Mindful Recovery Groups "An Eight Week Relapse Prevention Group"
Mindful Recoveryis a relapse prevention educational group based on the principles of the Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP)curriculum developed by Sarah Bowen, Neha Chawla, and Alan Marlatt out of the University of Washington. MBRP is a very effective recovery program that integrates powerful mindfulness and meditation skills with empirically supported cognitive-behavioral strategies and strong relapse prevention techniques supported by ongoing research.
Mindful Recovery offers an eight-week, ongoing educational format that is designed to help group participants develop a new relationship with addictive behaviors through mindfulness and other awareness practices. Group members can attend just one series of the eight sessions or repeat them as often as they would like.
Mindful Recovery provides an open, engaging, and non-judgmental place for group members to learn new skills and practice them while receiving important support and feedback from group facilitators and other group members. Some of the skill-based outcomes of this group include:
Developing new skills for working with cravings
Focusing on preventing relapse behaviors and the thinking that goes with it
Empowering greater choice making that leads to new behaviors
Learning mindfulness skills and other relapse-prevention techniques
Practicing effective exercises that can be used at home, work, and daily life
Integrating this material into other relapse prevention approaches including step-work, abstinence-based, and harm reduction-based models
Please note that Mindful Recoveryis not designed to be an intervention for people who are actively using or abusing drugs, alcohol, or behaviors, but it is a place for people who are in early to middle recovery or who are looking for an aftercare program to support their early recovery.
The Mindful Recovery group is facilitated in an easy, engaging, and interactive style that encourages honest sharing and sincere support and collaboration amongst group members. The group facilitators are master's level counselors or interns with training in addiction and recovery, group facilitation, as well as mindfulness based relapse prevention (MBRP).
This group consists of 12.0 contact hours over the course of eight weeks. The investment for this series is $360.00 ($45.00 per group or $30.00 per hour). Because the group size is limited, participants accepted into the group are asked to pay for the whole series and not per group, though payment plans can be established to spread the cost of the series across the groups.
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"Recovery begins by embracing our pain and taking the risk to share it with others. We do this by joining a group and talking about our pain."
Mindful Recovery Groups meet weekly on Wednesday from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm over the course of eight weeks. Group membership requires meeting with one of the group facilitators ahead of time in order to ensure the appropriateness of fit for each group participant as well as for the group as a whole.
Once a prospective group member and the group facilitators have met and agreed that the Mindful Recovery Group is a good fit for both the prospective group member and the group, each new group member will be asked to make a commitment to attending the full eight-weeks of the Mindful Recovery Group.
Each Mindful Recovery Group is limited to a maximum of eight participants per series in order to support continuity and safety among the groups members. One series of groups is offered each quarter of the year with start dates in:
Because groups are limited in size and fill up quickly, we encourage prospective group members to be sure to make arrangements to meet with one of the group facilitators well in advance of any of the listed start dates.