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Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement for Alcohol Dependence: Therapeutic Mechanisms and Intervention Acceptability

NCJ Number
241862
Journal
Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions Volume: 12 Issue: 3 Dated: July-September 2012 Pages: 242-263
Author(s)
Eric L. Garland, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.; Noah R. Schwarz, B.A.; Amber Kelly, L.C.S.W.; Ahmed Whitt, M.S.W.; Matthew O. Howard, Ph.D.
Date Published
September 2012
Length
22 pages
Annotation
This study examined mindfulness-based interventions can decrease addictive behaviors while promoting nonreactivity to stressors.
Abstract
Mindfulness-based interventions can decrease addictive behaviors while promoting nonreactivity to stressors. This study employed qualitative methods to enhance understanding of mindfulness-related treatment effects. Study participants were 18 alcohol-dependent adults residing in a therapeutic community who had participated in a mindfulness-oriented recovery enhancement (MORE) intervention. Interviews were conducted to elicit participant narratives. Responses to open-ended questions were analyzed using a grounded theory approach and the method of constant comparison. Narrative accounts suggested that MORE enhanced self-awareness while helping clients to cope more effectively with emotional distress and addictive impulses. MORE appears to be acceptable to participants and feasible to implement within a residential treatment setting. Mindfulness training could assist marginalized persons in recovering from addiction. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.