Mindfulness and Addiction

Part of the Recent Developments in Alcoholism book series (RDIA, volume 18)


The increasing popularity of Eastern spiritual traditions over the last several decades has led to the application of meditation in a wide variety of settings. While the meditation literature describes many different meditative practices (Goleman, 1988; Ospina et al., 2007), reviewers tend to group them into two basic types: concentrative or “mantra” meditation and mindfulness meditation (Ospina et al., 2007). The purpose of this chapter is to illuminate the role of mindfulness meditation in the treatment of addictive behaviors.

This chapter is organized as follows. The second section provides definitions, history, and clinical applications of mindfulness meditation, followed by a discussion of potential mechanisms of action. Section 4 discusses clinical applications of mindfulness meditation. Section 5 describes a recent study comparing mindfulness meditation to a treatment as usual group in a sample of incarcerated men and women. Section 6 discusses the recent...


Addictive Behavior Mindfulness Meditation Mindfulness Practice Experiential Avoidance Meditation Practice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Addictive Behaviors Research CenterUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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