The Mindful Path from Addiction to Serenity

Mae Ramphung at Dawn

I’m putting together an eBook for people interested in using mindfulness to overcome addiction problems. I will be giving this book away for free on my website. I’ll also share the chapters on here as I write them. Here is part one

What is the Point?

If you don’t have a good enough reason to stay sober, you are always going to find doing so a struggle.

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Mindfulness for the Emotional Rollercoaster of Early Recovery

Rollercoaster Tracks

“The good news is you get your emotions back – the bad news is you get your emotions back”

Your awakened motions can be a blessing and a curse in early recovery. In a matter of seconds, you can swing from a joy that makes you want to hug strangers to feeling so low even the slightest hint of criticism can have you sobbing like a baby.

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Find Meaning with Mindfulness After you Quit Drinking or Taking Drugs

If you your life lacks a sense of purpose after you quit your addiction, it is going to be difficult to feel committed to this new life. As soon as things get tough, you will be faced with the question ‘what is the point? If you don’t have a good answer to this, you will likely return to alcohol or drugs because even the fear of death might not be enough to keep you sober if your new life feel purposelessness.

In this video, I discuss how mindfulness gave my life meaning after I quit alcohol. You can find the podcast of this edition below:

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Why Mindfulness is a Better Recovery Tool than Distraction

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The Precious Ones Who Fall into Addiction

My low tolerance for discomfort has meant I’ve spent most of my life trying to distract myself. When I worked as a nurse, we would jokingly refer to the particularly sensitive patients, the ones who had low tolerance for discomfort, as ‘a bit precious’ – I now can see that I’ve always been a bit precious.

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Mindfulness for Addiction Cravings

My inability to deal with addiction cravings meant I repeatedly broke my promises to myself and other people. The urge to drink would just become too much for me, so it was always only a matter of time before I caved in. Mindfulness gave me the ability to manage my addiction cravings so they no longer had any control over me.

“…an urge is like an ocean wave that grows bigger and bigger as it approaches the shore. As it grows, there’s the desire to just give in, but if you do, you’ll reinforce the power of the addiction.”
Alan Marlatt

I talk about my experiences with using mindfulness to deal with addiction cravings in this video (you will find the podcast version below).

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Useful Resources for Mindfully Dealing with Addiction Cravings

Urge Surface Relapse Prevention
Surfing the Urge (Inquiring Mind article)

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