Balanced Life Therapy

Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment.

We are a collaborative group of counselling and social work practitioners committed to providing high quality, evidence based programming health and wellness for individuals struggling with addictions issues.

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) is an evidence-based complement to standard-of-care, 12-step-based or related aftercare programs for addictive or reactive behaviour.

This program is eight-weeks long meeting once per week and combines the tools of Relapse Prevention, Mindfulness and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) with a special focus on skills for maintaining a commitment to abstinence or harm-reduction goals with regard to substance use and related problem behaviour.

Mindfulness assists individuals to recognize and tolerate craving and urges, while CBT provides a means to identify situations and thoughts that trigger substance use or reactive problematic behaviour.

Mindfulness improves well being

  • Increasing your capacity for mindfulness supports many attitudes that contribute to a satisfied life.
  • Being mindful makes it easier to savour the pleasures in life as they occur, helps you become fully engaged in activities, and creates a greater capacity to deal with adverse events.
  • By focusing on the here and now, many people who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, are less preoccupied with concerns about success and self-esteem, and are better able to form deep connections with others.

Mindfulness improves physical health

If greater well-being isn't enough of an incentive, scientists have discovered the benefits of mindfulness techniques help improve physical health in a number of ways.

Mindfulness can:

  • Help relieve stress
  • Treat heart disease
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce chronic pain
  • Improve sleep
  • Alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties

Mindfulness improves mental health

In recent years, psychotherapists have turned to mindfulness meditation as an important element in the treatment of a number of problems, including:

  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Couples' conflicts
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Some experts believe that mindfulness works, in part, by helping people to accept their experiences—including painful emotions—rather than react to them with aversion and avoidance.

Certificates of completion are provided and upon request, and with consent, a summary of participation and attendance can be provided to third parties.

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