Emotional Recovery The Reactive Emotions

Mindful Behavioral Relapse Prevention (MBRP)



Richard Fields

What is MBRP

Mindful Behavioral Relapse Prevention (MBRP) is a cognitive-behavioral approach infused with mindfulness and compassion skills.It is not only effective for alcohol/drug abuse (and other unhealthy behaviors), but also for emotional relapses.

Emotions can be triggered and escalated blocking love and connection.

Anger, criticism, judgment, impatience, blaming, stonewalling, and defensiveness are just a few of the major reactive emotions and behaviors. These reactive emotions and behaviors are roadblocks to good relationships. They erode one’s sense of well-being and goodness.



It is said that most relapses are planned because the individual ignores or is in denial of warning signs, red flags that are signaling relapse ahead.


Rich Fields helps you recognize these triggers before they result in relapse. A big part of relapse prevention is learning to be aware of these triggers, and then making changes that reduce the number and power of triggers.


The infusion of mindfulness and compassions skills potentiates and reinforces emotional growth. The wisdom of dharma (Buddhist teachings) are extremely helpful in sustaining emotional recovery.

Mindfulness and Compassion Skills

Soothing Bell

No Blame and Shame

Relapse is viewed as an indication that something is not right and needs to be addressed. Instead of self-blame and shame, relapse is acknowledged as a normal, natural part of the recovery and change cycle. The goal of relapse prevention is not only to eliminate relapses but also to reduce the depth and severity when relapse occurs, as well as, reducing the frequency of relapses.


The result is healthier, resilient, and more meaningful relationships. There also is a spiritual awakening as a result of being kinder, gentler, more patient, present, and understanding rather than emotionally reactive.