Treatment of non-chemical (behavioural) addictions

Shonin, E., Gordon, W. V., & Griffiths, M. D. (2014). Mindfulness as a Treatment for Behavioural Addiction. Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy, 5, e122. Full text.

Mindfulness is one of the fastest growing areas of psychological research and over 70% of general practitioners in the United Kingdom now believe that mindfulness/meditation can be beneficial for patients with mental health issues. In a previous issue of the Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy, Penberthy focused on an intervention known as mindfulness-based relapse prevention [MBRP] and argued that MBRP appears to be an effective treatment for reducing substance use relapse.

Following a critical review of the latest empirical and clinical evidence, we argue that there may also be applications for mindfulness approaches in the treatment of non-chemical (i.e., behavioural) addictions.