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Mindfulness Relapse Prevention

Our mindfulness-based relapse prevention groups blend the benefits of mindfulness meditation with cognitive behavioral therapy tools to help clients depower thoughts, external and internal triggers, and behaviors that can lead to relapse. This mindfulness-based addiction recovery technique helps clients take action with practical tools before they pick up a drink, use drugs or engage in other destructive behaviors.

Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

The practice of combining mindfulness practices with cognitive behavioral therapy is often termed MBCT (mindfulness-based cognitive therapy). Studies have shown that practicing MBCT can help ease symptoms in people with mental health issues such as major depressive disorder. Initial studies have also shown mindfulness-based relapse prevention practices to be effective for those in recovery from substance use disorders. Cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness can help people with addictions refrain from drinking or using drugs by steadying them in the present moment, decreasing ruminating thoughts and providing them with methods to decrease impulsive behaviors.

Mindfulness relapse prevention tools are useful because with regular practice they can:

  • Prevent clients from being triggered by ruminations and negative thoughts
  • Provide alternative ways of coping with troubling thoughts and situations
  • Use grounding techniques to disengage from troubling thoughts and temptations
  • Encourage the acceptance of difficult emotions and thoughts without pushing them away
  • Interrupt automatic cognitive processes that contribute to substance abuse, anxiety and depression
  • Increase a person’s threshold for managing difficult circumstances
  • Improve concentration, compassion and acceptance

Mindfulness-based addiction recovery groups are just one of many ways we prepare clients with real-world recovery skills they can use in life after treatment. Clients also gain practical recovery skills through engaging in fitness, proper nutrition, meditation, support groups such as the 12 Steps or alternatives to the 12 Steps, and outings into the community to practice dealing with triggers.

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Posted on June 28, 2017 and modified on April 27, 2019

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