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Mind-Body Bridging Substance Abuse Program (MBBSAP)

Program Description

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.

Program Snapshot
Evidence Ratings
Spiritual Health
General Substance Use
Sleep and Wake Disorders and Symptoms
Trauma- and Stress-Related Disorders and Symptoms
General Functioning and Well-Being
Depression and Depressive Symptoms
Substance-Use-Related Consequences
Program Contact
Stanley Block, M.D.
President, I-Systems, Inc.

P.O. Box 501, Capolis Beach, WA, 98535


Dissemination/Implementation Contact
Guy du Plessis
Vice-President, I-Systems, Inc.

P.O. Box 501, Capolis Beach, WA, 98535


Program Type
Substance use disorder treatment


18-25 (Young adult)
26-55 (Adult)

Geographic Locations

Residential Facility
Outpatient Facility
Substance Abuse Treatment Center

Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Implementation materials available