Mindfulness Training for Substance Abuse

Psychology Today defines mindfulness as “a state of active, open attention on the present.” When one is engaged in the regular practice of mindfulness, they are able to focus on “the here and now”, rather than dwelling on past regrets or future anxieties. The practicer learns to calmly observe passing feelings and thoughts, accept them, and let them go, without self-judgment. Studies have shown that the regular practice of mindfulness has a myriad of benefits, including stress reduction, improvements in working memory, increased focus, less emotional reactivity, cognitive flexibility, and a decreased focus on “the problem”. At Serenity Acres we believe that learning to engage in the practice of mindfulness throughout the day can be an invaluable tool in recovery and relapse prevention, as clients learn to handle life on life’s terms with serenity and grace.