David McNamara

Refuge Recovery

David McNamara is a Recovery coach, CASAC-T, filmmaker and Zen
practitioner. David has worked and volunteered in the recovery field for
over 10 years as well as having extensive training in Mindfulness therapy
and meditation. Prior to this he was a filmmaker for over 30 years. After
many years into his own recovery he began to see the need for alternatives
in the way that we treat addiction and the trauma underlying the addiction.


In keeping with the contemporary wisdom for the treatment of addiction,
David has spent much of his career investigating how recovery, spirituality
and creative expression are integrally related. He began to develop a
practice based on his own experience of recovery. Using his extensive Zen
meditation experience, DBT training, martial arts training and Harm
Reduction Psychotherapeutic techniques he began a program called
Mindfulness Based Recovery. He has implemented this practice into his
work at a traditional Drug Treatment center last year with some very
promising results.


Last year David embarked on a documentary film called “Disconnected”
(Healing an addicted society). In the making of the film he has found an
incredible group of people, teachers, mentors and advisors. One of those
people, Noah Levine, created in 2008 a community based recovery
program called Refuge Recovery. Refuge Recovery is a non-theistic
Buddhist inspired group that is based in compassion, wisdom and
community. I am excited to be able to bring this program to the people in
our local communities.

Refuge & Recovery