At Pinnacle Peak Recovery, we know that recovery from addiction needs to be treated from a variety of different angles. Through active drug or alcohol addiction, the mind, body and soul are damaged. When it comes to your recovery, we want to give you all of the treatment necessary to help you truly heal and learn how to live a better life. One of the best ways to stay sober is by learning the importance of meditation, and it’s actually been proven to help with many other mental health issues associated with the disease of addiction.
What is Meditation?
For thousands of years, Buddhists have encouraged people to practice meditation on a regular basis. Buddhist meditation is meant to help people develop better concentration, clarity, positive emotions as well as calmness. Meditation can be done in a variety of different forms from sitting, to walking or laying down. During meditation, one focuses on the breath or movement of the body, which begins to help center the person and bring a certain calmness.
In modern times, doctors and psychiatrists highly encourage regular meditation because the health benefits can be incredible. Those who practice meditation at least 20 minutes a day have seen amazing results like lower blood pressure, less anxiety and more happiness. A group at of researchers at UCLA found that those who meditate on a regular bases have an increased folding on the cortex of the brain, which shows that meditation actually helps strengthen the brain.
Why is Meditation Effective in Addiction Treatment?
Meditation is one of the best practices a person can learn when they’re trying to get sober, and it helps with a variety of different aspects of recovery. Meditation can be used as a form of holistic detox treatment. With detox comes psychological symptoms of withdrawal like stress, anxiety and insomnia. Meditation helps reduce the anxiety that the body is going through when the symptoms of withdrawal are occurring. Being able to switch one’s focus from the cravings to use to breathing or body movement reduces stress significantly.
Those who suffer from chronic pain and have become addicted to prescription opiates can also learn the benefits of meditation. Through meditation, people see that it’s not only the pain that leads them to using prescription drugs, but it’s their relationship to pain. Part of being human is one’s natural aversion to pain, and with this aversion comes increased pain and stress on the body. By being able to calm the body and mind, pain becomes much more tolerable, and the person begins to see that it is now manageable.
Meditation Helps with Long-Term Recovery
Meditation can be difficult for many people in early recovery. Those who suffer from addiction are used to immediate gratification and trying to control their moods and feelings. When you begin meditation practices, don’t be discouraged because it takes practice. Throughout your stay at Pinnacle Peak Recovery, you have the opportunity to be doing regular meditations, and you’ll begin to start practicing meditation as part of your daily life. Those who regularly meditate begin to see that it helps with stress, cravings, anger, fear and much more, which can greatly benefit you once you discharge from treatment.
Here at Pinnacle Peak Recovery, we not only want to help you get sober, but we want to give you the tools that you need to stay sober as well. If you’d like more information about our meditation treatment methods or our other programs, please don’t hesitate to give us a call today.