Meditation For Addiction In Maryland
For addicts, there is an internal battle going on within their body, mind, and spirit. Addiction is often a symptom unease with one’s self or what one is experiencing. Meditation for addiction is a tool that can help addicts explore this discomfort and work through it toward inner peace and leave behind the need for substance abuse.
Meditation for addiction has been shown to reduce the incidence of relapse for addicts in a number of research studies. This is why it’s a popular and successful treatment option for those who come to Tranquility Woods for addiction recovery. If you think our treatment approach and rehab center could be the right place for you or your loved one, get in touch with our team today. We’re here to help.
What is meditation?
You might think that you have to sit down on a pillow with your legs crossed in order to meditate, but meditation can be done lying down, sitting in a chair, or even sitting on a bus in traffic. It can be done anywhere. You also might think you’re supposed to clear your mind and avoid thoughts during meditation, but that’s not really the case either.
Meditation is simply a practice in which an individual trains the mind to a single focal point such as the breath or a word or a relaxing mental image to help promote relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety, build energy, and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness.
Meditation can also help you become aware of the types of thoughts you’re having too. By reaching this point of single focus, individuals can analyze and uncover internal anger, fears, and hatreds to help find inner peace.
How meditation works
Meditation is more than just some weird thing that “hippies” do to feel good inside. Meditation actually rewires our brains by decreasing the gray matter in the brain that is associated with anxiety and stress, while at the same time, increasing the gray matter that’s linked with self-awareness, introspection, empathy, and learning. It has also been proven to increase levels of serotonin, a feel-good hormone that’s often low in addicts or those with depressive disorders.
Meditation plays an active role in physically changing our brains and therefore changes how we think, feel, and behave. Meditation works to improve well-being, quality of life and helps us to think and feel in a more positive manner.
Tools for addiction recovery
Both Zen and Vipassana meditative traditions are useful techniques for mindful awareness and self-inquiry. This helps an individual to analyze the internal workings of their mind.
Mindful awareness can help an addict come to personal insights about their thought patterns and subsequent addictive behavior, as well as the source of their cravings. The practice of self-inquiry requires an honest truth of your own behavior and its impact on yourself and those around you. It forces you to take responsibility and these insights are major motivators for change.
The obstacle is the way
Meditation can feel very uncomfortable at first. Addicts often use drugs and alcohol to escape from unpleasant feelings. Meditation forces you to sit with yourself and observe and experience your thoughts and feelings, as opposed to avoiding them. Through meditation, you develop a positive relationship with yourself and this offers an opportunity to improve one’s current condition.
Meditation is another ancient form of holistic healing therapy that can have great health benefits both mentally and physically. For more information on our addiction treatment center in Maryland, please call 410-885-6173 to speak with one of our staff members.