When an individual is looking for a way to “move away from”, reduce, or end an addiction or an addictive behavior, there are many things to consider. The MBR approach looks at the whole person and their psychological, biological, social and spiritual landscapes. Many addictions are caused by traumatic events or experiences in a person’s life. These traumas are best addressed through various forms of therapy and bodywork. Part of Mindfulness Based Recovery is guiding the individual to and through healing practices and referring the appropriate therapists and practitioners as necessary. Meditative practices of compassion, loving kindness and forgiveness are also a major component in MBR and in discovering what hurts and what we are masking with our addictions. This is a path of guided self-discovery.
Addiction is automatic and compulsive. Because of this, addiction precludes states of mind that are open, peaceful and free. When an individual cultivates mindfulness, they become increasingly aware of their addictive behavior and it ceases to be automatic. Many contemporary models of recovery are disease-based and attempt to train individuals to avoid certain states of mind and behaviors. As opposed to thought suppression, Mindfulness Based Recovery works rather with thought acceptance. In addition to decreasing avoidance of unwanted thoughts, it is hypothesized that mindfulness-based treatments decrease reactivity toward triggers, thereby interrupting the “addictive loop.”
David developed MBR through his own experience of recovery. Combining his extensive Mindfulness meditation experience, years of experience as a Substance Abuse Counselor, DBT training, and Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapeutic techniques, David developed Mindfulness Based Recovery.
Through this process you will :
- Understand the nature of your addiction and compulsive behaviors and how it relates to your own life.
- Gain an understanding of meditation and mindfulness in relationship to addiction.
- Identify your existing skills in working effectively with mindfulness for addictions/ compulsive behaviors and increase your confidence in the application of those skills.
- Learn how to create other coping mechanisms that are less harmful than addictive behaviors and create a new sense of possibility and opportunity for yourself.
- Address the root causes of addictions through practices of compassion and mindfulness (meditation), along with guidance to address underlying trauma with options for various forms of therapy, bodywork and energywork.