Addiction is something that direct impact upon a whole family,while there is limited help available to addicts in regard to their mental health and well-being, their families are sadly often forgotten. Mindfulness can help both the addict and their family or support network.
Mindfulness is a powerful tool in the treatment of addictions which take hold in many subtle psychological ways, it enables us to: -
Understand our desires.
Notice cravings and choose how to react before they take hold.
Regular practice strengthens our muscles of attention so we find it easier to release thoughts and cravings.
Teaches us how to experience cravings without necessarily reacting to them.
Shows us a way to deal with stress so we are less likely to use a 'crutch'.
In a recent study Neuroscientists found that after just five 20 minute sessions of a mindfulness meditation technique, people had increased blood flow to an area of the brain vital to self-control, the anterior cingulate cortex. After 11 hours of practice, they found actual physical changes in the brain around this area. (Reference Short-term meditation induces white matter changes in the anterior cingulate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(35), 15649-15652)
The programme combines Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques, running over a period of 8 weeks.
Participants will be expected to attend each session as well as carrying out some practice at home in-between sessions (MP3's will be provided to assist this). Please message me through the contact me page.