The study by Kristofersson et al. (2016) explored the implementation of an adapted mindfulness program for adults, having traumatic brain injuries and substance use problems. The authors recruited patients and staff of Vinland National Center to analyze their perceptions of this program. There were four focus groups, of which two were composed of the center residents and two of its staff members. As a result of a 4-week intervention, the authors found that all four groups were satisfied with the program outcomes. The perceived advantages of practicing mindfulness included improved communication and mastery of being non-judgmentally aware. In addition, the participants stated that the program helped them to practice self-care, which allowed them to feel better after the intervention.
Accordingly, it seems to be useful to recommend the adapted mindfulness program for clients having substance use disorders. In terms of an integrative approach, counselors and health care providers should work in cooperation to agree on a set of interventions. For example, if a person receives some medication to handle depressive episodes, he or she may be recommended to be given a mindfulness program that should support the impact of drugs. At the same time, the practice of mindfulness is helpful to pay less attention to distractions during the group sessions. Coughing, snoring, and other factors were noted by the study participants as the factors that bother them (Kristofersson et al., 2016). This program can be a good start for those who were not previously referring to mediation as a way to become more mindful. To make sure that the intervention would be effective, group composition, location, and the importance of physical limitations should be considered in advance.
Kristofersson, G. K., Beckers, T., & Krueger, R. (2016). Perceptions of an adapted mindfulness program for persons experiencing substance use disorders and traumatic brain injury. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 27(4), 247-253.