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San Francisco Mindfulness Foundation

Wellness Through Mindfulness

Feeling Trapped in a cycle of addiction?

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention

Enrolling NOW - Group Format

8-Week Course 

Next Course Start Date Extended:

Tuesday 7/25/2017

What is MBRP?

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention is a program designed to teach individuals suffering from addictions to use mindfulness practices to cultivate an increased awareness of triggers, habitual patterns, and “automatic” reactions that seem to control their lives. Through these practices individuals learn to put space between a trigger and a reaction, so that more skillful actions can be chosen. Similar to Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for depression, MBRP is a program designed to integrate mindfulness practices and principles with cognitive-behavioral relapse prevention. It is not a process-oriented psychotherapy group, nor does MBRP promote, endorse or discourage any religious ideology.

The course consists of eight, 2-hour, weekly sessions. The total cost is $400 and includes materials. 

Who is right for MBRP?

MBRP is best suited to individuals who have undergone initial treatment for addictive behaviors, or who have some recovery under their belt and have abstinence as a goal -- people who wish to maintain their treatment gains and develop a lifestyle that supports their well-being and recovery.

What are the goals of MBRP?

» Develop awareness of personal triggers and habitual reactions, and learn ways to create a pause in this seemingly automatic process.

» Change our relationship to discomfort, learning to recognize challenging emotional and physical experiences and responding to them in skillful ways.

» Foster a nonjudgmental, compassionate approach toward ourselves and our experiences.

» Build a lifestyle that supports both mindfulness practice and recovery. 

How do I enroll?

Interested individuals are invited to contact the course facilitators for a brief pre-group phone screening. The course will meet for 8 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m., starting Tuesday 7/11/2017. We will need a minimum of 8 group members to start. Location: Downtown San Francisco location will be provided upon registration. Very convenient to MUNI, BART. Paid parking is available 2 blocks away at the 5th and Mission Parking Garage.

Who do I call?

Scott Lauzé, MD415 640-7923 [email protected]

Dr. Lauzé is a psychiatrist in private practice, with a special interest in addictions medicine, who also teaches about integrating mindfulness and psychotherapy.


Steven Tierney EdD, LPCC, CAS415-742-0215 Dr. Tierney is a psychotherapist, the director of the graduate program in Community Mental Health at CIIS, a certified addiction specialist and a Buddhist priest.