Meditation Interventions for the Addiction Process

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Friday 6/17/2016 - Sunday 6/19/2016
7:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Program Leader
George Haas


Meditation Interventions for the Addiction Process is a mindfulness meditation-based skills training for people dealing with addiction and addiction-related issues, providing specific techniques and strategies to support healing from addiction.

Combining traditional meditation approaches contextualized around the pattern of relapse described in the work of G. Alan Marlatt PhD, Attachment Theory developed by John Bowlby, addressing the self-critical inner voice developed by Robert Firestone, PhD, and the concepts of developing a healthy sense of self developed by James Masterson MD, Meditation Interventions provides a simple, easy-to-learn, very pragmatic approach to addressing addiction.

The class will address addictions to substances and behaviors, using both abstinence and harm-reduction models.

The instruction is offered as a secular practice, without any prescription for belief.  The Buddhist context of the Mindfulness Meditation instruction is included so that students can reference the original texts if that interests them.

The skills-training explores these topics, offering specific meditation-based strategies for coping with:

  • The Desire for Unconsciousness
  • The craving and urge for the addictive substance and/or behavior (Marlatt)
  • Managing Stress, Anger & Depression (Marlatt)
  • Persistent negative emotions as a causal factor in relapse (Marlatt)
  • Difficult interpersonal relationships as a causal factor in relapse Marlatt, Bowlby)
  • Relieving chronic low self-esteem (Bowlby, Masterson, Firestone)
  • Developing a life worth living addiction-free (Masterson)

This is the ideal course for people new to meditation, or for people who have a practice and who have an interested in using meditation to deal with addiction.

George Haas began his path with a period of light-weight spiritual seeking (and heavy-duty drug and alcohol use). In 1978, he began a serious exploration of the 11th step of the 12-Step tradition, working primarily with concentration to reduce the anxiety of living sober. In an effort to make sense out of, and live with, the mounting AIDS deaths of the 1980s, Mr. Haas began walking the Red Road and reading Buddhist texts. The idea of finding a good teacher began to make sense but initial forays proved fruitless, and Mr. Haas preferred the identity of a Dharma orphan. Moving to Los Angeles from Manhattan in 1992, Mr. Haas began sitting vipassana at Ordinary Dharma, and reading extensively. In 1998, he began study with his current teacher, Shinzen Young, and Vipassana Support International, where he was able to (slowly) let go of his identity of a Dharma orphan. Mr. Haas has been teaching meditation in Los Angeles since 2000.

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