Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention

It is from my own path of recovery that I am offering this eight-week course of relapse prevention. Before I came into sobriety, I tried for years to cultivate a steady meditation practice. What I came to discover in my abstinent lifestyle was that meditation became the foundation of my life. Mindfulness meditation can be a cornerstone of abstinence from all addictions- from shopping, over eating, screen time to substance misuse disorder.

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) integrates empirically supported interventions from Dr. Alan Marlatt’s Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT), Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Zindel Segal and colleagues’ Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

The intention of the program is to offer practices cultivating mindful awareness to individuals suffering from the addictive trappings and tendencies of the mind. MBRP practices are intended to foster increased awareness of triggers, destructive habitual patterns, and “automatic” reactions that seem to control many of our lives. The mindfulness practices in MBRP are designed to help us pause, observe present experience, and bring awareness to the range of choices before each of us in every moment. We learn to respond in ways that serve us, rather than react in ways that are detrimental to our health and happiness.

*MBRP is designed as an aftercare program integrating mindfulness practices and principles with cognitive-behavioral relapse prevention skills. MBRP is best suited to individuals who are currently abstinent, have undergone initial treatment and wish to maintain their treatment gains and develop a lifestyle that supports their well-being and recovery.

The primary goals of MBRP are:

  • Develop awareness of personal triggers and habitual reactions, and learn ways to create a pause in this seemingly automatic process.
  • Change our relationship to discomfort, learning to recognize challenging emotional and physical experiences and responding to them in skillful ways.
  • Foster a nonjudgmental, compassionate approach toward ourselves and our experiences.
  • Build a lifestyle that supports both mindfulness practice and recovery.

Please contact me at be@hereforthis.com to get your name on the wait-list or to organize a private series for your organization.

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