Interrupting Addiction and Troublesome Habits
By Frank Simons
The Meditation Center presents the video lecture series The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being from Great Courses, Lecture 16, “Interrupting Addiction and Troublesome Habits,” Thursday, June 4, at 5:30pm at the Center, Callejón Blanco 4.
The Science of Mindfulness
Thu, Jun 4, 5:30pm
Callejón Blanco 4
Almost all of us have some habits that we’d like to change. Some are relatively harmless, like overeating from time to time, checking our smartphones a bit too often, or perhaps procrastinating a bit too much at work. But others can be quite destructive, including alcoholism and other forms of substance abuse, sexual addictions, and compulsive gambling. You will learn about a range of addictions and how mindfulness practice can help control them. Topic headings: Addictions; How Do We Get Hooked; Conventional Treatments vs Mindfulness. Questions to consider:
1. What are a few of your addictive behaviors or habits?
2. How might you use mindfulness practice generally, and with urges in particular, to exercise greater choice around these behaviors?
Dr. Ronald D. Siegel is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance, where he has taught for more than 30 years, and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Siegel is a longtime student of mindfulness practices and serves on the board of directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. There will be a discussion periafter the video.
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