Meditation Interventions for the Addiction Process
A Daylong with George Haas
July 31, 2016
9am – 430pm
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, addressing the self-critical inner voice developed by Robert Firestone, Phd, 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
Managing Stress, Anger & Depression
Persistent negative emotions as a causal factor in relapse
Difficult interpersonal relationships as a causal factor in relapse
Relieving chronic low self-esteem
Developing a life worth living addiction-free
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 interested in using meditation to deal with addiction.
COST: Sliding Scale: $35 – $75, plus an offering of dana to the teacher. Please pay at the highest level you can afford to support our programs and pay it forward for those who have less.
Scholarships and work-study are available. No is 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.
This daylong will be held at 1001a Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA. Click on the address for info on parking around the Santa Monica Center.