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Mindfulness Based Interventions

Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating addiction and mental health disorders that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program that includes family therapy, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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What Are Mindfulness-Based Interventions?

Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) are therapeutic approaches grounded in mindfulness that promote the practice as an important part of good physical and mental health. Designed to help mitigate symptoms of stress, mental health problems, and physical pain, MBIs are increasingly being used in recovery treatment centers. They have a long-standing history in Eastern practices and have risen in popularity in the last few decades as a therapeutic model for addiction recovery.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) are some mindfulness-based interventions currently utilized in therapy.

Designed to deliberately focus a person’s attention on the present experience in a way that is non-judgmental, mindfulness-based interventions, whether offered individually or in a group setting, may provide benefit to people seeking therapy for any number of concerns. Those that would benefit the most from MBIs the most are those who have bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety disorder, and eating disorders, along with relapse prevention in addiction.

Types of Mindfulness-Based Therapies

  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction is helpful for people struggling with anxiety, depression, cancer, chronic pain, and other chronic states.
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) combines part of the approach to treating anxiety, panic attacks, psychosis, bipolar, recurrent depression, attention deficit hyperactivity, and post-traumatic stress, as well as eating and food issues.
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is commonly used in the treatment of borderline personality, self-harm, suicidal ideation, substance addiction, depression, PTSD, and eating disorders.
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an approach often used in the treatment of substance addiction, psychosis, cancer, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression.

Proven Benefits of Mindful-Based Interventions

There are several benefits to therapeutically using MBIs for those in addiction recovery or mental health disorders. Research has indicated the following health benefits, according to the American Psychological Association (APA):
  • Stress reduction – Many studies show the practice of mindfulness reduces stress and increases the positive effect and decreases anxiety and negative impact. It shifts people’s way of feeling emotions in a way that enables them to experience them selectively, thereby processing them differently in the brain.

  • Boosts to working memory – Another benefit of mindfulness meditation is the way it works on memory. It seems the memory center of the brain is activated with mindfulness practice, which leads to an increase in working memory capacity.

  • Less emotional reactivity –Researchers found that those who practiced mindfulness for a year and upwards to thirty years were able to disengage from emotionally upsetting pictures, enabling them to focus better on a cognitive task compared to those who saw the pictures but never practiced mindfulness.

  • Focus – Another study reviewed how mindfulness meditation practice affected people. A group of experienced mindfulness meditators and those with no meditation practice were studied, with the results showing that the mindfulness meditators had much higher performance on all measures of attention. They also found that they had higher self-reported mindfulness.

  • Relationship satisfaction – Several studies found that relationship satisfaction — the ability to respond well to relationship stress per communicating one’s emotions to a partner — was higher in the mindfulness group. Evidence suggests that mindfulness protects against the emotionally stressful effects of a relationship.

Mindfulness-based interventions are part of a greater overall therapy model for individuals in addiction or mental health disorder recovery. The benefit of being present and allowing your mind to accept your thoughts and feelings is a powerful antidote to stress and anxiety.
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Joy Downen

10 weeks ago

This place is so wonderful and all of the staff care so very much! They are very professional and they know what they are doing. Absolutely amazing facility and staff!!!
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Nathan Frame

28 weeks ago

Steps Recovery is the place you go if you want a caring and understanding program. They have helped me gain knowledge about myself and what I want/need to do. The staff there can relate and help you through core issues and they push you to do better because being in this program you know you can do big and amazing things. Also the therapists there are awesome and walk with you through struggles of life and give you the tools you truly need. Overall this place is an amazing opportunity and you’d be missing out on a lot if you chose to not at least try this program.
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Shaylesa Stulce

46 weeks ago

Steps Recovery in St. George has been amazing! I’m so excited to use the tools that I’ve learned here! The staff is amazing, and very understanding! I would recommend them to anyone struggling with addiction!
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Adam Kelly

47 weeks ago

What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!
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Gary Hanson

47 weeks ago

Steps saved our daughter’s life as well as her kids!
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Natalie Painter

Jan 1, 2019

The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.
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Nov 13, 2018

This place saved my life! The therapists were very helpful, friendly and really cared about the clients wellbeing. The tech’s were alway helpful with meds and anything that was needed. House manager was amazing, had high expectations on job duties, and kept a very clean organized atmosphere. Food was always amazing. I never went hungry! The information and skills that I have learned and applied to my life are priceless. If you’re not willing to put forth the work to change your life this is not your place, but if you are this is the first Step to take. I Love everyone at Steps. Thank you for all your help
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Matthew Cromar

Aug 10, 2018

I’d been to other recovery centers before but this one was the best, it stuck because I was willing to do the work, and with the help I received from staff I am now celebrating a year of sobriety in a couple of days. Update; I’m now 18 months sober as of yesterday and I still keep in touch with my steps family. The lessons I learned at steps will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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