Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery

Interview with Dr. V Mason-John  M.A (hon.doc) 2019

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),  from our own research we saw a need to focus more on the recovery aspect. 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.

We called it MBAR because we wanted to focus on recovery, rather than emphasize relapse, which is of course often a critical aspect of the individual’s journey to abstinence. However, we found that clients were assuming relapse, rather than recovery. We hope that our course Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery will help clients focus more on their recovery. MBAR is a cousin of MBRP and an addition to what is on offer out there in the world. 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. The course can be delivered 2 to 3 hours a week for 6 to 8 consecutive week.

Some Stats: Out of 100 people who completed the course we delivered when influenced by MBRP:

  • 90% scored 13 or more on the World Health index scoring. This indicated that they showed significant improvements after they completed the course in terms feeling active, relaxed, vigorous, rested and better able to manage their recovery.
  • Out of the 100 participants, 68% said it was very helpful 30% helpful in terms of how they manage their recovery.

We provide the Train Trainer course, for professionals, Medical, Health and Addiction workers, and Mindfulness teachers, so they can deliver the 8-week course. And I offer the 8-week course online as a month-long course.

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