Beyond Addiction

Beyond Addiction: How Science,
            Self-Compassion and Compassion can help people change


We all want to be happy and avoid pain and suffering. To be caught in the grips of an addictive pattern is to suffer. For people who struggle with addictive behaviours, the present moment is never enough because the mind is focused on what happens next. At the heart of addiction–whatever the substance or compulsive behaviour–the same emotional dynamics and behaviours are involved. By discovering these self-defeating behaviours of constant urges and cravings through mindful awareness, one learns to observe, pause and not become entangled in the endless pattern of addiction.

This educational and experiential workshop will provide current research that supports the benefits of self-directed neuroplasticity: changing patterns by paying attention and having self-compassion as well as compassion for others. Through discussion, mindfulness meditation, and experiential exercises, you will gain practical skills to build happiness, confidence, and love while increasing emotional resilience, working towards a recovery process that is truly transformative and sustaining.