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

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

by Rebecca E. Williams, Julie S. Kraft

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The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction: A Guide to Coping with the Grief, Stress and Anger that Trigger Addictive Behaviors by Rebecca E. Williams, Julie S. Kraft


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 Addiction offers 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 a psychologist who works for the Department of Veterans Affairs and a marriage and family therapist who works for Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, 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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608823406
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 74,885
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Rebecca E. Williams, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in recovery from mental illness and addictions. She received her master’s degree from Harvard University and her PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is currently the director of the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System’s Wellness and Vocational Enrichment Clinic. In addition, she is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Diego, and coauthor of Couple Therapy for Alcoholism. She has a psychotherapy practice in San Diego, CA.

Julie S. Kraft, MA, received her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences. She has provided counseling to veterans and their family members at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System and has provided psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups in community settings. In her current position with Sharp HealthCare, she treats clients struggling with both addiction and mental health concerns. She lives and works in San Diego, CA.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Getting Started 2

Who Can This Book Help? 2

How to Use This Workbook 3

Part 1 Getting to Know the Main Concepts and Skills

1 Emotions 7

The "No Feeling" Contract 8

Loss and Emotion 8

Unraveling Your False Beliefs about Emotions 11

Emotion Dodging 15

Getting to Know Your Feelings 19

2 Thoughts 27

How Thoughts Connect to Emotions 27

Repeat-Offender Thoughts 29

Why Is Your Thinking Misleading? 36

Considering the Evidence 37

Distracting Thoughts 41

3 Behaviors 47

A Ghost Fleeing Bullets 47

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy 48

Choosing the Opposite 51

Values 58

Learning More about Choosing the Opposite 64

Mindfulness 69

Observing Your Mind without Judgment 70

Imaginary Lions 71

Practicing Mindfulness 72

How to Breathe 75

Radical Acceptance 76

The Serenity Prayer 78

Fight, Flight, or FLOAT 79

Part 2 Looking at Your Losses

5 Loss 85

What Is Loss? 86

Why Look at Old Losses? 86

Taking a Look at Your Losses 88

Exploring the Impact of Your Losses 93

Connecting Your Losses 98

6 Addiction 103

What Is an Addiction? 104

Uncovering the Time Line of Your Addictive Behavior 115

Switching to Another Addiction 119

Journey to Wellness 119

7 Connecting Addiction and Loss 123

The Loss-Addiction Cycle 124

The Addiction and Loss Time Line 126

Loss Anniversaries 129

Part 3 Moving Forward

8 Mindful Grieving 141

Coping after a Loss 143

Nothing Works? 145

Radical Acceptance Revisited 148

Personal Resiliency 150

Grieving the Loss 151

Resiliency in Action 153

9 Relationships 155

Basic Communication Skills 157

Identifying Unhealthy Relationships 164

Healing Broken Relationships 168

Building a Healthy Social Support System 178

Managing Social Discomfort 180

Recovery, Relapse Prevention, and Beyond 185

Nutrition 186

Sleep 189

Fitness 192

Work 195

Fun 198

Resources for Your Journey 205

References 213

Interviews


Rebecca Williams and Julie Kraft live in the San Diego, CA, area.


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