9781608823406

The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction: A Guide to Coping With the Grief, Stress, and Anger That Trigger Addictive Behaviors

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    9781608823406

  • ISBN10:

    1608823407

  • Edition: Workbook
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/1/2012
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Pubns Inc

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Summary

Most addictive behavior is rooted in some type of loss, be it the death of a loved one, coming to terms with limitations set by chronic health problems, or the end of a relationship. By turning to drugs and alcohol, people who have suffered a loss can numb their grief. In the process, they postpone their healing and can drive themselves further into addiction. The Mindfulness Workbook for Addictionoffers readers an effective program for working through their addiction and grief with cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Created by two psychologists who work for Veterans' Affairs, this mindfulness training workbook is effective for treating the emotion dysregulation, stress, depression, and grief that lie at the heart of addiction. No matter the loss, the mindfulness skills in this workbook help readers process their grief, determine the function their addiction is serving, and replace the addiction with healthy coping behaviors.

Author Biography

Rebecca E. Williams, PhD, is a psychologist specializing in recovery from mental illness and addictions. She is a program director at the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, and is coauthor of Couple Therapy for Alcoholism. Julie S. Kraft, MA, received her master's degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of San Diego, and currently treats clients struggling with both addiction and mental health concerns at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital in San Diego, CA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Getting Startedp. 2
Who Can This Book Help?p. 2
How to Use This Workbookp. 3
Getting to Know the Main Concepts and Skills
Emotionsp. 7
The "No Feeling" Contractp. 8
Loss and Emotionp. 8
Unraveling Your False Beliefs about Emotionsp. 11
Emotion Dodgingp. 15
Getting to Know Your Feelingsp. 19
Thoughtsp. 27
How Thoughts Connect to Emotionsp. 27
Repeat-Offender Thoughtsp. 29
Why Is Your Thinking Misleading?p. 36
Considering the Evidencep. 37
Distracting Thoughtsp. 41
Behaviorsp. 47
A Ghost Fleeing Bulletsp. 47
Self-Fulfilling Prophecyp. 48
Choosing the Oppositep. 51
Valuesp. 58
Learning More about Choosing the Oppositep. 64
Mindfulnessp. 69
Observing Your Mind without Judgmentp. 70
Imaginary Lionsp. 71
Practicing Mindfulnessp. 72
How to Breathep. 75
Radical Acceptancep. 76
The Serenity Prayerp. 78
Fight, Flight, or FLOATp. 79
Looking at Your Losses
Lossp. 85
What Is Loss?p. 86
Why Look at Old Losses?p. 86
Taking a Look at Your Lossesp. 88
Exploring the Impact of Your Lossesp. 93
Connecting Your Lossesp. 98
Addictionp. 103
What Is an Addiction?p. 104
Uncovering the Time Line of Your Addictive Behaviorp. 115
Switching to Another Addictionp. 119
Journey to Wellnessp. 119
Connecting Addiction and Lossp. 123
The Loss-Addiction Cyclep. 124
The Addiction and Loss Time Linep. 126
Loss Anniversariesp. 129
Moving Forward
Mindful Grievingp. 141
Coping after a Lossp. 143
Nothing Works?p. 145
Radical Acceptance Revisitedp. 148
Personal Resiliencyp. 150
Grieving the Lossp. 151
Resiliency in Actionp. 153
Relationshipsp. 155
Basic Communication Skillsp. 157
Identifying Unhealthy Relationshipsp. 164
Healing Broken Relationshipsp. 168
Building a Healthy Social Support Systemp. 178
Managing Social Discomfortp. 180
Recovery, Relapse Prevention, and Beyondp. 185
Nutritionp. 186
Sleepp. 189
Fitnessp. 192
Workp. 195
Funp. 198
Resources for Your Journeyp. 205
Referencesp. 213
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