Addiction

Mindfulness approaches to addictive behaviours have proliferated with the rising tide of interest in this practice.  Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) as developed by the Addictive Behaviors Research Center at the University of Washington has received by far the most research attention. 

MBRP has been shown to significantly reduce drug and alcohol consumption when compared to either treatment as usual or standard cognitive-behavioural relapse prevention after 12 months. It seems that mindfulness not only reduces craving, but also helps protect against negative feelings becoming triggers for cravings, and the cravings themselves turning into addictive behaviour.

The charity Action on Addiction in the UK has worked with the authors of the model to offer a professional training in teaching mindfulness focusing on MBRP as well as audio and video resources for professionals and clients.  Further resources and stand-alone training weeks in MBRP are also offered in the US and elsewhere by the MBRP authors.

Courses and resources can be found on the following pages:

http://www.actiononaddiction.org.uk/mbrp.aspx

http://www.mindfulrp.com/