Developed in 2009, the Mind-Body Bridging Substance Abuse Program (MBBSAP) is designed to facilitate and assist in the treatment of individuals suffering from substance use disorders by reducing their cravings, trauma symptoms, and sleep disturbances; and increasing their well-being, mindfulness, and self-compassion.
The MBBSAP is presented as a 10-week program of 20, 2-hour group sessions. Every session contains exercises and presents recovery tools through the process of “Discover, Experience, and Apply.” Every session serves as a foundational building block for the following session. The first 10 hours of the training consist of instructor-led, 10-week sessions; the next 10 hours consist of student-led presentations.
The MBBSAP teaches clients awareness and meta-cognitive skills. Awareness skills training (e.g., using sights, sounds, and tactile sensations) focuses on interrupting the dysfunctional and habitual biopsychic processes of the mind and body that drive addictive behaviors. Meta-cognitive skills training focuses on exposing and recognizing dysfunctional cognitive processes that can lead to relapse.
The core techniques of the MBBSAP is designed to be conveyed within the first few hours of the training and adopted easily for practice by clients.