Mindfulness Meditation In Addiction Counseling (SUD)

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Introduction Although more research on Mindfulness Meditation is needed in general, recent literature on the subject has been encouraging for patients of SUD’s, and their therapists alike. Currently, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of cases of SUD’s along with an increase in methods becoming available to treat them. This insidious disease is chronic, progressive, and potentially fatal to its victims, proving the need for effective treatment and compassionate care for the individuals afflicted. In view of the lack of research despite my arduous search, I have ascertained that MM and its potential in treating substance abuse is in great need. In fact, most of the studies I managed to find were not specific to substance…show more content…
surmises that implementing meditation in concurrence with a 12-step program is beneficent to those expressing symptoms related to relapse (Young, 2011, p. 67). In essence, the article delineates that meditation has curative factors such as exposure, in which facing the very things you avoid becomes therapeutic, cognitive change, which is the transition from erroneous thoughts to more adaptive ones, and not to mention self-management, relaxation, and acceptance (Young, 2011, p. 62). Also, results from this study has implications that mindfulness is proving to be useful in the reduction of cravings by nurturing the patient’s awareness of triggers, thereby weakening habitual responses (Young, 2011, p.…show more content…
Participant ages will range from 25-64, and will require a written consent form in order to participate in this study. The proposal here is to invite participants complete two questionnaires, one before engaging in Mindfulness Meditation, and one after. There will be two groups of 25, one group will participate in the Mindfulness Meditation, the other will do typical CBT treatment. All of the participants will be given questionnaires, one at the beginning of a 12-week commitment to treatment for a Substance Abuse Disorder, and one after its completion. Those chosen for the experimental group will attend Mindful Meditation sessions Monday-Friday for half an hour for 12 weeks. The sessions will consist of some formal meditation practice, either Focused Attention, Open Monitoring, or Loving-kindness and Compassion meditation followed by some group processing. Additionally, the participants will be encouraged to continue their practice of formal Mindful Meditation over the week-ends, and incorporate informal mindfulness into their daily endeavors. The assessment will determine various components that are indicative of the recovery process including reduced

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