Meditation and Mindfulness for Treating Addiction and Depression

woman black and whiteDialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a leading treatment for chronic suicidal thoughts, depression, borderline personality disorder, addiction, and other difficult-to-treat conditions. It incorporates elements such as radical acceptance of oneself, meditation, mindfulness practice, and ‘opposite action’ (in which patients act opposite to the way they feel when an emotion is inappropriate).

In this New York Times article, Dr. Marsha Linehan, the founder of DBT, shares her own struggles with depression, self-harm, borderline personality disorder, and attempted suicide, and provides hope for others who suffer from such severely debilitating illnesses:

‘Expert on Mental Illness Reveals Her Own Fight’

Mindfulness practice is becoming more and more common in mainstream psychology. Here at New Life Foundation we extend this outside of therapeutic sessions, and incorporate meditation and mindfulness practice into our everyday lives, for example with our silent breakfasts, working mornings, and sharing sessions. We also have regular daily long and short meditation sessions in order to help facilitate our self-development. What are your thoughts on using meditation and mindfulness practice on our paths of inner growth?

*H/T to Jan for the link!

–SV

 

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