Mindfulness-Based Addiction Treatment
The stress and anxiety of daily life can be overwhelming and lead to problematic substance use. Problematic substance use happens when someone uses drugs or alcohol in a harmful way that has negative effects on their health and life. The negative effects might include:
- missing work or school
- isolation from friends and family members
- negatively impacting physical and mental health
- extreme changes in behaviours
- legal problems
- money issues
Drugs and alcohol have the potential for creating addiction because they produce feelings that may feel good to someone, such as a feeling of calm or increased energy or euphoria, or a "high". These feelings can lead to a person to continue to seeking out the drugs or alcohol. However, over a period of time the harms associated with problematic substance use will likely outweigh any perceived positive effects.
If someone is struggling with substance use, success can have many different meanings. For some, success is abstinence. For others, success is when the person understands their substance use disorder and is engaging in healthier behaviours.
Our mindfulness-based non-12 step program aims to help people better manage, reduce or stop problematic substance use by identifying their values and strengthening their motivation. The program incorporates a strong emphasis on relapse prevention to help clients stay on the path to wellness. Most importantly, you will learn and be encouraged to practice psychological coping skills that increase resilience and lead to better quality of life.
Resilient Living™ Recovery is a mindfulness-based substance use treatment program delivered through secure video conferencing or in-person, to provide a convenient and safe therapeutic environment. Our virtual group cohorts are available to participants throughout British Columbia (Ontario and Alberta to be added soon).
Resilient Living™ Recovery is a non-12 step program that uses acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing, and relapse prevention therapy. Given current social distancing recommendations, the program is currently delivered through secure video conferencing.
ACT aims to change the relationship between thoughts, feelings, memories and bodily reactions so clients become liberated from the habits that inhibit a meaningful and enjoyable life.
Motivational interviewing is helpful in treating addiction because clients learn to change the behaviors that cause addiction.
Relapse prevention therapy teaches individuals to anticipate and cope with potential relapse.
The program participants should have the following characteristics:
- Living in British Columbia (Ontario and Alberta to be added soon)
- Mild to moderate substance use challenges
- Available to participate in a program that meets for 2 hours once a week for 10 weeks
- Able to originate a video session on their desktop computer, tablet or smart phone
This program is not suitable for persons with:
- Unmanaged substance use as defined by:
- consuming >35 alcoholic units weekly; or
- binge drinking resulting in “black outs” several times per month; or
- recent overdose or substance-related hospitalization
- Active suicidal ideation or hospitalization for self-harm in last 30 days
- Psychosis or personality disorder
- Ongoing involvement with legal system due to substance use issues
Schedule and Curriculum
The program consists of:
- intake interview with one of the group facilitators
- 2 hours of weekly group meetings for 10 weeks (20 hours total)
- 5 x 30 minute individual sessions with a group facilitator (2 1/2 hours total)
The costs associated with the Resilient Living™ Recovery Group are:
- $350 for intake evaluation
- $1,650 for group programming and individual sessions
- additional individual therapy sessions available
- aftercare groups available for a small monthly fee
- written reports available for an additional fee
A limited number of sliding scale seats are available in each cohort.