click image to enlarge

The Mindful Path to Addiction Recovery

A Practical Guide to Regaining Control over Your Life
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
March, 2013
ISBN:
9781590309186
In stock now: 
1
$22.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Mindfulness, the quality of attention that combines full, balanced awareness with a kind acceptance of each moment, just as it is, is gaining broad acceptance in the addiction recovery process. Because at the heart of addiction is the fear of painful emotional states, addicts compulsively seek drugs and alcohol to avoid or escape emotional pain. Mindfulness, on the other hand, helps us develop greater openness and ease with life's challenges, as well as greater self-compassion.

Drawing on over 30 years experience as an addiction psychiatrist and on the techniques of mindfulness-based stress reduction, Dr. Peltz, who is the medical director of the Bournewood Caulfield Center, a drug and alcohol treatment facility in Woburn, Massachusetts, has written an informative and inspiring book about how mindfulness can be a critical component in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

This book is for recovering addicts, their families, and the professionals who treat them. It explores the fundamental dynamics of addiction and the stages of the recovery process, including patient stories. Dr. Peltz also explains what mindfulness is and how to use it to support recovery, including practical exercises and techniques. He also reviews the recent scientific research on the benefits of mindfulness for mental health in general and for addiction recovery specifically.

People use drugs to change consciousness, which does work. However, once this mode of operating becomes a habit and then a way of life, changing consciousness transforms into avoiding suffering. This happens outside of awareness. Before long, addiction is causing suffering and eventually is suffering. It is also, ironically, an attempt to heal, to seek relief via getting high, medicating feelings, escaping how things are right now.

Publisher’s Description: 

Mindfulness is a quality of attention that combines full awareness with acceptance of each moment, just as it is. Mindfulness is tremendously useful in the addiction recovery process, Dr. Lawrence Peltz explains, because at the heart of addiction is the fear of painful emotional statesaddicts compulsively seek drugs and alcohol to avoid or escape emotional pain. Mindfulness, on the other hand, helps us develop greater acceptance and ease with life's challenges, as well as greater self-compassion.

Drawing on his experience as an addiction psychiatrist and on the techniques of mindfulness-based stress reduction, Dr. Peltz, who is the medical director of the Bournewood Caulfield Center, a drug and alcohol treatment facility in Woburn, Massachusetts, has written an informative and inspiring book about how mindfulness can be a critical component in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

This book is for recovering addicts, their families, and the professionals who treat them. It explores the fundamental dynamics of addiction and the stages of the recovery process, including patient stories. Dr. Peltz also explains what mindfulness is and how to use it to support recovery, including practical exercises and techniques. He reviews the recent scientific research on the benefits of mindfulness for mental health in general and for addiction recovery specifically.

Community Reviews

Login or Register to post a review