Mindfulness teaches that we connect to life through a series of ‘Now’ moments.
Practicing the Recovery Here Now method enables people to see that they have a very real choice around their addiction
If we think about our lives, we can see that we only ever live them within the present moment. Many of us, however, spend a lot of time thinking about the past or the future. This is especially true for addicts, who struggle with being at ease in the present and often want to be somewhere else, emotionally and mentally.
We recognise this fact and use mindfulness based interventions to help people connect to their feelings and emotions. There’s growing evidence of the effectiveness of this approach in the treatment of addictive behaviours, as well as its success in positively increasing self- confidence and self-esteem.
Reconnecting with our authentic selves
Practicing the Recovery Here Now method enables people to see that they have a very real choice around their addiction. This ability to choose is strengthened through continued contact with the True (Healthy) Self.
Through self-honesty and mindful acceptance of feelings, we develop our relationship with the True Self. And, as many psychologists believe, it is our connection to the True Self that ultimately gives us purpose and joy and frees us from the trap of addiction.
This is what we mean when we say that recovery is about more than simply saying no; it’s about rediscovering the connection to who we really are.
We make this process explicit so that individuals can directly experience genuine recovery for themselves. Our model can be applied by anyone, no matter where they are or who they’re with, helping people to break free from their destructive behaviours and enabling them to grow and develop as human beings.