Which is Better: Mindfulness, Relapse Prevention, or Regular Treatment?

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There are a variety of effective techniques to incorporate in addiction recovery treatment programs. Most often it depends on which treatment center you work with – each one has its own perspective on what matters most in recovery. Whether or not you partake in mindfulness, relapse prevention, or regular treatment mostly relies upon what works for you – each person is different. However, these newer forms of treatment have been shown to be very effective in helping individuals progress through their journey to recovery.

A 2014 study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry sought to explore mindfulness, relapse prevention, and regular treatment in terms of reducing relapse long-term. The researchers garnered 286 eligible participants who successfully completed initial treatment for a substance use disorder (SUD). Participants were then randomly selected to engage in one of the three programs for 8 weeks, while the researchers conducted follow-ups at 3, 6, and 12-month intervals to see their progress. The follow-ups that researchers initiated were primarily focused on drug use and heavy drinking as well as frequency of substance use in the past 90 days. Results from the study showed the both mindfulness and relapse prevention showed effectiveness in reducing risk of relapse at the 6 month follow up. At the 12-month follow up, mindfulness seemed to provide more benefits than either relapse prevention and regular treatment. Overall, mindfulness seems to be an extremely effective tool – but even if you went with relapse prevention, you can’t go wrong, either.

Mindfulness is a tool used to help bring awareness to the present moment. By practicing mindfulness, you can slowly train your mind to focus on the here and now rather than past memories, future worries, current concerns and more. Mindfulness has been used to help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, and more. Relapse prevention may incorporate mindfulness or other tools to help individuals identify their triggers, reasons for why they want to stay sober, action plans for when relapse is about to occur, and more.

If you’ve been struggling with addiction, seek help today by speaking with a professional from a reputable treatment center to learn more about addiction recovery programs. It’s never too late to begin your journey to recovery.

Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.