Chemical Dependency


Who is being served?

  • Individuals who are seeking treatment for recovery from chemical dependency.

The needs that iRest® addresses within the chemically dependent population include:

  • Improved mood
  • Less reactivity
  • Increased acceptance
  • Increased feelings of calmness.
  • Decreased stress
  • Improved awareness including:
  • Improved ability to recognize feelings
  • Improved ability to listen to cues of the body

What makes iRest® appropriate and effective for Chemically Dependent Individuals?

  • iRest is a process that teaches people to be aware and welcome body sensations, thoughts and feelings. This is paramount to the entire recovery process. Since chemically dependent people have typically medicated, numbed and otherwise shielded themselves from welcoming a fully integrated mind-body experience.
  • iRest also teaches people to be more attentive and aware in order to better evaluate and trust their responses. This process allows people to change habitual, impulsive and destructive reactions. In recovery from addiction, being able to delay reactivity and then assess responses, leads to better choices; e.g: drug free choices.
  • iRest allows people to access their positive self and emotions, that improves self esteem and in turn increases the chances for a successful recovery.
  • Ability to continue following the iRest protocols at home and receive positive reinforcement, simply, effectively and privately with an iRest CD.
  • iRest is a concrete practice that clients can take with them after treatment.

What research is being conducted or proposed for chemically dependent populations and what results have been obtained?

  • In the fall of 2008 a clinical study was conducted utilizing the iRest protocol within a national chemical dependency treatment program.* The study was conducted following a rigorous experimental design and included 93 participants. Participants were extremely happy with the results they experienced and reported improved mood, less stress and increased sense of well-being.
  • The study instruments measured negative mood, risk for relapse and mindfulness. Negative mood has been determined to be one of the most common precipitators to relapse within the chemically dependent population.
  • Data analysis concluded that the iRest protocol, as developed for the chemically dependent population, had a significant impact on reducing negative mood and also reducing risk for relapse.
  • This study was so successful with the treatment facility that a follow-up study took place in the fall of 2009. The results will be published soon.


*This initial study was designed and conducted by Leslie Temme, LCSW. She received funding as a Fahs Beck Scholar Recipient. Adrienne Jamiel, ERYT-500 was the iRest practitioner, and session leader. Adrienne Jamiel and Leslie Temme completed iRest protocol revisions specific to the chemically dependent population. All information related to this study is the property of Leslie Temme and Adrienne Jamiel. If you would like more information please contact Leslie at