Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Lisa Van Getson, APRN, DNP, FNP-C

Second Advisor

Joyce P. Miller, DNP, RN

Third Advisor

Michelle Ullery, DNP, APRN, CNP


The practice of mindfulness meditation may be beneficial for alcohol use disorder relapse prevention. Individuals with alcohol use disorder often experience chaos in their lives. Integrating mindfulness meditation into Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and into the daily lives of individuals with alcohol use disorder may help people who suffer from alcohol use disorder regain control of their lives. While there is data to support mindfulness meditation for stress and anxiety conditions often comorbid to alcohol use disorder, there is a lack of research supporting mindfulness meditation for alcohol use disorder. This scholarly project explores the implementation of a body scan meditation and a mindfulness meditation brochure to an alcoholics anonymous group of ten adult men and women in a small suburban midwestern town to determine if mindfulness meditation is beneficial for the prevention of alcohol use disorder relapse. The project was guided by nursing theorist Margaret Newman and mindfulness meditation theorist Jon Kabat-Zinn. The data found that on average participants experienced decreases in stress and anxiety and each participant experienced decreases in their level of craving for alcohol. This scholarly project incorporated some of the Essentials of Doctorate Education for Advanced Nursing Practice and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Competencies. This scholarly project and resources may be implemented in additional healthcare settings to improve the healthcare of individuals with alcohol use disorder.


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