort. Spiritual practises - such as mindfulness - can also reduce stress and anxiety (like booze did for us); so it makes perfect sense. The only downside is that it takes effort and discipline (like running does) to cultivate a meditation practise, but as alcoholics we know where to get that sense of ease and comfort straight away; a bottle.
And much of what A.A. has to offer is like Buddhism. I mean Buddhism is the Eightfold Path (the Fourth Noble Truth), which essentially breaks down into three areas:
1. Living an ethical life.
2. The practise of compassion.
3. The cultivation of wisdom (not intellectual) by meditation and mindfullness.
All these elements are to be found in the 12 Steps. I think that your father is spot on with what he's doing.