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.
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.
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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.