January 21

Mindfulness and Acceptance in Alcoholics Anonymous

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The idea of using meditation and mindfulness in psychotherapy may seem like a relatively new and fashionable idea, but it has been growing since the inception of psychotherapy itself. The edited book, “Mindfulness, Acceptance, and the Psychodynamic Evolution” can be interpreted as an argument that this approach isn’t just the “third wave of behavior therapy,” but has been evident throughout the therapeutic tradition. A similar argument can be made about a mindfulness approach to addiction treatment.

To begin, a look at the benefit of meditation and mindfulness is in order. The benefits, as indicated by the abundance of research, seem endless. There have been numerous studies exuding the benefits of these interventions. These are summed nicely by Keng, Smoski, Robins:

“Benefits of mindfulness to psychological health report benefiting undergraduate students, community adults, and clinical populations (p.1043). Mindfulness has been associated with: higher levels of life satisfaction, agreeableness, conscientiousness, vitality, self-esteem, empathy, a sense of autonomy, competence, optimism, and pleasant affect. Studies have also demonstrated significant negative correlations between mindfulness and depressionneuroticism, absent-mindedness, dissociation, rumination, cognitive reactivity, social anxiety, difficulties in emotion regulationexperiential avoidance, alexithymia, intensity of delusional experience in the context of psychosis and general psychological symptoms.” (p.1043).

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