For Recovery

Mindful Connections For Addiction Recovery and Empowerment (MCARE)

MCARE is rooted in a holistic approach that brings together mindfulness meditation, cognitive therapy and neuroscience research.  

Mindfulness Meditation

MCARE introduces participants to the practice of mindfulness -- a conscious state of awareness focused on the present moment that acknowledges emotions, thoughts and bodily sensations with curiosity, compassion and non-judgment. The course teaches mindfulness via secular meditation techniques that train the mind to be more focused and empower individuals to feel grounded and capable of better decision making. In study after study, meditation has been shown to have numerous physical, cognitive and emotional benefits. Physically, meditation reduces stress, improves the immune system and lowers blood pressure. Emotionally, a consistent meditation practice can ground us in reality and increase our capacity for empathy and compassion.

Cognitive Therapy

MCARE draws upon the concepts and practices of various cognitive therapies – including Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence (MBEI) – to provide participants with tools that can help them manage emotional reactivity, cultivate resilience and face the world (and themselves) with confidence.

Neuroscience

Based on recent findings of neuroplasticity, MCARE starts from the premise that addiction is an habitual pattern of behavior that can be changed. The course examines the brain’s three survival-based emotional systems – the threat system, the drive system and the soothing system – and provides an understanding of how balancing and regulating these systems can re-route addictive behaviors and forge new neural pathways in the brain that promote healthy patterns of behavior

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES:  (1 1/2 Hour Sessions)

Session 1:     Introducing Mindfulness
Session 2:    Balancing Emotions
Session 3:    Overcoming Barriers to Change
Session 4:    Dealing with Triggers
Session 5:    Emotional Intelligence and Radical Responsibility
Session 6:    Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Participants will be provided tools to:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Manage emotional triggers and compulsive behaviors
  • Build emotional resilience
  • Recognize unhealthy relationship patterns
  • Resolve conflicts more effectively
  • Make choices with clarity and confidence
  • Develop compassion and empathy
  • Deepen a sense of joy and purpose in life
  • Activate mindfulness in everyday life

About the Facilitator: Dr. Danae Clark is an educator who has practiced meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition since 2010. Having overcome her own addiction via a consistent meditation practice, she is inspired to offer this approach to others. Her training includes the Science of Meditation and Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence.

 For more information, contact dclark@awakenpittsburgh.org