The Mindful Path to Addiction Recovery: A Practical Guide to Regaining Control over Your Life

Mindfulness, the quality of attention that combines full awareness with acceptance of each moment, just as it is, is gaining broad acceptance among mental health professionals as an adjunct to treatment. Because at the heart of addiction is the fear of painful emotional states, addicts compulsively seek drugs and alcohol to avoid or escape emotional pain. Mindfulness, on the other hand, helps us develop greater acceptance and ease with life’s challenges, as well as greater self-compassion.

Here, Dr. Lawrence Peltz, who has worked as an addiction psychiatrist for more than two decades, draws from his clinical experience and on the techniques of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) to explain the fundamental dynamics of addiction and the stages of the recovery process, and also gives us specific mindfulness exercises to support recovery.

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Anonymous on November 3, 2019 at 12:19.

Thank you Dr. Peltz! This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. It is easy to read, extremely informative and packed with simple actionable items. Drinking wasn’t a major problem for me, but I just wanted to live life without it. As an atheist I was uncomfortable attending AA meetings. There were many good, powerful things I got out of the meetings, but I just could not force myself to believe in a god, of any kind, of any understanding. After a week or so into this book, I felt that I had gained…

Anonymous on November 3, 2019 at 12:42.

Mindfulness & Addiction This is a wonderful book. The writing is engaging and clear. Dr. Peltz’s excellent descriptions of patients are very caring, presented in a frank and at the same time very sympathetic light. The interweaving of mindfulness techniques keeps the topic from being skipped over or forgotten by the reader and becomes a frequent reminder of how to do this, how to help oneself to be more grounded, calm, and alive in the world. The effect is very motivating, and the way that he brings himself into…

Anonymous on November 3, 2019 at 12:45.

Not the best for group reading and discussion

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