Phronesis Institute
 Philosophy as a Way of Life for Addiction Recovery 

What We Do 

Research and Publishing 

In addition to drinking a tremendous amount of tea, we also conduct research, write and publish articles and books related to 'Philosophy as a Way of Life for Addiction Recovery.' We extend an open invitation to researchers and authors interested in this topic to collaborate with us on future research projects and publications. We are affiliated with Phronesis Publishing, a newly established publishing house that will publish books on applied philosophy that promotes individual self-liberation and practical wisdom (phronesis). We will also develop video podcasts which will be available for viewing on this website. 

Philosophical Counseling 

We offer individuals in addiction recovery philosophical counseling and coaching based on the premise that 'philosophy as a way of life' as a transformative practice can be a compelling, and legitimate recovery pathway for individuals in addiction recovery, as one of many recovery pathways. We assist individuals with incorporating philosophical perspectives and practices into their existing recovery pathways - and to develop a 'Philosophy as a Way of Life for Addiction Recovery Practice.' 

We view Twelve Step programs as fundamentally a practice of 'philosophy as a way of life' and Twelve Steps fellowships as a type of 'philosophical community' and guide individuals engaged in Twelve Step fellowships with means to assimilate other uplifting philosophical perspectives (for example, virtue ethics) and practices (for example, philosophical contemplation) into their established Twelve Step practices. 

Contact Guy du Plessis at for more information or to set up a counseling session.

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.

                                                    ― Arthur Schopenhauer