Mindfulness-Based Sobriety (MBS) is an Outpatient Treatment program at Gateway Foundation Chicago River North Outpatient that teaches patients how to prevent relapse. Even if you have already gone through a relapse, you can enroll in the program to develop essential skills for preventing another one. MBS uses mindfulness, meditation, and other science-backed methods to give clients the necessary skills for handling triggers and maintaining sobriety.

Mindfulness-Based Sobriety Helps Reverse Harmful Changes to the BrainWoman enjoying herself after a mindfulness-based sobriety program

Addiction causes physical changes to the brain that make it challenging for people to recover. These changes to the brain play a role in triggers and relapse, even after people have completed a drug rehab program. Many people who don’t know this tend to feel like they failed when they relapse or have the urge to return to old ways. Feelings of wanting to relapse and/or relapsing are normal, so don’t beat yourself up over it because being too hard on yourself decreases your chances of recovering. You can enroll in one of our holistic, evidence-based programs to overcome your addiction. We’ll welcome you whether it’s your first time in rehab or not.

Mindfulness-Based Sobriety, one of the treatments we offer, helps reverse harmful changes to the brain. This improves your chances of avoiding relapse. We highly recommend including mindfulness as part of your treatment plan. Mindfulness helps the brain restore its reward centers to healthy functioning. Addictive substances hijack these reward centers, which is part of why addiction is hard to overcome without professional guidance. As a holistic, evidence-based Outpatient Treatment center, helpful services we offer in addition to MBS include:

What Will You Learn in Mindfulness-Based Sobriety?

We teach mindfulness, meditation, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and relapse prevention in our MBS program. These four evidence-based tools work together to help you achieve lifelong sobriety. We have a supportive addiction Recovery Community you can socialize with for additional encouragement on your road to maintaining sobriety. Mindfulness is a simple yet powerful technique that involves bringing your awareness to what you’re experiencing in the current moment.

It’s surprising what people discover about themselves when they get into the habit of practicing mindfulness every day. We will teach you about the different types of meditation so that you can use the one that works for you. Regular meditation restores your brain to normal functioning. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy principles are also incorporated into our MBS program. This type of counseling works to increase psychological flexibility. You won’t feel shaken as much when negative things happen to you.

Benefits of Mindfulness-Based Sobriety

MBS is effective at treating many of the core issues behind addiction, such as stress, grief, emotional dysregulation, and depression. Emotional dysregulation is emotional responses that aren’t socially acceptable or helpful. Examples include angry outbursts, throwing objects, threatening suicide, and showing aggression to others. MBS helps a person learn how to curb these destructive reactions and healthily handle emotions. You will learn how to have more control over your actions, better focus, and greater mental clarity.

Other benefits of MBS include better quality of life, healthier relationships, reduced anxiety, relapse prevention, and decreased rumination. Mindfulness is especially helpful for men because they often have trouble accepting their emotions. Society raises them with the belief that emotions are weak. As a result, men tend to suppress feelings, which can play a role in their addiction. Counselors must address that core issue to increase the chances of them making a lifelong recovery.

Mindfulness-Based Sobriety is an evidence-based treatment that can help you or someone you love avoid relapse and maintain sobriety, even when triggers occur. Remember to be compassionate to yourself and your loved one if relapse occurs throughout this process, and simply try again. Regular practice of mindfulness techniques will let you restore brain functioning and gain better control over your actions.

Contact Gateway Foundation Chicago River North Outpatient today at 312.464.9451 to enroll in one of our holistic, evidence-based Outpatient Treatment programs. No matter how many times you may have relapsed, it’s possible to achieve lifelong sobriety with our Mindfulness-Based Sobriety programs.