Meditation and Addiction – PODCAST Episode 30

Stanton Peele By: Dr. Stanton Peele

Posted on September 3rd, 2020 - Last updated: September 28th, 2023
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Welcome to Episode 30!

Today’s guest is Toby Sola. Toby is the CEO of Brightmind for a living; he practices and teaches meditation as a livelihood. Brightmind is a meditation app that helps people of all personalities, persuasions, and goals to achieve a more mindful way of living.

Today we discuss the ways in which mindfulness and meditation can help you notice, acknowledge, re-frame, and OVERCOME addiction. Some relevant discussion-points:

  • Toby’s back-story (how he became a meditation expert)
  • Three values that drive Brightmind’s content (They ensure all materials are COMPREHENSIVE, PRECISE, and PRACTICAL)
  • Mindfulness is to meditation as “sport” is to a specific sport.
  • Three pillars of mindful awareness: CONCENTRATION, EQUANIMITY, and CLARITY
  • Tactical / practical meditation and mindfulness exercises that can be used on a daily basis
  • Mindfulness and meditation for addressing addiction
  • Mindfulness and meditation for addressing anxiety 
  • How Mindfulness / meditation work in tandem with cognitive behavioral therapy (like LPP)
  • And even more!


And here is a link, created for LPP Podcast listeners, to 50% off the brightmind app

Please let us know what you think in the comments below.

Stanton Peele

Dr. Stanton Peele, recognized as one of the world's leading addiction experts, developed the Life Process Program after decades of research, writing, and treatment about and for people with addictions. Dr. Peele is the author of 14 books. His work has been published in leading professional journals and popular publications around the globe.


  • Ash Silva says:

    Good Content. Learned a lot as I have addictions and am in a number of 12 step programs, use CBT and DBT and Smart Recovery as well.
    Would have loved to have heard more about Addiction and Meditation

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