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Can meditation therapy help with substance abuse treatment?

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A brief overview of meditation

Meditation is an easy and powerful technique that has many health benefits. It can help reduce stress and anxiety. Meditation has been recognized for its therapeutic benefits in substance abuse and general wellness circles. 

Meditation is a way to improve mental well-being and enhance your quality of life. The result is increased awareness and connection by taking deep, focused breaths and chanting mantras (or other focused words).

What is Mindfulness?

Buddha introduced mindfulness more than 2,500 years ago as a way to spiritual enlightenment. Mindfulness is a gentle way to open your mind to greater awareness and a deeper understanding of your life and the world around you.

Research has shown that mindfulness exercises can positively impact your brain’s health, improving mental and physical health and overall well-being. In addition, it can reduce anxiety and enhance self-awareness.

Mindfulness exercises can be especially beneficial for people who are struggling with alcoholism, drug addiction, porn, or unhealthy relationships. Here’s why.

The connection between Mindfulness Exercises & Recovery

The only organ that can be shaped by practice and experience is the brain. It’s similar to how a muscle grows stronger and bigger with exercise. Unfortunately, you unknowingly created your brain by engaging in specific thoughts and behaviors that led to your addiction in the past. This prevented you from being mindful.

Meditation and mindfulness exercises are similar in that they allow you to reshape and control your brain in ways that bring more happiness, awareness, control, and control to your life.

Types Of Meditation And Benefits

Meditation involves a lotus pose (crossed-legged seated position) and deep, slow breathing. Meditation can be similar to yoga and help with anxiety, depression, and other emotional triggers. It also changes brainwaves. You can also find different methods that provide slightly different benefits.

  • Mindfulness meditation, which focuses on increasing awareness, focus, concentration, and awareness, is one of the most well-known meditation methods.
  • Zen meditation promotes calmness and non-reactivity. It encourages practitioners to be present in the moment and helps them to clear their past.
  • As someone guides you, guided meditation can help you visualize peaceful mental images.
  • Transcendental meditation is a silent mantra that teaches effortlessness and helps to achieve peace and decrease stress.

Meditation Therapy for Substance Abuse

Meditation has many benefits that can help you to overcome withdrawal symptoms, triggers, cravings, and other signs of substance abuse. Meditation has many benefits:

  • Reduction in anxiety and depression (including social anxiety).
  • Significantly lower stress
  • Concentration increases
  • Improved mood
  • Reduction in PTSD and ADHD symptoms
  • Creativity increases
  • Increased attention
  • Brain activity is reduced
  • Emotional stability
  • Increased focus
  • Higher academic performance
  • Insomnia decreased
  • Reduction in Post Acute Withdrawal Symptoms
  • Strengthening
  • Flexibility – Increased
  • Relapse risk is reduced

Meditation therapy also has the potential to alter brainwaves. This can lead to better psychological function and a reduction in cortisol. Mindfulness can improve the performance of the frontal cortex. This is the part of the brain that controls planning and thinking. 

Meditation can also impact the amygdala. This reduces fear and activates the anterior cingulate cortex, which governs motivation and motor control.

Meditation Therapy and Withdrawal

Meditation can help calm and ground withdrawal-related symptoms like anxiety, insomnia, depression, and other mood disorders. Meditation can help improve sleep quality and mood during wakefulness. People with OCD, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, who suffer from emotionally unstable thoughts, can learn to observe and not attach them. 

Meditation therapy can also help someone regain control of their impulses. Transcendental meditation, for example, has been proven to decrease drug, alcohol, and nicotine abuse and the likelihood of relapse.

Substance Abuse, Meditation Therapy, and Endorphins

Meditation for substance abuse treatment also releases dopamine, or “feel-good chemicals,” which is sought by addicts. A study by Molecular Psychiatry found that people who abuse drugs have low dopamine levels when they “crash.” This was in contrast to John F. Kennedy’s research. Meditation was shown to increase brain power by 65% in the John F. Kennedy study. 

Meditation can help with any co-occurring or unknown motivations for substance abuse. For example, meditation can help you feel calmer, think about the worst-case scenario, and feel anxious.

Meditation Therapy, Focus, and Awareness

Meditation therapy can help practitioners feel calm and at peace at any moment. This allows people with difficulty focusing on the present moment or resisting urges for a substance to learn present-moment awareness through breathing.

Yoga can help people achieve mental wellness and better control of their minds. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be assisted by meditation. It encourages one to focus on their behavior, similar to a mindful practice. Meditation can help people accept the present, set aside past regrets, and create positive intentions for those in treatment.

Learn How Treatment Can Change Your Life

As a holistic treatment option for substance abuse, meditation is increasingly becoming available. Hathaway Recovery treatment center can help individuals looking for a new life by providing our best holistic addiction treatment. The different treatment options available to help patients achieve wellness can be found here. To learn more about meditation treatment, contact Hathaway Recovery luxury rehab California.

Both meditation and mindfulness exercises help you to train your brain for more happiness, awareness, and control.


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