324 Mindfulness & Substance Abuse

Richard FieldsRichard Fields • Friday Afternoon
In recent years, mindfulness and other contemplative practices have played an increasing role in helping substance abusers develop better self-regulation skills. This workshop will demonstrate how to integrate mindfulness approaches with Alcoholics Anonymous, Alanon, and other more traditional treatment models. We’ll focus on understanding why relapse prevention is so crucial in substance-abuse treatment and why mindfulness can be so effective in addressing impulse- control problems. We’ll give special attention to practical tools like urge-surfing that help clients monitor their moods, step back and observe feelings, and finds ways to pause and regain control. You’ll leave with specific tools and exercises to help prevent relapse in this difficult client population.

Richard Fields, Ph.D., the founder and director of FACES Conferences, has been treating alcohol and drug problems for more than 30 years. His books include Drugs in Perspective, 8th edition, and A Year of Living Mindfully: 52 Quotes & Weekly Mindfulness Practices, 2012.

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