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We're aware that one of the effects of the lockdown period, for many, has been an increase in addictive tendencies. Addiction can take many forms, from drug and alcohol dependence, to gambling, gaming and shopping. You may find yourself addicted to reading the news, your work or social media account. We'd like to help you overcome some of those unhelpful habits, with a two part course in Mindfulness for Addiction Management. Our clinically-recognised addiction program was pioneered at Breathing Space by Dr Paramabandhu Groves, a former consultant NHS psychiatrist specialising in addiction. He went on to co-author award winning book Eight-Step Recovery with Vimalasara Mason-John.
Join Paramabandhu on Monday and Thursday evenings, for 3 weeks, for an in-depth interactive course on managing addiction. Dr Groves will present a new theme each session, followed by a guided meditation, break-out groups of 4-5 people and a chance to ask questions. You'll also receive session summaries via email and a recording of each session.

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If you've struggled with addiction - to alcohol, drugs, or any other substances or behaviours - you may have found that it's easy to kick the habit in the short term, but much harder to 'stay stopped' long term. The good news is that there are several ways that can help tackle this problem.




Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR) is one of them. MBAR (previously known as MBRP) is meditation-based course with elements of cognitive behavioural therapy, which helps you become more aware of the habits of thinking that can lead into addictive behaviour. Breathing Space runs MBAR courses as our main course for addictive behaviour.




Another approach is Kindness Behaviour Training (KBT), which works with meditation, positive psychology, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy etc. This course can function either as a follow-on course for someone who have attended an MBRP course, or as a different approach for someone with no previous experience.


MBAR Training for Health Professionals

A three day training for health professionals in Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR).The training will cover mindfulness and meditative techniques including three minute breathing space, four basic needs of the heart, body scan, and working with difficulties in meditation. MBAR models such as the vicious cycle, fact and interpretation, triggers and high risk situations will be introduced. There will also be personal reflection and rehearsal of parts of the course.



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What is addiction

Help with giving up and staying stopped