Cultivating Mindfulness to Support Recovery

Cultivating Mindfulness to Support Recovery

(Presentation date December 17, 2013)


Recent research confirms the efficacy of mindfulness practices to support attaining and sustaining recovery from substance use disorders. The course content includes an overview of theory and research supporting mindfulness practices for people with addiction as well as practical techniques to cultivate mindfulness and apply mindfulness practices. The presentation defines mindfulness, reviews the evidence of the positive effects of mindfulness on recovery and demonstrates some basic mindfulness techniques.


The goals of this presentation are to increase participants’ understanding of mindfulness, the positive effects of mindfulness on recovery from substance use disorders, and to provide an opportunity for participants to experience and cultivate mindfulness.


After completing this program:

  • Participants will be able to describe mindfulness or state a definition of mindfulness.
  • Participants will be able to state 5 or more examples of ways in which mindfulness can positively impact recovery from mental health and substance use disorders.
  • Participants will be able to describe two or more exercises designed to cultivate mindfulness.


This course was developed and is presented by Elizabeth A.R. Robinson, Ph.D., MSW, MPH.

PictureLibbyRobinson-1Dr. Robinson has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction since 2003. She has practiced mindfulness meditation since 1979 and was trained to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, where he developed this program for cultivating mindfulness. She recently retired from the University of Michigan, where she was a Research Assistant Professor, carrying out NIH-funded research on the role of spiritual and religious change in recovery. She also did an NIAAA post-doctoral fellowship at the U of M Addiction Research Center and was on the social work faculty at Case Western Reserve University and the University at Buffalo. Dr. Robinson has an MSW and MPH from the University of Michigan, as well as her Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Work.

Number of CE hours offered:

1.5 CEH, approved by MCBAP and NAADAC. A passing grade of 80% on the final exam is required for CE hours to be awarded.