Mindfulness in Recovery® Institute

Offering training and resources for the first fully integrated mindfulness program specifically designed for addiction treatment and recovery

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Learn how to integrate Mindfulness in Recovery® into your treatment model. 

Discover the MIR difference, establishing practical skills that are individualized, empowering your clients to integrate the specific therapeutic tools you offer them into their daily lives in ways that support and sustain their long-term recovery.   

Rather than focusing only on teaching clients mindfulness techniques, MIR is an integrated approach that focuses on developing the mindfulness skills that increase their ability to put into practice the therapeutic tools you offer them. 

    • MIR integrates seamlessly with your other evidenced-based treatment modalities.
    • MIR connects with all pathways of recovery, including 12-step. 
    • MIR uses the everyday language of recovery in the curriculum to build connections to recovery communities and literature.
    • The MIR Community offers a continuum of care that supports clients beyond treatment.
    • Wrap around services for the family with our Mindful Life Program™ resources. 

The Mindfulness in Recovery® Institute provides trainings, certification programs and continuing education for clinicians and addiction treatment professionals and programs in the methodology, practice, and implementation of the seven skills of Mindfulness in Recovery®. Join the MIR Clinical Community by training with the Institute and receive discounts on all MIR materials and MIR Community memberships.

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Mindfulness in Recovery®

Essential Guidebook to Mindfulness in Recovery CoverMindfulness in Recovery® (MIR) was developed by our co-founder, John Bruna. Drawing upon the latest evidence-based research and John’s personal recovery (in continuous recovery since 1984), training as a Buddhist monastic, experience as an addictions counselor, educator, and mindfulness teacher, we have integrated the tools and resources of mindfulness into a practical format that is highly effective for people in recovery. 

Mindfulness in Recovery® (MIR) is a skills-based, accessible and comprehensive mindfulness program designed specifically for recovery. It supports all recovery pathways using an individualized, mindfulness curriculum that empowers the client to integrate it with their personal values, cultural background, and spiritual beliefs. Using the language of recovery in the curriculum to build connections to recovery communities and literature, the MIR principles can be integrated seamlessly with your current treatment modalities providing clients with the skills to put the therapeutic tools you are offering them into practice.

Many mindfulness programs focus on learning mindfulness techniques and exercises that can offer clients tools to become more present, reducing stress and reactivity, and increase their ability to make healthier life choices. However, all too often, even with the best programs and trained professionals, these tools are not integrated into an ongoing lifestyle that will support the ongoing practice required to develop long-term traits that support their recovery. They become a set of tools that fall by the wayside, only to be picked up in times of duress, if at all. 

MIR focuses on developing mindfulness skills that can be incorporated into daily life that practical, universal, and based on the recovery lifestyle. In this way, clients develop a way of living mindfully, with skills that support their recovery, based on their personal values and belief system.

Mindfulness in Recovery® Resources for Professionals

  • Mindfulness curriculum that integrates into your current treatment modality
  • Staff training and certification programs
  • Mindfulness in Recovery® workbook, The Essential Guide to Mindfulness in Recovery, by John Bruna.
  • Continuum of care support through the Mindfulness in Recovery® Community with daily support and an app
  • Wrap around services for the family with the Mindful Life Program resources
  • Use of MIR meeting format for groups

Who can benefit from Mindfulness in Recovery®?

  • Residential or Outpatient Programs
  • Individual Therapists, Counselors and Treatment Professionals
  • After-care, sober living and alumni programs
  • Drug Court and DUI programs and participants
  • Individuals in recovery at all stages of recovery
  • Family members

“Mindfulness in Recovery has been an incredible addition to our treatment program.  MIR provides our clients with a practical resource that acts as a bridge to twelve-step facilitation and instills positive daily habits and routines.  Our clients are not only learning how to meditate, but they’re learning important tools and skills that help them stay sober and live a life in alignment with their values. It’s been invaluable.”

Stefan Bate, MA, LAC
Chief of Clinical Operations
Jaywalker Lodge

“I’m a happy camper, engaged with my Mindfulness in Recovery daily practice. The tone of the dialogue and the tools available are just right for me. I feel a reassuring cadence between the messiness of my hectic travel calendar and the daily routines in MIR that keep me grounded regardless of the time zone or zip code. After a month of focus and self-discipline, I find I now actually look forward to my morning routine.”

Bob Ferguson

Founder – Jaywalker Lodge and Alpha 180

Our Team

John Bruna, Co-Founder

MaryMike Haley LAC, Faculty, Clinical Director of Aspire Recovery for Women

Stefan Bate LAC, Advisor, Chief Clinical Officer at Jaywalker Lodge

Melissa Mose LMFT, Program Director

Vanessa Kettering PhD, Advisor, MIR Facilitator. 

Jayme McCormick

“This training is the beginning to a new way of life for me. I am excited to use what I have learned in both my professional and personal life.” 

Leslie Turner

“The experience I have gained through this training is immeasurable. I highly recommend this training!” 

Mandy Owensby

“It is rare that a clinical training tool can provide both a foundational practice for working with clients as well as a tool of true self-care for the practitioner.” 

Judith Johnson

“The Mindfulness in Recovery training is relevant and timely. I believe it is one of the mission components in addiction treatment today.” 

John Bruna Speaks on MIR

Mindfulness in Recovery: Myths and Benefits of Mindfulness in Addiction Treatment, Keynote at A Way Out Symposium, Aspen Institute, September 12, 2019

A short introduction to Mindfulness in Recovery®

Mindfulness in Recovery® and the Twelve Steps

A little about John Bruna the orgins of Mindfulness in Recovery®

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