Hi to all. Here’s a quick intro! After retiring from a 30 year medical career,at 61 I’m about to begin my internship in a Clinical Psychology doctoral program. In this program I will be dealing with substance abuse clients (of all ages) and their families prior to, and following in-patient treatment. Many are comorbid, experiencing depression, anxiety, and social anxiety. Thoughts about how to use and where to go in this toolkit universe. Thanks.
Great to see you here! I have been studying mindfulness in the context of addiction, and we have found really interesting results. I think what is most helpful is for clients to not only become more mindful of their addiction but also to learn to become a better friend of themselves. Many people with addiction suffer from a low level of self-acceptance and are highly critical of themselves. It is not uncommon for them to see themselves as a failure. I think the self-compassion tools in this toolkit will be very helpful here.
Also, I recommend this book on mindfulness and addiction:
It is hard to name specific tools as the use of tools is also dependent on the unique situation of a client.
Just let us know if there is anything we can help with.