Intervention for the prevention of relapse in addiction

About MBRP

Mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP) was developed at the Addictive Behaviors Research Center at the University of Washington, Seattle for individuals in recovery for addictive behaviours. MBRP brings together principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness meditation practice. MBRP participants learn various meditation practices and skills for working with craving, difficult emotions, and situations that may put them at high risk for relapse.

The mindfulness practices learned during MBRP are designed to help participants pause, observe present experience, and bring awareness to the range of possible responses in any given moment. MBRP practices are intended to foster increased awareness of triggers, destructive habitual patterns, and “automatic” reactions. Participants learn to respond in adaptive ways, rather than react in ways that are detrimental to health and happiness.

The primary goals of MBRP are to:

  • Develop awareness of personal triggers and habitual reactions that can lead to relapse
  • Build skills for coping with urges or cravings that may trigger relapse
  • Develop awareness of patterns of the mind and how they relate to relapse
  • Learn to recognise, relate and respond more skillfully to negative thoughts and emotions, rather than reacting in harmful or habitual ways.
  • Foster a nonjudgmental, compassionate approach toward one’s self and one’s experiences.
  • Build a lifestyle that supports both mindfulness practice and recovery.


MBRP is an experiential group-based brief intervention. Classes meet once weekly for eight sessions and participants are asked to do home-based practice during the week.

Next Group:

2017 in Cape Town

Please contact us for more information


Matthew Watkin

Matthew is a registered clinical psychologist and mindfulness teacher. He has a private practice in Cape Town specialising in using mindfulness to address a variety of presentations. In addition, he trains groups in the public and private sectors in mindfulness-based approaches.