Vistas Online 2015

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.


Reducing Cravings: Implications for Treating Addictions Mindfully

Peter J. Economou, Vanessa Chafos, Marcela Farfan, and Ana Maria Idarraga


Recent research on addiction and mindfulness-based treatments has shown that negative affect and cravings are key indicators of the probability one will relapse (Witkiewitz, Lustyk, & Bowen, 2013). Despite current evidenced-based treatments, relapse rates remain relatively high, at approximately 40-60% according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA; 2010). Mindfulnessbased practice may be useful when treating substance abuse disorders; however, little research has examined the specific relationship (Bowen, Witkiewitz, Chawla, & Grow, 2011). Findings from several studies demonstrate that a reduction in cravings and a decrease in negative affect (Rogojanski, Vettese, & Antony, 2011; Witkiewitz et al., 2013) occur when mindfulness-based practices are utilized. This paper will present an overview of the integration of mindfulness-based interventions in the treatment of substance abuse disorders.

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