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Welcome to The 83 Problems. Everyone has problems. Some problems can be solved but a new problem will soon take its place. Nothing can be done to change this.    

"You will always have 83 problems in your life. Some will go; others will come to replace them. I cannot help you with those. That is just the way life is. While you can work hard and solve a few problems, once you do others will soon take their place. Your 84th problem is that you don't want to have any problems. You want to get rid of your 83 problems"
- Buddha's Parable of the 84th Problem

The 84th problem is the desire to not have any problems. This is not really living life on life's terms. One of the givens of life, part of reality, is that there are always problems to solve. Accepting this and deciding to live life on life's terms allows us to address the ongoing challenge of solving our ever-present 83 problems. 

For many, we find a commonality in one of our 83 problems, that of alcohol or other addictions. If we no longer use, that problem is gone. But in its place there might be cravings. If not cravings, then the fear of falling back into old patterns and habits. If not fear, then simple awareness of the possibility. Those here are seeking and finding a manner of living that increases our serenity and helps us cope with the 83 problems of life.

People often say that there are many paths to recovery from an addiction. Various ways are described in a pamphlet published in Akron in the 1940's called ‘Spiritual Milestones in Alcoholics Anonymous.’ AA's co-founder Dr. Robert Smith was the editor of the pamphlet. It says:

“Consider the eight-part program laid down in Buddhism: Right view, right aim, right speech, right action, right living, right effort, right mindedness and right contemplation. The Buddhist philosophy, as exemplified by these eight points, could be literally adopted by AA as a substitute for or addition to the Twelve Steps. Generosity, universal love and welfare of others rather than considerations of self are basic to Buddhism.”

The words "Steps" and "Path" speak perhaps to the philosophical differences between the two ways. "Steps" sound like very well circumscribed directions or rules to follow to get from exactly point A to exactly point B. "Paths" on the other hand sound like they have more give, more choice. The starting point and destination are known, but the individual routes may vary and achievement may be nonlinear. 

A path to recovery can include buddhist concepts, such as mindfulness meditation, or yoga practices that western people have adopted from the east.  

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