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Recovery Through Balance


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Recovery Through Balance is a Coaching Program for people recovering from addiction where we work together to create a highly personalized plan to ensure sobriety with support for sober behavior and personal responsibility.

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Recovery Through Balance

  1. 1. The Use of Mindfulness in the Practice of Recovery Coaching Recovery Coaching Project July 24, 2013
  2. 2. Awareness My recovery was greatly impacted by mindfulness…
  3. 3. The Healing Power of Mindfulness Helped me in my own recovery Increased self esteem, self acceptance Helps people see another way and gives them tools “A way of paying attention: on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally” Jon Kabat-Zinn
  4. 4. Integrates mindfulness practices with relapse prevention Based on 8 sessions Components of session: • Formal mindfulness practice • Informal practice • Coping strategies Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention
  5. 5. Increase awareness of triggers, interrupting habitual reactive behaviors Shift from “automatic pilot” to mindful observation and response Mindfulness Recovery Intentions
  6. 6. Increase tolerance to discomfort thereby decreasing the need to use or self medicate Acceptance of present moment experiences instead of focusing on the next “fix” Mindfulness Recovery Intentions
  7. 7. Body Scan - becoming aware of: Physical sensations Urges & cravings Sitting Meditation Focused awareness (breath) Body, emotion, and thought awareness Walking Meditation Imagery based Meditation Mindfulness Recovery Practices
  8. 8. S Stop: pause wherever you are O Observe: what is happening in your body & mind B Breathe: bring focus to the breath as an anchor to help focus and stay present E Expand: awareness to your whole body & surroundings R Respond: mindfully vs. “automatically” “SOBER” Breathing Space
  9. 9. Riding the wave, rather than giving into the urge and being wiped out by it. Urge Surfing
  10. 10. Staying with the urge as it grows in intensity, riding it to its peak. Using the breath to stay steady as it rises and crests, knowing it will subside. Urge Surfing
  11. 11. Trusting that without any action on your part, all the waves of desire, like waves on the ocean, arise and eventually fade away. Urge Surfing
  12. 12. Adapted from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn Increases mind and body awareness Unconscious thoughts, feelings and behaviors can undermine the recovery process 8 Sessions or “Themes”
  13. 13. 1: Automatic pilot and relapse 2: Awareness of triggers and cravings 3: Mindfulness in daily life Present Moment Centered Themes
  14. 14. 4: Mindfulness in high-risk situations 5: Balancing acceptance and action Mindfulness and Relapse Themes
  15. 15. 6: Thoughts as just thoughts 7: Self-care and lifestyle balance 8: Building support networks and continuing practice Creating a Balanced Life Themes
  16. 16. Decreased substance abuse Increased awareness and acceptance Reduced cravings Impacts addictive relapses Mindfulness Results
  17. 17. Mindfulness is applicable for any recovery Recovery Through Balance
  18. 18. Contact Information: Phone (608) 215-7123 Website: Linkedin: Resources: Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society Sarah Bowen, Neha Chawla, Alan Marlatt Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Addictive Behaviors Thank You