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.
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):
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.