One of the overlooked aspects of addiction recovery is the increased mental health aspects. Meditation therapy is one of the most utilized but least understood tools available. How it works is less important than the fact that it works. At The Willows at Red Oak Recovery, we approach rehabilitation holistically, and meditation has been one of the more beneficial methods to initiate and continue recovery. One of the blessings of meditation is that it can be done anytime or anywhere for any length of time. If all you have is five minutes, you can produce measurable results. For more information about the treatment options available, please contact The Willows at Red Oak today at 855.773.0614.
3 Benefits of Meditation for Addiction Recovery
The focus on breathing and controlling one’s thoughts as they come and go through the mind has helped many people recover from addiction. Meditation is a mental exercise that benefits the whole person. By relaxing, increasing one’s focus and awareness, and paying close attention to breathing, mental acuity is accentuated, and the body comes alive. The mind and the breath combine to cleanse the body and open up the channels so that one’s energy can flow unabated throughout the internal system.
- Mental health: Research has shown that meditation can significantly improve your mental health. When you let go of anxiety and guilt and focus on the present, you may find that your mental health has significantly improved.
- Self-control: Though it doesn’t seem like it, controlling your breathing can take enormous amounts of self-control. As a result, focusing on your breathing and following specific actions can increase your ability to control yourself.
- Self-confidence: Many people struggle with thoughts that are unpleasant or unhealthy and are prone to focusing on them. Through meditation, however, the individual can see the thought for what it is and let it go, allowing them to improve their mental health in the long run.
To determine whether mediation can help you recover from addiction, please reach out to our women’s treatment center today.
How to Put It In Practice
As with many forms of self-improvement, whether it be running or learning a new language, just getting started is often the hardest part. We make so many excuses why we don’t have time to do all the things we know we should be doing. People say, “If it was so easy, everyone would do it.” What is easier than running? You put on the shoes and walk out the door.
The same is with meditation. You find a quiet place and focus your attention on yourself, your breath, your thoughts, your feelings, etc. It is that easy, and the benefits are worth their weight in gold. Ask anyone who meditates, and they can tell you they do not really know how it works, but it has given them peace of mind and a sense that they are back in control of their life.
Let your mind do its thing. Ignore all the little distractions. Some people close their eyes, and others keep them open. Whatever works for you is what works the best. Do not get frustrated that there is no magic moment when the sky parts and all knowledge becomes attainable. It is the attainment of self-knowledge that is the goal. And that knowledge is within us. We are all unique creatures with our own specific ways of achieving self-actualization. With a bit of coaching from an experienced meditation teacher, we can each begin our own practice that will provide immeasurable benefits.
Reach Out to The Willows at Red Oak Recovery Today
Our women’s treatment facility is located just outside Asheville, North Carolina on 38 beautiful acres filled with trees, ponds, and walking trails so that you can rediscover the parts of you that were left behind when the addiction took hold. No more than twenty women at any one time reside at the facility, giving you the space you require to begin your wellness journey. Core values like compassion, integrity, excellence, humility, and service are an essential part of our program. We can be reached online or at 855.773.0614 for you to take the first step on your journey to recovery.