As a youth, Noah Levine was incarcerated several times. His teenage years were filled with drugs, violence, and multiple suicide attempts. While in prison, Noah hit "an emotional rock bottom" and as a result, began a meditation practice that his father taught him, which ultimately gave him the tools to relieve the fear. Levine is the son of American Buddhist author Stephen Levine. Today, Noah is a Buddhist teacher, author, counselor and recognized keynote speaker. He holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. With over 25 years of experience in the addiction and recovery field, Noah has created a process of addiction recovery based on the teachings of the Buddha called Refuge Recovery. He is also the founder of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He is the author of Dharma Punx, Against the Stream, Heart of the Revolution and Refuge Recovery.