Many people who can’t seem to break the destructive cycle of drug and alcohol addiction also can’t find peace in the present moment. Instead, they spend countless hours reliving past pains and escaping into substance abuse. Or, they’re constantly worrying about the future: how will they get their next dose or what bad thing will happen next? Mindfulness-Based Sobriety in addiction treatment programs is designed to give clients the best opportunity for recovery by focusing on preventing and rebounding from relapse.

What Is Mindfulness-Based Sobriety?

young woman smiling after Mindfulness-Based Sobriety Mindfulness-Based Sobriety, or MBS, integrates some important concepts, which mainly focus on relapse. A combination of relapse prevention techniques, mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT, is used to help clients manage their recovery.

Using MBS, clients learn to cope with the inevitable triggers that can lead to relapse. By practicing mindfulness, they manage those stressors without falling back into drug and alcohol abuse.

They must also learn to make decisions that contribute to their Sobriety. Instead of making a snap judgment to use whenever they have a bad day or face a triggering situation, they’ll begin to stop and focus on the present moment. This includes examining their feelings and recognizing if they’re feeling overwhelmed. They may also use deep breathing techniques to calm themselves in the face of triggers and stress.

Counselors will also show clients that relapse doesn’t make them a failure. While avoiding relapse is the goal, if it does happen, clients shouldn’t give up on their recovery. They can learn how to rebound from their mistakes and recommit themselves to Sobriety.

Addiction specialists can use MBS in individual, family, and group therapy.

Using Mindfulness-Based Sobriety for Life

What types of negative thoughts and emotions do people who struggle with addiction have? The same that everyone has from time to time. The difference is in how a person deals with those feelings.

Many people with addiction issues seem to focus more on negative feelings, such as anxiety and depression. They find it more difficult to move on from painful memories or to stop themselves from expecting the worst at every turn. This negativity is often a core issue in drug and alcohol addiction.

One person may listen to calming music or go for a run when he’s angry or depressed. Those are positive, healthy ways to cope. Someone who’s caught in the grip of substance abuse, however, will turn to drinking heavily or using cocaine.

Mindfulness-Based Sobriety gives people options that they can use for the rest of their lives. No matter who you are, you’ll feel sad, angry, or stressed at some point. Instead of instantly reacting—particularly in a negative way—you can learn to stop and think. Focus only on the present and what you’re feeling.

When you’re able to do that, you can make better choices for coping. As you continue to make better decisions, you feel better. Positive thoughts contribute to positive behaviors. In essence, you can get yourself out of the cycle of negativity that includes negative emotions leading to poor decisions and destructive behaviors.

These are useful skills that can help anyone stay sober for life.

Using a Full Spectrum of Treatment In Compassionate Client Care

Gateway Foundation Gurnee is part of Gateway Foundation, the largest not-for-profit addiction treatment group in the country. The Gurnee location serves clients across northern Illinois, and our skilled professionals utilize evidence-based practices along with compassionate client engagement.

Our addiction therapy services include:

We accept in and out of network health insurance. You may also check to see what financing offers we have available for you.

Be part of a strong community that’s fully invested in your long-term recovery, and discover how Mindfulness-Based Sobriety can change your life for the better. Do you or a loved one need help to overcome drug and alcohol addiction? Then reach out to us today at [Direct] to find out more.