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Young Adults and Addiction: The Benefits of Inpatient Care

For many young people, drug use and experimentation is a rite of passage of sorts. However, experimenting with drugs and alcohol is far from harmless, and can often result in lifelong...

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Jack Kornfield

Clinical psychologist, meditation instructor and author

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Sharon Salzberg

Co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and magazine...

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Stephan Bodian

Stephan Bodian

Meditation teacher and author of Meditation for Dummies

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Adyashanti

His name means “primordial peace.” Adyashanti teaches spiritual communities called “satsangs,” silent retreats and weekend intensives. A nonprofit organization called Open Gate Sangha was founded in 1996 to support his teachings and host events throughout the United States and Canada.
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Bhagavan Das

Teacher and performer, Bhagavan Das has traveled the world since the age of 18 to look for “fortune and experience.” Today, his life is devoted to God. Bhagavan Das came to fame in Ram Dass’ publication Be Here Now. Bhagavan Das is known worldwide and is considered a “do-it-yourself guide to enlightenment.” He has also recorded several albums and written a memoir titled It’s Here Now, Are You?
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David Deida

As a teacher, Deida encourages men and women to grow spiritually and sexually. He workshops individuals towards transformation of their mind, body and hearts. This bestselling author is also a founding associate of Integral Institute and has taught and conducted research at many locations, including the University of California Medical School in San Diego and Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France.
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Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Chopra is the chairman and co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, in Carlsbad, CA, which focuses on western medicine with natural healing traditions. He is known as one of the world’s best leaders in the field of mind/body medicine. Chopra is the author of more than 100 audio, video and CD titles translated into 35 languages, and over 49 books, including The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Pocketbook Guide to Fulfilling Your Dreams.
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Eckhart Tolle

Tolle is a spiritual teacher and speaker. He travels the world, encouraging spiritual awakening to improve individual self-happiness. Tolle is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Power of Now.
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Jack Kornfield, Ph.D.

Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, India and Burma. He is a founding teacher at the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Kornfield has been practicing meditation since 1974 and is the author of A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life among other books.
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Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.

Kabat-Zinn is the founding executive director for the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. As the author of scientific documents and books, such as Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, he focuses on Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction. Kabat-Zinn has trained parts of the congressional staff, CEOs and judges in lessons of mindfulness.
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