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Mindfulness Meditation in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders and Preventing Future Relapse: Neurocognitive Mechanisms and Clinical Implications

About the Course:

This peer reviewed article discusses the emerging evidence that suggests that mindfulness training can target neurocognitive mechanisms to produce significant therapeutic effects on SUDs and prevent relapse. The purpose of this article is to review the cognitive, affective, and neural mechanisms underlying the effects of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) on SUDs. The etiology of addiction and neurocognitive processes related to the development and maintenance of SUDs are discussed. Evidence supporting use of MBIs for intervening in SUDs and preventing relapse is explored. Finally, the authors provide clinical recommendations about how these therapeutic mechanisms might be applied to intervening in SUDs and preventing relapse.

This course is based on the article,Mindfulness meditation in the treatment of substance use disorders and preventing future relapse: Neurocognitive mechanisms and clinical implications created bySarah E. Priddy, et al. in 2018.

Publication Date:

Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation journal 2018

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Sarah E. Priddy, PhD
Sarah (Priddy) Reese, is the recipient of the 2019 Society for Social Work and Research Doctoral Fellows Award for her dissertation proposal on opioid misuse during pregnancy. She has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.
Matthew O. Howard, PhD
Dr. Howard was a renowned expert in substance use disorders, particularly inhalant abuse, inert gas asphyxiation, and alcohol dependence among youths. Howard authored nearly 400 publications, which includes more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, book reviews, editorials, government reports, and abstracts
Adam W. Hanley, PhD
Dr. Hanley is an assistance professor at the College of Social Work, University of Utah. He is particularity interested in the role of mindfulness-induced altered states of consciousness in promoting therapeutic change and psychological well-being and has had his work published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Course Creator

Paul Pawlicki, PsyD, LP
Paul Pawlicki, PsyD, received his degree in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL, in 2005. From 2004-2006, he taught courses in general psychology, abnormal psychology, and human sexuality at Collin College in Plano, TX. He currently practices individual therapy at the Department of Sexual Medicine at Park Nicollet Health Health Services near Minneapolis, MN.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify and describe cognitive, affective, and neural mechanisms underlying the effects of mindfulness-based interventions on substance use disorders
  2. Describe clinical interventions about how mindfulness-based therapeutic mechanisms might be applied to intervening in substance use disorders and relapse
  3. Provide evidence for the mechanisms and efficacy of mindfulness-based for substance abuse interventions and relapse-prevention

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