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About Mindfulness Based Addiction RecoveryPicture of someone after meditating

Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR) is one of several Mindfulness Based Approaches (MBAs) that can help you look after your mental health. MBAR (previosuly known as MBRP) was pioneered at Breathing Space by Dr Paramabandhu Groves, a consultant NHS psychiatrist specialising in addiction. He adapted it from Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), a treatment for preventing relapse into depression.

About Mindfulness Based Approaches

Mindfulness Based Approaches use a combination of meditation and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). They help people break the link between negative thinking and negative moods/behaviours.

The ABC of Mindfulness Based Approaches

A. We start by developing awareness of what is happening in our experience. We do this through meditation, mindful exercises, and being mindful of other activities during the day such as walking or eating.

B. Next, we learn to be with our experience. Instead of pushing away unwanted thoughts, emotions or other experiences, we try to cultivate an attitude of acceptance. Pushing away our experience can often make it worse. Acceptance gives us an opportunity to really find out what's going on and choose how best to respond. It also allows us to savour pleasant experiences.

C. Finally, we can choose how best to respond to our experience. Sometimes the most helpful thing is to be with our experience as best as we can, perhaps noting thoughts as just thoughts (not facts) or noting familiar unhelpful thinking patterns. Sometimes it can be best to take some practical action by dealing with the issue or engaging in some pleasurable or satisfying activity.

Recommended books on Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery

[23-01-09] 41b6Ngh5PfL._SL500_AA240_.jpgFull Catastrophe Living, by Jon Kabat-Zinn, who pioneered the use of mindfulness to help with stress and chronic pain. His course served as the basis for the development of MBCT. The book is aimed at anyone wanting to understand how to use mindfulness to help with stress, emotions and life.

Available from the London Buddhist Centre bookshop.