Meditation Interventions for the Addiction Process
An Eight Week Series with George Haas
Mondays Starting May 6, 2013
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Meditation Interventions for the Addiction Process is a mindfulness meditation-based skills training for people dealing with addiction and addiction-related issues, providing specific techniques and strategies to support healing from addiction.
Combining traditional meditation approaches contextualized around the pattern of relapse described in the work of G. Alan Marlatt Phd, Attachment Theory developed by John Bowlby, and the concepts of developing a healthy sense of self developed by James Masterson MD, Meditation Interventions provides a simple, easy-to-learn, very pragmatic approach to addressing addiction.
The class will address addictions to substances and behaviors, using both abstinence and harm-reduction models.
The instruction is offered as a secular practice, without any prescription for belief. The Buddhist context of the Mindfulness Meditation instruction is included so that students can reference the original texts if that interests them.
The skills-training explores these topics, offering specific meditation-based strategies for coping with:
· The Desire for Unconsciousness
· The craving and urge for the addictive substance and/or behavior (Marlatt)
· Managing Stress, Anger & Depression (Marlatt)
· Persistent negative emotions as a causal factor in relapse (Marlatt)
· Difficult interpersonal relationships as a causal factor in relapse Marlatt, Bowlby)
· Relieving chronic low self-esteem (Bowlby, Masterson)
· Developing a life worth living addiction-free (Masterson)
In addition to the class-time, students are supported in their practice with recorded guided-meditations, daily live guided-meditation sessions via conference call, and access to their teacher via telephone, email, text and IM.
This is the ideal course for people new to meditation, or for people who have a practice and who have an interest in using meditation to deal with addiction.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT A DROP-IN CLASS BUT IS INTENDED TO BE TAKEN IN IT’S ENTIRETY. PLEASE CONSIDER YOUR COMMITMENT TO THE CLASS BEFORE ENROLLING.
Cost: $160 plus dana for the teacher. $30 discount if paid in advance.
Some scholarships and work-study are available. Please write or call for info. NO ONE IS EVER TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS.
George Haas began his path with a period of light-weight spiritual seeking (and heavy-duty drug and alcohol use). In 1978, he began a serious exploration of the 11th step of the 12-Step tradition, working primarily with concentration to reduce the anxiety of living sober. In an effort to make sense out of, and live with, the mounting AIDS deaths of the 1980s, Mr. Haas began walking the Red Road (traditional Native American spiritual practices) and reading Buddhist texts. Moving to Los Angeles from Manhattan in 1992 to work in the film and photography trades, George began sitting Vipassana at Ordinary Dharma in Venice, and reading extensively. In 1998, he began study with his current teacher, Shinzen Young, and Vipassana Support International, where he is now a senior facilitator.
George teaches regularly at ATS. He offers a guided-meditation via conference call Monday through Saturday mornings, 7:30-7:55am, and teaches privately via Skype, phone, email, text & IM, which Los Angeles Magazine included on its Best of LA 2011 list as “Best Online Buddhist Meditation.” For more information check out his website: http://mettagroup.org or call him at 213-820-7800.