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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Are you or a loved one struggling with addiction and seeking an evidence-based treatment option? Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) may be worth considering. MBCT is a psychotherapeutic approach combining mindfulness meditation and cognitive therapy techniques. It is effective in treating a range of mental health issues, including addiction. MBCT is part of our holistic treatment approach at Tree House Recovery in Denver. To learn more, call us today. 

What is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy?

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a relatively new psychotherapeutic approach combining mindfulness meditation and cognitive therapy techniques. The method was developed in the late 1990s by psychologists and meditation experts, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mark Williams, and Zindel Segal. 1

Mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) illustration: negative thoughts lead to negative behavior

MBCT is based on the idea that negative thoughts and emotions can lead to negative behaviors, such as addiction. By practicing mindfulness meditation, individuals can learn to observe their thoughts and emotions without judgment, which can help them break free from negative patterns of thinking and behavior.

The Benefits of MBCT for Addiction:

MBCT has been shown to be effective in treating addiction in several ways. Here are some of the benefits of MBCT for addiction:

  1. Reducing Cravings: Addiction is often characterized by intense cravings for drugs or alcohol. MBCT can help individuals learn to observe their cravings without giving into them. By practicing mindfulness meditation, individuals can develop the skills to identify and manage their cravings, reducing the likelihood of relapse.
  2. Improving Mood: Addiction often co-occurs with depression and anxiety. MBCT can help individuals learn to manage negative emotions and improve their mood. By practicing mindfulness meditation, individuals can develop the skills to observe their emotions without judgment, reducing the impact of negative emotions on their behavior.
  3. Enhancing Self-Awareness: Addiction often involves a loss of self-awareness. MBCT can help individuals become more self-aware, which can help them identify and address the underlying issues that contribute to their addiction.
  4. Developing Coping Skills: Addiction often involves using drugs or alcohol to cope with stress and other negative emotions. MBCT can help individuals develop healthy coping skills, such as meditation and relaxation techniques, that can help them manage stress and negative emotions without turning to drugs or alcohol.

Research Supporting the Efficacy of MBCT for Addiction:

Research has shown that MBCT is an effective treatment for addiction. Researchers at the Department of Psychiatric Social Work, conducted a case study that found the successful use of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in treating substance abuse and depression. The study demonstrated that MBCT can enhance mindfulness skills, emotional regulation, and self-esteem for individuals struggling with addiction. The techniques used in MBCT helped the patient manage mood shifts and negative emotions, leading to a reduction in substance misuse and cravings. The findings highlight the potential of MBCT as an evidence-based therapy for addiction treatment. The study was published in the International Archives of Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation. <sup>2</sup>

Several randomized controlled trials (RCTs) provide evidence of the effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) in preventing the recurrence of depression. This therapy is recommended for this purpose in various national clinical guidelines. <sup>3</sup>

What to Expect with Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy:

At Tree House, patients can expect to participate in guided meditations and body scans as part of their mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) treatment. These techniques are typically done in a group setting, allowing patients to share their experiences and insights with others going through similar struggles. Through the practice of mindfulness, patients can learn to be present in the moment and observe their thoughts and emotions without judgment. Over time, this can help them develop a greater awareness of their triggers and coping mechanisms, ultimately leading to a more successful recovery.

How to Get Started with MBCT at Tree House Recovery CO:

If you’re struggling with addiction, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy MBCT is a powerful modality that can help you reduce drug cravings, improve mood, enhance self awareness and develop coping skills all of which are key areas of focus when it comes to a successful recovery. MBCT is just one of the evidence-based therapies integrated into our holistic Treehouse approach. If you’d like to know more about how treehouse can help you call us today. (720) 640-0202

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Cited Sources:

  1. Keng, S.-L. (2017, October 3). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Psychology Today.
  2. Singh, U., & Sweta. (2018). Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Substance Abuse and Depression: A Case Study. International Archives of Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation, 1(1), 004.
  3. Barrett, B., Kligler, B., Maberry, R., & English, D. (2019). Complementary and integrative health approaches for PTSD. Current Psychiatry Reports, 21(6), Article 46.