Recovery Dharma Global is partnering with Southern Illinois University, Carbondale on a research study that is investigating the effectiveness of Buddhist recovery for addiction.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary.

RDG has decided to collaborate with Southern Illinois University, Carbondale with the hopes that research into the efficacy of Buddhist recovery programs will ultimately aid in promoting Buddhist recovery as a go-to option for people suffering from addiction.

This study is being led by a member of our Recovery Dharma sangha, Vanessa Wang. All information provided is completely confidential. RDG has no financial involvement with the school or researchers involved.

If you’re interested in participating, please see below for information about the study from the university and researchers.

Investigating the Mechanism of Change of Buddhist Recovery from Addiction Study

My name is Vanessa Wang. I am a graduate student in the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

I am asking you to participate in my research study, which consists of two surveys, one at this time-point and the second survey as a 6-month follow-up. The purpose of this study is designed to examine if Buddhist recovery peer-support programs would benefit addiction recovery outcomes and the ways in which Buddhist recovery may promote change. We will explicitly be asking about addiction in this survey. However, your responses are completely confidential.

Benefits: You will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win a $25 gift card if you complete both surveys (ie., the first survey AND the 6-month follow-up survey). You will also be helping researchers further our knowledge on how Buddhist teachings and practices may influence addiction recovery.

Eligibility: Participation is voluntary. There is no penalty for not participating or for withdrawing from the study. If you choose to participate in the study, it will take approximately 30 minutes of your time. You will answer questions about your demographics, Buddhist recovery participation, and measures related to Buddhist practices and addiction. The 6-month follow-up survey should take less than 30 minutes to complete; it will be shorter than the first survey, consists of a brief questionnaire and measures from the first survey.
You must meet the following eligibility criteria for participation: (a) 19 years of age or older, (b) identify as recovering from addiction (ie., alcohol use, substance use, or behavioral addiction), (c) participate in Buddhist recovery sangha(s), such as Recovery Dharma, Refuge Recovery, Eight Step Recovery, Noble Steps, Sit and Share, and Buddhist Recovery Sun Lotus, (d) and literate in English.

Click the following URL to read the informed consent and begin the study:

If you have any questions about this study, you may contact the main researcher Vanessa Wang at or Dr. Eric Lee at 618-453-3551 or for more information. We work in the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences.