How Mindfulness Techniques Can Help Prevent Relapse

After detox is done and treatment is in the rearview mirror, it’s easy to sit back and be proud of how far you’ve come. But while you have won against addiction, victory can be fleeting if you’re not careful about figuring out your plan to prevent a relapse.

At The Mend, we believe in a holistic approach to maintaining sobriety, and this includes cognitive-based therapy, which focuses on altering negative thought patterns.

Contrary to popular belief, relapses tend to develop slowly rather than the minute you knock back a drink or pop a pill again. They can begin when damaging negative thoughts creep in, disrupting efforts to remain sober over time.

Mindfulness is an important technique The Mend teaches residents to avoid getting sucked back into substance abuse. Mindfulness works to release and alleviate stress, a common relapse trigger, and it can help ease cravings when they suddenly hit out of nowhere, as they so often do.

The technique involves everything from yoga to breathwork — the use of breathing techniques to improve your overall health and state of mind. The breathing patterns encourage mindfulness and can help positively improve your overall emotional and physical wellbeing.

Learning to stay present in the moment and focus on just one goal at a time is also a critical skill you’ll learn as you develop tools to avoid relapsing.

If you’re experiencing a relapse or just hoping to begin recovery with the help of a detox or residential treatment program, contact one of The Mend’s care coordinators to discuss your options.

If you’re still not sure whether the time is right to quit drugs or alcohol, take our 10-question quiz HERE.

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