Mindfulness-oriented recovery enhancement for alcohol dependence: therapeutic mechanisms and intervention acceptability

GARLAND Eric L., et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 12(3), July 2012, pp.242-263.
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

This study investigated mindfulness-based interventions which can decrease addictive behaviours whilst promoting non-reactivity to stressors. Participants included 18 alcohol-dependent adults residing in a therapeutic community who had participated in a Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) intervention. Interviews were conducted to elicit participant narratives. Findings revealed that MORE enhanced self-awareness while helping clients to cope more effectively with emotional distress and addictive impulses. MORE was acceptable to participants and feasible to implement within a residential treatment setting. The authors concluded that mindfulness training could assist marginalised people in recovering from addiction.

Subject terms:
mindfulness, intervention, recovery approach, therapeutic communities, addiction, alcohol misuse;
Content type:
United States
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1533 256X

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