December 6, 2013
The early recovery process can be one of extreme confusion and an overall mental fuzziness. People who are new in recovery can experience significant struggles in learning to live life without the use of drugs and alcohol. Not only do newly recovering addicts find it difficult to live on a day-to-day basis without drugs, years of substance abuse has impaired their psychological functioning. Trying to cope with these feelings early in the recovery process can be a formidable challenge, and if people fail to find healthy ways to cope with these challenges they are at great risk for relapse.
Mindful meditation techniques have become a staple of drug treatment programming and are an essential tool for those early in recovery from substance abuse. Through the practice of these techniques, those who are going through drug rehab are able to gain more control of their mind and thoughts and helps them gain clarity as they focus on working their individual treatment plan. If you would like to learn more about mindful meditation, call Ocean Breeze Recovery Center today and learn more about how we incorporate mediation as part of an overall wellness plan.
What is Mindful Meditation?
The practice of mindful meditation involves purposely paying attention to the present moment that is being experienced. When someone practices mindful meditation, it also involves being aware of the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that a person can feel without being carried away by them. Ultimately, being mindful is a form of non-judgmental observation–and that is extremely important when an addict is trying to navigate the early recovery process.
In general, it is very difficult for a lot of us to truly focus in the present moment. How many times have we gone through our day and have basically done through the motions? How many times have we driven to work or to another destination and not remembered how we even got there? How many times have we sat down to eat a meal and realized that our plates are empty not realizing what we even ate? Our fast-paced world is not conducive to being mindful, and for those who are in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse that can be dangerous.
Addiction is a cunning and powerful disease, and oftentimes the signs and symptoms of relapse are subtle. Over time, these signs of relapse can gather intensity and if an addict is not fully aware of what they are experiencing in the “here and now”, they can be extremely vulnerable to relapse. With mindful meditation practice, newly recovering addicts can be fully aware of what they are feeling in the present moment and can deal with their feelings and emotions in a healthy manner.
The Benefits of Mindful Meditation Practice in Recovery
The practice of mindful meditation and incorporating it into daily life has numerous benefits. Perhaps the biggest benefit to mindful meditation practice in recovery is the fact that the techniques are easy to master and it can be done anywhere. Whether it is in the bedroom, a quiet nook at the office or at the hotel, mindful meditation can be practiced. Along with being easy to master, people can gain great benefit from its’ practice in as little as 15 minutes a day. People can make it a part of their regular morning routine or the nighttime ritual before bed or anywhere in between.
The practice of mindful meditation techniques on a daily basis also helps improve the physical health of those in recovery. Not only does regular mindfulness practice help relieve the stress associated with triggers, urges, and cravings associated with substance use, it can also help lower blood pressure and can help relieve chronic pain. Mindfulness meditation practice can also reduce the risk of heart disease and can help newly recovering addicts get consistent and restful sleep. Additionally, these techniques can also alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties which are common in early recovery.
Mindful meditation also has immense mental benefits as well. This practice is beneficial in the treatment of co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety and PTSD. Addiction professionals realize that substance abuse is often a symptom of a deeper issue such as a mental illness. In conjunction with therapy and other mental health interventions, mindful meditation can help addicts uncover these deeper issues and can help them more effectively overcome their drug and alcohol addiction. These techniques are also very helpful in family therapy or couples therapy and can help addicts with other disorders such as eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Ultimately, the practice of mindful meditation in recovery helps addicts learn to appreciate what they have right now and be fully present in the moment. The foundation of a meaningful long-term recovery is being able to appreciate the small and simple things in life. Many people early in the recovery process may get frustrated they aren’t feeling or seeing any measurable changes. Most changes in recovery are subtle and lie beneath the surface. Through the practice of mindful meditation in addiction recovery, people are better able to tune into these deeper changes and they feel a sense of serenity, calm, and peace in their lives.
When a person is at peace with themselves, they can better manage their relationships with others. This is important in recovery because the addict is better able to repair those relationships with family and friends that were ruined as a result of their substance abuse. Additionally, it also will help those new in recovery establish new and healthy relationships with others.
Find Peace of Mind in Your Recovery With Help From Ocean Breeze Recovery Center
Effective drug treatment programming incorporates a wide variety of treatment services that will help addicts heal in body, mind and spirit. Ocean Breeze Recovery Center has incorporated mindful meditation training and practice into their drug treatment programs, and countless addicts have been reaping its benefits. Would you like to learn more about how mindful meditation can help you recover for life? Call Ocean Breeze Recovery Center toll-free today!