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by Rebecca Williams, Ph.D., Julie Kraft, M.A..

6 Credit Hours - $89
Last revised: 02/05/2013

Course content © Copyright 2013 - 2019 by Rebecca Williams, Ph.D., Julie Kraft, M.A.. All rights reserved.


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Addict Book cover 300The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction:

A Guide to Coping with the Grief, Stress and Anger that Trigger Addictive Behaviors


By: Rebecca E. Williams PhD and Julie S. Kraft MA


Paperback: 232 pages

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

Publication Date: August 1, 2012

Format: Paperback, Kindle, eBook

CE Hours: 6


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Description from the Publisher:


Most addictive behavior is rooted in some type of loss, be it the death of a loved one, coming to terms with limitations set by chronic health problems, or the end of a relationship. By turning to drugs and alcohol, people who have suffered a loss can numb their grief. In the process, they postpone their healing and can drive themselves further into addiction. The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction offers readers an effective program for working through their addiction and grief with cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Created by a psychologist who works for the Department of Veterans Affairs and a marriage and family therapist who works for Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, this mindfulness training workbook is effective for treating the emotion dysregulation, stress, depression, and grief that lie at the heart of addiction. No matter the loss, the mindfulness skills in this workbook help readers process their grief, determine the function their addiction is serving, and replace the addiction with healthy coping behaviors.


About the Authors:


Rebecca E. Williams, Ph.D. is a psychologist, clinical supervisor, author, teacher, and mentor. She specializes in recovery from mental illness and addictions. Dr. Williams received her master’s degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is currently a clinic director at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System. Dr. Williams is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego and adjunct faculty at the University of San Diego. She is co-author of the book Couple Therapy for Alcoholism.


Julie S. Kraft, M.A., LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She received her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences. Julie has provided counseling to veterans and their family members at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System and provided psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups in community settings. In her current position with San Diego’s Sharp HealthCare, she treats clients struggling with both addiction and mental health concerns.






Discuss how emotions, thoughts, and behaviors impact addictions

Explain how underlying loss experiences may trigger addictive behaviors

Identify mindfulness skills to use right away with clients in recovery

List 5 relapse prevention areas that support the client’s long term recovery



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