What is Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP)?

MBRP (Bowen, Chawla and Marlatt, 2010) is a novel treatment approach developed for individuals in recovery from addictive behaviours.  Similar to Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for depression, MBRP is designed as an aftercare programme integrating mindfulness practices and principles with cognitive-behavioural relapse prevention. In our experience, MBRP is best suited to individuals who have undergone initial treatment and wish to maintain their treatment gains and develop a lifestyle that supports their well-being and recovery.



MBRP practices are intended to foster increased awareness of triggers, destructive habitual patterns, and “automatic” reactions that seem to control many of our lives. The mindfulness practices in MBRP are designed to help clients to pause, observe present experience, and bring awareness to the range of choices before each of us in every moment.  Course participants will teach clients to respond in ways that serve them, rather than react in ways that are detrimental to their health and happiness. Participants will have the opportunity to learn some of these techniques through online quizzes and assessment.



The course is designed to enable participants to bring practices of mindful awareness to individuals who have suffered from the addictive trappings and tendencies of the mind.



This course will help participants to: 

  • Enable their clients to develop awareness of personal triggers and habitual reactions, and learn ways to create a pause in this seemingly automatic process.
  • Teach their clients to change their relationship to discomfort, learning to recognise challenging emotional and physical experiences and how to respond to them in skillful ways.
  • Help their clients to foster a non-judgmental, compassionate approach toward themselves and their experiences.
  • Assist clients to build a lifestyle that supports both mindfulness practice and recovery.  

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