Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement for Addiction, Stress, and Pain

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Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement for Addiction, Stress, and Pain

By: Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW

Publication date: 2013
ISBN: 978-0-87101-478-8
Categories: Clinical

In Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement for Addiction, Stress, and Pain, Eric L. Garland presents an innovative program of intervention that can be put into practice by therapists working with people struggling with addiction and the conditions that underlie it. Unlike other substance abuse treatment modalities, which focus largely on relapse prevention, Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) concentrates on helping people to recover a sense of meaning and fulfillment in everyday life, embracing its pleasures and pain without avoiding challenges by turning to substance use.

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Human existence can be beset by a variety of negative mental states such that life seems devoid of meaning, but it can also be liberated—a meaningful life reclaimed and savored through cultivation of a higher kind of mind. This quality, mindfulness, refers to both a set of contemplative practices and certain distinct psychological states and traits, and it can be cultivated through intentional effort and training.

In Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement for Addiction, Stress, and Pain, Eric L. Garland presents an innovative program of intervention that can be put into practice by therapists working with people struggling with addiction and the conditions that underlie it. Unlike other substance abuse treatment modalities, which focus largely on relapse prevention, Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) concentrates on helping people to recover a sense of meaning and fulfillment in everyday life, embracing its pleasures and pain without avoiding challenges by turning to substance use.

Along with chapters on the bipsychosocial model underlying MORE and the current state of research on mindfulness, this book includes a complete treatment manual laying out for clinicians, step by step, how to run MORE groups—including adaptations to address chronic pain and prescription opioid misuse—and enhance the holistic recovery process for people striving to overcome addiction.

With addiction a widespread and growing problem in our society, Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement could not be more timely or needed. It integrates the latest research on addiction, cognitive neuroscience, positive psychology, and mindfulness into a practice that has garnered empirical support and holds the promise of release and fulfillment for those who suffer from addiction.

Pages: 214
Language: English
Publisher: NASW PRESS
Edition: 1
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Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW

Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW, is the developer of Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE), assistant director of the Trinity Institute for the Addictions, and assistant professor at the Florida State University College of Social Work. His research agenda is focused on translating findings from cognitive and affective neuroscience into interventions that effectively target transdiagnostic mechanisms underpinning stress-related conditions. He has a broad background in clinical research, with specific training and expertise in the design of randomized controlled trials of mind- fulness-based interventions and biobehavioral measurement protocols. Garland has received funding from multiple sources (including the National Institutes of Health) to conduct randomized controlled trials of MORE as a treatment for alcohol dependence, prescription opioid misuse, and chronic pain. Complementing his expertise in clinical research, he is a licensed clinical social worker with over a decade of experience providing cognitive–behavioral, solution-focused, and mindfulness-based therapies for people suffering from addiction, psychological distress, and chronic pain conditions. Ultimately, his life’s work is grounded in the existential philosophy that people have the power to transcend and transform their limitations into opportunities for growth and well-being. Additional information about Dr. Garland and MORE is available at http://www.drericgarland.com.