Addiction treatment cannot focus just on not using drugs or alcohol. It must also address the necessary healing that needs to occur within the mind, body, and spirit. At Santé Center for Healing, one component of that healing process often includes mindfulness meditation. It is a holistic way to help center yourself and reach a higher level of healing.
What Is Mindfulness Meditation?
Many people facing addiction need to look deeper to understand the underlying cause of it. This is generally a mental health or emotional cause. It could be due to anxiety or depression. For some people, it’s trauma or fear. When you are not dealing with this problem, but using drugs and alcohol to mask it, that creates a powerful addiction. With mindfulness meditation, the goal is to help develop an understanding of why this addiction is occurring with the goal of letting go of it.
One aspect of this type of meditation is overcoming the wanting mind. A wanting mind is one in which we want something to make us feel better or to soothe the pain we feel (and often, it is not just physical pain, but emotional as well). In a wanting mindset, a person is always looking for something more, expecting that the thing we seek is going to make us feel better. For those with drug or alcohol addiction, that “thing” is the substance of your choice. The problem is, no matter how much you get, it’s never enough.
Nothing is going to make it better until and unless you deal with the underlying cause of your addiction. With mindfulness meditation, we aim to focus on just that. This form of meditation can be a part of any type of addiction therapy service we offer at Santé Center for Healing including:
- Substance abuse treatment
- Eating disorder treatment
- Trauma therapy treatment
- Sex addiction treatment
- Relapse prevention techniques
How Can You Use This Technique?
When you work with our team, we’ll teach you about mindfulness meditation, including how to use it to achieve your goals. You can start doing this today. Here are some tips to do so:
- Be mindful about where you are and what you are doing, always
- Focus on your breathing, instead of the anxiety building
- Work to improve compassion in your life
- Reorganize and clear your thoughts
- Be realistic about what’s happening at that moment
Whether you’re a professional trying to balance a stressful daily work life or an individual struggling to find his or her way, mindfulness meditation can be one of the best ways for you to refocus in that moment to bring yourself back to what’s really happening. By learning to recognize your thought patterns, you can stop yourself from reaching towards substances to make the pain and “wanting” go away.
We can use this type of meditation for all types of care, including mental illness treatment as well as substance abuse treatment. It is one component, though not the whole treatment plan, for many of the services we offer. You will learn about it through our residential treatment programs, intensive outpatient treatment, and ongoing treatment. As a component of the holistic drug treatment options we offer, you will find that our team provides you with the tools and resources you need to overcome your addiction so you can work towards healing and long-term health and wellbeing.
A Comprehensive Treatment Program Is Available
Mindfulness meditation is one of the many program options we offer at Santé Center for Healing to help you to heal and recover from addiction and mental health disorders. When you are ready to take that first step in getting help, call our team at 866.238.3154. We are here to help you.