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Meditation for Addiction Recovery

How Meditation Helps with Long-Term Recovery

When people think of the disease of addiction, they often think of illicit drugs like heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines. The reality is that the majority of people who are struggling with addiction have an addiction to prescription medications. Medications used for chronic pain, anxiety, and more can be highly addictive and potentially lethal. This is one of the primary reasons why when you’re going to get help to overcome your addiction, you want a facility that specializes in holistic methods. Meditation has been scientifically proven to help people not only manage cravings, but it can also help with decreasing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other forms of mental illness.

What is Meditation for Addiction Recovery Like?

In Western society, practices like meditation aren’t as widely used as they could be. The United States is one of only two countries that allows direct-to-consumer marketing for medications, so it’s no wonder that we put all of our faith into medications. The narrative we’re sold is that if you want to feel better, you need to put something in your body to do so. As you can see, this is also one of the reasons the addiction rates in the United States are so high as well. People abuse alcohol or drugs to get a feeling or get rid of a feeling.  But you don’t have to. 

Meditation practices have been around for thousands of years, and although meditation is rooted in Buddhism, it can be a completely holistic practice. There’s a common misconception that meditation means that you have to sit in silence while wearing a robe for hours on end, but this isn’t the case. While you can do longer formal meditation practices, addiction treatment teaches you methods of meditation like mindfulness that can easily be adapted to your daily life in short intervals. Meditation is all about training your brain to bring awareness to the present moment and learning how to accept thoughts, feelings, and emotions without our natural tendency to run from them or numb them.

Meditation for Cravings

Many facilities take drug addicts and alcoholics and throw more substances at them to subdue cravings. Unfortunately, medications like Suboxone and others can become addictive. But what if there was a natural way to minimize cravings without the potential of becoming addicted to something new? That’s exactly what meditation is for. Cravings are a sensation in your body and mind that have developed due to your dependence to substances. In treatment, you’ll learn how to sit and simply recognize your cravings rise within you, and you’ll notice how they pass as well. Through a regular practice, you’ll see that there’s no craving that you have to succumb to. This is how meditation helps your mental health as well.

Meditation for Mental Health

There have been decades of scientific studies around meditation’s impacts on the brain and mental health. Studies have shown that even 5 minutes of meditation a day for a couple weeks can help decrease symptoms of anxiety as well as depression. When you develop your meditation practice, you’ll start to notice your thoughts and feelings as moments that come and go like clouds in a sky. Soon, you’ll see how you can work with these feelings rather than trying to avoid them. 

If you’re looking for a holistic treatment center that can help you recover, Enlightened Solutions detox is here to help. We use a variety of holistic methods to help you recover, so call us today to learn more at 833-233-7336.

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