Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention

A qualitative study on the introduction of mindfulness based relapse prevention (MBRP) into a therapeutic community for substance abusers.

ABSTRACT:

Purpose: Research has shown mindfulness-based therapies to be an effective therapeutic intervention for a wide range of illnesses and disorders. However, little is known about how it may be helpful to individuals with addiction problems. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate by qualitative approach the impact of the newly introduced mindfulness-based relapse prevention programme (MBRP) programme on the TC to which it was introduced and to explore clients perception of and attitude to the programme. More specifically it aimed to examine how it may be helpful for individuals with substance abuse problems. Design/methodology/approach: A qualitative approach was drew upon using both focus group methods and individual semi-structured interviews with clients of the TC to which it was introduced. Thematic analysis was performed on data collected. Findings: Notwithstanding implementation issues, findings suggest MBRP to be a valuable and worthwhile programme with real perceived benefits. Research limitations/implications: Clients’ detoxing cited real perceived gains as a result of participating which has clear implications for a TC which offers methadone detoxification. Originality/value: It is noted that MBRP research is in its infancy, and whilst a number of quantitative studies have been carried out, little qualitative research exists. If MBRP is to be considered an effective relapse prevention strategy, research must clarify the process underlying participant’s use of mindfulness in a drug-free setting.
Harris, A. H. (2015). “A qualitative study on the introduction of mindfulness based relapse prevention (MBRP) into a therapeutic community for substance abusers.” Therapeutic Communities, 36(2),  111-123.

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