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Mindfulness and Addiction

While the term “mindfulness” may be new to you, it is important to note that people have been practicing it for thousands of years. Mindfulness is the practice of living in the present moment and paying attention to our thoughts, physical feelings, and environment without judging what is happening. Cultivating this present moment awareness takes practice as we learn to pay attention on purpose and with kindness.

If you are new to recovery, mindfulness is an important part of the rehabilitation process and correlates with twelve step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous. In AA, the phrase “one day at a time” is the foundation for helping people stay sober for 24 hours at a time. With mindfulness, the focus is from moment to moment. We are taught to pay attention to each breathe, sensation and thought.

While this may seem simple enough, we, as addicts, have a tendency to react rather than to pause. We want to get rid of any uncomfortable feelings as quickly as possible. The reaction we have normally involves medicating ourselves with our drug of choice in order to numb out those miserable feelings. Mindfulness teaches us to stop and breathe through the initial feelings and choose differently. We are learning to break bad habits.

Dealing with life and stress may seem impossible but we assure you it is within your reach. Living in the present moment and riding the tide of your emotions will show you that negative feelings pass and life moves forward. When faced with a tough situation, stop and count to ten. Once you reach ten, ask yourself: is everything okay right now? Is there anything I can do about the situation at the moment? If the situation is out of your control (hint: most times it will be), then try and push it aside. Take a few deep breaths and pay attention to the sensations as they pass through your body. You will find that the feeling subsides after a little time.

The objective with mindfulness practice is progress, not perfection. Stress in life is inevitable. Your success in sobriety depends on the tools you build during your recovery and how well you use them during crisis. We care about your success. We care about your recovery. Our experienced team wants to help you build those tools. Let us show you how mindfulness can help you achieve inner peace. Call us today and let us help you get to where you want to go.

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