Meditation is an ancient practice that focuses on awareness. It possesses many mental, physical, and spiritual benefits for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Because addiction can often negatively impact all these areas, meditation is one practice that can help recovering addicts on their journey to lasting sobriety.
Benefits of Meditation in Addiction Recovery
Meditation affects numerous processes in the mind and body that can be beneficial for the average person, but can also give a recovering addict access to even more tools to use in recovery. This addiction treatment therapy, in tandem with traditional treatments, has shown many promising results.
Some benefits of meditation in recovery include:
Reducing stress: Mindfulness meditation can help decrease stress that can have both mental and physical health implications.1
Improve anxiety and depression: In several studies, meditation has been shown to help with anxiety and depression compared to those who do not meditate.2
Pain Relief: While the results are mixed, there is some evidence to suggest that mindfulness meditation can reduce chronic pain and is more effective than other standard treatments.3
Help with Insomnia: Meditation-based therapy has been shown to aid in insomnia relief, but the program should be designed for those with insomnia specifically.2
Cravings, Clarity and Focus: Meditation improves focus and attention by altering connections in the brain that can have lasting benefits.4 For recovering addicts, these changes include reducing addiction cravings.5
Confidence and Self-Esteem: Meditation that focuses attention on simple sensations helps people with social anxiety disorder, develop a better view of themselves and boost their confidence.6 This improvement can be especially beneficial for people in recovery who are trying to rebuild their lives from their past mistakes.
Physical Health Benefits: Along with the many mental health advantages of meditation in recovery, meditating can have many physical health benefits for high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, and ulcerative colitis.1
Meditation is a practice. While you may be first exposed to meditation in residential addiction treatment and struggle with it in rehab, you should continue this practice after treatment is over. The more you engage in this practice, the easier it will get, and the more you will find its benefits enhancing your life. Meditation is not a “one-size-fits” all practice, so take the time to explore different types and see which one you connect with the most.
At Banyan, some of our employees believe in the power of meditation and its benefits. Banyan’s National Director of Alumni Service,s Dave Goloski says “As someone in recovery for several years, meditation has become a part of my daily routine and helped keep me on track in my sobriety journey. In the beginning, I would only meditate for three minutes, but I started seeing unbelievable results immediately. After about two years, I can comfortably meditate for about 20 minutes. My goal is to continue increasing this time to see even more benefits of meditation in recovery. Even when I do not have the luxury to meditate for a long period, I found that I could still get the health benefits of meditation in recovery such as mental clarity and focus, and more importantly, the ability to pause and assess a situation before acting. This is a huge asset in stressful situations that can otherwise trigger relapse.”
At our Palm Springs drug rehab, we believe in a comprehensive approach to treatment that focuses on healing the mind, body, and soul so that patients can find lasting recovery.
Whether you are looking for healing for yourself or for someone you care about, at Banyan Palm Springs, we want to help. Start the journey to sobriety today by calling 888-280-4763.
Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.