DIAGNOSIS: Substance-Use Disorders

TREATMENT: Mindfulness-based Group Therapy for Alcohol Use Disorders


  • Basic premise: Mindfulness-based interventions are an increasingly utilized approach for addressing behavioral health issues like SUDs, either as standalone interventions or integrated into other treatments. It derived from Buddhist theory, focusing the attention to the present moment, with an openness to accepting things as they are. Within the medical treatment, patients may develop mindfulness to identify, acknowledge, and disengage from dysfunctional cognitions. Mindfulness-based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) is a recent mindfulness intervention directed to people suffering from alcohol use disorder. It aimed to integrate psychotherapeutic relapse prevention techniques with mindfulness-based meditation practices. This approach is intended to reduce the risk of relapse by helping patients with psychological discomfort that often precipitates relapse. The core components of MBRP are typically delivered 2-hour group sessions for 8 weeks (16 hours total contact time). During these sessions, MBRP providers teach patients meditation practices related to a central theme for the session, to facilitate patients’ awareness of and healthier responses to challenging emotional, cognitive, and physical states they may experience due to craving or withdrawal from substance use.


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