Improve Substance Abuse Disorders with Mindfulness-Based Treatments

Improve Substance Abuse Disorders with Mindfulness-Based Treatments   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “incorporating mindfulness exercises into treatment is especially helpful for those of us who have struggled with addiction to alcohol, drugs, porn, unhealthy relationships, or other destructive behaviors.” – Beverly Conyers   Substance abuse is a major health and social problem. […]

Improve Recovery from Substance Abuse with Rolling Mindfulness Training

Improve Recovery from Substance Abuse with Rolling Mindfulness Training   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “By facilitating conscious awareness with a nonjudgmental perspective, mindfulness can decrease the vicious circles of anxiety, fear, anger, sadness, depression, guilt, regret, and shame that make so many recovering people vulnerable to relapse.” – Dan Mager   Substance abuse is a major health and social problem. […]

Adherence to a Mindfulness Intervention Assists in Preventing Alcoholism Relapse

Adherence to a Mindfulness Intervention Assists in Preventing Alcoholism Relapse   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Thoughts and feelings, including urges to use substances or activities, are always temporary. Through mindfulness and its related practices (including meditation) it is possible to learn how to face uncomfortable, painful thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations, and let […]

Mindfulness Therapies May Be Cost-Effective for the Treatment of Mental Illness

Mindfulness Therapies May Be Cost-Effective for the Treatment of Mental Illness   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “[Mindfulness] is a cost-saving alternative to treatment as usual over the trial duration from both a healthcare and a societal perspective for patients with a diagnosis of depression, anxiety or stress and adjustment disorders.” – Sanjib […]

Slightly Improve Substance Use Disorder with Mindfulness

Slightly Improve Substance Use Disorder with Mindfulness   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “though it may seem paradoxical, by increasing your ability to accept and tolerate the present moment, you become more able to make needed changes in your life. . . Also, practicing balanced emotional responses can reduce your stress level, and anxiety and stress are often triggers for substance abuse and […]