Fighting Drug Addiction with Mindfulness Meditation
Meditation therapy gives an addict in recovery the mind-body connection they lost in the new habit. Some of the activities we carry out include mindfulness breathing, listening, and observation.
Meditation therapy is one of the most effective means of treating drug addiction. It helps you to focus on your surrounding and inner self. You forget about the treatment process and your heavy thoughts. The types in effect applied in our center are mindfulness meditation and yoga.
Most addicts start abusing drugs because of depression, stress, anxiety, anger, and sadness. For others, it all began when they lost a loved one, a job or a status in the society. Our meditation programs work on such people because the brain and emotions connect to it.
What does our meditation therapy do to a recovering addict?
Mindfulness meditation helps one to reflect, be positive about life and believe in possibility. It reduces your stress levels and detaches you from the past that landed you into addiction. It also boosts your memory, gives you the ability to reconnect with reality and makes you be less impulsive.
According to Dr. Sara Lazar, Ph.D., mindfulness meditation helps to restructure the brain in line with the behavior of a person. It increases brain activity in the amygdala, the part responsible for regulating emotions. This leads to the mind letting out less of the stress hormones – cortisol and adrenaline. Your emotions stabilize.
Mindfulness Meditation Activities
At our center, we practice four meditation activities. They are:
Our experts blend the four activities in different sessions. Below are some of the actions that addicts in our treatment centers do. Specialists supervise them.
- Let go of your thoughts and focus on breathing in and out. Do this in a slow manner.
- Breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth while listening to your breath.
- Focus on your surroundings. This can involve looking at an insect for a while and focusing your thoughts on only that insect. It can also involve smelling flowers in our center.
- Look at an object like it is the first time you saw it.
- Listen to something and shift all your focus there. It could be the wind, selected music or white noise.
- Think happy thoughts. Look at your hands for some seconds and appreciate them. Admire the brains behind your phone. This teaches you to take a moment when in a difficult status quo to think and avoid impulsive actions.
What does it take for meditation to work?
Mindfulness meditation works for different people depending on the attention given rather than the amount of time spent. We encourage addicts in our center to do the following for timely results:
- Avoid distractions when meditating.
- Find a comfy spot and position to sit, lie down or stand.
- Focus all your thoughts on the idea or thought at hand.
- Have an open mind.
How does meditation therapy prevent relapsing?
When under a meditation program, you regain control over your mind and thoughts. It is easy for you to resist the drugs you abused before. It also gives you control over your cravings and emotions. You become optimistic in life and assertive, and hence no relapsing.
Meditation therapy works; you need to be patient, relaxed and open-minded. Finding experts and a suitable meditating environment and is crucial if you want to enjoy all the benefits of mindfulness yoga and meditation.
From the references of our recovered addicts, it worked for them, and they have not relapsed. Reach out to us for meditation and other forms of therapy to fight drug addiction.