Dr. Lawrence Peltz who has worked as an addiction psychiatrist for more than two decades, he is also the author of “The Mindful Path to Addiction and Recovery”. A practical guide to regaining control over your life.
Mindfulness is what I call the four pillars of treatment. It’s like a foundation. It’s a beautiful component or adjunct, it helps inform all the other parts. For example, you know mindfulness is one of the sayings that’s most known in AA “one day at a time” mindfulness is really the microscopic version of that one moment of time. The idea of the Serenity Prayer, knowing the difference between what we can and can’t control. Mindfulness is very much about respect. The quality of mindfulness is a quality of the mind with which many factors arise simultaneously including equanimity, loving kindness, compassion and balance of mind.
You know the difference that pain is the chemical know situation going on in the brain and suffering is like an inability to accept the situation that it’s sort of. Why don’t want to get well and it turns out we do and we don’t. There’s a very simple schema used with people that describe that question, that any habit and we’re talking about drug use now but it could be sex drugs rock and roll work anything porn gambling doesn’t matter has pluses and minuses. And if you if you’re sober that has pluses and minuses. What’s good about the drugs what’s not good about the drugs what’s good about being sober and what not good about being sober. You’ll begin to see your level of readiness to change. One of the very key differences here is a distinction between pain and suffering. So if you if you can be with pain if you can learn to be with pain then you have a chance because the reason people relapse then suffer is because they can’t take the pain. Once they develop the ability to handle pain then they can then they can get well. And I think that speaks to a mindset that sometimes people assume or want to believe that getting sober or coming into recovery the pain will be a lessened. Lessening of pain or an absence of pain is really what we want. I don’t feel this pain anymore. But then we realize when we sober up it’s almost like the pain is like a little bit harder a little bit purer, a little bit stronger and then drugs become a solution again.
I believe recovery has four components of treatment recovery, psychotherapy, medicine and mindfulness and all are all good for pain. They work together very nicely to help people hold pain, for example you’re in a pissy mood, you go into an AA meeting or wherever, you feel a bit better because you’re with you’re not alone right now. So that’s how recovery helps people with mindfulness it brings awareness to the now.
This is really what the book’s about, it is a clinical book. The first section is about my addiction, the second section of the component, the third is about the challenges in recovery and the fourth is about compassion and a few other concluding thoughts from a few other people. BI dedicated to a few family members and patients because they taught me everything.