An innovative program offering an option to traditional aftercare or 12-step programs, for adults in recovery from alcohol, drug, or other substance addiction – or who are simply concerned about problematic substance use: Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP)
Developed by Drs Alan Marlatt, Sarah Bowen, and Neha Chawla of the University of Washington, MBRP integrates mindfulness practices with evidence-based cognitive and behavioral strategies and gets to the root of addictive behavior by targeting two of the main predictors of relapse: negative emotions and cravings.
MBRP is an 8-week course. Each session includes a meditation practice as well as a CBT practice — for example, noticing problematic thoughts as they arise, and writing them down, to increase awareness of triggering thoughts, habitual patterns, and automatic reactions. The emphasis is on practical skills for day-to-day life.