Mindfulness meditation is the practice of being present in the moment and in tune with your body and surroundings while also relaxing, calming, and centering your mind.
A therapist can guide you through mindfulness meditation sessions. But as you understand the purpose of it, you can practice on your own starting with short sessions.
Doing Mindfulness Meditation for Addiction Recovery?
There is no right or wrong way to practice mindfulness meditation. It is helpful to begin in an environment that is free from distractions. Sit in a comfortable position (good posture is recommended) and breathe in a way that is comfortable and normal to you. Then focus on your breathing.
To first center your mind, you might say to yourself, “I am breathing.” And when your thoughts begin to wander, you can gently and nonjudgmentally bring yourself back to your breathing.
The more you practice, the more you train your brain to enter a calm, relaxed state of mind easily. Even if you are suffering physically, like from medical drug detox, or mentally, being able to achieve a state of relaxation through meditation is extremely powerful and healing.
Who Benefits From Mindfulness Meditation?
Anyone can benefit from the preventive and proactive factors of mindfulness meditation. It is a useful skill to have at the ready whenever you need a few moments of calm. For example, it can help lower stress before a performance review or exam, or ease pre-flight jitters before boarding a plane.
In particular, mindfulness meditation is recommended for anyone struggling with the following concerns:
- Substance abuse treatment
- Anxiety (including social anxiety)
- Panic disorders
- Inpatient depression treatment
- Trauma and PTSD treatment
Although used for thousands of years, modern research shows mindfulness meditation rewires the brain. Studies have shown mindfulness is an effective way to:
- Reduce symptoms of anxiety and as stress management therapy
- Prevent depression relapse (as effectively as antidepressants, in fact)
- Increase body satisfaction
- Improve concentration and mood
- Reduce fatigue
In many cases, it takes only a few days to see results, and the benefits of mindfulness practice lasted long term.
Are you ready to try mindfulness meditation for addiction recovery? Call us today at 844.875.5609 to get started on your road to recovery.