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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program

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 or 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, a holistic approach that includes mindfulness-based stress reduction 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 is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction? (MBSR)

MBSR therapy is a Buddhist meditation therapy that was initially designed for stress management but has since been used for treating various illnesses that include the following:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Skin and immune disorders

The goal of MBSR is to calm down the stress response the brain activates in times of stressful situations or painful emotions or events. It’s an alternative method of treatment for counselors or physicians to help patients cope with their diseases more effectively. The essence of mindfulness is focusing on one thing at the moment: the breath you take or step you walk, or the sounds or sights around you. 

What to Expect from MBSR

MBSR works by teaching people that in-between stimulus and response, there’s a space. It’s in this space that we can choose how to react that allows for our growth and freedom. Most of us are unaware of this space because we have habitual patterns of reacting to life. These habits are formed early and are automatic. 

For a successful treatment program, you would typically meet with a therapist, either individually or with a group, for about eight weeks. Depending on the recovery center or the therapist, it could take upwards of two hours or more for a weekly session. The treatment was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 and has been adapted as a workbook format in hospitals all over the country. Many studies have come out from high-ranking institutions, including UCLA, Harvard, Stanford, and UW- Madison, that shows how this approach works and can change people’s brains permanently.

MBSR treatment helps people become aware of habitual reactions to stress and helps them relate to themselves in a new way that breaks the cycle to create more choices in life. The program explores mindfulness meditation training and practice, yoga, and body awareness training, along with patterns of thinking, feeling, and action. Self-help care will be taught, as well as specific information about stress physiology, interpersonal communication, and cognitive-behavioral strategies.

Over the eight week program, you will learn key skills that help you stay tuned in to your surroundings, so you stay in the moment or “present.” 

MSBR Treatment in Drug and Alcohol Recovery

MSBR can help those in drug and alcohol recovery, particularly in the process of detox and with co-occurring mental illness. The treatment helps teach people coping skills in stressful or traumatic situations, which may have led to their alcohol or drug dependence in the first place. In the right environment and with a caring therapist or physician, mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques are useful in an individual’s recovery process.

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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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