One Heart Vision has a 60 day addiction relapse prevention pilot program

Posted at 8:07 AM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 14:28:57-04

"Our Relapse Prevention Program can be used as a stand-alone approach or as a supplement/complement to any other addiction treatment program."
Beginning in October 2017 in Mesa, Arizona, Donon Regan, Founder/Director of One-Heart Vision, LLC and Paul Sugar, Director of the Scottsdale Institute of Health and Medicine Center for Mindfulness are pioneering a new 60-day non-denominational residential/out-patient "Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention Pilot Program" for women with substance abuse problems. For decades both the National Institute of Drug Abuse and Alcoholics Anonymous have modeled drug and alcohol addiction as a "brain disease." Both Mr. Regan and Mr. Sugar suggest the primary cause of relapse is more closely associated with being emotionally identified with habitual "thoughts." People with an addiction have conditioned their thoughts through use of drugs and alcohol, thereby setting up repeated cravings. Because the addict "identifies" immediately with thoughts of "using" they continue to relapse over and over again. We can help them get back to sober living and stay there.
Most people get between 20,000 and 50,000 thoughts a day. About one per second. If you are in active addiction, those thoughts have one theme: getting more drugs or alcohol. If someone is knocking at your door that many times a day, you will answer it. The underlying problem is the addict's "unconscious" behavior through lack of "presence." The term "unconscious" means that addicts are totally identifying with their thoughts. They believe they are their thoughts when in actuality they are not. A person that is "awake," "present," or "mindful" realizes that they are not their thoughts. They are the silent witness that can observe their thoughts without succumbing to an emotional knee jerk reaction thereby creating a new relationship with their thoughts and their emotions. This new relationship allows them to bring choice back into their lives.
People who are Mindfully Present do not use drugs, have a criminal mentality, or participate in negative or other self-destructive behavior. People who are Mindfully Present feel consciously connected to themselves, others and to the world around them. They have totally actively accepted life as it is and thereby enjoy a constant state of well-being. People who are not Mindfully Present are unconscious to and dissatisfied with their present moment, they are stuck in their story from yesterday, are constantly looking to some future event for salvation. Fear is their constant companion as they continue to resist and fight "what is".