The first few days in treatment are usually the most difficult, but the weeks and sometimes months that follow can be quite challenging for some. Not only are clients experiencing physical withdrawals, but they are also learning to manage their emotions and their behaviors. These feelings can be effectively managed through regular mindfulness practice.
Mindfulness is a state of metacognitive awareness characterized by nonjudgmental monitoring of one’s sensations and thoughts, usually accomplished through meditation. Research shows that regular meditative practice can help to reduce cravings and boost mental and emotional health. This can be accomplished through meditation or other reflective exercises.
Mindfulness therapy is a natural, drug-free approach to healing. It can help relieve anxiety and improve sleep patterns. Proper sleeping habits aid in the healing process of the body. Stress is a main trigger for relapse, and meditation helps reduce stress and promote relaxation.
Why Mindfulness Can Help
The concepts of meditation and mindfulness can be incredibly beneficial to one’s emotional state in early recovery. Beyond serving as mental exercises, they encompass lifestyle and mind-body tools. Mindfulness is not a simple action; it is a state of mind.
By practicing reflection and participating in our programming, individuals access a state of peace that they have not found in alcohol or drugs. Continued mindfulness practice addresses the stresses of daily life, empowering individuals to build healthy responses to distressing events. It also encourages a helpful level of self-insight that helps those in recovery to access their emotions.
If you would like to learn more about the evidence-based therapies offered at South Miami Recovery, call our admissions team today.