A Brief History of Mindfulness in Addictions Treatment

  • Ronald Lee Lloyd JohnsonEmail author


The article is a literature review of the development of mindfulness practices in the treatment of substance use disorders, with attention to the roots of mindfulness studies in the West and in Buddhist traditions. There is a focus on substance use disorders, but also consideration is given to wider dynamics of human suffering and the effectiveness of mindfulness practices.


Mindfulness Meditation Addictions Cognitive-Behavioural therapy Buddhism 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

In general this paper has no conflicts of interest, especially regarding financing or funding or committee memberships, etc. However, Dr. Gary Tzu, who is mentioned in the paper briefly regarding his research on addictions and nondual thought, provided around six sessions of supervision to the author earlier in his counseling career.

This paper is comprised solely of publications research and does not involve any human or animal subjects other than those figuring in previous original studies. All studies were peer-reviewed and subject to ethical considerations. This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

No informed consent was necessary, as this study did not utilize human research participants.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mindful Therapy PDXPortlandUSA

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