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C35. Challenging our understanding of addiction and recovery through mindfulness

About The Event

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Learning objectives:

  • Participants will be able to recognize of addiction, trauma and recovery in our lives
  • Participants will be able to recognize the role of our body and mindfulness in a process of change
  • Participants will be reflect on the question what can be considered the opposite of addiction
  • Participants will be able to recognize the limitations of our current understanding of addiction
  • Participants will be able to recognize how mindfulness changes recovery, stigma and our relationships
Abstract

Addiction treatment is and has been primarily focussed on behaviour change, promoting harm reduction, managing withdrawal symptoms and risks and supporting recovery by promoting self-help and engagement with others and community support groups. A somatic and mindfulness recovery approach challenges our understanding about addiction and the process of recovery by re-considering the role of our will, the relationship between trauma, addiction drivers and the role of our body in the process of recovery and healing. What is the value of questions like “what does addiction feel like?” or “what does the opposite of addiction feel like?”. How would a somatic approach to addiction shape addiction treatment centres and how would it change our current dominant allopathic approach to addiction? Finally we consider how a new somatic and mindfulness approach towards addiction and trauma can impact our society, our relationship with others and ourselves.

Author
Paul du Buf
RGN / NMP

Paul graduated as a nurse in 1994 and has worked since in the area’s of prevention, treatment, aftercare, dual diagnosis, training and innovation in addiction treatment services in the Netherlands and UK. In 2018 he volunteered in down town Eastside in Vancouver, Canada. In the UK he worked in the NHS and and in settings from a private hospital to a police custody suite and with several charity organisations. His innovative work whilst working at the South London and Maudsley NHS foundation trust received an award for clinical excellence. His 2 year alcohol pilot project working with A&E patients contributed to ongoing funding for a long-time research project. Paul became a body-therapy practitioner in 2019 to promote inclusion of our body in recovery and he hopes to graduate in 2020 as an advanced mindfulness practitioner in the area of trauma and addiction. Paul currently works in a community drug service as an independent nurse prescriber in the United Kingdom.

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Paul du Buf
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