Addictions have been known to take individuals away from people and activities they used to appreciate and enjoy. Loved ones become devastated when their friend, family member, or significant other begins to struggle with maintaining work responsibilities and finances, when marriages begin to suffer because of that person’s use, and when children miss out on quality time. Needless to say, addiction can take anyone out of the present moment – after all, it’s a disease that, once it develops, demands more and more of a person’s attention. If you’re currently in recovery from addiction, you’ve likely began working towards “getting your life back”.
Mindfulness is a daily practice that involves focusing on the present moment and accepting thoughts and feelings as they are; previous research has shown that mindfulness can improve one’s immune system, reduce stress and anxiety, improve concentration and focus, lessen emotional reactivity and promote better sleep – all of which are conducive to recovery. Often times, mindfulness occurs alongside other holistic practices such as yoga, meditation, and more.
A 2016 study conducted by researchers from Canada involved a small study in which participants in a substance abuse treatment program were asked to participate in mindfulness training over 10 weeks. Participants noted that the program offered them a way to engage in deep self-reflection, providing them with insights into their own individual maladaptive reactions to stressful life situations. The study emphasized that mindfulness “slows down the reaction time to disturbing stimulus”, giving individuals the ability to more clearly process information when something stressful arises. Of course, this takes a lot of time and practice.
Speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today to learn more about how you can incorporate mindfulness and meditation practices into your treatment regime. Mindfulness is a wonderful way to boost your recovery while promoting the use of cognitive tools that you’ve learned in your program.
Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.