“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.
|First Session||6:45–8:45 pm|
|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|
|Session Ends||1:00 pm|
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