Meditation as a Means to a Full Recovery

At Banbury Lodge, a range of treatments are used to help you overcome your addiction issues. We believe that treating the whole person is preferable to focusing solely on the illness and for that reason, we incorporate both traditional therapies and holistic alternatives into our programmes. One of the most effective treatments for healing mind, body and spirit is meditation.

What Is Meditation?

Meditation is a tool that allows you to take control of your state of mind. It is a Buddhist practice that encourages a sense of calm. While you meditate, you will be able to develop clarity of mind, better concentration, and positive emotions and thoughts.

In the broadest sense, meditation is considered to be a state of awareness, and you will learn how to achieve such thoughtless awareness. The process tends to involve learning how to quieten your mind while concentrating on a specific idea or thought.

How Is Meditation Used for Addiction Recovery?

Meditation is often used to help with resisting cravings to ensure relapse prevention. It is a very useful tool when combined with other addiction treatments such as counselling and therapy. Studies have shown that practising meditation for approximately half an hour each day can help to rewire certain pathways in the brain that were damaged because of substance abuse.

Meditation helps to change the way the brain processes various life situations. It improves self-awareness and can reduce anxiety and stress. Being able to invoke a state of calm and self-awareness can help recovering addicts to avoid the emotions and thought patterns that might have in the past caused them to drink alcohol or take drugs.

What Are the Benefits?

There are many benefits to using meditation in addiction recovery. It helps to improve the mind, body and spirit in many ways and can be used almost anywhere. Below are just a few of the many benefits you can expect when incorporating meditation into your rehabilitation programme:

  • Reduced blood pressure
  • A boost in energy levels
  • Decreased pain associated with tension
  • Increased production of serotonin, which boosts mood
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Promotes a state of calm and wellbeing
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Encourages open-mindedness.

The above is some of the many reasons meditation has become such a powerful tool in the treatment of addiction, but there are other advantages too. For example, meditation is easy to learn, which means you should be able to master the art of meditation during your rehab programme.

Your counsellor will help you to learn how to meditate during your one-to-one sessions. To improve your techniques, you can use self-help and how-to books or online resources. At Banbury Lodge, we work hard to help patients learn various meditation skills, and our mindful fitness programme forms a massive part of the recovery process for many of our patients.

Another advantage of meditation is the fact that it can be practised anywhere. It matters not where you are – if you are feeling stressed out or upset in any way, you can use meditation to help you get your feelings under control. Whether you are at home, in a friend’s house, or at work, you can take a couple of minutes to control your state of mind and lower your own response to stress.

While you are likely to learn all about meditation during treatment with Banbury Lodge, you should know that this is a practice that will become vital in your bid to maintain sobriety and avoid a relapse. Should you find yourself in a situation in the future where you are tempted to return to substance use, you can meditate for a few minutes to help you get your thoughts back on track.

As well as helping to prevent the onset of a return to addictive behaviour, meditation can also be used to reduce cravings, which will decrease the risk of relapse. Learning how to calm the mind will help you to get your thoughts together so that you can find positive alternatives to your destructive thought patterns.

How Is Meditation Used in Banbury Lodge?

Meditation is used alone or as part of our mindful fitness programme. With traditional meditation, you will be taught, for example, how to focus your thoughts as you concentrate on your movement or breathing. Mindful fitness is a method that will incorporate meditation and mindfulness techniques into exercises such as yoga or tai chi.

We believe that meditation should form a part of a comprehensive rehabilitation programme for all patients. We know that the many benefits of this practice can help you to not only achieve sobriety but also maintain it permanently.

Can You Take What You’ve Learned into the Real World?

We want you to recover from addiction once, and once only. In other words, we want a permanent recovery. We will provide you with support throughout your stay with us but in addition to this, we will offer you with skills that you can take with you when you return to everyday life. Meditation is just one of these skills.

We will show you how you can improve your meditation practices by using videos, books, and audio materials. We will show you how to implement the practices that you have learned with us in your real-life situations.

We will get you into the practice of setting aside a specific time each day for meditation. Setting aside a daily twenty minutes to meditate can help to improve your overall well-being and reduce stress levels at the same time.

If you would like to find out more about meditation or our programmes of rehabilitation, please contact us today.

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