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 […]

Kick Opioid Dependence with Mindfulness

Kick Opioid Dependence with Mindfulness   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Ultimately, mindfulness drives at the root of compulsive behaviors by undermining the assumption that inner experience is intolerable and therefore requires immediate relief through substance use.” – Jennifer Talley   Substance abuse and addiction is a terrible problem. It isn’t just illicit […]

Staying on the Wagon with Mindfulness

“It’s Easy to Quit Smoking. I’ve Done It a Thousand Times” – Mark Twain   “…there is a saying used in twelve-step programs and in most treatment centers that “Relapse is part of recovery.” It’s another dangerous slogan that is based on a myth, and it only gives people permission to relapse because they think that […]