Practical tools for addiction recovery

Duration: 1 Day

Times: 9.30 am - 4.15 pm

DANOS Units: HSC 233, HSC 35, AD4, AB7

Course Overview

Mindfulness seeks to allow us to focus our attention on the present moment without judgement but with self-compassion. When your mind wonders to anxiety about the future or shame from events from the past, or when powerful emotions such as cravings arise, mindfulness refocuses the mind back to the present moment.

This course will provide an overview of the important role of mindfulness and simple meditation techniques can play in assisting clients wishing to recover from addiction. The course will also teach professionals practical techniques such as 'Urge Surfing' and the '3 Minute Breathing Space' they can use with clients to enable clients to gain a better understanding of the internal mechanisms that occur between feeling cravings and then engaging in addictive behaviours. The course will provide participants with knowledge and tools to help clients develop awareness, learn to be with experience, especially difficult experience and then make wise choices. (The ABC of mindfulness based approaches)

The course is suitable for all professionals who are working directly with clients wishing to overcome their addiction and maintain long term recovery. No previous training on mindfulness or meditation is required.

Learning Objectives

Course materials

Each participant will receive a course information booklet which will include detailed descriptions of the techniques covered on the course, and free subscription to the 'Drugs Now' e-zine.

Course duration

The length of the course is usually 9.30 am – 4.30 pm but for those booking the course for in-house staff training the timings can be adapted to suit your particular needs and requirements.

Programme Outline

9.30am - 4.15pm


What is ‘mindfulness’?

The application of mindfulness techniques to relapse prevention and addiction recovery

Principles of ‘awareness’ in identifying triggers to addictive behaviour

The ‘3 Minute Breathing Space’ (AGE) technique


'Thoughts are not facts' – being mindful of automatic thought patterns

Practical mindfulness techniques ('Urge Surfing', walking meditation, etc)

Application of mindfulness and meditation techniques in your work with clients
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