I will look that up! Thanks for mentioning it. I don't know why more addiction resources don't mention mindfulness, especially since addiction centers in the mind.
For me, mindfulness was and is the key to increasing awareness, abandoning automatic thinking and doing, turning my mind into an ally, embracing self-compassion, and learning to quiet the mind, allow thoughts to be thoughts and urges to be urges... and so much more. Enjoy!
I am finding that it's helping me to increase awareness, too. Just the other day I was aware that a feeling I was having wasn't passing and I was stuck in it. And I was completely aware that I was "eating my feelings". Next step: learn what to do now that I'm honing the skill of awareness. It's very helpful.
I'm still having automatic thinking stuff but awareness is slowly building.
My mind is not my alley! LOL. Too many anxiety and depression automatic thoughts. I guess I have more work to do there. I will check out the book.
With meditation I am learning to just let thoughts be thoughts and let them come and go without my attaching to them or trying to run away from them.
Self-compassion--well after a few years of AA making me feel like a horrible, selfish, self-centered, person I have a ways to go with that one. For example, my group made fun of the "assets" and "liabilities" worksheet some groups do. And all credit for recovery was given to God, none to us. No chips on anniversaries because that's self-centered. So anyways self-compassion, self-kindness, self-love--all that stuff was frowned upon. Self-forgiveness was okay.