If If you don’t already have an established mindfulness practice, you might consider going back to this page and working through the ”Starter Kit for Establishing a Mindfulness Meditation Practice.” If chronic pain is an element of your addiction, check out the Starter Kit for working with pain.
• If you already have a mindfulness practice, you may want to get a “refresher” by practicing mindfulness for 20 to 45 minutes every day for at least 6 days this week using these or other recordings. Feel free to mix it up a bit, using the Body Scan some days, one or two of the other guided meditations on other days, some lovingkindness meditations on other days...
• Set realistic goals (e.g. length of meditation sessions, frequency) that you are likely to be able to maintain in the long run. Too little practice – no significant improvement. Too much practice – burnout and frustration. Find a challenging “middle way.”
• Watch this video about mindfulness.
• Read this article on Urge Surfing: Mindfulness Techniques to Prevent Relapse
Mindfulness-Based Recovery Programs
• Refuge Recovery
Noah Levine on Addiction, Recovery and Buddhism
Check out Refuge Recovery Website.
Note that weekly meetings are being held in Louisville and Lexington, KY
• Integral Recovery
Insights from Integral Recovery by John Dupuy
Check out John’s Integral Recovery Starter Kit
• Integrating Mindfulness into 12-Step programs
Addiction & Mental Health Treatment: Meditation & Mindfulness with Dr. Snyder (bringing mindfulness into treatment programs)
One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps
• Other Resources
Hooked, Hacked, HiJacked: Reclaim Your Brain from Addictive Living with Dr. Pam Peeke
The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Working with Attachment and Addiction with Tara Brach (drawing from Buddhist teachings)
Resources for Video Gaming Addiction, Smoking, Benzodiazepines, etc
• How’s Your Sleep? If it’s not so great, here’s some help:
The Sleep Solution by Chris Winter, MD
60-min audio Interview with Chris Winter, MD
• Explore How your Diet can Impact Your Health and Recovery