Mindfulness Shown to Help Prevent Relapse and Boost Your Recovery

Mindfulness Shown to Help Prevent Relapse and Boost Your Recovery

Mindfulness Shown to Help Prevent Relapse and Boost Your Recovery

In the last few year, mindfulness-based therapies have gained more popularity in the United States than ever before; research has shown us time and time again that mindfulness is an excellent practice not only for those in addiction recovery, but for anyone, anywhere. Earlier in 2018, researchers published a review in the journal Addiction Science & Clinical Practice claiming that addiction interferes with cognitive, affective, and psychophysiological processes that are crucial for self-regulation and reward processing. They suggest that mindfulness should be incorporated as an integral part of a person’s journey to recovery – but first, what exactly is mindfulness?

According to UC Berkeley, mindfulness is defined as, “Maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens.”

If we go back to the roots of addiction, we’ll find it to be nearly the exact opposite of mindfulness. Addiction takes us away from the present moment, disconnects us from our thoughts, blurs our feelings, alters our bodily sensations, and makes it much more difficult to pay attention to our surroundings. If this wasn’t the case, we wouldn’t experience the effects that come with addiction: physical, mental, and emotional. Since science is proving time and time again that mindfulness works, what aspects of it relate to addiction recovery?

Very Well Mind breaks mindfulness down beautifully into several components, all of which contribute directly to recovery:

·    Acceptance of what is happening around you

·    A better understanding of how our thoughts influence our actions (this can be used with triggers)

·    Taking care of oneself as part of a healthy journey

·    Building social support and living in the present moment to build these firm connections

·    Practicing mindfulness in high-risk situations, to ground you

·    Greater awareness of triggers and cravings, especially since mindfulness promotes more attention to bodily sensations, thoughts, and feelings

Anyone can incorporate mindfulness in their lives, starting today. Begin taking back control over your life by letting go of that control through mindfulness. Reel into the present moment. Ground yourself.

The mission of The Beach House is to provide success in the recovery process and elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located right on the coast of Malibu, California, expert clinical care and a holistic view of the recovery process is provided to ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. If you’re ready to start your recovery journey today, call us at 310-924-0780.

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References

https://ascpjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13722-018-0115-3
https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition
https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-mindfulness-21854
Kimberly James
kimberly@beachhousetreatment.com

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.