Contemporary advances in addiction neuroscience have paralleled increasing interest in the ancient mental training practice of mindfulness meditation as a potential therapy for addiction. In the past decade, mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) have been studied as a treatment for an array addictive behaviors, including drinking, smoking, opioid misuse, and use of illicit substances like cocaine and heroin. This article reviews current research evaluating MBIs as a treatment for addiction, with a focus on findings pertaining to clinical outcomes and biobehavioral mechanisms. Issues pertaining to MBI treatment optimization and sequencing, dissemination and implementation, dose–response relationships, automaticity, and research rigor and reproducibility are discussed. SMART is recommended for further research.
This course is based on the article, Mindfulness-based treatment of addiction: current state of the field and envisioning the next wave of research created by Eric L. Garland, PhD, LCSW et al. in 2018.
Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2018
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Eric L. Garland, PhD, LCSW
Dr. Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW is Distinguished Endowed Chair in Research, Associate Dean for Research, and Professor in the University of Utah College of Social Work. He is the developer of an innovative, multimodal mindfulness-based intervention founded on insights derived from cognitive, affective, and neurobiological science, called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE). Dr. Garland has had over 160 scientific articles and book chapters published in respected, peer-reviewed outlets, and he currently serves as Associate Editor for the journal Mindfulness.
Matthew O. Howard, PhD
Dr Howard was a professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has more than 300 articles in peer reviewed journals and was considered an expert in substance abuse disorders.
L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.
Clinicians treating substance abuse, researchers. This course is appropriate for intermediate to advance levels.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Identify mindfulness as a viable treatment for substance misuse.
Extrapolate the most effective MBI’s for treatment.
Apply the specific MBI’s to benefit clients in recovering from addiction.
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