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Using Meditation Therapy in Substance Abuse Treatment

Millions of people in the United States struggle with addiction. Addiction is a whole-self condition, meaning that it affects every part of a person’s life. It can harm your physical and emotional wellbeing, strain your relationships, and cause damage to your social and spiritual health.

Addiction treatment must include more than just detoxification. Addiction treatment plans must be designed to care for and heal your body, mind, and spirit so that you can have a complete, lifelong recovery from your addiction.

In some treatment programs, holistic therapies are incorporated into people’s plans to help with whole-self healing. Practicing yoga, receiving massages and acupuncture, participating in music or art therapy, and other holistic therapies can help soothe your mind and body while working through your treatment program.

Meditation, a holistic practice that encourages relaxation and focus, is highly effective in helping people manage stress and other challenging emotions. Using meditation therapy during addiction treatment can give people an additional tool to help them manage physical and emotional discomfort and increase their feelings of self-worth. For some, this important practice can be a key part of their healing and recovery journey.

Understanding Meditation Therapy

If you’re unfamiliar with this holistic practice, you may imagine that meditation simply involves sitting quietly for long periods–and you might wonder why you might want to use it during addiction treatment and recovery.

Meditation can vary from person to person. Generally, there are two types of meditation.[1]

  1. Mindfulness meditation: This form of meditation encourages people to live fully in the moment they are in. It teaches them to block out distractions or thoughts about the past or future.
  2. Concentrative meditation: This practice asks people to shift their attention and focus to their breath, a mantra, an object, or some other focal point. People learn how to stay grounded and present when distractions or discomforts arise.

Meditation is a practice with roots in many of the world’s major religions. However, many people practice meditation for its multiple benefits, regardless of their spiritual background and beliefs. Meditation involves using techniques that help improve the mind-body connection, reduce stress, and promote focus and relaxation.

For many people, practicing meditation gives them more control over their thoughts. It can empower them to stay rooted in the current mind. Since people often worry about the future or dwell on the past, learning to focus only on the present can be very powerful.

Why Do People Practice Meditation Therapy During Addiction Treatment?

Meditation therapy can be an effective tool in recovery from addiction or mental illness and offers significant benefits to anyone who practices it regularly. People who participate in meditation therapy during addiction treatment experience a range of positive outcomes, including:[2]

  • Less stress
  • Increased mood
  • Decrease in anxiety and depression
  • More emotional stability
  • Better sleep quality
  • Fewer withdrawal symptoms
  • Reduced perception of cravings
  • Lower risk of relapse

Some people also experience a boost in their creativity, attention, and focus. This can lead to improved performance in school, work, and creative projects. People often report feeling better overall and finding it easier to manage stress in healthy ways.

How to Connect Meditation and Addiction Recovery

Recovery from addiction means so much more than simply detoxing from the substance itself. Instead, people must learn healthy coping skills and build new, positive habits that can help them live a fulfilling, satisfying life without drugs and alcohol. Meditation can be an important part of a person’s new lifestyle.

When incorporated into a treatment and aftercare plan, meditation therapy can give people a concrete coping mechanism they can use to manage stress and discomfort. When a person has a more balanced mood, they are more likely to heal from their addiction.

When used during detox and treatment, meditation can help people feel calmer, experience fewer uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal, and sleep better. In a calmer state, treatment activities and rest can be more effective and restorative.[3]

One of the most important benefits of meditation is that it teaches people how to pause before acting. It gives people a valuable tool to reduce their physical and emotional discomfort. When people can better cope with the stress and challenges of their life, they can avoid a relapse.

Meditation is like many other things in life–the more you invest in it, the more benefits you will receive. When people take the time to practice meditation therapy during addiction treatment and in recovery, they are making an investment in themselves that will benefit them for life.

Learn More About Meditation Therapy at the Mandala Healing Center

If you or someone you love are living with addiction, you are not alone. You do not have to carry the burden of addiction alone. Please reach out to the staff at the Mandala Healing Center to learn about the comprehensive, compassionate treatment we offer.

At the Mandala Healing Center, we believe that addiction treatment must respect and care for the whole person–body, mind, and spirit. That is why we carefully design treatment plans to meet people’s individual needs and empower them on their recovery journey.

For more information about getting the life-changing treatment you deserve, please call us today.