John Aldridge, a therapist at Rehab 4 Alcoholism has written a great guide on how mindfulness can specifically be applied to the treatment of addiction.
Here’s an extract:
“Buddhism teachings state that humans hold onto desires and objects that ultimately cause suffering. This includes attachment to objects, people, substances, behaviours and abstract concepts such as identity.
Mindfulness allows us to let go of these desires little by little by increasing our awareness of these desires and compulsions. Through this heightened state of awareness, mindfulness promotes the freedom and motivation to cease harmful activities.”
Rehab 4 Alcoholism is an advisory and referral service for people who suffer from alcohol addiction.
They help patients arrange their treatment at the most appropriate centre for their needs and budget, with options all around the UK including private rehabilitation centres, the NHS and a number of ‘luxury rehabilitation’ centres.