In 1979, Jon Zabat-Kinn introduced mindfulness meditation as it is used in Western medicine today and developed a psychotherapy treatment known as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MSBR). This psychotherapy treatment aims to assist those with chronic pain or mental health disorders to rediscover a happier life. Mindfulness meditation can be practiced in a group setting, where experiences can be shared among participants. It can also be practiced alone in any location, from the comfort of your own home to secluded spots in natural settings.
Mindfulness is beneficial for anyone at any point of their journey. It creates an inner spaciousness which allows you to not over identify with your thoughts or feelings. This in turn strengthens your internal resources, enabling you to process the various stages of your treatment in a grounded, integrated way. The relaxation techniques mindfulness teaches can be a powerful tool during withdrawal and when any urges arise.