Mindfulness and Relapse Prevention

15 Mar 2019 4:31 PM | Michael Kelberer (Administrator)

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention is a novel treatment approach developed at the University of Washington. Mindfulness practices increase awareness of triggers, habitual patterns, and automatic reactions. These practices cultivate the ability to pause, observe present experience, and bring awareness to the range of choices before us in each moment.

“Mindfulness can be a powerful help for people who are committed to changing their behavior around an urge or trigger,” say Mark Lazich, MS, LMHC. This includes people in recovery from substance abuse certainly, but “also people whose triggers are food, media…anything that they don’t feel healthy with but can’t seem to stay away from.”

Mark, who along with Colleen Semple, LMHC is leading our Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention class this spring, says that mindfulness works by helping people slow down, to tolerate the strong emotions that arise when triggered so that they don’t simply react habitually. In that slowing down, they “expand their internal and external options.”

With mindfulness, healthier and more helpful choices become possible.

The Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention class in particular has been shown by research to significantly improve participant’s likelihood of avoiding a relapse into old behaviors. Mark says the class is very practical and hands-on.  And “Simple. But not easy.”

Upcoming MBRP Classes

Bellingham April 8 - June 3, 5-7pm

: The Seattle Mindfulness Center offers this class - check their schedule here

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