Your Ultimate Guide to Mindfulness for Addiction Recovery
When we’re in the present moment – and not worry about the future or staying too caught up in the past – we’re able to live life more fully. We can tune in better to our thoughts and emotions as they wax and wane, and we can build stronger connections with others because we’re more open to experiencing the moment with them. Mindfulness is a practice that originated in the Eastern World, and is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as, “The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something; a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment.”
When addiction is actively involved in our lives, we experience the opposite of mindfulness. We become entrenched in this never-ending search for more, and this causes us to lose our way. Family members and friends may notice that our appearance changes and so do our priorities – almost as if we were hijacked by something else. Recovery is an excellent time to focus on bringing back mindfulness. As you practice it each day, you’ll find that your life becomes much fuller – even richer – in love, memories, and experience, because of it.
A 2018 review published in the journal Addiction Science & Clinical Practice emphasizes that mindfulness can reduce substance misuse and cravings by physically altering cognitive, affective, and physiological processes that contribute to our sense of self-regulation and reward processing. Mindfulness can be practiced formally (through meditation) or informally (such as fully engaging in a hug from a loved one). Mindfulness doesn’t require any special tools, it just requires your attention and your openness.
Oftentimes, being in a setting that surrounds you with nature can help you really focus on the present moment. You may find it difficult at first, but over time you’ll notice that it becomes much easier to enjoy the moments (and people) that become part of your day than to become filled with stress and worry. Of course, we can never fully rid ourselves of stress, but we can certainly mitigate their effects on us by tuning back into the present moment.
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