While drugs and alcohol create havoc in the lives of those struggling with a substance use disorder, harmful thoughts and feelings can be just as destructive. Thankfully, there is a way to break the cycle of addiction that can treat both the disease and the underlying tricks the mind can play on us: mindfulness meditation.
At The Mend, we believe in following a holistic approach to treatment. That includes cognitive-based therapy, which works to disrupt negative thought patterns that could prevent you from going through the recovery process or maintaining your hard-fight sobriety once treatment is complete.
As part of our strategy, staff will teach you to use mindfulness meditation to be in the moment and focus on one thing at a time. This will help you alleviate and manage stress as well as increase relaxation and achieve a more positive mood as you navigate the recovery process.
Mindfulness includes, among other activities, yoga and breathwork. Breathwork focuses on breathing patterns to encourage mindfulness in order to improve your overall state of health, both emotional and physical.
After you leave treatment, the strategy can help ease drug or alcohol cravings so you can avoid relapsing and continue on the new path in life you have created and deserve.
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.