By: Dr. Harris Stratyner, Ph.D.

Dr. Harris Stratyner, Ph.D., vice president of Caron Treatment Center and clinical director of the New York region, is internationally known for developing and implementing the groundbreaking clinical model of "Carefrontation," a treatment approach that doesn't shame or blame the patient. It recognizes addiction as a disease and stresses each individual's responsibility to work with healthcare providers to reach the goal of complete abstinence.  

In the Moment: The Road to Mindfulness

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Jun 02, 2014

It seems so easy to just be present in the moment, but if it were, I probably would lose three quarters of my patients!

Just think about all the thoughts that race through individuals' minds ruminating on the past and as they say in AA "projecting into the future." It is no wonder that people become aggravated with themselves as they feel various emotions ranging from guilt to sadness, anxiety to depression, as well as "cognitive conditions," such as sobriety to self-medicating inebriation.

I have always considered myself to be a student of mindfullness. I'm fascinated by this Buddhist tradition through the gateway of meditation.

As a doctor of psychology, I utilise this practice with my patients all the time - whether through cognitive behaviour therapy to motivate individuals to focus on more productive ways to think and behave (under my model of "carefrontation"), which is similar to Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), or Hayes' Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

The goal is always to strive for a stress-free, sober, and "now" based existence; to achieve the full essence of every waking moment, let the past go and the future be tomorrow.



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