Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR) is a secular mindfulness-based approach promoting recovery from addiction and working positively with slips and relapses. It was developed by Dr. Paramabandhu Groves in collaboration with Valerie Mason-John. Originally influenced by the mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP), Dr. Groves and Mason-John saw a need, based on their own research, for a focus on the aspect of recovery. MBAR was also initially based on the work of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression authored by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John D Teasdale.
Groves and Mason-John hope that their course Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery will help clients focus more on their recovery. Dr. Groves has led the course at the UK National Health Service, and Breathing Space, since 2005. Valerie Mason-John has also delivered the course in the UK, Europe, Mexico, Canada, USA, and India.
Dr. Groves and Mason-John provide the Train the Trainer course for professionals, medical, health and addiction workers, and mindfulness teachers so they can deliver the MBAR 8-Week Course. Valerie Mason-John also offers the MBAR Online Course as a 4-week intensive.