Over 20 million people in America deal with an alcohol or drug addiction. 6.8 million people who struggle with alcohol and drug dependency also suffer from a mental illness. Many things have been used to help treat the addiction and the mental diseases that may have caused or developed from the addiction. A growing trend in the field is using meditation as a tool in curing addiction. Mindful meditation is the most commonly used form of meditation at rehab centers.
Research has commonly shown that people who meditate have lower levels of stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety are common sources or symptoms of depression, anxiety disorders, and a number of other mental disorders. Stress and guilt also occur when dealing with the consequences of addiction, enhancing mental disorders. Patients may relapse simply to deal with the overwhelming amount of depression or anxiety they feel through the recovery process. It is not used as a replacement for other treatment methods, but in addition to these other methods.
Many addicts feel out of control and anxious, particularly when they stop using. Meditation can help the user feel more in control. Being in control of breathing and their mind can help them be in control of their recovery. This is particularly important when it comes to managing cravings and desires to relapse.
Meditation allows the person in recovery to really take some time every day to think clearly. They can spend time with their own mind and find out the reasons why they started abusing substances in the first place.
Yes, patients may attempt to do this with their therapist and in group settings. These social settings are also great places for people to look internally. However, sometimes people feel more open when they are thinking by themselves. They may consider things that they wouldn’t feel comfortable talking about to their therapist or in group therapy. Or, they may think of something by themselves that they couldn’t bring out in other settings.
Meditation Shows Commitment
If someone is involved in meditation in addition to the other aspects of their recovery, it shows that the patient is committed and serious about their recovery. This is something that the patient does on their free time by themselves.
Patients who are adding meditation to their recovery plan (not substituting anything else with it) are showing a dedication to a deeper understanding of their disease in another way.
Meditation is a very personal thing. People contemplate about different things when they meditate. Everyone also has their own personal experience in their recovery and their personal lives. Taking the time to deal with these serious, personal thoughts means that a person wants to better their mental health as well as their addiction.
When someone feels good physically, it helps them feel good internally as well. Meditation can make people breath better. Some people use yoga and more physical forms of meditation instead of simple motionless contemplation. These types of meditation also allow somebody to improve flexibility, heart rate, and increase endorphins.
Drug rehab centers everywhere are encouraging people to incorporate meditation into their recovery plans. The stress-relief benefits alone are an extreme benefit to the recovery process. There is a lot of stress associated with getting off of a substance and managing cravings. Meditation can help relieve the stress and control thoughts and behavior.
Do not think that meditation is the only or best way to manage addiction. Other things, such as group therapy, talk therapy, and even possibly replacement therapy may be required as well.