MINDFULNESS BASED RELAPSE PREVENTION (MBRP)

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. “ – Oliver Wendell Holmes

According to Rebecca E Williams, PhD; and Julie S Kraft, M.A. “When grief, stress and anger are unleashed in the body or mind, it can trigger addictive impulses and behaviours that confuse, overwhelm, or even control you.”

When loss or trauma drapes itself like a fog, it can engulf you and devastate your equilibrium. In situations of deep emotional disturbance you can be taught that feelings are unsafe. From this it is a common learning that the full experience of grief, rage, frustration, stress, loneliness and guilt are to be avoided. These emotions can over power you – and for many it is a learning that feelings are dangerous and that you are never okay unless you find a way not to feel. Often you can spend your life shadowboxing - always ready to throw a counterpunch against a feeling that tries to rise up. Maybe you’ve thrown other things at your feelings like a drink, a drug, a lot of food, inappropriate relationships, reckless gambling, excessive shopping or the escape into binge watching TV and videos.

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) is a 5-day course or an extended support practice of 8 weeks, integrating empirically supported interventions from Dr. Alan Marlatt’s Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT), Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Zindel Segal and colleagues’ Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). This program was specifically created for clients in recovery from substance use disorders, and is designed to prevent relapse for those who have undergone inpatient or intensive outpatient treatment.

It will teach you how your addictive responses and behaviours are the ‘solution’ you use to escape the feelings of distress from your immediate problem – but that drinking alcohol, overeating, using drugs, or other addictive behaviour are not the ‘fix’ that will solve your discomfort. Combining mindfulness and relapse prevention programs heighten awareness of both internal and external triggers, while promoting vital lifestyle modifications for a healthy life of recovery. You will learn how to identify and modify deficits in your ability to cope, bolster your self-efficacy, the challenges of positive outcome expectancies, and will be educated about abstinence violation effects.

WHAT THE 8 WEEK COURSE WILL TEACH YOU

  • Demonstrate an intellectual and experiential understanding of the MBRP principles and the role of mindfulness in relapse prevention
  • Develop and/or deepen mindfulness meditation practice through formal periods of practice and learn mindfulness as a mode of being in daily life
  • Decrease or stop the behaviour you are addicted to
  • Teach healthy coping skills
  • Discuss the causes behind your addictions and promote healing where it matters most; at the source
  • Teach positive interpersonal self – awareness and communication skills to help you improve your relationships and have long-term emotional growth
  • Give you hands-on, easy to do exercises and activities that will guide you toward the life you desire
  • Give you access for counseling or therapist for healing at a deeper level
  • Teach you self responsibility and the understanding that the effort you put in will directly define your future

Tentative Schedule For the 5 Day Course

Sunday
Registration 1:00–5:00 pm
Dinner 5:30–6:30 pm
First Session 6:45–8:45 pm
Monday-Thursday
Morning session 7:00 am-12:00 pm
Lunch 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Afternoon session 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Dinner 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Evening session 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm
Friday
Session Ends 1:00 pm

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