There are many different strategies used in addiction treatment and recovery. Having a wide variety of options and trying a multitude of techniques allow clients to find what works best for their needs. What works well for one person does not always work as well for the next. Many treatment programs combine evidence-based therapies and techniques with holistic healing. This allows them to address the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual impact of addiction more effectively.
One holistic approach that is commonly used is meditation. Even people who never imagined themselves as being individuals who would meditate often find it very helpful. It is important to keep an open mind and try new things because you never know what will resonate with you. Meditation is not always sitting cross-legged on a mat saying ‘ohm.’ It can be done practically any time and anywhere. As long as you are able to find some space to yourself and a little quiet to focus, you can meditate. Plus, your meditation session can be as long or as short as you want it to be, and you don’t need any special equipment.
Benefits of Meditation
Here are just a few ways that meditation can support individuals in addiction recovery:
- It can reduce anxiety and stress and promote calmness. When you spend a few minutes focusing on slowing your breathing, taking deep breaths, and blocking out the noise of the world around you, it can be very calming. Clearing your mind and not letting it constantly race with thoughts of what-ifs or what you should be doing can allow you to decrease feelings of anxiety.
- It allows you to refocus. While meditating, you are able to center yourself and become more aware of the mind-body connection. You become more attuned to where your body is in space, how you are feeling, and what you are feeling. This can help you to better recognize when you are becoming stressed or overwhelmed and need to take a step back.
- It can promote better physical health. As you reduce stress and anxiety, it can in turn lower your blood pressure which is better for heart health. In addition, stress can suppress your immune system making you more susceptible to illness. By regularly practicing meditation, you can help yourself to feel stronger, more energized, and healthier.
- It can help you overcome cravings. Experiencing cravings is common, especially in early recovery. When these urges strike, pausing to meditate can empower you to move beyond cravings and wait them out until they pass. Meditating gives you something else to focus on and stay occupied with that will not derail your recovery.
Meditation can take time to get used to and learn how to do effectively, but don’t give up. Seacliff Recovery Center encourages clients to incorporate meditation into their treatment as another tool for recovery and building a healthier lifestyle.