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This week on Talk Recovery Radio we talk with Dr. Eric Garland about his Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement program an evidence-based mental training program, supported by more than 12 clinical trials and over $40 million in federal research grants (e.g., National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense). During our interview we discuss the science behind the MORE program, how it works and how it can be used to treat addiction and other mental health issues. We also talk about the importance of selfcare and how mindfulness can help with recovery.

Dr. Eric Garland - Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE)

Dr. Eric Garland

Dr. Eric Garland, a researcher and professor at the University of Utah College of Social Work, has developed a powerful program called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) to help individuals overcome addiction and chronic pain. This innovative program is based on the principles of mindfulness combining various therapeutic strategies to achieve long-lasting recovery.

MORE Helps By

  • Integrating mindfulness practices, such as meditation and yoga, to help individuals develop a greater awareness of their thoughts and feelings, which can make it easier to identify triggers and cravings associated with their addiction.
  • Utilizing cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to change negative thought patterns and beliefs that contribute to addiction.
  • Incorporating acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help individuals accept their thoughts and feelings without judgment and focus on taking actions that align with their values and goals.

Mindfulness, Savouring, Reappraisal

Mindfulness – is the practice of paying attention to the present moment in a non-judgmental way. It helps individuals develop a greater awareness of their thoughts and feelings. This can make it easier to identify triggers and cravings associated with their addiction. Mindfulness practices like meditation and yoga are used in MORE to help individuals develop a greater sense of self-awareness.

Savouring –  is the practice of actively enjoying and appreciating positive experiences. Savouring helps individuals focus on the positive aspects of their lives, which provides a sense of purpose and fulfillment. This is beneficial for those in recovery, it helps them find meaning and enjoyment in life without drugs or alcohol.

Reappraisal – another component of MORE, is the practice of reframing negative experiences in a more positive light. Reappraisal helps individuals develop a more positive outlook on life and reduce negative emotions, which is beneficial for those in recovery as it helps them cope with difficult emotions without resorting to substance use.

Evidence Based Model

Dr. Eric Garland’s Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) program is a comprehensive approach to addiction treatment that combines mindfulness practices, cognitive-behavioral therapy, savouring, and reappraisal to help people develop skills and mindsets needed to overcome addiction. By using these evidence-based therapeutic strategies, MORE helps individuals learn to manage cravings, change negative thoughts. It also helps people find meaning and enjoyment in life, and live in alignment with their values and goals, ultimately leading to sustainable recovery.

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