Ancillary Programs

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention


In 2007, A Positive Alternative participated in a Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention pilot project through the University of Washington Psychology Department. The relapse prevention program is headed by one of the most internationally well known and respected researchers and authors within the Addiction field, Professor G. Alan Marlatt, Ph.D. (Please see his book Mindfulness for Addiction Problems).

Due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from our clients, we have added a Mindfulness component to all of our programs. Mindfulness for relapse prevention has been shown to be highly effective in preventing relapse to addictive behavior.

Mindfulness relapse prevention classes teach a basic set of practical skills in deliberately noticing what is going on both in and outside the body. This gentle, non-judgmental awareness leads to a greater tolerance of all forms of discomfort or unhappiness.

Practicing Mindfulness relapse prevention promotes new thought patterns that typically lead to renewed vitality, sense of personal power and a highly improved ability to avoid relapse.


“The intensive program is wonderful. I loved getting to know the other women and providing/receiving support.”

— Female, 35